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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - Happy People Interview

Deon talks with Ernie Haase about the group's newest release Happy People!

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Written: 08/01/2015 | Category: | Comments: 0


Oak Ridge Boys - Rock of Ages


Producer: Ben Isaacs
Label: Spring Hill Music Group
Website: http://www.oakridgeboys.com

The Oak Ridge Boys have a lot to celebrate this year! They’ve been inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame and have released a hymns album through Gaither Music called Rock Of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites. The unmistakable blended harmony that only the Oaks can deliver can be found from the very first note of IN THE SWEET BY AND BY to the last note of PEACE WITHIN (featuring the Isaacs). Along with a few special guests, they were able to complete one of the greatest hymn projects to date! Let’s take a look at these popular songs together!

IN THE SWEET BY AND BY introduces the recording with an uptempo and brilliant promise of a great recording. ROCK OF AGES has a hint of bluegrass that slows the pace down a little with four voices, some strings and a piano. SWEET JESUS features Merle Haggard and is a medium tempo fiddle and piano driven tune that reminds us that Jesus loves us just the way we are but has power to change us. ANGEL BAND features baritone vocalist, William Lee Golden on the verses and the rest of the Oaks on the chorus. Other hymns include THERE’S POWER IN THE BLOOD, IN THE GARDEN, I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY, BLESSED ASSURANCE, and many others. Another highlight involving the final song, PEACE WITHIN, is that it features the Isaacs. Add the four part harmony to family harmony with strong lyrics and you’re sure to have a great song!

I give this recording 4.5 stars. It is a great hymns project and I encourage anyone who enjoys listening to the Oak Ridge Boys to pick this recording up at your nearest Cracker Barrel Country Store.



Song List:

IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
ROCK OF AGES
SWEET JESUS featuring Merle Haggard
ANGEL BAND
THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD
IN THE GARDEN
HOLD TO GOD’S UNCHANGING HAND
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
LIFE’S RAILWAY TO HEAVEN
TIME HAS MADE A CHANGE IN ME
BLESSED ASSURANCE
FATHER, I STRETCH MY HANDS TO THEE
FARTHER ALONG
JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
PEACE WITHIN featuring The Isaacs

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Written: 07/01/2015 | Category: | Comments: 0


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AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 06/05/2015 | Category: | Comments: 0


Announcements

Concerts

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

Benefiting the Marcelly's Dream Project

Featuring:


The Isaacs & The Browders

August 20th, 2015



7 PM EST / Doors open 6PM EST

Location:


South Cleveland Church of God
1846 Volunteer Drive SW
Cleveland, TN 37311

Ticket prices:



Artist Circle - $35
Main Floor - $20 in advance/$25 at door
Balcony - $15 in advance/$20 at door

To purchase tickets email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or call 423-488-5924

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Written: 06/02/2015 | Category: AnnouncementsConcerts Comments: 0


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: 0


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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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Christy Nockels - Let It Be Jesus


Producer: Nathan Nockels
Label: Sixsteps Records/Capitol Christian Music
Website: http://www.christynockels.com

When it comes to worship music, Christy Knockels is a pioneer. After singing with her husband, Nathan as "Watermark", she began singing at the first Passion Conference in 1997 with Louie Giglio, David Crowder, Charlie Hall and others in Austin,Texas. Almost 2 decades later, she remains with Passion which is now located in Atlanta, and promotes conferences all over the world. Christy's latest offering, LET IT BE JESUS, was released a few months ago and we want to take a closer look at this exceptional record.

FREEDOM SONG is an up tempo song with a catchy melody as well as powerful lyrics. MY ANCHOR is a strong ballad that reminds us that God is a shelter in the storm and a rock to stand on that is unshakeable. EVERYTHING IS MINE IN YOU is another hard hitting ballad tthat tells us that because we have Jesus, we have everything that we need. THE WONDROUS CROSS is the Gospel of Jesus, the good news wrapped into a strong ballad. The title track LET IT BE JESUS continues the message of the Gospel and that the name of Jesus is above every name. WHO CAN COMPARE is a song that confirms that there is not a better friend, a better comforter than Jesus. Other songs include JESUS, ROCK OF AGES. IF YOU NEVER, LEANING ON YOU JESUS, FIND ME AT THE FEET OF JESUS, WONDERFUL NAME.

Christy Knockels reminds me of a modern Amy Grant. The melody is strong, the lyrics can be tested by time itself, the vocals and instrumentation are outstanding, but the fact that this recording has more about lifting up the name of Jesus, causes me to give this recording 4.5 stars!



Song List:

1- Freedom Song
2- My Anchor
3- Everything Is Mine In You
4- The Wondrous Cross
5- Let It Be Jesus
6- Who Can Compare
7- Jesus, Rock of Ages
8- If You Never
9- Leaning on You Jesus
10- Find Me At Jesus Feet
11- Wonderful Name

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Next Generation

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Chris Jenkins Features Hannah Webb

In just a quarter of a century, there's a young lady who has traveled many miles with her family ministry. She's performed for and shared the stage with people such as Dr. Charles Stanley, Governor Chris Christie, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Mac Brunson, Dr. Gary Chapman, Governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. D. James Kennedy, just to name a few. What a résumé this Christian lady has been able to write. Hannah Kathryn Webb is that person!

Hannah began in full-time music ministry in 2008 when she joined her parents and brother, The Rick Webb Family on stage. Hannah's heritage in Christian music goes way back! Even before her birth. Her parents, Rick and Phyllis Webb, began their musical journey in 1978 with Derric Johnson’s Re’Generation. In 1983, Derric Johnson’s singers became the The Voices of Liberty, the host group for EPCOT Center’s American Pavilion. From there, Rick and Phyllis married and continued traveling and singing the Gospel across the globe in churches, conferences, political and corporate conventions, and crusades. "Though their genre was considered Inspirational Gospel, my dad’s love for Southern Gospel music was introduced to me as a child." Hannah says aside from her biggest heroes, her parents, Derric Johnson and Dave Clark-master lyricists and producers are among her mentors today.

Hannah admits her love for Christian music covers a wide variety. In Hannah's opinion, every Southern Gospel fan should have at least one album by the legendary Speer Family as well as a newer mixed group from North Carolina, The Mylon Hayes Family, who has legendary roots also. These days Hannah is enjoying the sounds of Alison Krauss as well as modern hymn composers and Northern Ireland-born couple, Keith and Kristyn Getty from her personal collection. Many will be excited to know that Hannah has made some music of her own. "It's A Journey" is a solo project by Hannah featuring 7 songs including a single that topped the "Music to Radio" chart at #1 in February of 2015.

Music is not the only subject of the accolades on Hannah's resumé. She has pursued a Graphic Design/Photography degree and enjoys cooking, hunting, and horse riding. In 2013, Hannah won a talent award as Miss Gaston County at the Miss North Carolina pageant. Shortly after, she appeared as a contestant on the American Bible Challenge hosted by comedian, Jeff Foxworthy which was the highest rated original series of all time. In between Hannah and the Webb Family's 150 tour dates per year, she finds time for a hobby and sport that most would not associate with Hannah. "Some find it interesting that I love to target shoot with my GLOCK 42", Hannah explains!

Hannah and The Rick Webb Family has been afforded opportunities to share the platform with outstanding speakers and pastors throughout the United States each year, including a short residency at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, IN. "One of my all-time favorite places to sing is at Shadow Mountain Community Church (El Cajon, CA) with their dynamic choir and orchestra." While she loves traveling abroad performing on the country's various stages, Hannah believes the lyrics of Gospel music have and always will point the listeners to the cross. The message is simple, yet profound: God sent His Son to the cross so that we could live if we accept Him to be our Lord and Savior; once we accept Him, we are to live a life that reflects Him. "As a young artist, I not only want to continue that legacy through my music, but I want to put an emphasis on reflecting Him with my every day lifestyle."

Currently making her home in the piedmont of North Carolina, she is the Director of Radio Relations for Song Garden Music Group and studies communications with a concentration in Business Marketing at Liberty University. Hannah and her multi-generational family ministry are seeing doors opened and goals reached for Christ while investing in the next generation of gospel music.

By: Chris Jenkins


For more information about Hannah and the Rick Webb Family visit:

http://www.RickWebbFamily.com

http://www.facebook.com/HannahKWebb

http://www.Twitter.com/HannahKWebb

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Brian & Angela Monehan - I Talked to Him


Producer: Brian & Angela Monehan
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.brianandangelamonehan.com

What a pleasant surprise and I’m not even sure why or what I was expecting from these two very talented individuals, since I had seen and heard about Brian and Angela as a husband and wife duet, but I also knew them from their past success, where they are no strangers to those Southern Gospel Music fans. Brian traveled and sang with Kevin Spencer and Angela traveled and sang with The Perry Sisters. They have put together a wonderful new project that is filled with just really strong songs lyrically and musically about faith, hope, trust and everyday life as we strive to serve Him better. I am sure that many of these songs were written from the heart of a Pastor, since Brian and Angela pastor a church in Natchez, Ms.

The project is very well produced and has a strong flavor of solid country tones mixed with some wonderful tastes of southern gospel. Brian and Angela Monehan’s music will appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. The project starts off with a sassy tune, HOPE IN THE LIVING GOD, and then it leads into a song of heart entitled, I TALKED TO HIM which features the talented legendary Kevin Spencer. Not sure who wrote the lyrics on songs on this project, but what a gift. Every song has a sweet refreshing feel of just everyday life, which consists of struggles and victories, mountain tops and valleys. Several of my favorites are, THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER (great concert opener), KING OF MY HEART, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU (love this one), ALMOST HOME is all of our hearts cry and prayer for that sweet day of seeing Him…the project finishes with two songs that will speak to the heart of the listener, LORD HELP ME (cry-prayer of asking Him to help us, and then a great song of hope, YOU ARE THERE.

This project really made me want to dig deep into their ministry and music and find out more about them, and I am really looking forward to seeing them at some point in time. This CD from BRIAN and ANGELA MONEHAN will be a welcome addition your music collection, and I am fairly certain you will find yourself listening to it over and over and over and over again.



Song List:

HOPE IN THE LIVING GOD
I TALKED TO HIM (W/Kevin Spencer)
I DON’T NEED ANOTHER REASON
THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER
I’LL LIVE THROUGH IT
KING OF MY HEART
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
CALVARY’S THE CURE
ALMOST HOME
LORD HELP ME
YOU ARE THERE

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Brian & Angela Monehan

What a pleasant surprise and I’m not even sure why or what I was expecting from these two very talented individuals, since I had seen and heard about Brian and Angela as a husband and wife duet, but I also knew them from their past success, where they are no strangers to those Southern Gospel Music fans. Brian traveled and sang with Kevin Spencer and Angela traveled and sang with The Perry Sisters. They have put together a wonderful new project that is filled with just really strong songs lyrically and musically about faith, hope, trust and everyday life as we strive to serve Him better. I am sure that many of these songs were written from the heart of a Pastor, since Brian and Angela pastor a church in Natchez, Ms.

The project is very well produced and has a strong flavor of solid country tones mixed with some wonderful tastes of southern gospel. Brian and Angela Monehan’s music will appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. The project starts off with a sassy tune, HOPE IN THE LIVING GOD, and then it leads into a song of heart entitled, I TALKED TO HIM which features the talented legendary Kevin Spencer. Not sure who wrote the lyrics on songs on this project, but what a gift. Every song has a sweet refreshing feel of just everyday life, which consists of struggles and victories, mountain tops and valleys. Several of my favorites are, THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER (great concert opener), KING OF MY HEART, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU (love this one), ALMOST HOME is all of our hearts cry and prayer for that sweet day of seeing Him…the project finishes with two songs that will speak to the heart of the listener, LORD HELP ME (cry-prayer of asking Him to help us, and then a great song of hope, YOU ARE THERE.

This project really made me want to dig deep into their ministry and music and find out more about them, and I am really looking forward to seeing them at some point in time. This CD from BRIAN and ANGELA MONEHAN will be a welcome addition your music collection, and I am fairly certain you will find yourself listening to it over and over and over and over again.



Song List:

HOPE IN THE LIVING GOD
I TALKED TO HIM (W/Kevin Spencer)
I DON’T NEED ANOTHER REASON
THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER
I’LL LIVE THROUGH IT
KING OF MY HEART
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
CALVARY’S THE CURE
ALMOST HOME
LORD HELP ME
YOU ARE THERE

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A Changing World

For I am the Lord, I do not change. Malachi 3:6

Isn’t it wonderful to know that we serve a God who does not change? The absolutes that He has set in place since the creation of Adam and Eve may be redefined by man, but they have never changed.

He created man in His image and gave us the right to make our own choices, even to the choosing of hell over Heaven. He will let us take any road that we may choose. He will let us make our own choices and take paths to certain and sure destruction, IF we so choose.

However, He did not leave us helpless or hopeless. He left us His Word to direct and guide the choices and paths that we take. If we choose to accept Him as Savior, He places His Holy Spirit within us to assist us in the decisions we make. He is a loving Father who has promised to never leave or forsake us. I know that promise is true, because of His faithfulness to me during my life. I am no one special that He should be mindful of me, but He takes the time to visit me when I take time to visit with Him. He is a true and faithful friend and just what the world needs, but there are many who do not know or accept that concept. That is why it is more important today, more than ever before, that God’s people live for Him and have a testimony of His goodness and grace.

We need to use our freedom of choice to worship by attending His house-the church. I don’t mean every now and then; I mean weekly or every time that your church meets. And when you attend, don’t just practice ritualistic or routine worship. I like the words in a song that says, “I’m all churched out.” We need to experience God afresh and anew each time we meet with Him and not just go through the motions of “church.”

The Church, which is the Bride of Christ, is being persecuted today more than any other time in my life, and I am 78 years old. God’s Word is ridiculed and made fun of on television, in magazines, in comedy sketches, in speeches and in other various forms of media or social gatherings. There could be an entire book written on the depravity of this country-and we call this a “Christian” nation. God said you are “lukewarm and I will spew you out of my mouth.”

I do not write this to the lost person, because God does not expect anything from the lost man other than to choose to let Him in their lives. However, if you are a born-again child of God, He expects you to live a life of purpose in serving and contributing to His cause, His Kingdom and your fellow men.
Our world and our country are in this state of sin and depravity because good people do nothing but complain and God’s children are absent from the altar, from God’s house and from their own prayer closet. God will not hold the sinner responsible for the shape this world is in at this present day. However, He will hold His children who neglect to live for Him as the responsible ones. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Father, help Your children to awake from their slumber and arise to live for You.

Amen

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Karen Harding

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Keep Trusting

One of my favorite Hymns is "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus". I want to encourage someone today to keep trusting! Turn it over to Jesus! It is SO hard, when we are going through something, to relinquish control. The thing is, when WE let go, HE takes over!! I'd rather let Jesus work it out!! He knows a lot more than I do! He knows what's best for me!

Get into His word! Trust him! Jeremiah 32:27(KJV) says: "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" The answer is "NO!!! Lord, there is nothing too hard for YOU!!!" Psalms 37:40(KJV) says "And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them, He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they TRUST in Him." I Trust Him!! He has NEVER failed me! He will never fail you either!! He is waiting for us to let Him help. Psalms 121:1-2(KJV) reminds us to do this: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth!"

We don't have to know HOW He will do it, we just have to TRUST that He will!!!!! He will give you peace. He will answer your prayers. He still heals. He is still our provider. He is still a way maker! He is everything we need! Let Him work it out! Don't stay up all night worrying about things. Let Him stay up and handle it! Let Him work it out! Stop fretting and start TRUSTING!! God's got this! Can somebody say AMEN? Blessings!

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Introducing The Guardians

Get to know The Guardians in their first ever feature with Absolutely Gospel!

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Ken Turner & Valor III - Songs of Praise


Producer: Valor III
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.valoriii.com

A few years have come and gone since Ken Turner, former bass vocalists for such groups as the Blackwood Brothers announced that he would be hitting the road with Statesville, NC based trio, Valor III. Valor III met Ken in Pennsylvania at a venue and sang a few songs together and the rest is history. Now, Ken is 80 years old and is still singing with Valor III. They’ve recently released Songs Of Promise which features veteran Ken Turner and newcomer Dustin Rowland as the group’s lead vocalist along with Jeff Rowland, tenor and Mark Moore, baritone and owner of the group.

Let’s take an in depth look at Songs of Promise, a project masterfully combining original songs with convention style songs of the seventies and eighties. LIFE WILL BE SWEETER is one of those songs that you may remember from days gone by. The tenor line is definitely a highlight of this track combined with tight harmony. GLAD FOR THE DAY was written by tenor, Jeff Rowland but has a convention style flavor that drives home the promise of being thankful for the love of Christ. I MUST TELL JESUS features Dustin Rowland with a strong melodic lead vocal as he sings this classic with passion. I’M FREE gives a little taste of what Ken has been doing for years...singing low! His bass melody shines through on this song as he hit some of the lowest notes in his career on this recording! Other songs on the recording include HE’S EVERYTHING TO ME, LORD I NEED YOU, JESUS CAME RUNNING, as well as other songs sung in the style of quartets that you’ve been listening to for many years! My favorite song on the recording was written by Jeff entitled, AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. If you’re looking for a strong salvation message with powerful lyrics, this will be your favorite as well!

After listening to this recording several times, I’m impressed with vocal ability, song lyrics, song selection, and the instrumentation of each track. I am giving this recording four stars without any hesitation whatsoever!



Song List:

Life Will Be Sweeter
Glad For The Day
I Must Tell Jesus
I’m Free
He’s Everything To Me
Lord, I Need You
Jesus Came Running
At The Foot of The Cross
I Shall Reach Home
That Heavenly Home

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Jim Sheldon

Put God First

That phrase was introduced to me by God 22 years ago. While seeking to serve Jesus again, I joined me first gospel quartet. It immediately felt good to be singing about and for Jesus! But, I didn’t want to go down another wrong path, no matter how good it felt. I prayed even harder to know this was God’s Will.

Then, I flipped my daily calendar over one day. The scripture was a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6. It said:”In everything you do Put God First and He will direct and crown your efforts with success.” Through this scripture God affirmed His Calling on my life and gave me peace in singing gospel music!
More importantly, God helped me realize He wants the most intimate relationship possible with me! In order to accomplish that, He must be in complete control of my life. That means, I must totally surrender myself to Jesus Christ! As the verse says; “In everything you do Put God First”. That is what I have strived to do since then.

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

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

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

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The Redback Hymnal

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “The B-I-B-L-E”

Books in libraries will eventually get old with time, and that’s a fact. Some books found there are classics in literature, while most others never aged very well at all.

A librarian friend of mine tells me books in her library, that have not been checked out within the past two years, will eventually find their way to a particular shelf to be sold. In that special area, the ‘ignored’ books will sell for 50 cents to a dollar each. If these books do not sell quickly, the library’s final action is to send them to a local thrift store.

If the authors of unread books were to learn their written works are no longer appreciated, I can only imagine how it would make them feel. It’s sad to say, but just as some books are eventually forgotten, so are many of the authors.

There is another Book, however, that will NEVER vanish away – even though it has been trampled upon by some, discarded by others, and even burned by those who despise its content. Portions of this Book have even been cut out by some to suit their philosophies or warped agendas, but God’s Word will remain FOREVER –– as will its Author.

Christians love to read THIS wonderful Book, one said to be the world’s best seller and most widely distributed of all books. Studies have shown that an estimated 2.5 billion copies of this Book were printed between 1815 and 1975. More recent totals show this number to exceed 5 billion copies.

Many Christians even grew up singing about this Book. With just eighteen words, “The B-I-B-L-E” is without a doubt one of the shortest of songs in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal. Found on page 332, this minuscule song declares, “The B-I-B-L-E, Yes, that’s the Book for me; I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E.”

That’s it! That’s the entire song. But that’s all it needs to say. Someone many years ago wrote a few lines about this precious Book, and they described their thoughts in the following manner:

*** “The B-I-B-L-E” ––– “This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy.

“The B-I-B-L-E” ––– It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven is opened, and the gates of hell are closed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.

“The B-I-B-L-E” ––– It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.

“The B-I-B-L-E” ––– It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given in life, will be opened at the Judgment, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy content.” ***

What is the Bible? It’s far more than any book you’ll find on a library bookshelf. It’s also more than just ‘a book’ printed with ink on paper and bound with leather. Although it is centuries old, the Bible is as up-to-date as news on any 24-hour cable news channel. There will NEVER be a time when the Bible is obsolete.

What is this magnificent Book that is made up of 66 different books? It is “Sacred,” for one, because it is divine in its origin. It is holy in its purpose and sacred in its message, for the message reveals Christ.

The Bible is a “Living Book,” for it gives and sustains life. “Holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Philippians 2:16).

Then too, the Bible is an “Eternal Book” – for it will never die. Its commandments, its testimonies, its judgments, and its precepts will live forever. The Psalmist recorded, “For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

I’ll occasionally study the Bible online, but there’s nothing quite as special as HOLDING a leather-bound Bible in my hands. Technology is great, and I’m happy to have the Bible app on my phone to read while on a Metro Train or waiting at the mall, but when I’m at home or at church, I want to hold this precious Book in my hands while I read.

I cherish all my Bibles, but there’s more to owning Bibles than just collecting them inside a bookcase. The Bible must be read and studied daily. We’re reminded to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). [Study: “Be earnest.” “Be diligent.”]

What benefit does the Bible have on one who reads, studies, and applies this Book to their life? The answer is: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” and “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:105, 130). The written Word brings illumination, courage, and comfort. It also lights our way to keep us from falling.

As a “Sword,” the Word of God is a weapon that destroys sin. It is our surest offense and our strongest defense. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). In the Bible, we also learn we’re to “…take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

When I think of the song “The B-I-B-L-E,” I’m reminded of the first phrase that declares, “Yes, that’s the Book for me…”

*** “Yes, that’s the Book for me” – because as a “Fire,” God’s Word brings warmth, power, and purification. “…His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…” (Jeremiah 20:9).

*** “Yes, that’s the Book for me” – because as “Milk,” the Word of God nourishes the spiritual life for new babes in Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:2).

*** “Yes, that’s the Book for me” – because as “Bread,” the Scriptures are the foundation food of the spiritual life. (Isaiah 55:11). Many years ago, a well-known bread company advertised their bread as one that “helps build strong bodies 8 ways.”

For the Christian receiving the Word of God daily, the number is immeasurable in the ways this Book will help one spiritually. “…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

*** “Yes, that’s the Book for me” – because as “Meat,” the Word of God will help us be strong followers of Christ. Just as the physical body must have sufficient intake of protein daily, the spiritual life must not suffer lack in the meat of the Word.

“Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11). We can also be strengthened by His Word: “My soul melteth for heaviness: STRENGTHEN Thou me according unto Thy Word” (Psalm 119:28).

A soldier was killed many years ago while in the midst of a horrific battle, but for some reason his body was not discovered until some months later. His body was by then in a terrible state of decay, but when found, his skeleton finger still lay upon his opened Bible and pointing to “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

Although knowing his death was imminent, this soldier still turned to his Bible. I urge each one to have a renewed interest in reading and studying God’s Word. Make this Book your guide in life, as well as your pillow in death.

We’re living in the last days, folks, and we need God’s Word IN us as never before. These days are aptly described as “sinful,” “wicked,” and “extremely evil.” Without a doubt, we’re living in “perilous times,” just as 2 Timothy 3:1 describes.

“The B-I-B-L-E” you read each day may be tattered and torn, and its pages are most likely yellowed with age, but every word in it is as true as the day it was written. It has what you need. You have God’s Word. You can count on it!

–– Bill

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Historic Proportions: My Life and Gospel Music History

First let me share my appreciation to the Unthank Family for extending the invitation to me to write for this wonderful website. For several years, my dear friend John Crenshaw contributed his monthly column to this website, SG History 101, and I would never in a million years try to copy his body of work. Therefore this particular monthly column is a series of random thoughts written from a historical standpoint, and I will share personal memories, attempt tracking down long lost artists, discuss collectibles, and just generally cover one of my favorite subjects...the people who helped to shape this great music!

For my first article, please allow me the chance for you to get acquainted with me, and how gospel music, and its legends in particular, have shaped my life. I owe much of my knowledge of our music to lifelong friends like Crenshaw, Charlie Waller, Jim Sheets, Wayne Hilliard, Don Rupert, and Harold Timmons, just to name a few, but more than anything, I owe it most to my parents, Jerry and Glynda Kendall. It was a very hot July night in 1986 that I went to my first-ever concert. I was 3 years old and sat spellbound by the harmony, the entertainment, and the spirit of the performances that whisked across the stage of the Joyful Noise Supper Club in Atlanta, Georgia. It was, of all things, "Ol-Timer's Night" at the Joyful Noise, and the talent roster that night was pretty strong...Eva Mae LeFevre, The Sunshine Boys, The Harmoneers, and Connor Hall and the Homeland Harmony Quartet. The Sunshine Boys could still light up the stage with their fast spirituals, Eva Mae still had the fastest right hand in the business, and Eddie Wallace and Happy Edwards remain to this day two of the funniest men I have ever known. I still have the video from that night.

This night was not my first exposure to gospel music. My parents had been conditioning me for this night for the last three years. In fact, Eddie Wallace later told me that the first thing I did when my dad introduced me to him was scream "SUNSHINE BOYS!!!" at the top of my lungs (Eddie then jokingly accused my parents of brainwashing me). My dad owned a large stack of Sunshine Boys Langworth Transcription records (they recorded over 600 songs for Langworth during the 1950s), and we played them constantly. To go with it, my mom possesses one of the best soprano voices in the world, and she would sit me in her lap and sing right along with those records as only she could.

Just a few short months after the Joyful Noise concert, our family made the trip over the mountain to the Anniversary Concert for another group that would make a heavy impact on my life, The Palmetto State Quartet. Four groups headlined the concert that night...Palmetto State, The Masters V, The Kingsmen, and The Trav'lers. The Kingsmen commanded the stage unlike any other, and harmony of The Trav'lers is still unlike anything I've ever heard. The Masters V hit the stage in tuxedos with frilly shirts...wow! I had never seen anything like that, and they sang what quickly became one of my favorite songs, "First Day in Heaven". Then, not to be outdone on their big night, Palmetto took the stage with PINK jackets and PINK bow-ties. Joel Duncan, Jack Pittman, Jack Bagwell, and Eddie Broome sang "Standing By the River", and the place came unglued. Even though I was just a small child, I could see myself as the fifth singer on that stage wearing a tux singing alongside my heroes.

By the next year, Palmetto State's anniversary concert had evolved into the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, and over the next several years my family hauled me and my brother to every single GOGR, and we had a new yearly family tradition. I couldn't wait to see what JD, Hovie, Jake, James, Eva Mae, George, and Glen would do. Every year was a new adventure. Somewhere along the way, our family began friendships with all of the gentlemen whom I mentioned in the second paragraph, and my collection of old records, radio transcriptions, videos, pictures, etc., has thrived ever since. My brain hungered for musical knowledge more and more.

Fast forward a couple decades....February 28, 2009, and I am in Grand Saline, Texas (if you blink, you'll miss it), taking the stage for the first time with one of the oldest names in gospel music, The Melody Boys Quartet. For this very stage-frightened, inexperienced 25 year old to share the stage with Hall of Famer Gerald Williams, it was a very surreal experience. I had read books about gospel music history, listened to old records and tapes, met countless legends, and now here I was actually being a PART of gospel music history. The Melody Boys celebrated 60 years in gospel music that year, and it was one of the most active years the group had had in a long time. It was such an honor to be a part of that time! Down the road, I would get married and move back home to Georgia, later performing with two more outstanding groups, Freedom and The Rebels Quartet. I marveled each night over the fact that I actually had the opportunity to sing with performers of the caliber as John Rulapaugh and Josh Garner. Then the three years spent reviving the classic performances of the Rebels Quartet with Barry Patrick, Mike Young, Rick Fair, David Fair, and Justin Terry was simply a labor of love for me.

As you can plainly see, my whole life has been encompassed by our gospel music heritage. Although many of these performers I saw for the first time were past their heyday, they still handcuffed me to the music. A God thing perhaps? It is not just something I love, it is a part of me. None of us can minimize the impact that our immediate families make on our lives, but it's also the Gerald Williamses, Charlie Wallers, Eddie Wallaces, and John Crenshaws that have impacted my life to such a point that it would be a completely different one without having encountered them. Gospel music is engrained into my flesh and blood, and I will do everything in my power to preserve it.

I hope you will enjoy my contributions to this website, and that if you do not already have a knowledge and appreciation of our musical heritage, that you will gain that through what I share. To quote a wise man, "If you want to know where you're going, you'd better know where you've been!"

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Woman to Woman

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Mae Rambo

This month, Pam sits down with another behind-the-scenes lady of Gospel music - Mae Rambo, husband of Buck Rambo!

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Christian Fiction Queen: Only Uni

By: Camy Tang
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-27399-8

About the book:

Senior biologist Trish Sakai is ready for a change from her wild, flirtatious behavior. So Trish creates three simple rules from First and Second Corinthians and plans to follow them to the letter. No more looking at men as possible dates, especially non-Christians. Second, tell others about Christ. And third, she will persevere in hardship by relying on God. And just to make sure she behaves, she enlists the help of her three cousins -- Lex, Venus, and Jennifer -- the only Christians in their large extended family.

But Trish's dangerously tempting ex-boyfriend, Kazuo the artist, keeps popping up at all the wrong moments, and her grandmother, who has her eye on his family money, keeps trying to push the two of them back together again. Then there's Spencer, the hunky colleague at work who keeps turning Trish's thoughts in the wrong direction.

It just isn't fair! She's trying so hard, but instead of being God's virtuous woman, she's going nuts trying to stand firm against two hunky guys. Trish thought following her three rules would be a cinch, but suddenly those simple rules don't seem so simple at all.

Review:

Trish, next in line to inherit her family's title of "oldest single female cousin" now that Lex (from Sushi for One?) has a boyfriend, wants to take control of her life. Her wild, flirtatious behavior has left her unfulfilled and alienated her cousins and best friends, but most devasting of all has created a chasm between her and the Lord. Her desire for a turning point hits an all-time high when she discovers that her father's having an affair, her mother has a heart attack, and her control-freak Grandma keeps throwing Kazuo, her too-tempting (not to mention non-Christian) ex-boyfriend in her path. More than anything, Trish wants to feel pure before God again, but she doesn't know how He and her long-suffering cousins can possibly accept that her desire for change is real and genuine after witnessing so many failures. To prove her resolve, she creates three rules to follow from First and Second Corinthians - 1) no more looking at guys as potential date material, especially non-Christians, 2) witness to others about Christ, and 3) persevere and rely on God. However, her three simple rules turn out to be not so simple after all when Kazuo, bolstered by her grandmother's support, becomes temptingly considerate and attentive and handsome work colleague Spenser proves to be an irritatingly attractive distraction. With two temptingly handsome guys with vastly different motives pursuing her, can Trish ever hope to stick to her rules and transform her life?

I absolutely loved Lex's story in Sushi for One?, and couldn't imagine how Camy could possibly top that novel with a sequel - especially one that focused on cousin Trish, who I found to be rather self-centered and unlikable. However, Tang reveals that underneath Trish's bravado and occasionally flaky exterior is a heart full of hurt and confusion - having gone so far and given away so many pieces of herself, Trish doubts if she can ever be redeemed. Only Uni takes the strengths of its predecessor - the family dymanic, the snappy dialogue, the yummy food *wink*, and a sensitively handled spiritual thread - and deftly tackles the issue of a "backsliding" believer's journey into grace. Trish's desperate search for redemption and change, while liberally peppered with humorous episodes, is one of the most moving portrayals of God's grace that I've ever read. Tang's characters are so real they practically leap living and breathing from the page. Their emotions are so real you'll want to cry with them when they hurt, laugh out loud at their nutty escapades, and rejoice with their successes. Camy is one of the funniest authors I've ever read, but she balances humor like few can with healthy doses of real issues and emotional depth. I can't wait to read the prickly Venus's story in Single Sashimi, releasing in September. Bravo to Camy for delivering another winner!

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Eighth Day - I’m Gonna Say It


Producer: Monty Lane Allen
Label: Butler Music Group
Website: http://www.eighthdaymusic.com

I remember the first time I heard Eighth Day about 10 years ago…I was impressed with them then and I remain impressed with how they stay fresh and relevant with their songs. They have a distinct country style that is reminiscent to that of Karen Peck & New River with a bit of Jeff & Sheri Easter, Freemans, Dunaways and Whisnants thrown in, but their sound is uniquely their own. They are one of the few groups I can easily pick out on radio, which testifies to the uniqueness of their sound. Consisting of husband and wife team, Scott and Joni Robinson along with Derek Parker and resident songwriter, Monty Lane Allen, this is their best recording to date and will definitely yield some wonderfully memorable songs that we’ll be enjoying for a long time to come!

The title song, “I’M GONNA SAY IT”, featuring Scott, gets things started out right and really sets the tone for the recording as it proclaims, “I’m gonna say it, I’m gonna sing it, I’m gonna play, I’m gonna preach it, ‘cause it ain’t shining a light for the lost if it ain’t about the blood, if it ain’t about the cross!” The song leads perfectly into, “JESUS KNOWS”, which features Joni.

As the featured vocalist in the group, Joni is featured on several songs including the comforting, “EVEN IN THE WIND”, the easy going feel of “HE IS MINE”, the challenging song of faith, “SOMEBODY’S BLESSING”, the driving “MERCY AMONG US” and the emotionally tinged, “WINGS” (with the recent loss of my mom, this song is especially meaningful to me). All these songs showcase the diversity of the Joni and the group.

Derek also is a diverse vocalist and along with the title song, he sings the blues feel of “IT WON’T BE LONG”, the novelty feel of “GOOD LORD’S BEEN GOOD TO ME”, the acoustic timbre of “ROCK OF AGES BY AND BY” and the power ballad and triumph of the recording, “SHADOW OF HIS HAND”, which is the strongest song found on here.

Not to be outdone, resident songwriter Monty Lane Allen is featured on the self penned standout ballad, “WAITING FOR YOU TO NOTICE ME”.

This is one of the finest releases for 2015 and I dare say the best offering from Eighth Day. It truly is a masterpiece and an outstanding piece of work from song selection, musicianship, vocals, arrangements, etc. The songs are paced well, very well written and flawlessly executed. If you’ve not taken the time to enjoy the music of Eighth Day, let this be your official introduction!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – I’m Gonna Say It**
2 – Jesus Knows
3 – Even in the Wind
4 – He is Mine**
5 – Somebody’s Blessing**
6 – Mercy Among Us
7 – It Won’t Be Long
8 – Wings**
9 – Good Lord’s Been Good to Me
10-Waiting for You to Notice Me**
11-Rock of Ages By and By**
12-Shadow of His Hand**

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Worship & Evangelism

Too often we view worship as a 10-15 minute music set on Sunday mornings (or Saturday evenings.) We put worship in a box to fit the institutional church order and most of us leave worship there from Sunday to Sunday. I am convinced worship is connected to every aspect of our living and breathing. However, if we believe worship belongs in the box we are not only selling ourselves short but doing a disservice to the community around us
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To paraphrase Louie Giglio, if we worship with our lives then we love our neighbors. Giglio sees loving our neighbors as ourselves as an act of worship. Caring for a widowed neighbor or sickly co-worker is an act of worship to the King of Kings. In this we worship God through obedience, love for our Creator, and appreciation for His creation. This is when evangelism multiplies in a community.

Evangelism begins not in a devised program, though they have proven helpful at times. Evangelism begins within a heart of worship. The heart of worship beats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the glory of God and His kingdom. Would you like to know how to better share your faith with your family, friends, and co-workers? Start by setting worship free from the box, finding freedom and joy in all you do as you worship your living God. We have been created to worship and therefore find great pleasure when the Source of our worship is God Almighty. With this understanding may we impact our communities for the glory of Christ and find great purpose in God’s kingdom as we worship Him.

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Janice Crow

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Writing When the Well Runs Dry

Back in the eighties there was a popular movie called "Baby Boom". Diane Keaton played a New Yorker, determined to leave the city behind and raise her newly acquired daughter on a huge farm in the New England countryside. She had no clue how to navigate life in the country, single motherhood and a money-pit of a house. After paying for a new roof, a new furnace and with funds almost gone, she discovers she has no water. She calls out the handy man who tells her the well has run dry. "Oh, is that all? There's a hose around back. Just fill it up", she said. After a hearty laugh he reiterates to her, "Nope, your well has gone dry. There is no water." "Can it be fixed?", she asked, anxiety rising in her voice. "Yep." "Is it expensive?", her next question. "Yep", came his answer. "Do you know how much approximately?" "Nope", he follows. "Guess!", she snaps. "Five, six thousand dollars." His answer launched her into one of the most hilarious and memorable meltdowns in movie history. "I'm not prepared for wells that run dry! I just want to turn on the faucet and have water. I don't care where it's coming from!", and then she keels over as she screams "ANOTHER SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS"!

But seriously, what do you do when the well runs dry? I'm a small town girl, so I had to ask someone who knows. First, they tell me you can detect that your well is about to run dry if the tap water looks murky or muddy. There will be a change in the taste of the water and there may be air coming through the system causing the spigots to sputter. At this point you should check the depth of your well.

Sometimes you may only need to adjust the placement of the water pump. In most wells these days the pump is submerged under the water, but if the water level sinks down below pump level, the pump will suck air instead of water. You need to have someone who knows what they're doing lower the pump to fix the problem.

If the well has been around a long time the amount of water will decrease because of sediment and mineral scale build-up. Here is where something called "hydrofracking" comes in. They tell me that hydrofracking is a technique that injects high-pressured water into the depths of your well to open up fractures in the surrounding rock to improve the flow. You can also have your well deepened, they say, and the deeper the well goes the more likely new fractures containing water will be found. There are times, though, when you just need to dig a new well.

If you are one of my readers who labors under the delusion that I have an inexhaustible supply of stories and self-deprecating humor to somehow weave into a Biblical principle, I'm sorry to disappoint you; and as a songwriter, there are times when song ideas are as scarce as the legendary dodo bird. Vanished. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, that jolt of inspiration I long for is nowhere to be found. Like Diane Keaton's character, I just want inspiration and I don't care where it comes from. It's in those moments I begin to question my calling, wonder what I'm here for and teeter on the precipice of despair.

It never occurred to me that the water of inspiration can be hindered or stop flowing altogether and there are telltale signs it's happening. First, everything begins to look cloudy. Everything is wrong and nothing is right. The whole world seems dark and ugly. Then my own words leave a bad taste in my mouth. I've gone from speaking love, hope and joy to hopelessness and defeat. I've allowed my spiritual pipes to be filled with the devil's hot air and the next thing I know I'm sputtering and spewing nonsense instead of flowing grace like a river. Is it time to resubmerge and immerse myself in God's word? Probably.


Even as a long time Christian, I'm not immune to the sediment and gunk that wants to build up. A little hurt here, a little bitterness there, a little unforgiveness and soon the pipes seem hopelessly clogged. I don't enjoy those times when the high pressure is applied to the stony parts of my heart, but God knows my potential and that there is more in me than I'm giving and He is anxious to draw it out. Maybe I'm just too shallow and need to deepen my walk with the Lord.

It's possible, too, I just may need to dig a new well elsewhere. The old well may have served its purpose for an appointed time, at a specific place, but could it be time to move on? I don't know. I ponder all this in an effort to get the waters flowing again. In the meantime, I sing this song:

"Come, thou fount of every blessing
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love."

Janice

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The Williamsons

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Leave It There

I have always felt that the old hymns of the church were one of God's most precious ways of communicating with His people. The simple melody and timeless message contained within their structure is sometimes all we need to hear to turn our situation around and put our focus back to where it should be. "Leave It There" is a perfect example of this great combination.

Whatever you are facing, whether financial, physical or spiritual, God can handle it. Trust Him! Listen to this...

FINANCIAL NEED
"If the world from you withholds of its silver and its gold and you have to get along with meager fare. Just remember in His word how He feeds the little bird. Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there!"

PHYSICAL NEED
"If your body suffers pain and your health you can't regain and your soul is almost sinking in despair. Jesus knows the pain you feel. He can save and He can heal! Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there!"

SPIRITUAL NEED
"When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail. Don't forget that God in Heaven answers prayer. He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through! Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there!"

Then there's this awesome chorus!
"Leave it there! Leave it there! Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there! If you'll trust and never doubt He will surely bring you out! Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there!"

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Artists

King's Heralds

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July Was A Hot And Busy Month

It's hard to believe that August is upon us. Where has the time gone?

July was a hot and busy month. We spent the majority of our time in Texas and Oklahoma. However we did get a break from the heat in Oregon and for that we were greatful.
While in Oregon we had the pleasure of singing at the Tri-City Baptist Temple in Gladstone. We had a wonderful time helping them celebrate their 42nd Anniversary. We enjoyed spending the entire day with them.

From there it was back to to the heat and humidity of good ole Nashville. Our next adventure will be in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Come on out and be a part of it! You can see where we're going to be by checking the schedule on our website. http://Www.theheralds.org. We look forward to seeing you!

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Daniel Mount - Industry Insider

Crossroads Music Group's Daniel Mount is this month's newest Industry Insider!

Chris Unthank: First Daniel, introduce yourself and give your history with Southern Gospel music for those who may not know you.


Daniel Mount: I grew up singing hymns and praise songs in church. But I didn't discover Southern Gospel until I was 18. I noticed the Cathedrals' CD High and Lifted Up in the library, and just on a whim, I decided to borrow it.

Once I’d heard a recording of mediocre vocal performances accompanied by a cheap electric organ and assumed that was Southern Gospel. Thirty seconds in, I knew that was a misconception!

Two songs in, after hearing "Death Has Died," I was a fan. That song remains one of my favorite Cathedrals songs to this day.

CU: Explain to our readers what your job is what you do on a day to day basis.

DM: I manage seventeen websites for the company and our artists. But I’m blessed to have days with a lot of variety, too—marketing, proofreading, IT, and statistical analysis.

CU: How did you land at Crossroads? What brought you and the company together?

DM: They learned about me from Southern Gospel Journal, a news website I ran for eight years (2006-2014). In 2008, they asked me to guest-blog for The Talleys during the National Quartet Convention. Then in September 2009, I guest-blogged for a number of their artist sites during NQC week. I started doing some part-time website work for them from Ohio in January 2010. In July 2010, they asked me if I'd go full-time and move down to North Carolina, and I said yes. So I’ve been a Southerner for five years as of this week!

CU: Since your time with Crossroads, what are some of your favorite recordings to have been a part of? What made those recordings so special?

DM: Given how many good artists we work with, I think it would be unwise to name favorites. smile

5. How has the industry changed, particularly in the areas of internet and technology, since you started?
Back in 2006, you had to go to a news website or Singing News to learn what your favorite artists were doing. Now, you follow them directly through social media. It's been good for artists, good for fans, and good for the industry.

CU: What challenges do you see our industry facing due to the changes in technology and how music is distributed?

DM: In a world of Spotify and Netflix and YouTube, it is more important than ever to present something people want to hear. If we put music out that’s not compelling, something compelling is one click away.

We can’t settle for okay songs; we need to find, record, and promote great songs.

Live music is a necessary component of concert experiences that will draw new fans into this genre of music. I’m not saying every Southern Gospel band has to have five musicians; sometimes a good pianist is enough.

CU: You also dabble in songwriting. Tell us about your history there as well as any plans you have for it in the future.

DM: I've been honored to have had a few cuts, including one on Freedom Quartet’s latest project (“Yet You Call,” co-written with Dianne Wilkinson). Right now I'm focusing on writing music for congregational singing.

CU: What are some current releases or upcoming titles that you are working on that get you excited to still be working in this industry


DM: Given how many good artists we work with, I think it would be unwise to name favorites. smile

CU: Do you ever have plans to return to the blogging world?

DM: Perhaps. smile

CU: What has God been teaching you lately?

DM: Patience, for sure. In January, I injured my hips and lower back in a class at a local gym. My recovery has been slow and tested my patience.

I’ve also been working for several years on a book project on the topic of how Christians should use language. As I read through the Bible each year, I’ve been amazed at how much it speaks to this topic. I’ve been taking copious notes and forming those into a preliminary draft.

Thanks for inviting me to do this!

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Daily Devotion

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Do You Know Him?

That I might know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:10 (NKJV).

Several years ago I met a incredible lady named Susan. She was always upbeat and loved life. It was obvious that she knew Lord. She would share Him with anyone who would listen. Susan was always going out of her way to speak a kind word or to do a kind deed. But she had a secret that she hid it very well, something that she didn't want anyone else to know. As a matter of fact I had known her for a couple of years before she finally told me. She was terminally ill. When I asked her why she didn't want anyone to know she said, " Oh, I just don't want anyone feeling sorry for me. There are others worse off than I am."

As the months went by I could see she was getting weaker and weaker but she never complained. The last time we spoke she told me that the doctors had done all they could do. I asked how she was handling it. She simply said with a smile, " I told God that that if He was ready to take me I'm happy to go and that if He has something else for me to do on his earth than I' happy to stay. Whatever will bring Him he most honor and glory that's what I want ."

I can't remember meeting anyone who so powerfully embodied today's verse. It's only after we've gotten to know Him that God will give us the strength and grace to do the same. Do you know Him?

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News & Scoops


Amber Nelon Thompson Wows With New Solo Project

Hendersonville, TN (July 30th, 2015) – Amber Nelon Thompson is no stranger to music. As a third generation singer, Amber has followed in her mother, Kelly Nelon Clark, and grandfather, Rex Nelon’s shoes as a gifted communicator of the gospel. The Dove Award nominee has been a regular on the Gaither Homecoming stage and videos since childhood, and has recently stepped out as an incredibly talented soloist, while still traveling full-time with her family, The Nelons.

Amber Nelon Thompson’s new Daywind solo release, Just Sing, is no exception to the standard of excellence that is synonymous with the Nelon name. The full-length follow up to 2014’s EP, Without Your Love, Just Sing is chock-full of light-heartedly fun melodies, relevant lyrics and powerhouse ballads. Produced by Jason Clark and with guest appearances by Bill Gaither, Michael English, The Nelons and Joseph Habedank, the project spans across generations and genres, leaving everyone who hears it with a smile.

“Amber has a special gift and it shines through on every song of Just Sing,” adds Scott Godsey, VP and A&R Director of Daywind Records. “It’s more than just great singing, this is an exceptional collection of songs that will encourage the listener. Amber has the ability to make a lyric come alive when she sings. We are excited about the opportunities surrounding this project and what the future holds for Amber as an artist!”

Just Sing is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1.800.635.9581.

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Daily Devotion

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The Potter

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. . . . Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand” (Jeremiah 18:4, 6).

I love tea sets. The first one I ever received was from my husband. He bought it for me while on a trip to Russia. It’s delicate and dainty—almost paper thin. It’s beautiful, but I would never use it. It is strictly something to look at. It sits in my china hutch in the dining room along with many other tea sets which I have collected through the years. Most of them have come from other countries—China, Italy, Germany, Ireland, and some from places closer to home, but special to me as well. I open the glass door and dust them off occasionally.

When I read this passage, I’m reminded of all the vessels that I have that are untouchable and also, the ones I am most thankful for—the useful ones.

The word marred suggests two variations in meaning: “morally corrupt” or “physically ruined.”The potter has to take the marred clay and use it for another purpose. He can do what- ever he wishes to do with it. He can make one vessel to be put up on the shelf and admired.Another vessel may be one that is not so pretty, but very useful. It’s up to Him to decide.

I love to look at the beautiful vessels, so perfect in every way, but they’re not very practical. When I’m hungry and thirsty where do I go to get useful vessels? I go to the ones behind closed cabinet doors or drawers in the kitchen that no one opens except those who are familiar with what’s contained inside. Some have a few “stress” marks from years of use and abuse. A few are a little dingy from the mix of detergent and scalding hot water in the dishwasher. Some, sad to say, weren’t even made by the potter at all.They’re fake and made of plas- tic, but they suit my purposes well. I’ll keep them as long as I can use them.

God, the Potter, should be allowed absolute authority in our lives to decide what type of vessel we are to be. It’s so easy to look at others and wish we had been the kind of vessel they are. But we would be surprised that others are looking at us and feeling the same way.The important thing is, just do your best at being God’s vessel, no matter how bright or dull you may feel. He knew the best place to put you where He could use you to best suit His purposes.Trust the Potter. He doesn’t make junk.

Paula’s Prayer
God,You are the Potter and I am the clay. I trust You to make me into whatever kind of vessel You want me to be. I will willingly be used of You in whatever capacity You choose. If I have cracks in my vessel, let Your light shine through them, so others
will know they don’t have to be perfect either.

Amen.

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News & Scoops

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Prayer Requested For Gerald Crabb

According to several FaceBook pages Gerald Crabb is scheduled at 5:30AM in the morning to have surgery for a triple bypass.
He reportedly has 85% blockage in all three arteries.

It was known over the weekend, that he wasn't feeling good, so they called in nitro pills to help him through a revival he was ministering in.

Please pray for Gerald as he goes through this serious time of the operation and recovery.

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News & Scoops


The Goulds Release Long Awaited CD - Where Are The Voices

Joplin, Missouri (July 29, 2015) Quickly rising in Southern Gospel Music, family group, The Goulds have released their most exciting project yet. With songs written by some of the best writers ever, this CD is going to become a must have for every Gospel Music fan.

Being a young group they had some obstacles to overcome, but this CD proves that they have been up to the task and are now well on their way to the top of the field in Gospel Music.

One of the biggest hurdles was crossed when outstanding producer Jim Brady came on to take charge of this project. Jim has a way of bringing the best out in an artist and even taking them to levels they never dreamed they could go to. That's exactly what happened on with this CD. You are going to hear matured voices, tighter harmonies, and progressive arrangements that are impressive.

Having some of the greatest songwriters in Gospel Music supplying the songs The Goulds have a new recording with ten strong songs on it. With writers like Rebecca Peck, Kenna West, Dianne Wilkinson, Rodney Griffin. Jim Brady, and others this CD can't help but be a winner.

The enthusiastic Patriarch of the group, Tim Gould stated, "We are so excited with what God is doing with our family and the music He so graciously allows us to sing. To be able to work this closely with Jim Brady is an incredible opportunity. Not only is he a great singer and songwriter, but he is a genuine man with a heart of gold who believes in our family. His friendship and mentoring means the world to us. This project has so many well known songwriters that we still have to pinch ourselves to make sure we have really recorded such a project. We had dreamed of recording songs from some of the top songwriters in our genre but never thought God would bring it about this quickly. Our hope and prayer is that the songs on this project not only lead people to Jesus but that it also inspires, encourages and meets the listeners needs in a way that only God could do.” .

Producer Jim Brady commented, "I have a special place in my heart for family groups, because it was with my family that I sang my first notes. The Goulds are a special family who works extremely hard at what they do and I can't help but appreciate how they minister with so much heart." .



Song List (in order of appearance on CD)

Jesus Speaking Peace
He Promised Me
There Is A Fountain
Cool Water
The Tears Fall
The Other Miracles
Amen Like Thunder
Where Are The Voices
I Found A Ransom
Love Never Ends

The project is available at their table when you see The Goulds in concert or on their website at http://www.gouldsmusic.com .
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Daily Devotion

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Where Is God

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like God was a million miles away?

Are you there now? Maybe you or a friend or family member is suffering or experiencing pain and you're asking the question... "Where IS God?"

Trust me, I've been there.

However, I have learned that God is close at hand, even when we don't feel Him. God is close to us.

Jeremiah 23:23 "Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?"

God cares about our pain.

Matthew 11: 28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

God wants to comfort us.

Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

God wants us to TRUST Him.

Romans 8:28: "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose"

God doesn't ask us to understand His ways, but He asks us to Trust Him.

Give God your pain. He can handle it. He can also handle your honesty. Talk to Him and let Him hear from your heart.

Where is God? He's waiting for us.


Prayer starter: "Father, I admit I don't understand your plan. It doesn't make sense to me, but I know you've never failed NOR lied to me. Help me to trust YOU. Help my unbelief. In Jesus name, Amen."

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News & Scoops


The Freemans Bus Catches Fire On Way Home From Canadian Tour

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (July 28, 2015) Nationally known and multi-award winning Gospel artist, The Freemans bus caught fire in Canada about 30 minutes after leaving a show on their last Canadian Tour Date late Sunday evening as they were headed back home to Hendersonville.

Caylon Freeman, drummer for the band saw smoke in the bunk area of the bus and went for the fire extinguisher. The driver was able to pull over immediately where everyone exited the bus. Witnesses say it appeared to be an electrical fire which was isolated to the bunk areas. The fire was contained and they were able to travel the rest of the way home with the power cut off to that area of the bus. There were three other people on the bus at the time the fire started which included singers Chris, Darrell and Joe Freeman.

Chris Freeman stated, "We are so grateful to have been on the bus at the time and were able to take immediate action. We had just fueled the bus and were headed home. If we had been away from the bus it could have been a very different story. We thank God for his protection over us.”

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News & Scoops


Joseph Habedank Announces Scholarship For Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music

July 27, 2015 (Nashville, TN) – Joseph Habedank, award-winning soloist, songwriter and Daywind Records artist, had a little surprise up his sleeve this past week. During an appearance the week of July 20, 2015 at Ben Speer’s Stamps Baxter School of Music, Habedank surprised the school by announcing that he was funding a full scholarship for the 2016 Class. The announcement, a visible surprise to Ben Speer and others, was received with a standing ovation, applause and cheers from the crowd.

Ben Speer, President, commented: “We are so appreciative of Joseph's support of the school. His gift of a full scholarship will enable a deserving student to attend that otherwise would not be able to do so.”

"It's great to see a young guy like Joseph already giving back to Gospel music by making the way a little bit easier for those who will be the future!, said Stephen Speer, Vice President.

“I truly believe we are blessed to be a blessing to others,” stated Habedank. “I would not be doing what I love today had it not been for people who believed in me and gave me a chance. I consider it an honor, privilege and blessing to be able to give back to someone through this scholarship fund. I love Ben Speer and the entire Speer family and their legacy of excellence is continued through this school.”

During the evening concert appearance at the school, Habedank performed familiar favorites and a few new tunes from his Welcome Home project - including his current single, “Beauty of the Blood,” a powerful song that is connecting with audiences across the country and impacting lives. “Every week, someone shares what this song has meant to their lives - either through a conversation after a concert, through social media, or email. It truly is amazing the power of a song. I am thankful God chose to bless me with this song.” It currently hold’s the #14 position on the Absolutely Gospel Weekly Radio Chart.

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Daily Devotion

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How to Activate Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive a brother or sister who sins against me?"

As sure as the sun shines, you will face moments of being offended. Offenses can be your tombstone or your stepping stone into the grace of God. Always remember that while trouble is not optional, misery certainly is. Offenses must never dominate your life.

I recently read again the story of Joseph. His own brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery. When he had a chance to take vengeance on them, he chose rather to forgive them. Studying him and other Bible characters, I've learned what I call the "Formula for Forgiveness."

Try it for yourself the next time you are offended by someone:

1. Don't curse it. Never disdain an offense as something that is unimportant or as something that will never work for your good.

2. Don't nurse it. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. Remember: "All that live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12).

3. Don't rehearse it. Tell it only to Jesus, and quit running to everyone else trying to reenact and retell it all over again. Besides, it gets worse every time you replay it.

4. Disburse it. Your problem will become God's problem once you let it. Remember: "Casting all your care on Him, because He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).

5. Let God reverse it. He will turn it around for His glory. The question is not, "Will offenses come?" The question is "What will you do with them when they come?"

Joseph said to his brothers, "What you meant for evil, God turned into my good." That applies to you, as well.

Our Heavenly Father will reverse the attack and assignment of the enemy, if you will guard your heart and not allow your offenses to turn into bitterness.

What a great formula for forgiveness.

It works every time.

Try it.


Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Southern Gospel Artist and Songwriter Lee Southerland Passes Away

The Gospel music industry lost a dear friend, splendid songwriter, and an outstanding musician this past week, in the passing of Lee Southerland. His obituary reads:

“Lee Southerland, 77, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Mr. Southerland was born on June 19, 1938 in Greenville, South Carolina to Ralph and Beulah (Rice) Southerland.

He was a talented musician and songwriter, playing the piano and tuning pianos in Middle Tennessee for many years. He also served many years as a bus driver for a number of singing groups. He will be remembered by many for his amazing sense of humor, as well as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alanda Southerland; a daughter, Kim Southerland Higgs; two sons, Steve and Greg Southerland; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.”

On a personal note, I first learned of Lee Southerland not long after 1961. That was just after he and his brother Joe had written the Gospel song, “I NEED JESUS.” Lee and Joe also had a great music teacher in their father, for Ralph Southerland was also a superb writer of many Camp Meeting & Convention songs.

I got acquainted with Lee just over five years ago, and I soon found him to be a true friend. I’ll miss his phone calls and funny Emails, and I’ll miss his talent, his humor, and his great kindness. In fact, all of Gospel music will miss this dear Christian friend.

I call up the 1961 song written by the Southerland brothers for such a time as this. The chorus reads: “O, I need JESUS – to carry me through, Along life’s journey, Yes, you need Him too; And when you’re in trouble – don’t know what to do, Just call on JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, He’ll carry you through.”

I encourage each one to pray for Alanda and for all the Southerland family. They will need our prayers, and JESUS can certainly “carry (them) through.”

–– Bill Lloyd

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 27, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
13
Time Machine Browders
1
2
1
17
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
3
4
13
Shout Williamsons
3
4
3
13
He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
5
8
10
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
5
6
5
18
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
7
6
25
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
8
12
19
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
9
16
9
Somebody Prays Guardians
9
10
9
15
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
11
15
17
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
11
12
13
6
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
12
13
10
19
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
14
19
16
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
15
25
11
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
15
16
20
21
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
17
24
15
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
18
18
10
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
15
19
11
6
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
20
21
7
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
20
21
23
20
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
22
22
27
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
23
17
18
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
24
28
5
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
24
25
32
5
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
25
26
14
16
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
14
27
34
9
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
17
28
29
17
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
29
31
6
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
19
30
26
4
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
26
31
35
6
I Have a Home McKameys
31
32
**
9
I Want the World to See (Jesus In Me) Taylors
21
33
30
17
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
34
37
12
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
35
36
16
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
36
33
11
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
25
37
**
2
Living In Harmony Triumphant
34
38
40
2
Arise My Love Akins
38
39
38
2
Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, Amen Dixie Melody Boys
38
40
*
1
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Exhausted?

I had an unusual dream the other night. I dreamt I was in a maze where I had to jump up on boxes and then shut two doors and continue to run and jump up on more boxes, which led to two more doors, and so, it continued. The whole time a lion was chasing me! I was becoming exhausted and I quickly noted the flimsy doors I was slamming shut was no match for the lion’s strength. He would jump through them as if they were paper. He was not letting up. I noticed my energy was quickly depleting — though the lion looked more determined than ever and I knew I would soon be kibble-n-bits for him.

As I woke up, my heart was racing and the thought came, stop running and resist!

6Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined],… —1 Peter 5:6,8,9a

I have two cats. My cats think they are lions.  The motion of a running bug across the carpet only provokes them into hunting action. Now, there is no way a little bug could stand up to my two, savage, little beasts. My cats might bite a couple legs off and keep playing with them until the bug was dead, but the bugs are completely out matched.

If we are trying to handle things in our own strength, trying to outwit the problem, we will simply be worn down and enticed by the enemy to lose the fight. Is it any wonder why we are so exhausted? We will quickly become like the tiny bug — squashed by the predator.

How we position ourselves will determine our outcome. Who we submit to will determine our end.

Are we trying to figure it out on our own, or are we on our knees, telling the Lord we don’t have the strength, the power or the “know—how” to continue? We know God promises His strength will be perfected in our weakness!

Are we running scared, or standing with boldness, pushing back with the authority Christ has given us?

When you know you will be the winner in the end, it is easier to stand and fight!
“But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” —Matthew 24:13

“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has in store for us.” — Romans 8:18 (Phillips)

Ephesians 6:12b-14 (Phillips)
12We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.
13-14Therefore, you must wear the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when you have fought to a standstill, you may still stand your ground.

Whenever you have fought until it has come to a standstill, someone has to compromise. Satan will always tempt you to compromise, after all, it looks like no progress is being made or ever will be made. He may whisper to you, “Things will never change, just give up!” STAND YOUR GROUND! Do NOT believe the devil’s lies. You are fighting a real enemy. Be determined that YOU won’t be the one to compromise. The Greater One lives inside of you! And to borrow a line from the preaching of Jerry Barnard, “The devil’s schemes are no match to the Holy Spirit’s strategies.”

Are we running in our own strength, or are we putting on the whole armor of God.

When it comes to the things God has promised you, you must be bold, hard, stubborn, and unyielding. The enemy desires to wear you out! (Daniel 7:25) But remember, we give no place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27)

Be determined, in this standoff, I will NOT be the one to compromise! With the armor of God, submitting to the Almighty God and the power of the Holy Spirit on the inside…the enemy is “toast!”

Do not become exhausted doing it your own way! In Christ, YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!

How can we submit to God today? Take these scriptures and read them for yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you today…and He will!

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Daily Devotion

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Things Mom Used To Say!

Hey, can you remember some of the things your Mother said to you when you were growing up? You know, "WIPE YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU COME IN HERE!", or "CLOSE THAT DOOR! YOU DON’T LIVE IN A BARN!" and here’s a great one, "IF YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING NICE, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!" Well, I hope her voice is still ringing in your ears. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Look, you may NOT have appreciated Mom’s constant WORDS of WISDOM way back then, but OH, just to hear her voice again would be wonderful. I catch myself repeating my Mother’s words and passing them along to my children as well. And, that’s what the Lord wants us to do with His words, too.

The scriptures quote Jesus repeating "I SAY UNTO YOU," and in John 15:20, Jesus said, "Remember the words I spoke to you." Then, in John 6:47 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, he who believes in Me has EVERLASTING LIFE."

So, just as Mom’s words live on and on in your memory, remember the WORDS OF JESUS and pass THEM along as well. Because, someone you meet TODAY needs to be reminded of them.

It’s Pastor Phil, hoping you’ll REMEMBER with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Debut of Concept Video “Empty Pews” Back Home with Guest Scott Fowler

Nashville, TN (July 23, 2015) Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne), from South Pittsburg, TN are debuting their 3rd concept video called "Empty Pews" today. The song "Empty Pews" is a very important song for those in ministry and the church. The video focuses on the pastoral role. In the video, you will see a pastor pouring out his heart in a sermon only to discover he's doing so to an empty church because he doesn't feel he can do so with his congregation. The idea for the song came after Jennifer read multiple stories of pastors leaving the ministry, becoming atheist, committing suicide, etc and wanted to do something to bring attention to the matter in a loving way. She brought the idea to a writing session with Mark Narmore and Kenna Turner West and the three wrote this song.
Back Home was joined by Dr. Tim Hill, Director of Missions for the Church of God, Scott Fowler of Legacy Five and Tennessee State Representative Kevin Brooks (role of Pastor) in the video that was filmed at the North Cleveland Church of God/Dixon Chapel in Cleveland, TN.

Scott Fowler expresses, "My dad was a bi-vocational pastor. I am very excited because I know this song and video will encourage pastors." Scott is also a featured guest vocalist on the duos newest CD.

Dr Tim Hill shares, "The first time I heard the song "Empty Pews" I knew that Jennifer Layne, Kenna Turner-West, and Mark Narmore had captured the heart of so many pastors in the United States of America and around the world, There's something here that speaks about the need to follow God and your calling; the drive to please so many people; and, yet, the disappointment when you're not able to. I hope that everybody who hears to this song and watches this video will be attentive to the lyrics but, more importantly, that they will listen carefully for the healing that flows through the lyrics in "Empty Pews.""

"We have had multiple TV Networks already asking for the video for their programming". (Jimmy Layne, Back Home) Additional information on Back Home can be obtained from the Adoration Agency's Sophia Davis at 1-615-590-7453

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Daily Devotion

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Rejoice In The Lord!

Rejoice in The Lord always; and again I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4 (KJV).

Years ago when I first read this verse I thought to myself, " Is that possible?" Notice the text didn't say rejoice in The Lord when things are going well, or when you're feeling thankful or happy or when you've got money in the bank! It says to rejoice in The Lord ALWAYS! What does always mean... It means all the time. It means to rejoice when things are good and when they're not so good. It means to rejoice when you have plenty and when you don't have enough. It means to rejoice even in sickness or in health. So the question becomes how do we do that?To be honest I' m not exactly sure. When I'm in an unpleasant situation my first response if I'm truly honest is to question why and then start complaining. I'm ashamed to admit it but its true.

Recently a friend of mine, who is also a pastor, lost his precious wife of over 30 years to cancer. For the last few months of her life he had taken a leave of absence from his church so that he could be her full time care giver.

After she had passed he sent an email to his church family. I was totally amazed when I read these words.

Dear church family,
The past few months have been very difficult. However, I am rejoicing because God has been right here with us throughout this entire process. My heart is heavy with grief but I am rejoicing because my wife is at peace and I know that I will see her again one day. Thank you for all of your prayers that you have prayed on our behalf. I am now looking forward to being able to resume my duties as your pastor and for that my heart rejoices as well.

As I read those words I know that I had seen this verse of scripture come to life before my very eyes.

May God give me the strength and grace to rejoice in Him ALWAYS!

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News & Scoops


Jason Crabb Honored With Street Name In His Hometown

NASHVILLE, TENN. – July 23, 2015 - GRAMMY® winner and 21-time Dove Award winning artist Jason Crabb was recently honored with a street name, “Jason Crabb Drive,” in his hometown of Beaver Dam, KY. This past weekend during a hometown show at the new, state-of-the-art Beaver Dam Amphitheater, the city surprised and honored Crabb with the street sign for the road entering the Amphitheater.
”We were thrilled to have Jason come home for this concert,” shared Mayor Paul Sandefur. “We were even more thrilled to show him how proud we are of him and his work by naming the street into Beaver Dam's new amphitheater after Jason, Jason Crabb Drive!" Sandefur, along with City Commissioners Charles Patton, Kevin Davis and Sandy Robinson, presented him with the honor.
Jason Crabb was performing in his hometown for the first time since he had laid his beloved grandmother to rest earlier this year so it was an emotional homecoming. “I can't even begin to tell you how shocked and humbled I am,” shared Crabb with his fans on Facebook. “I wish my Grandma and Grandfather could be here. I'm so proud to be from Beaver Dam. I can't believe this!”
The Beaver Dam Amphitheater opened this past fall and has already hosted to artists such as Merle Haggard, Newsboys, Aaron Tippin and more. The venue will host upcoming shows from Third Day in August and the Blue Moon Bluegrass Music Festival in October.

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Written: 07/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Guard Your Heart

Recently I heard a great quote: "The enemy knows the he cannot move the hand of God, but knows that he can change the heart of man."

Wow. How many times have I allowed the enemy to change my heart and I lost focus off of believing God's promises?

I begin to worry over a situation and think that either God isn't hearing my prayers or simply isn't concerned.

Has God ever once failed me? Never. Has He ever once lied to me? Never. Has He ever left me, even when I was NOT in His will? Never, not ever.

The enemy has his deceitful ways. Yes, he's powerful, but Our God has defeated him! God gives us the power through prayer and the Holy Spirit to conquer our fears and the enemy's lies.

God's Word tells us to Guard our heart.

Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

So how do we do that? By specifically praying that way.


Philippians 4: 6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

When the enemy comes at you (and he will!) stand firm on what you KNOW to be TRUE and purpose in your HEART to NOT be shaken.

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for allowing the lies of the enemy to saw me. I choose this moment to TRUST YOUR holy word and YOUR TRUTH!
I ask that you strengthen my heart! In Jesus name, amen."

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News & Scoops


Down Syndrome International To Honor Ashley DeRamus In India

DeRamus Also Raising Funds To Help India Christian Orphan School


Hoover, Alabama (July 21, 2015) Ashley DeRamus will be traveling to India August 7th through August 22nd. On the 21st Ashley will be honored by Down Syndrome International (DSi) as advocate of the year 2015.

Ashley is using this opportunity to reach out and help those in need by raising funds to assist a school in India. She is asking for your help to supply materials and some new programs. The money will be used to supply Friendship International School, a Christian Orphan School in India, when Ashley visits.

"I am so excited and honored to be able to travel to India and receive this award but even more excited to visit the school and help the children have what they need to learn.” Ashley stated.



Could you please support Ashley with a donation of what ever you can. All of the funds raised will go directly to the school. A Go Fund Me account has been set up for this cause. http://www.gofundme.com/zjag5wg .

Down Syndrome International (DSi) announces awards in voluntary, professional and scientific categories to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on the March 21st each year. These awards are officially handed over to winning nominees at the World Down Syndrome Congress every three years. The awards for 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be handed over to the winners at the welcome dinner of the 12th World Down Syndrome Congress, Chennai on 19 August 2015.

The Congress will focus on Panchtatvas – Social Awareness & Self determination, Health, Education & Employment, Support System, Rights and the Law for people with Down Syndrome.

For more information about Down Syndrome International go to http://www.wdsc2015.com/ .

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

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Written: 07/21/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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I Lost the Coat, But I Kept My Character

Question: How much is a good coat worth?

Short Answer: Not near as much as a good testimony.

Joseph had both, and he knew the value of each. One could be replaced with a few dollars, but the other was irreplaceable at any price.

One was made with a needle and thread over a few days, but the other was made with good choices, patient responses, and wise decisions over years of living day-by-day.

The story of Joseph beats anything currently airing on television or sitting on a bookshelf. It's full of drama, intrigue, and mystery. It appears to lack comedy throughout most of the story, except for what snickering Satan must have been doing. Be assured, however, without gloating or exercising any pride, Joseph got the last laugh.

He had already lived a difficult life.
He was hated by his brothers.
He was stripped of his coat of many colors.
He was thrown into a pit and forsaken.
He was sold into slavery.
He was slandered.
He was thought of least by those he had helped most.

When it couldn't get any worse, a woman tried to seduce him, told a lie about him, and laughed when her husband had him thrown into prison.

Scripture records that one day, as Joseph walked near Potiphar's wife,
she reached out and grasped his shoulder. In that instant, Joseph was immediately placed in a battle between right and wrong, but he never struggled with his decision. Almost instinctively, he simply ran away. Others would have taken a longer time to decide.

There's a good reason the apostle Paul said, "Flee youthful lusts" (2 Timothy 2:22).

Now, read these next lines carefully.
Some people, when confronted with temptation, ask themselves these two questions.

Question number one: "What's right?"

Question number two: "Now, what am I going to do?"

Joseph didn't have to ask. He had a heart for God, and nothing was worth
offending Him and losing his testimony with others.

I'm preaching now, in case you don't know.

A lifetime of integrity prepares you for a moment of temptation. A shoddy life of compromise leaves one vulnerable, and open for the enemy's sinister plan to bring you down.

Joseph's decision was made long before Potiphar's wife ever touched his shoulder. From his youth, he had made good decisions, one right after the other, and with each one, his character had become rock solid.

While none of us are above temptation, some of us are more prepared than others, and it comes down to one word, "Faithfulness."

Catch this image:

Potiphar's wife stands in the hallway grasping an empty coat. That's all she had to show for her wicked attempt to destroy a good man's name. Although for a while she used it as trumped-up evidence, Joseph's good character eventually vindicated his reputation.

What's your choice today?

Remember, you can always get another coat.



Tim Hill

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 20, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
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Time Machine Browders
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He Is Mine Eighth Day
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Shout Williamsons
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Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
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Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
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Battle Cry Kingsmen
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Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
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Power of the Cross Gold City
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Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
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Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
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One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
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When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
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I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
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Somebody Prays Guardians
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Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
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It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
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The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
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Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
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Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
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Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
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God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
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Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
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Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
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The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
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God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
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Unwanted Crowns Freemans
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What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
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When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
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He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
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Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
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He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
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I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
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I Have a Home McKameys
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Anything Zane & Donna King
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Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
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Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, Amen Dixie Melody Boys
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Arise My Love Akins
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Daily Devotion

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Be At Peace

When I was a minister of music here in Nashville at a local church, I was on a visitation with one of my Pastors. The person we were ministering to was dealing with an illness and would have to undergo more medical procedures. We prayed for her and reassured her we would be there for her. As we were leaving, the Pastor turned back to her, and with a bright smile, yet with deep sincerity, he said, “Be at peace”. You could see an overwhelming calm come over her as she took in those words. “Be at peace.”

Peace is a hard thing to come by these days. Just turn on the news! Recently, I have heard more and more people vocalize their fears. From Facebook to face at face encounters, people are restless—without peace. Inside the hearts of the young to the elderly, fear finds its victims. Fear reveals itself in many forms; from worry to panic attacks, it is all steeped in fear—with no rest in sight. This should be of no surprise as the Word tells us that Men’s hearts will fail them for fear. (Luke 21:26) I am not referring to a healthy fear; fear that is warning us, followed by an appropriate action. For instance, if we hear a fire alarm, a healthy reaction would be to leave the building with the fire in it. This is called fight or flight, or survival. However, many are experiencing fear because they simply have no peace. And when you are without peace, you cannot help others.

FEAR is a gripping emotion that can overtake us when we sense loss is about to occur. Fear comes in when our identity is threatened. When we are filled with fear, it is impossible to be at rest, or to “Be at peace.” HOW CAN I BE AT PEACE? When you are a part of a family as the son or daughter, you have an underlying calmness about you. You don’t have to look out for yourself; you are not on your own. When you are a seven year old in a family, you aren’t trying to figure out how you are going to pay the light bill. You have parents who provide for you, a last name that identifies you and you have siblings who take up for you. You became a son or daughter through covenant or birthright. It was through a covenant of marriage, between your mother and father, you became an heir. Covenant is a powerful word, yet not used in our everyday language. In the Old Covenant, blood would have to be shed from animals repeatedly to seal it. In the New Covenant the blood of Jesus, the very blood of God, was shed and satisfied the Old Covenant and bought our freedom through completing the New Covenant. The blood of Jesus made a way for us to call Jehovah God, Father!

A person with an orphan mentality is a person without an identity. Without protections or provisions. An orphan has to look out for himself, sleeping with one eye open; he’s never at peace; without any rights of his own. He has to always be on guard, he doesn’t have the luxury of serving others because he has to make sure he has enough. This is why God says through Paul, “Now we are no longer slaves but God’s own sons. And since we are his sons, everything he has belongs to us, for that is the way God planned.” (Galatians 4:7 TLB) Matthew 11:28-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

Being at peace doesn’t mean you become lazy! From that peace you are enabled to minister to others effectively. It means you can give freely because you know you have a great provider, and you no longer have to “look out for yourself”. You are open to love, because you have an abundance of Love from you Father. When you have received Jesus as Lord, you are in an everlasting Covenant with the Father! You are adopted and no longer an orphan! You have a new identity, a provider, a Prince of Peace in your life. You have promises God gave to you. You know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Rest in Him. Do not function as an orphan. God paid the price, and though it was high, he thought of you as well worth it! You are not alone. Your times are in God’s hands; you have a great Father, so...BE AT PEACE. (Read John 14:27, 28)

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Daily Devotion

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Roadside Assistance

Have you ever tried to START your car only to discover that it’s DEADER that a DOOR NAIL? I mean, it left you STRANDED and HELPLESS? And, while you wait for the ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE TRUCK to show up you’re wondering what in the world completely DRAINED my BATTERY. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

So, when help FINALLY arrives and the JUMPER CABLES are connected, a SURGE of POWER hits your battery and ONCE AGAIN you’re OFF and RUNNING.

Well, I guess you know what I’m getting at. You’ve got a BATTERY inside you too. A BATTERY that can run out of POWER because of WORRY, DOUBT, FEAR and ANXIETY can SAP your strength.

But, King David said in Psalm 120:1 “CALL on the LORD in distress and He WILL answer!” He’ll CONNECT you to His POWER SOURCE like Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives POWER to the faint and to them that have NO MIGHT He gives STRENGTH.”

So, if you just can’t get STARTED TODAY, don’t Worry, Doubt or Fret, just call for ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE from the Lord and you’ll RECEIVE POWER when you’re CONNECTED to Him.

It’s Pastor Phil, saying, “START YOUR ENGINES” with this “GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”. God bless.

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News & Scoops


First Concert Of Gold City’s Heritage Of Gold Tour Is A Huge Success

Wilburn & Wilburn Hosts Concert Series

Gadsden, Alabama (July 17, 2015) As would only be expected the first in a series of Gold City Heritage Tour concerts was a huge success. Featuring many of the past and present members of Gold City the crowd was raptured back to so many great moment of years gone by and yet seeing the future of this great group.

Ramrod for the Gold City Heritage Tour is former Lead singer Jonathan Wilburn. Jonathan states, "It was such and honor to spend twelve years as a member of Gold City Quartet, and I learned so much from being with them. I'm just thrilled to be able to give back to them now is this capacity of helping to promote these inspiring concerts.”

Gold City fan Dee Ann Bailey had this to say about the concert "Last night I got to enjoy an amazing evening of music & testimony at the Gold City Heritage concert. It was fantastic to see the singers switch in and out doing so many of their hits as well as popular songs of these groups birthed from Gold City! How tremendous to see them work together with no egos or disharmony.” Continuing she said "And the 'costal' came out in the Baptist a few times last night. Especially in 'It's Still The Cross'."

Another Gold City fan, Brett Hackett made this comment "Heritage of Gold reunion concert last night in Gadsden, Alabama at North Glencoe Baptist Church was absolutely awesome. If you don't have the opportunity to see it, change your plans. You will not regret it.”



The concert featured Current members of Gold City along with the Wilburn & Wilburn, the LeFevre Quartet, and Jay Parrack and Vocal Event.

The future concerts will feature other former Gold City members such as Steve Ladd, Ivan Parker and Jay Parrack as they are available.

The tour will continue with the next Heritage concert in East Tennessee at the Lenoir City High School Auditorium in Lenoir City, Tennessee on August 7, 2015. For more information about the event call 423-420-9408.

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To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go to http://www.wilburn2.com .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn or Twitter at https://twitter.com/jordanwilburn1 .

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News & Scoops


The Browns Ink New Deal With StowTown Records - Release Aim Higher

Nashville, TN (July 16, 2015)...StowTown Records along with the powerhouse and popular mixed group, The Browns, are thrilled to announce the release of their brand new project, Aim Higher.

"The Browns are excited to release our sophomore project with StowTown Records," said Shelly Brown. "Wayne Haun has gone over and above on the production and arrangements for this album."

Aim Higher features a touch of various styles, including a classical instrumental rendition of Beethoven's "Fur Elise", a celtic version of "Sinners Come to the River", and a Bluegrass version of Third Day's contemporary Christian track, "Soul on Fire", which is the new radio single from the project.
The album also includes several brand new songs like the title track, "Aim Higher", as well as "On the Winning Side" and "Know You Now."

"Writing with Joel Lindsey for this project was inspiring and lots of fun!" Shelly added. "The songs on this album speak to the things we believe in and will make listeners smile from beginning to end."

The Browns hosted many family and friends for a special CD Release Party this past Thursday night at the Olson Event Center in their hometown of Le Mars, IA
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Aim Higher is now available at Christian retailers, most bookstores and digital outlets.

The extremely talented family quartet, consisting of Shelly and her three children, Adam, Michaela, and Andrew, recently re-signed with StowTown Records following the initial two years which included its debut album, Love Loud, released in 2013. Their first radio single from that project, "Rock and Redeemer", made an immediate splash in the gospel music world.

“The Browns are so excited to be working with the StowTown team,” said Shelly. “They believe in our music and are behind our family 100 percent. We are looking forward to partnering with them for many years to come.”

The Iowa farm family, now in their 14th year traveling with the full-time ministry, is no stranger to the Southern Gospel music industry. In recent years, the popular group has received the prestigious honor of Top 10 Mixed Group of the Year on numerous occasions as well as the Top Horizon Group of the Year for three consecutive years.

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Daily Devotion

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Spiritually Fit?

Are You Spiritually fit?

But reject profane and old wives fables and exercise yourself toward godliness. 1Timothy 4:7

A few years ago my doctor told me I needed to adopt a regular exercise program. He recommended brisk walking for 30 minutes a day three to four days a week. I was in my early 40's, 60 pounds overweight with high blood pressure, not exactly the picture of health. The first day of my new exercise program I barely made it 10 minutes before I was huffing and puffing! However over time it became easier and before I knew it I was 50 pounds lighter with normal blood pressure running 3 miles per day.

Our scripture today tells us to exercise ourselves toward godliness. It will be hard at first, and may even seem unnatural, however if you put yourself on a regular spiritual fitness program you will see how far you've come in a short time. Will you commit to starting off with 15 minutes of bible reading followed by 15 minutes of prayer? You'll be amazed at the difference a few minutes will make!

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The Dixie Melody Boys are Revived

Kinston, NC - It’s been anxiously awaited and long anticipated by fans of popular quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys and finally, the wait is over. Revived, marks the latest release from Ed O’Neal and The Dixie Melody Boys.

Revived marks the debut release from the new Great American Gospel label and was produced and arranged by Dixie Melody Boys’ lead singer, Josh Garner. “This album was truly a labor of love for the Dixie Melody Boys,” Garner states. “Each song was handpicked by Ed O’ Neal and ranges from beloved standards to obscure quartet numbers that haven’t been sung in years.”

As Garner states, the recording allows Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member and 60-year quartet veteran, Ed O’Neal, to shine brightly. “One of my primary goals with Revived was to shine a considerable spotlight on the incomparable bass voice of our fearless leader, a task that has sorely been ignored over the last few albums. Ed ‘revives’ his arrangement of Family Bible and offers a touching recitation, something that used to be a staple in Gospel music, on the classic The Old Country Church.” O’Neal is also featured on I’m Depending On Jesus and Wait Upon The Lord. “It would take hours of research to determine, but Ed is perhaps hitting some of the lowest notes he’s ever recorded on this album. His old buddies J.D. (Sumner) and George (Younce) would be proud...or maybe even a little jealous,” Garner says with a big chuckle.

Revived marks the first recording featuring the group’s newest member, tenor Doug Pittman. Pittman’s rich tenor vocals are featured on the standard, Little Is Much. “Doug provided a much needed spark to the overall blend of the group,” Garner states. “He is a very talented young man, and in addition to his wonderful rendition of Little Is Much, he also offers a spirited version of J.D. Sumner’s Some Wonderful Day. He performs this one to absolute perfection.”

Most songs featured on Revived will be familiar to long-time Gospel music fans; however, Garner takes the lead on a song entitled The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow that may be new to many listeners. “This song is already encouraging folks all over the country as we are singing it, and it is sure to be a bonafide hit,” Garner says.

The recording also features baritone Aaron Dishman’s version of the Squire Parsons’ classic, Hello Mama. “For two years now, Aaron has sung this song nightly with the group, and everyone has been asking us to put this on a recording, so we finally did,” Garner shares. “Aaron truly pours his heart into this arrangement. We think people are gonna love it! “

Rounding out Revived are two numbers sure to please hardcore quartet lovers straight from the hymnal. “We pulled out the songbook and put our big boy britches on to tackle the quartet classic My Burdens Have Rolled Away,” Garner says smiling. “They don’t write ‘em like this anymore! Then we decided to pay homage to our friends and mentors, The Florida Boys, with a new version of their classic song, Oh What Love. This one is an old-time camp-meeting song that we know listeners will love.”

With the release of Revived, Ed O’Neal and The Dixie Melody Boys continue the rich tradition of producing energy and excitement with exceptional vocal blend that is appealing to Southern Gospel Music lovers of all ages.

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In The Words of Chris

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Christians and Fake News

Hello friends - yes I realize that it has been a long time since I've posted a blog entry. Today, there is something on my heart that I must talk about.

Ed Stetzer recently published an article on Christianity Today call An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News. (You can go ahead and read it. It won't take you long.)

In the article, Dr. Stetzer talks about a couple of fake news stories (or non-recent ones) that have been making the rounds on social media recently. I'm not going to rehash that entire article, but just wanted to take a moment and encourage the readers in the Gospel music community to heed the advice given in this article.

We as Christians need to be very careful how we are portrayed to the public right now. All eyes are on us. Non-Christians are looking to see how we are going to respond to some of the recent plights that our country is facing. Don't support gay marriage? By all means stick to your beliefs - but be sure that information you are providing is verifiable and an actual story that is happening. Think the NIV might be leaving out verses of your bible? Why not do some research about the historical accuracy of the the original manuscripts used before sharing? Don't think it's right to take down the rebel flag? By all means you're allowed to think that - but why not show some understanding to those who feel the flag is hurtful and representative of a dirty time in our nation's history?

I don't have a whole lot to say on the subject other than this: be careful. Be careful and know that what you are sharing is accurate and represents the kingdom of God accordingly. I'll leave you with one final thought:

1 Corinthians 10:23 (NASB)

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

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An Open Letter From Rickey Gooch

Dahlonega, Georgia (July 16, 2015) As most all of you know Karen Peck Gooch's husband Rickey was suffering with the effects of cancer. God has performed a miracle in his life and the following is an Open Letter to all Gospel Music fans and associates who prayed for him through this resent struggle.

Open Letter From Rickey Gooch

Thanks everyone for your prayers. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and support. The Doctor says that the PET scan looks good and normal, and as far as he is concerned, I am cured. I will go for a check-up once a month over the next year.

Please continue to pray for healing of the inner lining of my mouth, tongue, and the saliva glands. It is still a challenge to eat certain foods. With the Lord's help, I am persevering.

Thanks for lifting me up through all of this. It has been a trying time but God has been faithful.

Love y'all,

Rickey Gooch

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Daily Devotion

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Saved

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).

Recently, I have been reminded of when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was twelve years old at the time. My parents had heard about a church that had started having services in a little metal building not far from where we lived.The first time we attended, about ten or twelve people were in the service, but my parents were hooked. The Spirit of God was there in an awesome way. Not long after that, I felt my heart drawn to meet the Savior. I remember kneeling at that little altar and commit- ting my life to Him. Something, or should I say Someone, got hold of me that Sunday morning that has remained with me through my entire life until this very day. At that moment, a light was turned on from the inside that has never dimmed, and a desire was birthed in me that has never died.

Do you remember when you got saved? Sometimes people try to make it sound more sophisticated than “got saved.” Perhaps, they say, “made a commitment,” “came to the knowledge of a personal Savior,” “born again,” or “converted.” These descriptions are certainly fine, but no matter how you say it, or when or how it happened, it still has to come down to this: “I was saved.” At twelve years old, I didn’t know much about sin, but I knew I wanted to live a life that would be pleasing to my Lord.

Perhaps, like me, you weren’t really old enough to know much about sin. I used to think that if I didn’t have a testi- mony of being saved from life’s “terrible things” that I didn’t have much to talk about. However, through the years, I’ve come to realize how awesome it is that God can keep an individual from a life of sin.The desire for sinful things doesn’t ever have to take root in one’s heart. It’s not a matter that the temptation to sin is absent, because sinful opportunities always present themselves in life. Due to our human nature, temptation is always present, but the desire doesn’t find a place to dwell. My desires have never wavered. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been a wonderful journey.

Whether you were saved from little or much, in a church, or somewhere else, young or old, it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t see one as any more important than the other. Once sin is forgiven, it is cast away never to be remembered any- more. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). The most important thing is to realize that everyone can be saved.You never go too far away for Him to find you, nor can you do anything too bad to be forgiven.

Paula’s Prayer
O God, thank You for hearing my cry for salvation. I still feel that same desire that was placed in me so many years ago.You grow sweeter to me each and every day that I walk with You. I don’t regret my journey. I love the places it has taken us.Thanks for being my companion all along the way.
Amen.

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The Browns - Aim Higher


Producer: Wayne Haun
Label: StowTown Records
Website: http://www.thebrownsmusic.com

Since signing with StowTown, the Brown's have ascended to a whole new level of excellence in their music. Their last project solidified the fun, country-flavored family's sound which paved the way for this incredible addition to the Brown anthology.

"On The Winning Side," though harmony-driven in the chorus displays Andrew's ever growing vocal dynamics in the verses. You'll notice a couple signature vocal licks in there leading the way to the hand-clapping chorus that is sure to encore around the nation.

Southern Gospel fans will remember "Didn't It Rain." The Browns do not necessarily bring some incredibly unique spin to the song. The energy makes the difference that will cause this song to be an album favorite for many.

Continuing an ever growing trend with younger musicians, the album features an excellent rendition of Third Day's "Soul On Fire." With flavorings of celtic and bluegrass topped with gospel's fun family blend, this song makes a phenomenal genre bridge.

Maintaining a similar driving, contemporary tempo, "Love That Won't Let Go" feature's Michaela's sweet lead vocal. While you could say this about most of the songs on "Aim Higher," truly "Love That Won't Let Go" will be a fantastic radio release.

"Sinners Come To The River" was an unexpected addition to the Brown sound. This sound reminds me of a cinematic anthem similar to one that you might discover in a reflective moment of a film.

Okay, you violin fans, they did it again! "Fur Elise" is one rendition of a classic that is worth hearing!

Aim Higher wraps up with two slower ballad's "Know You Now" and "You Speak To Me." But hold on, "Touch of the Master's Hand" presents something new in a country-western form.

I give this album Five Stars not only because of the excellence in which every facet was presented, but also due to the leaps and bounds this family has come even in the last couple albums! Incredible.



Song List:

On The Winning Side
Aim Higher
Didn't It Rain
Soul On Fire
Love That Won't Let Go
Sinners Come To The River
Fur Elise
Know You Now
Touch Of The Master's Hand
You Speak To Me

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The McKameys - What If


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

With one of the most recognizable sounds in our industry, the McKameys have remained consistent with being who they are, and their fans love them for it. This latest release gives their fans what they want and features some really strong songs and wonderfully memorable moments.

The bouncy, “I’M GONNA GIVE IT AWAY” gets the recording started perfectly, before Connie steps up to sing the reassuring, “YOUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN HEARD”, which I definitely see hitting radio before it’s all said and done.

The tempo picks back up as Peg sings, “THERE IS A PEACE” before Eli sings “WHERE HE IS”, which is a highlight of the recording. Something completely different for the McKameys, it has a solid message with a really cool beat and the song fits Eli like a glove.

The tempo slows back down as Connie sings the honest song of patience and perseverance, “WHILE I WAIT”. I love the lyric of expectant hope…”I’m waiting for my blessed Hope…living for His Glory and telling of His Grace, while I wait”.

Sheryl sings the uptempo, “I’LL GIVE YOU GRACE” before the paces slows back down as Ruben sings, “LIFT MY VOICE”. Peg then steps back up for the medium tempo, “I HAVE A HOME”, which is the first radio song from this recording. While it’s a good song of encouragement, I don’t know if it’s what I would pick as a single.

Rounding out the recording, Sheryl sings the title song, “WHAT IF”. Penned by Sheryl, I’ve always considered her to be a very mature writer, and I’ve always been impressed with her as a writer and this ranks as one of my favorites of hers. Roger then steps up to sing another song that is outside the norm, musically, for the McKameys entitled, “WORK IN THE FIELD”.

While I may not be their biggest fan, I’ve always enjoyed the McKameys and respect their place in our industry. I find them to be classy individuals and I highly respect them as people and artists. While this latest release may not win any new fans, I believe this is one of their strongest releases in the last few years. Bringing Eli and Roger up to the front-lines on some features has definitely added some spice to their mountain flavor.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – I’m Gonna Give it Away**
2 – Your Prayers Have Been Heard**
3 – There is a Peace
4 – Where He Is**
5 – While I Wait**
6 – I’ll Give You Grace**
7 – Lift my Voice
8 – I Have a Home
9 – What If**
10-Work in the Field**

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Daily Devotion

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Knock, Knock Who’s There - Part 2

Last week, I wrote a devotion called: 'Knock, Knock Who's There?'. This blog told about a picture of Christ that was hanging on the wall in my home church. If you haven't read it, take a few minutes and read it.

The blog told about the 'knobless' door that Christ was knocking on. This door represented our heart. Christ stands at our heart's door and wants us to invite Him in.

However, He is not the only one who is at our door.

We have an enemy and our enemy is fierce. The Bible calls him the adversary, the accuser of the saints. His track record of destruction is nearly endless. His sole purpose is to see our lives, churches and families destroyed. He is Satan. He is waiting outside our door.

1 Peter 5:8-
'Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.'

We must be on guard at all times. Who is this 'devil?'

God created him. He was the worship leader in heaven. The most beautiful angel.

Revelation 12:7-9
'And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.'

John 8:44-
'He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. '

There is NO truth in him. He lies and deceives. How does he deceive us? By trying to convince us; God's children that God does not love us and cares nothing about us. He also tells us that 'if it feels good, do it.'or 'There is NO right or wrong.' Sadly, many choose to believe his lies.

Luke 8:12-
'Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.'

God's word tells us that Christ died for us, extends to us salvation and how to live a victorious life! We must read, receive and believe God's truth in our hearts.

The devil also tempts us with our weaknesses. He knows our struggles and will try to use them against us.

Even Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil.

Matthew 4:1-[ The Temptation of Jesus ] 'Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.'

Why did God ALLOW Jesus to be tempted by Satan? To Show US that we ALSO can have victory over the enemy's attacks! However, how did Jesus 'fight' the devil? By quoting scripture BACK to the enemy. How do we battle this foe? By Christ's example.

We must DAILY be equipped to fight him.
Ephesians The Armor of God
10.Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11.Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15.and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. '

Print out those verses and put them somewhere that you can read them daily. Ask God to equip you daily with strength to resist the enemy's lies. Avoid places and things that will give the devil more arrows to throw at you.

Ephesians 4:27-
'....and do not give the devil a foothold.'

Surrender EVERY area of your life to God. Allow Him an all access pass to every room in your heart. Let the King Of King's and Lord Of Lord's, to be King and Lord of YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE!

James 4:7-
'Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.'

1 John 3:8-
....'The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.'

The devil was defeated when Christ died and rose again from the hand of death. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have TOTAL victory over this defeated foe.

When the 'ol devil' comes knocking at your heart's door, tell him, NO VACANCIES!

Prayer starter: "Father, I ask you today for YOUR strength. The enemy has NO HOLD on me. I ask that you, My Father equip me with the things I need to defeat my accuser. I ask this in Christ name."

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News & Scoops


Rev. Joseph Bruno, Father of Nick Bruno Passes Away

Below is the comment from Nick Bruno on his FaceBook page:

My dad, Rev. Joseph Bruno, is now reunited with his precious Molly. Mom went to heaven June 6, 2015..dad joined her yesterday. They were together for 72 years and made their final journey 37 days apart. Dad was a mighty man of God and a wonderful father to my sister Marie and me.

Visitation will be on Thursday July 16 at 12:00 with service to follow at 1:00.

Spring Hill Funeral Home
5239 Main Street
Spring Hill, TN 37174

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Steve Ladd Celebrates Six Years Of Solo Ministry

Centre, Alabama (July 14, 2015) Seems like yesterday that the phenomenal tenor Steve Ladd walked away from Gold City Quartet on a journey that he knew God was calling him to. In reality that was six years ago and the tepid outlook that greeted him has been proven wrong.

Steve left Gold City at the end of June 2009 on great terms, and now six years later he has a list of accomplishments that could make a list of Who's Who in any genre of music. All on his own Steve has four Top 40 radio singles, he has sang in Ireland, been Featured on Alan Jackson's Gospel album "Precious Memories Volume 2”, and won the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Soloist in 2013. In addition to all of those exciting events Steve's last CD was produced by powerhouse producers Michael English and Michael Sykes.

Steve commented, "These last 6 years have flown by. Many people thought when I left GC to go solo that it would never work. But, God has shown favor to me and my family and has opened so many doors. I do miss the comradery and friendship's of being with a group, but I LOVE where God has me right now. I have the best fans in the world. I'm excited about the future and plan to continue making my brand of Southern Gospel music as long as people want to hear it."

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Daily Devotion

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Please Turn to the Book of Hezekiah 1:1

Hezekiah was a great king and did some great things. God loved him and pulled him away from some real trouble, but he didn't write a book in the Bible. Nor was one written only about him.

Biblical illiteracy is something of great concern to me as a preacher. I'm frequently stunned by the people I meet in airports, conferences, and even churches, who, when learning of my profession, begin to recite to me their "favorite" quotes from "their" version of the Scriptures.

You know the ones ...

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

"Cleanliness is next to godliness."

"God works in mysterious ways."

"Spare the rod, spoil the child."

I've had several people reverently recite these words to me, thinking they actually were quoting from the Gospels themselves. While the intent and truth of these sayings can be supported by the Bible, they actually are not to be found within the text of Scripture.

Of all the best loved and most quoted phrases that I hear from time-to-time, it is this: "God helps those who help themselves."

Look at that line again.

Closely this time.

"God helps those who help themselves."

Really?

Why?

I mean, what's the point?

If I can help myself, why infringe on His time and ability.

The fact is, God takes great delight in helping those who "cannot" help themselves.

It's always been that way.

David wrote in Psalm 34:6: "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."

A story told in Matthew 17 describes a helpless father who came to Jesus seeking help for his son, after the Lord's own disciples had failed to bring the boy any relief through their best efforts. His words to Jesus were, "I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him."

Jesus intervened and brought deliverance to the child, and used the occasion to instruct His followers about prayer and fasting.

One of the most revealing renditions of Scripture, revealing our helpless condition, is found in The New Living Translation of Romans 5:6: "While we were 'utterly' helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners."

That pretty well describes it, doesn't it? We were “utterly” helpless.

What else could we do?
To whom could we turn?
Where could we go?

No answers.
No help.
No hope ...

Then, a promising assurance is revealed and manifested in the likeness of Jesus Christ as described by Paul in Romans 5:8 that reads: "But God demonstrates His love for us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Sometimes, even the strong become weak and need help.
Sometimes, even the financially independent become dependent and need a helping hand.
Sometimes, even the healthy get sick and need a physician.

Sometimes, we're all helpless in one way or another. But, the good news is ...

The God of Heaven and Earth takes great delight in helping those who can't help themselves.

Just ask Hezekiah.



Tim Hill

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The Griffith Family Complete New Album With Producer Nick Bruno For A Mansion Entertainment

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) July 12, 2015 - The Griffith Family were recently in the Mansion Entertainment recording studios working with veteran producer Nick Bruno (Booth Brothers, Kingsmens, Quinton Mills and many others) to complete vocals for their debut, self-titled project for Mansion Entertainment.

Southern Gospel radio programmers and listeners have quickly embraced The Griffith Family's debut single, "I'm Here Because Jesus Went There" (written by Glen Bates), as it moves up the Singing News Top 80 charts and could very well become the group's first Top 40.

The group is comprised of the husband and wife team of Tony and Julie Griffith along with vocalist Amber Smith. The new project will feature songs from some of Southern Gospel's best songwriters such as Marty Funderburk, Daryl Williams, Rebecca Peck, Glen Bates and others and will be released by Mansion Entertainment with digital distribution through Sony RED in early October, 2015.

The Gray Dove Agency has recently added The Griffith Family to its roster of Christian Artists as the group moves to a full time, nation-wide touring schedule.

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Carolyn Kirksey, Wife Of Jerry Kirksey Passes Away

Carolyn Kirksey, wife of former Singing News editor-in-chief Jerry Kirksey, passed away July 13, 2015.

She leaves behind her husband Jerry, and sons Kenneth Kirksey and Brett Kirksey.

We will update final arrangements when they are available.

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Lindsey Graham Releases Hymns & Spirituals CD

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Estero, Florida (July 13, 2015) Award nominated Gospel performer Lindsey Graham has just released her new CD, Hymns & Spirituals.

She has a new CD Hymns & Spirituals featuring original arrangements of some of her favorite….you guessed it…. hymns and spirituals. She features the flute and penny whistle on a traditional Irish medley of "Be Thou My Vision” with "He Looked Beyond My Thoughts”. She plays the flute and piccolo on a triumphant song "Praise to the Lord”. Her Dad duets with her on the classic hymn "O For A Thousand Tongues”, which also includes a brand new praise chorus.

A full song list is available to view at lindseygrahamministries.com as well as listening samples. Sign up for Lindsey Graham Ministries e-mail list and receive a free download of an arrangement of her maternal Grandmother’s favorite hymn, "In the Garden”.

"I've always wanted to record a hymns CD for my audience. In a changing world, the hymns provide a constant and steadfast truth that God is sovereign, He is on His throne, and Heaven awaits those who put their trust in Him! The featured Spirituals reveal a heart deep expression of trust and obedience to God, no matter the circumstance. Believers will rise above it all and these 13 songs capture that spirit of triumph and praise.” stated Lindsey.

Her current release to radio from the Hymns & Spirituals album is "Give Me that Old Time Religion with I’m Newborn Again”. Be listening and call your favorite station to request this exciting medley.

If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Learn more about Lindsey Graham by going to her website at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com .

Follow Lindsey on FaceBook at or https://www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamMinistries or Twitter at https://twitter.com/LindseySings .

To book Lindsey for your church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 13, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
15
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(9)
2
3
11
Time Machine Browders
2
3
2
11
He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
4
5
21
Battle Cry Kingsmen
2
5
4
11
Shout Williamsons
4
6
9
17
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
7
6
16
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
8
8
23
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
9
7
13
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
10
10
25
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
11
16
4
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
12
11
8
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
11
13
12
16
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
14
14
4
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
14
15
20
8
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
15
16
19
19
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
17
18
7
Somebody Prays Guardians
17
18
15
15
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
13
19
21
4
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
19
20
29
14
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
21
13
17
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
22
27
5
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
20
23
24
14
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
24
38
13
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
25
23
9
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
23
26
26
9
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
27
28
15
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
28
30
7
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
17
29
33
18
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
30
40
20
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
31
17
10
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
32
22
5
Place In the Choir Browns
22
33
37
3
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
26
34
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1
Living In Harmony Triumphant
34
35
25
4
I Have a Home McKameys
25
36
36
3
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
36
37
35
2
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
35
38
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3
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
38
39
39
2
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
39
40
34
15
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Who Have You Been With?

Every one of us has a circle of friends. Who we choose to be with, directly affects our behavior in one way or another.

I once had a minister tell me to minister to all, but guard who influences you; in the natural it’s easier to catch a sickness than health. It can be the same in our behavior. Whoever has your attention and your focus is where you pick up habits from — good or bad.

I love what we read in Acts.

Acts 4:13
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, they perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

It was obvious to the Pharisees that Peter and John were unlearned, but they immediately noticed something that didn’t match. They had boldness and authority that could only come from someone greater. They knew they had been with Jesus!

The Word tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We do this by spending time in God’s word and focused on learning what pleases Him — then doing it. He sent Jesus so we could be in a relationship with Him. Spend time with Him. So many times we turn a relationship with him into a giant obstacle course, filled with discipline — out of duty only. However, it’s easy to carry out the wishes of some you know and are intimately acquainted with…someone you love with all your heart.

David says in Psalm 42:1,2
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

His soul — his very self, longed for communion with God. It was an urgent need, of absolute necessity to know God.

It was Paul’s determined purpose to Know Christ intensely and intimately. (Philippians 3:10)

FOCUS!

In the Old Testament, in 2 Chronicles 29:3 we read how King Hezekiah re-opened the temple.

There were several things that were set in order in the very first month. He opened the house of the doors and repaired them.

(Vs. 4) He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them together.

(Vs. 5) Hear me, ye Levites; sanctify now yourselves…

If those words were spoken to many today, they would take on an immediate offence, they would leave the church, never to return again. But the King’s focus was not on drawing the heart of the people, but rather drawing the heart of God. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”

We seek first His Righteousness, His Kingdom…then all these things will be added unto us.

When we read further in Acts, we see how they prayed for boldness to speak God’s Word. When they did, the place was shaken, they received boldness, the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and their lives displayed an attitude of unity with the body of Christ.

Again, it was obvious to those around them that they had been in God’s presence! We should have the same boldness in our lives that causes others to take note, for we have been with the King!

It’s not hard to put Him first, but it is a conscious act that we must submit to daily.

I Peter 1:3-8 tells us through God’s power he has given us everything we need pertaining to life and Godliness. We become partakers of His divine nature through His precious and magnificent promises!

Father,
Let me spend less time and energy pursuing, what I think are, impressive accomplishments. (Phil. 3:5-8) May I spend more energy and time cultivating an intimate relationship with Christ, whom I know is life eternal.

Let me cast down, smash into bits the giant, oversized throne of pride, and help me to take on as a garment, pure humility. Help me to always be intimate with you and to be your servant to others.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen!

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Daily Devotion

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Should You Grant That Request?

If anyone ever asks to BORROW your CAR KEYS, because they LOST THEIRS, you’ll think TWICE before you GRANT that REQUEST. You know, if they’re careless enough to lose THEIR KEYS, you’ll probably KISS your KEYS "GOOD BYE" too, if you loan them yours. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Sometimes REQUESTS are easy to GRANT and other times you’ve got to think LONG and HARD before you stick your neck out too far.

That’s the way a widow woman felt when the Prophet Elijah ask her to . In 1 Kings 17 chapter, Elijah ask that widow to give him her . She said, "." Well, she thought about it, then and the Lord never let her run out of food and even brought her son back to life after he died.

That’s the way a widow woman felt when the Prophet Elijah ask her to GRANT his REQUEST. In 1 Kings 17 chapter, Elijah ask that widow to give him her LAST PIECE of BREAD. She said, "I don’t have any bread--(well), only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I’m gonna go home and make a meal for myself and my son, before we DIE." Well, she thought about it, then GRANTED his REQUEST and the Lord never let her run out of food and even brought her son back to life after he died.

So, if your asked to GRANT a REQUEST TODAY. Think about it FIRST and if God is in it, GRANT IT and you’ll never be sorry.

It’s Pastor Phil, "NEVER RUNNING OUT" of this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

Pray The Impossible

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.’”
Matthew 19:26 (AMP)

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
Luke 1:37 (AMP)

“Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You…”
Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP)

I recently wrote a song with a friend of mine called, “Pray The Impossible.” I can’t wait to get into the studio and record it! Every time I’ve sung it somewhere, people find such hope.

The song was born from a thought I had one day while praying. I remember thinking, “I’m praying the impossible.” And then it hit me - that is what we are supposed to do! If it were humanly possible, then we could just take care of it. We were made to lean on our Maker, to trust Him to work all things together for our good.

Still, there have been times I have even felt foolish for praying “the impossible”, but those are just feelings coming from either pride or the devil. We must step out onto the water as Peter did, in our fear, in our doubt, in our “foolishness”, and see what God will do!! The Bible says His “strength and power is made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in (our) weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) It is when we are at our weakest that He is at His strongest!

I was born a preemie, weighing only 2 lbs. and 12 oz. Things seemed impossible. The doctors gave me a grim prognosis…but my Momma and Daddy prayed the impossible. They asked God to do what only He could do, and I am so thankful they did.

I dare each one of you today to pray the impossible…to dare to believe that the Word of God is true!

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News & Scoops


Update On Final Arrangements for Charles Shivers, Brother of BF&As Bill Shivers

Final arrangements for Charles Shivers are:

Edward "Charles" Shivers

July 09, 2015

Edward "Charles" Shivers, 28, of Valdosta passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Mr. Shivers was born January 22, 1987 in Tift County, the son of Shirley Gordon Shivers of Tifton and the late William Brent Shivers, Sr.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Shivers is survived by his wife, Jessica Rene' Goodman Shivers of Valdosta; one son, Cash Rivera of Valdosta; one brother, William Brent Shivers, Jr. of Temple and one sister, Beth Shivers, of Tifton.

Please continue to pray for the Shivers family.

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News & Scoops


Sneed Family Bus Tour Headed To Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival

Glasgow, Kentucky (July 10, 2015) The Sneed Family again this year is host group for the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival on September 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane, Tennessee. It's a who's who in Gospel Music performing and to make the whole experience even more pleasant, Jeff Sneed is putting together a bus tour for the event.

Jeff Sneed commented, "We want to make this festival as enjoyable as it can be for the fans attending. Our bus tour is attractive for several reasons. You can sit back and enjoy the ride while the bus driver safely gets you there. You will tour the Loretta Lynn Ranch and museum, two nights lodging, some free meals with lots of camaraderie with other Christian people and even make some new friends.”

Featuring such artists a Karen Peck and New River, Goodman Revival, The Freemans, The Martins, Brian Free and Assurance, HighRoad, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Angie Primm and many more, you don't want to miss this very exciting weekend of fantastic Gospel singing.

Jeff Sneed is encouraging other fans to form bus tours to come to this event also. It will make a great weekend even better by sharing this time with your family and friends.

In other Sneed Family news, the Loretta Lynn concert for tonight in Glasgow, Kentucky featuring Loretta Lynn and the Sneed Family is completely sold out.

Jeff Sneed said, "We are just thrilled beyond our imagination that the Glasgow community would support this event in the way it has. This encourages us to keep bringing great concerts to our home town.”

If you would like to interview the Sneed Family contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to http://www.sneedfamily.com/home.htm .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/sneedfamily and Twitter at https://twitter.com/sneedmusic .

To book the Sneed Family contact by E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Sneed Office at 270-678-3575

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Daily Devotion

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Divine Interruptions

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And having a multitude passing by, He asked what it meant.
So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out saying " Jesus, Son of David have mercy in me!"
Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he came near, He asked him saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight."
Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." Luke 18:35-42.

Do you know anyone that enjoys being detained or interrupted? I sure don't. For most of us this can be a source of frustration. However, in our text today we see a blind man who is interrupting Jesus as He is passing by. At first it may seem that Jesus is on a casual stroll and just happens to cross paths with this blind man. Upon further investigation we find that quite the opposite is true. Jesus is on a mission. He is on His way to Jerusalem where He will be crucified. As Jesus passes by, the man begins to call out to Him, obviously trying to get his attention. The text tells us that this man is very persistent getting louder and louder! I'm sure that Jesus must have had a lot on His mind on this particular trip and stopping to talk to a blind man must have seemed like a great imposition. Jesus could have just ignored his cries and walked on by, or He could have been rude and spoken unkindly to the man. But the scripture says that He stood still and asked that the man be brought to Him, implying that Jesus gave the man His full attention. Then Jesus asks him "What can I do for you?"

At this point in the story I have to ask myself, would I have been as graceful as Jesus? If am totally honest I would have to say I don't think so !

We need to be reminded daily that Jesus lead a life of service to others, even on his way to the cross. What an example. The story ends as the man goes away rejoicing ! May God constantly remind us that what may seem like an interruption to us is really a golden opportunity to be His hands and feet and reach a lost and dying world with a tangible demonstration of God's love.

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News & Scoops


Brother of Bill Shivers Passes Away

Sadly Bill Shivers has told us that his only brother passed away this morning. Charles Shivers was Bill's younger brother and only 28 years old. He was from Tifton, Georgia.

He leaves behind his wife Jessica Shivers and Step-son, Cash.

We will update with final arrangements as soon as they are available.

Please keep Bill and the rest of the Shivers family in your prayers.

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News & Scoops


Jeff Stice - Transformed

Letter To...Jeff Stice

July 9, 2015

Jeff Stice, affectionately known as "Mr. Piano Man” has been on an incredible musical journey. His love for the piano started at the age of 6, and now Jeff’s music has afforded him the opportunity to travel all around the United States and Canada. In February of 2014, Jeff went through a season of reflection and change. "For 46 years I had known about God, but now I know how to BE with God. So now, I have a testimony to share and I have a new song to play as I start a new chapter for my life.”





Dear Jeff,

Interestingly, I suppose that's how most letters begin, but I do mean this now more

than ever. You really have become dear to me. Because of who you are, I finally

became aware of just how dependent I am on God, my Father. Just so you know, I am

you, thirty five years from now! Now I know what your first thoughts are after reading

that it's me (or you ) in the future. You're wondering what you have, what you've

accomplished or who noticed! Let me first say, and this will be hard for you to grasp

right now, IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!! I love your "drive", and I love that you've set goals

for yourself, but I need to point out some things. Sometimes, without knowing, you can

want something or some things so badly that the pursuit of the goal becomes the focus.

You see, turns out, you (we) are an "approval seeker"! BIG TIME!!! The anxiety that you

(we) feel about needing EVERYONE'S acceptance can be a little overwhelming at

times, can't it? I never knew, until recently that that anxiety had a name! I just knew it

smothered me (you). Please understand that that's probably not going to go away, but it

will be easier to handle. I promise! Also, I (you) have this burning need to be a

perfectionist! This, you will learn is called having "unrelenting standards". Nothing is

good enough! It's actually funny if you think about it! Because of the pressure of this

"standard" you WILL fall short.



You know, I understand you (me) now. and if I could just speak to your fears, I would

say that you WILL survive!!! You've got some bumps and bruises, but it's through these

that you (I) became aware of some things. God has to be the center of your life! I know

that you've "heard" this all of your life, but you WILL KNOW this too! He has proven His

faithful love to you over and over and you will finally see this! You WILL see that

knowing your "faults" will only cause you (me)to depend on Him more. Jeff, I know

what's important to you and I know how afraid you are that you won't reach your

"destination", and though you have "tunnel vision" and are completely focused on the

"prize", you'll come to know that the"prize" will change! You may not see now, but your

priorities will shift and you'll "see" for the first time. People will come and go in your life.

Heartbreak will too. You Will survive!



SOME things haven't and won't change! You still are a bit "over the top" in your love

for Kentucky Basketball (I know you're smiling about this!). You still love to entertain people

with your playing and you're still a big kid at heart. You still love movies and you still run!

Most importantly, you can still laugh and you can still cry. The one thing you've added to

your life is a testimony of knowing what GRACE is actually about. To "just ask" you to

change may not happen at this point. I'm not sure how a letter from my future self would

(will) have influenced my (our) life. Just know that God loves you. I'd ask you to slow

down and be with Him more. I'd ask you to pray about decisions you will make. I would

ask you to value people in your life, and know we all have the same need…… to be

loved. Jeff, never take for granted the talent that our Father has given you. The key

words in this statement are "OUR FATHER HAS GIVEN YOU". Continue to work hard

and "polish" your piano playing, but please remember you're doing this so you can be a

vessel for His honor and glory. You're not doing it for an identity or approval. I read

something not long ago that I hope sticks with you… it said: "While I am far more

incapable than I thought, God is infinitely more capable than I ever hoped".



I love you Jeff,

Me

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Daily Devotion

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Shield Of Faith

“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”
(Ephesians 6:16).

Since childhood, I have had the ability to mentally create pictures and scenes in my mind. When I read or hear something, I am able to imagine what that particular thing might look like.This can be good or bad. Some things I hear or read about, I don’t want the mental picture to remain in my mind.
When I pray and read the Word of God, I can close my eyes and visualize what the scene may have been that I am reading about. It’s happened even more so, as I have asked God to give me devotional material for this book. Some scriptures have seemed to come alive to me as I have read them. Some I have heard and read my whole life. It’s amazing what God will give us, when we ask for what’s pleasing to Him.

That happened with this scripture.When I read it, a whole new understanding came to me. Here’s what I learned.A long, oblong or oval shield was made from two layers of wood covered with linen or animal hides, bound together with iron. When soldiers were fighting side-by-side, they could hold these shields together to form a long wall.When soaked in water, they served as adequate defense against the enemy’s “fiery darts”—arrows that had been dipped in pitch and ignited.

One thing I love about the Word of God is how it compares and contrasts real-life situations to spiritual things. And the shield is a prime example of that. How exciting to realize the power of faith! Faith acts as our invisible shield that deflects all the false accusations of the Enemy. Our shield is not just some little “toy store” plastic shield that won’t protect us from anything. If it were, we’d have to throw it down and run for our lives, evading the Enemy. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a very good runner. I wouldn’t make it too far. I like to believe that my shield completely surrounds me so that I’m not vulnerable on any side. I can fearlessly stand still in the face of the fiery darts shot by the Enemy and know my “prayer-soaked” shield is going to extinguish the fire from the darts or arrows of fear, worry, doubt, guilt, or any others that may be hurled at me by the Enemy.

Don’t be tempted to turn and run when you see the Enemy charging toward you. Just stand there and hold up your shield! No fiery dart that’s thrown at you will ever come close to harming you.

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News & Scoops


Tune-In Alert - Michael English On The Music City Show

Michael English Featured On RFD-TVs Music City Show

Nashville, Tenn (July 8, 2015) You don't want to miss the exciting RFD-TVs Feature of Michael English on The Music City Show tomorrow night.

The Music City Show is Nielsen rated and reaches hundreds of thousands of people each week.

To view a preview of the show click the following link: http://youtu.be/gFVmdacI-qY

This is Season # 4 for the show and can be seen weekly on RFD-TV: Thursday 8PM EST and 7PM Central. The program can be seen again at 12AM EST and Friday 6:30 AM EST.

The Music City Show also airs on NRB at Saturday 6/5 PM Central and FamilyNet on Sunday Noon EST.



If you would like an interview with Michael English contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can learn more about Michael English at http://www.michaelenglishmusic.com .

Follow Michael on FaceBookat https://www.facebook.com/michaelenglishmusic/timeline or Twitter at https://twitter.com/menglish001 .

To book Michael contact Beckie at the Beckie Simmons Agency - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500, or contact Daystar Promotions - Renee Barham - 918-838-3239.

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News & Scoops


Trey Ivey Celebrates Landmark Month

July 8, 2015 (Nashville, TN) To say Trey Ivey is a busy man these days – well, that would be a huge understatement!

From his frequent travel as the crowd-pleasing pianist for Legacy Five to his work as a permanent member of the Blue Jean Band on the popular Music City Show, he's now added a few more bullet points to his already impressive resume.

StowTown Records is proud to announce the recent release of Ivey's debut solo project, Timeless.

The album is filled with many of the popular old hymns of the church like "Victory in Jesus", "Softly and Tenderly", and "How Great Thou Art/My Tribute" along with a few longtime Southern Gospel classics like "Just Over in the Gloryland/I Feel Like I Am Traveling On" and Mosie Lister's "Goodbye World Goodbye."

"It's a collection of some of my all-time favorite songs that I grew up on," said Ivey. "It's just such an honor to have two influential icons like Lari Goss and Wayne Haun play such a big part in this project. I was also so happy to have two of the best singers in the industry, TaRanda Greene and Amber Nelon Thompson, add their powerful voices to the album."




Topping off a very busy month in addition to the release of his first solo project, Ivey was married on Saturday, June 6.
In front of a wedding crowd of over 250 family and friends, Ivey and Lauren Copolo took their vows in the courtyard area at the historic Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, VA.
Lauren, a Roanoke native, was a Psychology major and currently works in the mental health industry as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Technician.
The Iveys make their home in Spring Hill, TN, a suberb south of Nashville.

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Music Previews

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Oak Ridge Boys - Hold to God’s…

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Music Previews

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Amber Nelon Thompson - Another Time…

Website - http://www.thenelons.com

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Music Previews

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Angela Primm - Evening Prayer

Website - http://www.angelaprimm.com

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The Freemans - Unwanted Crown

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The Guardians - Somebody Pray Video

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11th Hour - Jesus Is In the House

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Daily Devotion

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There

I was born and raised in southern Indiana, and attended Negangard Corner Freewill Baptist. The church was located 3 miles south of Sunman, Indiana. My Parents were married there and the entire family; uncles and aunts, cousins, all went to "The Corner."

A framed picture hung on the wall in the church. The picture was of Christ standing at a door; knocking. I saw that picture twice and week for 20+years.

It was only until recently that I saw that picture, REALLY for the first time.

In the painting, Christ is knocking on this door, and I noticed that there is no doorknob on the door. No doorknob? How can He come in with no doorknob?

But, there is a doorknob, but we can't see it. It is on the OTHER side of the door.

The door represents our heart.
Revelation 3:20
"Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends."

So, the reason the artist failed to paint the doorknob where we couldn't see it, was to show us, in order for Christ to come in, we must open the door and let Him in. He won't force His way in.

When I was a child I wondered why God just didn't force us to serve Him? However, as I grow older, I KNOW why. I don't want a friend out of obligation and neither does God. He wants us to serve, love and worship Him out of our love for Him.

He longs to meet our every need. His desire is to lavish His love on us; His children.

He also wants to be WELCOME in every room of our home. (life) We must allow Him access to our everyday life, money, raising our children, decisions, everything..

Christ still stands at the door and wants to come in.

Are you answering the door?
Prayer: “Father, I realize that you are waiting for me to allow you FULL access to every area of my life. Help me to open those doors so that YOU can make me more like your Son Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.”

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News & Scoops


New Ground Welcomes New Addition

Scott Brand, pianist and vocalist for New Ground from Scottsboro, Alabama, along with his wife Caitlin, welcomed a “Brand” new addition to their family on June 10, 2015.

Brelynn Renee Brand made her appearance at the UAB Women’s & Infants Center in Birmingham, Alabama. She weighed in at 8 lbs/9.6 ounces and measured 20 ¾ inches long.

Congratulations to the Brands and be looking for pretty Miss Brelynn at a sing very soon!

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Daily Devotion

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No Panic in Heaven—Only Plans

“For He himself knew what He would do" (John 6:6).

Much of the time, it seems Washington, D.C., is confused and Wall Street is in convulsions. Consistency and calm seldom walk hand in hand and we often find ourselves anxious to buy into anything resembling a good plan. That's just the way it is in this old worldly system.

Being citizens of another country, however, affords us the blessings and benefits of a different paradigm. We walk by faith. We see the invisible. We hope in the eternal and trust the infallible.

Our sufficiency is in the all-sufficient Savior. Jesus is never without a plan, and He has never asked, "What was that?"

Let's read the Bible a minute:

"I make known the end from the beginning, and my purpose shall stand, and I will do whatsoever I please" (Isaiah 46:10).

"I know the thoughts that I think toward you, to give you a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not to your own understanding, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

“The heart of man plans his way; but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Our Father is never without a plan.

While standing in front of 5,000 hungry men, Jesus asked Philip this question: "Where can we buy bread that these may eat?" It was a question Philip couldn't answer. But Jesus didn't need an answer. He never does.

The Master asked this hoping to get a response of faith from His disciple. Instead of faith, Philip gave Jesus more facts—"Too many people, too little money, and too late in the day."

That's it. Too much, too little, too late.

Didn't matter.

Jesus had a plan. He already knew that a little boy with a small lunch was available and that was all He needed. The rest is miraculous history.

So don't worry if God is asking questions of you. Believe me, He's not looking for information. He already has that. What He wants is your faith in the plan that He's ready to set in motion for you.

No panic. Just plans.

Count on it.



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News & Scoops


The Williamsons Take On New Role As Warriors

Weleetka, OK (July 6, 2015) The Award nominated Williamsons travel around the world sharing the Gospel message through music, but this doesn't keep them from remembering their home town of Wetumka, Oklahoma.

Summer is always filled with sounds of laughter and children playing in the beautiful sunshine. It's also the time you will experience the sights and sounds of baseball. This summer The Williamsons sponsored a Kiwanis Little League team called The Williamsons Warriors.

Their coaches, Melissa and Jonathan Sorrell had this to say about the team, "Our 2015 age 9 and 10 Baseball Season was fun but came with challenges too, it's called rain and rain outs! We feel our team did very well and made the most of every opportunity to practice, even during rain out weeks. As a team they learned to trust each other more and help in their weaknesses & share strengths. We learned more fundamentals about pitching, catching and stealing bases that will help them in their years to come. As coaches, we had a great time teaching them, building relationships with them, and supporting them. It was a lot of fun. We started with 11 boys and ended the season with 9, so most games we had just enough to play. The sponsorship of the Williamson's was a blessing to us and our team. We are the Wetumka Williamsons Warriors!”

Donnie Williamson, baritone and manager of The Williamsons said, "We are proud of The Warriors and appreciate the hard work and dedication shown by them and their coaches. I'm so glad we could be a part of their 2015 season".

The Williamsons believe that part of being a Christian witness is to reach beyond the concert halls and give back to their home community and this is just one way that they are able to give back and let their hearts show that they love people beyond just their singing ministry.

In other news for The Williamsons their current radio release has stayed in the Top Ten at number 4 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart. This is the second straight release for them to break into the top ten.

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You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Browders are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 5. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Mountain Faith, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Roarks and Channing Eleton. An article from Christian Voice magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by Les Butler and The Booth Brothers, exclusive concert video of The Browders, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Nashviile, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 2nd Generation recorded 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 Pontotoc, MS, 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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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 6, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(8)
2
2
10
He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
3
6
10
Time Machine Browders
3
4
7
10
Shout Williamsons
4
5
3
20
Battle Cry Kingsmen
2
6
10
15
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
7
4
12
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
8
9
22
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
9
11
16
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
10
5
24
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
11
14
7
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
11
12
8
15
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
13
12
16
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
14
28
3
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
14
15
13
14
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
13
16
30
3
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
16
17
15
9
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
18
24
6
Somebody Prays Guardians
18
19
18
18
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
20
38
7
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
20
21
36
3
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
21
22
23
4
Place In the Choir Browns
22
23
31
8
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
23
24
22
13
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
25
32
3
I Have a Home McKameys
25
26
34
8
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
27
20
4
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
20
28
33
14
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
29
25
13
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
30
17
6
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
17
31
27
8
I Want the World to See (Jesus In Me) Taylors
21
32
19
20
I Will Rise Tribute
8
33
16
17
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
34
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14
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
35
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1
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
35
36
**
2
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
36
37
26
2
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
26
38
40
12
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
39
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1
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
39
40
29
19
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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What Is My Purpose?

What Is My Purpose?

I hear this question from many different people. This is not an American question. This is a question posed by people with breath in their bodies. No matter where they live, what culture they are in and no matter what stage of life, the question seems to always come up.

“Why am I here?”

In America we are typically identified by what we do for a living; our occupation. Once many retire, or have a change in their assignment, the question is again raised high, “What is my purpose?”, “Is there more God wants me to do?”
There are many answers to this question. We are created to worship, we are created to serve, we are made to love, we were created to create. But in all these things we were made to bring God glory.

The God who spoke worlds in formation, with His breath He can melt mountains and with the same breath He breathed life into every living thing. He holds the whole world in just the span of His hand, that’s just the distance between his thumb and middle finger…yet, He made YOU
to bring Him glory!

How do we bring glory to God?

There are many ways, but I want to focus on John 14:8. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

How in the world do we produce fruit?

I am in no way going to exhaust this subject, so much more can be expanded on, but for the interest of your time here are a few points.

Abide: To dwell in, to continually be connected. To be intimately acquainted with Him and His Word. When are jointly connected to the vine, knowing we are only the branch submitting to the vine, we abide in Him.

Obey: We are jointly connected to the vine when we walk in obedience to His Word. You cannot maintain an awareness of pardoning grace without continuing in obedient grace. Obedience signifies a clashing of ideas or will. When you believe there is a better way to do
things, yet you put that aside to do it the way of another, that is obedience. We can only do this by acknowledging Him in ALL our ways.

Produce: He is the vine and we are the branches. It is impossible for God to produce fruit through a branch that is not connected to the vine.Jesus did not say, “if you get to it”, He commanded us to obey the Gospel throughout our lives, not just one brief act of faith.
Salvation is simply the starting point of our relationship to Him. We become a true disciple of Christ by keeping His commandments. You cannot tell me we are disciples of Christ when live however we want without submitting to His commands.

God is love, but He has never stopped being a God of justice or He would cease to be Love. Branches unconnected die, whither and are thrown into the fire.When we hide His Word in our hearts, stay in prayer, walk in fellowship with active believers,
and listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice, we will thrive! We will produce much fruit, bringing God glory!

When we Abide and Obey, we will produce fruit. It will be natural to pray with others when they are going through something, It will be natural to converse with people and tell them they can make a decision to follow Christ today! For today is the day of salvation! It will be natural to
be able to lead someone in the confession of repentance and making Jesus Lord of their lives. These things should naturally, or should I say supernaturally (for we cannot do any of this apart from God) flow from our lives. For Jesus to say to God, His Father, “Not my will, but yours be done”,
He knew it would require an action. He would have to submit to God’s will every moment. With every word of mockery, with every blow to His body, with every slam of the hammer to the nails in His hands, He was actively submitting. He produced the will of God, the salvation of our souls, much fruit!

Ask yourself today, how can I actively make my agenda God’s. How can I bring my Lord glory today? How do I need to change my behavior to actively submit to God’s ways?

YOU are important, your purpose is not over, your life is not in vain, you are designed to bring the Almighty God glory! Accept your assignment and thrive!!! grin

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Daily Devotion

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Timing Is Everything

Hey, has your TIMING ever been WAY OFF? You know, you’re running LATE and get to the WRONG PLACE at the WRONG TIME! Or your WAY EARLY and say the WRONG THING at the WRONG PERSON! Well, it’s been said that TIMING’S EVERYTHING and OH how true it is. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.


TIMING is VERY IMPORTANT that’s why TIME PIECES are EVERYWHERE; a CLOCK in every ROOM, a WATCH on every WRIST and yet we still struggle to STAY ON TIME. TIMING is vital when it comes to MUSIC, MECHANICS, SPORTS, COMEDY and even in our TIMELY response to what God is calling us to do TODAY.


Remember the shortest verse in the Bible, you know, "JESUS WEPT", in John11:35, well it’s all about the sisters of Lazareth, Mary and Martha, who thought Jesus’ TIMING was OFF. They said, "If you would’ve been here our brother wouldn’t have died!" Then Jesus said, "This was for the Glory of God!"


So, if your TIMING seems to be OFF TODAY, work on getting back on TRACK, but just make sure your TIMING for GOD gives Him GLORY in whatever He is calling you to do.


It’s Pastor Phil, RIGHT ON TIME with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Tim Livingston To Be Special Guest On ‘Gospel Greats’

Tim Livingston is scheduled to be the special guest on Paul Heil's Artist Spotlight Segment on The Gospel Greats Radio show.  The program will air nationwide on the weekend of July 4. The segment will feature an interview with Tim, as well as some of his inspirational music.

Tim Livingston and his ministry have been blessed with back to back songs earning high spots in multiple charts. Tim's video, "I Just Miss You," has seen over 50 thousand YouTube views and has been aired nationally on several television programs.  His current single,"More than Enough," is also holding high chart positions, and is also available as a lyric video.

For information on The Gospel Greats radio program, including it's affiliates, and listening options, visit www.thegospelgreats.com.

To learn more about Tim Livingston, his music, and his ministry, visitwww.timlivingstonmusic.com.

In other news about Tim Livingston

The "More than Enough" essay contest, presented by Tim Livingston is in full swing. Several essays have been received in the contest, which ends Thursday, July 16. The Grand Prize winner will be treated to a live concert by Tim Livingston in their town. Runners-up will receive a digital download of his latest album, "I Just Miss You," which includes "More Than Enough." Twenty Five (25) runner-up prizes will be given away.

The chorus of Livingston's song, "More than Enough," says, "God is more than enough, greater than I deserve, there is no way to measure His worth." Tim states, "I'm sure this message has a personal connection with Christians that know the only way they have made it through some specific trials was because of that same GOD that isn't just enough-but More Than Enough! I'd love to hear the testimonies!"

One excerpt exclaimed, " I was 21 that I found myself pregnant, single, lost and on my way to hell. I got saved at revival at my home church in small town Georgia. I've always heard people talk about the 'joy of their salvation,' but I never understood. God is way too good to me!"

Another essay stated, "My retina came off of my eye and I was seeing black. I went to eye doctor and he said I was blind on that eye and there was nothing he could do.  I wanted a second opinion so i saw another doctor. He said i was blind but I said I could see. I said to him, 'The Lord let this happen so you can see a miracle.'  Praise the Lord."

Everyone is encouraged to share their stories of how God is "More then Enough" in their lives.

Here is how the "More Than Enough" essay/testimony contest works:

In 250 words or less, submit a personal testimony of how God came through for you-right on time. It could be a healing, salvation, financial, family or whatever you wish to share. Entries/testimonies should be emailed to: timlivingston@good-news.org. The first 25 entries received will receive a complete 12 song copy of Tim's latest project, "I Just Miss You," digital download. The Grand Prize winner will be treated to a Tim Livingston concert in their hometown*. Tim will travel to your town and give a free concert at your church or auditorium. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges from all entries received.

Essays must be received by Thursday July 16th, 2015 to be eligible for the contest. The grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, July 31, 2015.

This contest is open to everyone! No purchase necessary, *Certain travel limitations may apply, concert must happen in the United States.

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Daily Devotion

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Top Off Your Gas Tank

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11 (NIV)

What do you do when you're on a long winding country road, there's no place to pull over, your fuel light is on, your gas gauge is all the way over on E and there's no service station in sight and hasn't been for well over 100 miles? Well, you pray and keep on going as far as you can until you either run out of gas or you make it to a gas station. Thankfully for me, I finally found a gas station after literally coasting down a big hill into town just as the car was beginning to sputter.

I think we all can relate to that scenario to one degree or another because we've all been in a similar situation at some point. In order to keep my car from running out of gas, I have to make sure I put more in the tank. The same thing can be said for our spiritual life. So the next time you find yourself in need of some fuel, both physical and spiritual, why not top off both tanks so you'll have a little extra hidden away for life's unexpected twists and turns.

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Daily Devotion

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Perfect Or Not?

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”
(1 Samuel 16:7).

t the time of this writing, I am sitting on the balcony of a lovely hotel room in Hawaii looking at a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It is absolutely indescribable!

I have had much needed inspiration to produce several devo- tions these last few days.Who would not be inspired by a bit of paradise? It’s my favorite place on earth to go for a vacation. The resort where we are is about as near perfect as one can get.

I said “near perfect,” because just a short time ago, my sweet- heart and I were walking along holding hands on our way to dinner.We passed by something that sort of shattered my little image of “perfection.” It was a junk room to which the door had been left wide open. It was a big junk room.There was a train out of commission, the one that takes you around the re- sort to the tower where the rooms are located. Broken statues were lined up along the wall, as well as many other items that looked to be in disrepair. I wish that big door had been closed. Oh well, I knew “perfect” was only a short-lived perception. It was a reminder of what I already knew, and that is, that nothing is ever as “perfect” as it appears to be. I viewed what is normally unseen to the eyes of the tourist. But these are the details of all it takes to make a perfect paradise even seem to exist.

It’s a reminder of life. No matter how perfect things look on the outside, they never are. I’m not saying life cannot be wonderful and blessed and amazing, but it takes constant main- tenance to make it happen.As the old saying goes, we’re very quick sometimes to judge a book by its cover.We see people
and families that seem to be picture perfect. It’s as if real life never touches some folks.That’s not true though.

I’m so glad God doesn’t judge us by the cover on the out- side. He looks on the inside of each of us and sees all the way to the heart. He even loves us for the desires He sees in our heart. Sometimes they’re good desires that never come to fruition. But, He looks beyond our imperfections and loves us anyway.

Paula’s Prayer
Lord,the next time I am tempted to judge something by its outward appearance alone,remind me of what I saw in“paradise.” Things aren’t always what they seem to be.Maybe close,but never perfect. But,thanks for loving me anyway,despite all my imperfections.
Amen.

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Lizzy Long - Blueberry Pie


Producer: Wayne Haun & Kevin Ward
Label: Vine Records
Website: http://www.littleroyandlizzy.com

Lizzy Long is not a new name to the bluegrass gospel world. She's done work with many artists including the Lewis Family and currently Little Roy Lewis. Her first solo project BLUEBERRY PIE is a mix of bluegrass gospel and love songs. You'll also find some classics that aren't from the bluegrass or gospel genre. BLUEBERRY PIE speaks about a man's love from a woman's point of view. It is an easy listening tune and is a standout track for me. SPEAK NOW begs for a love to speak up before its too late and COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN talks about, well a communication breakdown between two loves. LOVE, I'M IN LOVE is another good one, enlisting help from Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. The one gospel ballad that is an absolute stand out for me is GOD IS THERE, a duet with the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent. The song is soothing and the two voices blend flawlessly. Another easy going song is BACKWOODS LULLABY with help from Destiny Rambo McGuire. Sam Bush helps out on the fast paced FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN. One song that may seem odd for a bluegrass album is an old tune, FEED THE BIRDS, from the classic movie Marry Poppins. Lizzy has made a great record. The quality and production are top tier. I recommend you purchase the album soon!



Song List:

BLUEBERRY PIE
SPEAK NOW
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
LOVE, I'M IN LOVE
GOD IS THERE
IT DONT TAKE MUCH
FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN
BACKWOODS LULLABY
FEED THE BIRDS
LOVES A MOUNTAIN ROAD
WHEN MY HEART CRIES

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Monthly Articles

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Ain’t Nobody Got Away With Nothin’ Yet

Let's face it.....it's been an emotional few weeks. We have much to process...much to think about....much to ponder. Many are angry. Many feel betrayed by a government that seems to be writing its own rules these days and "we, the people" have been thrown over for "they, with an agenda, the immoral, the ungodly". The Constitution has become little more than a scrap of paper in a suggestion box to be tossed aside and ignored when it doesn't comport with political correctness.

I get it. I'm frustrated too. This nation is a run-away train and there seems to be nothing anyone can do to stop it from crashing headlong into oblivion......at least in the realm in which us mortals operate; but God is not blind and judgment awaits. I know this. I mean, I know God reigns supreme, but sometimes I feel the need to defend Him. Sometimes the little kid in me wants to stand up and shake my fist at the bullies of this world who deny His sovereignty and even His existence, and say, "Don't you dare talk bad about my Daddy."

So today, I need to step back and remember that God is still God, His precepts are still His precepts and that no man or woman on the face of the earth has the authority, the ability or the power to change what the Almighty God has spoken. In Malachi He said, "I am the Lord, I change not." So, how arrogant of mankind to think that God must bow to social pressure and current mores to fit with today's debauched society.

That said.......whew. I feel better, but I still need to laugh.

Perhaps it's an odd thing for me to consider at this moment....the humor of God...but I believe that if we are indeed created in His image, and I believe we are, then certainly He has a sense of humor. Yes, sir, God knows just how to fix the wagon of those who hate Him and His people.

Just the idea of sending a little shrimp of a kid, David, to beat the socks off a giant, or sending an army to march around until walls just fell down is amazing to me. I can just imagine how demoralizing and ridiculous it all seemed to the enemy, but it was God's way. How about a little humiliation to go with your defeat?

I've always found it amusing that a God who could snuff out evil-doers instantly if He so chose would use something like "emerods" (Deut. 28) to get His point across. Ouch! That'll get your attention.

The Book of Numbers tells the story of Balaam and a questioning donkey...."What have I done to you that you have struck me these three times?" He wouldn't listen to God, so God let the donkey talk to him. Balaam had been on his way to curse Israel for Balak, King of the Moabites, but when he arrived all he could do, whether he wanted to or not, was bless Israel.

I love Exodus 14:24-25 where it says that 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..." An Almighty God peering through the clouds at the enemy, freaking them out, and then removing their chariot wheels to hinder the chase. That's hilarious to me! And what happened next? The Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians." Yeah, that's right....keep runnin', punk. My Dad is here.

So, I might as well lighten up, let a smile break over my face and relax, because God has it all under control. You know, it all brings to mind something my dear departed mother used to say: "Ain't nobody got away with nothin' yet!"

God has always had a plan. He WILL always have a plan. And whether he has to use hemorrhoids, a donkey, or just plain let the wheels fall off, He will defend His people to the end and accomplish His purpose, and He needs neither Washington's permission or approval. Now THAT is something to smile about.

Janice

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Bilderback Family - Full Circle


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.the-bilderbacks.com

It’s always so interesting when you are asked to review a NEW project from an artist, doesn’t matter if the artist is new or old, or if this if their first project, their sophomore one or maybe it’s one of multiple other projects that they have recorded. I have talked to so many artists along the way, and all of them who record and make music always talk about their new “projects” being their babies and many times they mention or comment that this “project” is their favorite…I get that! I really do. There is something so fresh and invigorating about new music and especially that anointed music that comes from the heart.
So, in regards to “fresh new music”, I have just finished listening to the NEW project by a family from Arkansas, whom I have heard about and even reviewed one of their older projects, THE BILDERBACKS. This husband and wife team along with their kids and their spouses have a wonderful sound that blends the greatest southern gospel with country and then add in some beautiful inspirational sounds. I love family groups, and this group is one of the finest I have heard in a while. The groups consists of Euel & Marsha, Blake and Quincie, Cortni and Caleb. Their new project is entitled FULL CIRCLE.

Kicking off the project is a solid country gospel song that is also available on YouTube as a video, called OLD RED GUITAR and you will be toe tapping and strumming along by the end of the song. The project has a strong mixture of slow ballads to those mid tempo numbers and a couple of fast paced ones thrown in as well. Really nice mixture for the music lover. A few of my favorites on the project are DESTINY, solid ballad of hope for each of us…HE COULD HAVE LOVED….the song FALL IN LOVE, is just an incredible song that is a heartfelt prayer, and just absolutely gorgeous. YOURS FOREVER, is a song I have heard done by a wonderful contemporary artist named Dara, and THE BILDERBACKS have dressed it up and gave it their own stamp and I loved it! THE GREATEST DAD is a wonderful tribute to Dads everywhere. The radio single is the track that ends the project, and it is called WHEN WE’RE CAUGHT UP and its perfect for Southern Gospel radio and the fans will love it.

I really want to see this family group live and hope to catch them soon. So wonderfully talented in so many ways, and just thoroughly enjoying this new project, it will stay in my play list for a while.

I give the project a solid 4 stars.



Song List:

OLD RED GUITAR
IT’S CALLED LOVE
DESTINY
HE COULD HAVE LOVED
I’M GONNA MOVE
FALL IN LOVE
YOURS FOREVER
THE GREATEST DAD
YOU GAVE ME LIFE
WHEN WE’RE CAUGHT UP

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The Wonder of Worship: For Our Benefit

In a recent Bible study of mighty Daniel the teacher highlighted Daniel’s “holy habit” of prayer. His holy habit of prayer also included a holy habit of praise. I have learned to praise in my trials but often attempted to do so without a full understanding why.

Why does God instruct me to praise in all my circumstances? How can He instruct me to worship when my heart is broken and my spirit is crushed? God gently spoke into my heart an answer when studying Daniel. Acting out of God’s gracious character, He encourages we praise in our trials for our own benefit.

Satan is our lion in the lion’s den. He is a roaring lion constantly seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) Yet, Satan is extremely limited in understanding our internal emotions and conflicts. The enemy reads us from the outside in, never from the inside out. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. Satan has no access into our physical bodies, therefore he tactically plans his attacks based upon our external actions. When we praise, it not only defends us from our enemy but actually puts him on the run. We push back the darkness when we praise and give thanks to God.

Even in our darkest times, God has proven Himself faithful and His Word assures us He will be faithful in the present and future. Just say thanks to God for the specifics He has worked for your good. “God, You delivered me from ______.” “Thank you Lord for giving me _____.” “Thank you for protecting me when ________.” We can ALWAYS give thanks. I’ve learned that in my most trying and difficult times I can always thank my God for something, even if it is thanking Him for His unending love and unchanging character.

From personal experience may I testify that God is near in a most precious way to the broken hearted. He sees our injustice and pain. Therefore, we must remain steadfast and diligent to seek God’s nearness in our pain. Praise God for how He has proven Himself faithful in His Word. Praise Him as our great Defender and thank Him for being our Strong Tower; our Mighty Fortress.

God is peace, love, and joy. He longs for us to know life more abundant and gladly pours His blessings over us when we praise! In our darkest hour we must speak His name. Give Him praise. Let us put the enemy on the run as God settles in our midst of praise. We are to praise God in all circumstances that we may remain victorious in Christ. This is the wonder of worship.

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Jim Sheldon

Redeem The Time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the Will of The Lord is.”(Ephesians 5:16-17)

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other.”(Colossians 4:5-6)

The reason, I believe, my ministry has begun flourishing so fast is The Lord is doing a quick work in these last days, before Christ returns.

After my divorce, I wasted too many years. Finally, I am where I’m supposed to be, doing what God called me to do! I have more support than ever before – my wife, my family, my church, my pastor and friends. I am surrounded by encouragers!
Now, God is redeeming that time I lost. I must make the best of my remaining time here. I’m no spring chicken at 61; even if The Lord tarries His return, I know my days are numbered on this earth. I don’t want to waste any more time.
So, now I am totally surrendered to Jesus!

My prayer: “Lord, send me where I can be effective, where I can help people and You can work the best through me,”

To All my fellow servants of Jesus Christ: Let’s be totally surrendered to Jesus! Let’s Redeem The Time!!

Jim Sheldon – The Positive Cowboy

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Trey Ivey - Timeless


Producer: Trey Ivey
Label: StowTown Records
Website: http://www.legacyfive.com

Trey Ivey is one of the youngest and most talented artists today in southern gospel. He is the current piano player for Legacy Five. He joined them in February 2011 when Tim Parton departed the group. Prior to joining Legacy Five, Trey played with Old Paths Quartet for 10 months, and before that he was with the Mike LeFevre Quartet for almost three and a half years. That’s pretty impressive for such a young man.

This project Timeless lets him shine on the piano. I am usually not a big fan of a whole CD of instrumental music, but I found myself wrapped up in this one. Maybe because of the tempo mixture of the selections and some of my favorite hymns being included on here, it kept my interest. There are some occasional background vocalists on several songs, but this project mostly consists of the piano along with orchestral selections.

Starting the project off is “Just Over In The Gloryland / I Feel Like Traveling On,” and these are great songs to kick off this project. Songs about the cross never get old and this next medley has one some of the most popular cross songs with “Old Rugged Cross / I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary / At Calvary.”

Favorites of mine include “How Great Thou Art / My Tribute” and “Softly And Tenderly” as these just never get old. “Victory In Jesus” and “Goodbye World Goodbye” both are upbeat, and I bet you had your hands clapping and toes tapping on those two. I know I did.

Picking up the pace is “Oh I Want To See Him” and "I’ve Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart.” Slowing back down again is another great song “Does Jesus Care / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” And, last but not least, a patriotic melody. More than ever, today our world needs these good old patriotic songs: “My Country Tis Of Thee / God Bless America / America The Beautiful." It just thrills my heart each time I hear these songs.

This is a 4 star recording. Trey does an awesome job on this project. By the way, did I mention that it is his first solo project? I don’t think so, but if you are looking for an instrumental project to get you in a worship mode, this is definitely one for your collection. Be watching for more great things to come from Trey in the years ahead. Keep on playing those Timeless favorites.



Song List:

(**stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Just Over In The Gloryland / I Feel Like Traveling On
2 – Cross Medley – Old Rugged Cross / I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary / At Calvary
3 – Oh I Want To See Him
4 – How Great Thou Art / My Tribute **
5 – Goodbye World Goodbye **
6 – Softly And Tenderly **
7 – Victory In Jesus **
8 – I’ve Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart
9 – Does Jesus Care / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
10- Patriotic Medley – My Country Tis Of Thee / God Bless America / America The Beautiful **

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