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Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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Written: 04/15/2014 | Category: | Comments: 0


Artists

Three Bridges

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House of Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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News & Scoops


NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw Shares Stage With The Isaacs

Nashville, Tenn (April 27, 2015) Just a few short days ago, former NFL Superstar Terry Bradshaw, joined the Isaacs on stage to perform the classic Gospel song "What A Day That Will Be” in Pollok, Texas.

His appointment got canceled in Louisiana, so he decided to drive a few miles to Texas to hear the Isaacs. Not only did Terry show up, but he also brought his 86 year old Mother and his lovely wife, Tammy. Bradshaw garnered a huge laugh when he asked the question "How many singers get the Isaacs to open for them?”

No stranger to the singing microphone, as Terry Bradshaw recorded several Gospel albums in the 1980s, he comfortably picked up the mic and related that he sang this song a several weeks earlier in Hawaii. With that, the Isaacs started strumming their instruments, Terry grabbed his cheat sheet and they were off and running with a great rendition of this classic song.

Lily Isaacs commented, "It's so strange that people who are legends in their own right would say they are a "Fan” of the Isaacs. We have known Terry for several years and are always pleased to be with him and his family. Terry is not ashamed of his Christianity in a broadcast world where it is not common.”

The video has had over 4 million views and can be seen on the Isaacs FaceBook page with this link:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153244137217008

The Isaacs have been busy elsewhere in the music world being honored with three Ovation Awards at the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards held earlier this month in Smyrna, TN. The popular group won Mixed Group of the Year and Special Event Project of the Year. Ben Isaacs won for Producer of the Year.

The Isaacs also recently performed at the Southern Gospel Music Guild's Harmony Honor Awards program. The group performed one song penned by each honoree, Rusty Goodman and Dottie Rambo.

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

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

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

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


GMA Announces Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton As MC For GMA Honors On May 5th

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 27, 2015) – The GMA (Gospel Music Association) announces a star-studded line up of presenters and performers for the second annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame including the master of ceremonies, Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton.

The presenters set for the evening are six-time Grammy Award winner and Dove Award winner, Amy Grant, Founder and Senior Pastor of Christian Cultural Center, Dr. A.R. Bernard, six-time Grammy and multiple Dove Award winning Southern Gospel singer, Bill Gaither, five-time Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Christian Artist, Brandon Heath, Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Bishop Joseph Walker III, four-time Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Christian singer, Steve Green and President and CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, Bill Hearn. The performers set for the evening will include Dove Award winner, Chris August, sixth season of American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolittle, Tauren Wells of Christian hit-group, Royal Tailor, multi-Dove Award winning group, Point of Grace, renowned church choir directors, Joy and Landy Gardner and the Grace Church choir and Christian music vocal trio, The Martins.

The GMA Honors will take place on Tuesday, May 5th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena and will celebrate gospel music trailblazers being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame and gives honor to individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. The GMA Honors will air on JUCE TV on Friday, June 5th at 7pm PST / 10pm EST and Saturday, June 6th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST.

The evening will recognize recently announced inductees BeBe and CeCe Winans, Mark Lowry, Roland Lundy and Twila Paris, as well as honorees including Bishop Paul S. Morton, Founding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, The Bridge Ministry founded by Candy Christmas, Passion founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio and Porter’s Call founded by Al Andrews.

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Written: 04/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


News & Scoops


Former N’Harmony & Signature Sound Lead Singer Shane Dunlap To Release Highly Anticipated New Record

Charlotte, NC (April 27, 2015) Well-known and loved music favorite, Shane Dunlap, will release a new solo recording Love So Amazing on April 28 2015. The project is a collection of new songs produced by Dove Award winning producer Ricky Free with songs written by some of the top song writers in the Christian Music industry today.

The first single from the album has been released on the Daywind Music April 2015 radio disc and is already getting rave reviews. The song was written by Marcia Henry, Joseph Habedank and Matt Price, and features the talented Sonya Isaacs Yeary as a guest vocalist.

Dunlap is known for his time managing and singing with N’Harmony, a Southern Gospel Male Quartet, best known for singing top 10 songs "Out Of The Blue”, "One Fine Day”, and "The Devil Tried His Best”, along with many other national radio hits. After traveling extensively throughout America, Canada, and Europe for many years, Shane decided to retire N’Harmony in 2002 and joined Ernie Haase as the original lead singer of Signature Sound, continuing to tour nation-wide and internationally.

Shane states "I came off the full-time road a few years back in order to spend more with my young family. I have truly cherished the time that God has allowed me with them. However, I always felt there was a sort of a void, kind of like God wasn't finished with my music just yet. Last year I finally had a peace in my heart and knew that God was telling me it was time to get back out there and do what I was created to do, and that is to sing gospel music”.

Love So Amazing will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers as well as wherever Christian music is sold.

In addition to his busy schedule, Shane is an ordained minister and currently serves as the Worship Pastor at one of the nation’s fastest growing churches, Lee Park Church in Monroe NC. For more information or to book Shane at your church/venue visit his website at http://www.shanedunlapmusic.com .

For more information about Shane Dunlap, contact Ashea Griffin, PO Box 3456 Mathews, NC, 28106 or call 704-221-7416 . You can also E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .



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Written: 04/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Weekly Chart

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Monday - Aprl 27, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(2)
2
2
23
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
3
3
12
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
3
4
4
10
Battle Cry Kingsmen
4
5
6
4
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
5
6
9
5
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
7
12
6
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
8
7
7
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
9
10
5
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
6
10
14
10
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
10
11
13
6
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
11
12
8
17
Glorybound Whisnants
5
13
19
14
Still Blessed Hyssongs
13
14
21
23
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
15
24
2
Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
15
16
18
10
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
16
17
15
25
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
18
17
9
Ordinary People Old Paths
17
19
5
9
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
5
20
33
5
Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
20
21
16
14
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
22
11
10
I Will Rise Tribute
8
23
23
35
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
24
22
12
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
25
38
2
Power of the Cross Gold City
25
26
26
6
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
26
27
27
5
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
17
28
29
3
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
28
29
40
2
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
29
30
34
5
I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
22
31
37
12
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
22
32
25
27
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
33
30
4
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
30
34
28
3
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
28
35
36
20
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
36
32
6
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
32
37
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4
Lord, You're So Good Soul'd Out
33
38
35
8
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
39
20
23
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
40
39
24
Picture This 11th Hour
5
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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Keep The pace

When I go out­side for a walk, I usu­ally have a song play­ing in my head. I’ve noticed that if I’m at the gym my pace keeps in sync with what­ever music is play­ing, which can lead to injuries. grin

I had a tune in my head today while I was walk­ing out­side and I noticed that my pace was off; I arrived at my land­mark later than nor­mal. Then it dawned on me that my mind was play­ing the wrong song! I quickly started think­ing of the right one and my tim­ing was right back on track!

What daily tune do we play to keep our pace up in our spir­i­tual walk? It’s so easy to set our pace to the things we see, hear, and expe­ri­ence. If we don’t pay atten­tion, we will think like the world thinks and walk like the world walks.

God tells us not to be con­formed to this world, or the world’s way of think­ing, but to be trans­formed, by the renew­ing of our minds.(Romans 12:2) Is the song we sync our lives to “Born This Way” or “Born Again”; “Born To Lose” or “I Am A Friend of God”? I like how the Phillips Bible says it,

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in prac­tice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.”

Walk­ing in sync with the beat of the world will only lead you to defeat. Check your way of think­ing. If your pace is “off” from what God says about you and your sit­u­a­tion, you can push the “eject” but­ton on the enemy and be in sync with the Lord! Put a new MP3 in your mind!

I think it was Zig Ziglar who said, “It’s time to get a check-up from the neck-up, to elim­i­nate stinkin’ thinkin’”.

Get in sync with the new song that God wants to give you. (Psalm 40:3–5) He truly has a song for you in the night sea­son and all the day long. (Psalm 42:8) He com­passes you about with songs of deliv­er­ance! (Psalms 32:7)

That’s what I want to be in sync with! I want to keep up with the pace that He sets for me!

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Daily Devotion

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How Will You Respond ?

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea Of Galilee, He saw two brothers Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people. At Once they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. Matthew 4: 18-22 {NIV).

Did you know that God likes people? He not only likes them He loves them! He not only loves them He uses them. The fact is, it is very difficult to accomplish anything without people being involved. Songs would never be written or sung, sermons would never be preached. What would a large corporation be without people? Nothing! It’s the employees that carry out it’s mission. Jesus recognized that in order to accomplish His work, He must engage others and invite them to partner with Him in changing the world. They would carry His work on long after He was taken back to His Father. Without the involvement of people, the bible would never have been written nor would the church have been established! I think God knew what He was doing when He created people and invited them to partner with him in doing His work. Why? Because it’s becoming involved with Him and doing His work that helps to change us into what He desires for us to be not only in this life but the one to come. Our scripture tells us that when Jesus called out to Peter and Andrew and James and John, they immediately followed Him. Jesus is calling to you today. How will you respond?

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News & Scoops


Jackie Wilburn Memorial Sing Becomes Wilburn Reunion Event

Carthage, Tenn (April 24, 2015) Just a few days until the big, big Spring Sing in Carthage, Tennessee featuring Gold City, Wilburn & Wilburn, Elaine Wilburn, and Primitive Quartet.

Jonathan stated "This is the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing 2015 presented by Wilburn and Wilburn in Carthage TN. This year we have planned a Family Reunion. We have one of the first groups my Dad "Jackie Wilburn" ever promoted here in the middle Tennessee area. It has been almost 20 years since we have had these guys, The Primitive Quartet. We are having a new group Lake Side Quartet who's mandolin player Greg Blankinship played for The Wilburns back in the 80s. Then of course we have Gold City. I sang with GC for 12 years. During this time Gold City became like family to the Wilburns. We are planning some special songs with Jordan, Jonathan and all of Gold City. Then there is "Mama Lane" Elaine Wilburn. We plan on bringing back some Wilburn music from days gone by. We plan on having church.”

CARTHAGE is located on the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River, just 20 minutes from Lebanon, Tennessee with many great restaurants , hotels and outlet shopping. Carthage is 45 minutes from Nashville. Plenty of camping is available on site of the venue with full hook-up and Cordell Hull Lake camp grounds.

So make plans today! Don't miss this event at the Smith County AG Center in Carthage, May 2nd and 3rd.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and a love offering will be received. We would love to have you join us!

For more information call our office at 256-459-4769 or visit our website at http://www.wilburn2.com/ .

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News & Scoops


Promoter Jeff Sneed Announces Performers For 3rd Annual Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival

Nashville, Tenn (April 24, 2015) Promoter Jeff Sneed is announcing that some of Gospel music's most-loved artists have been secured for the all-star lineup at the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival.

Such all-star artists which include the Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angela Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg, Sneed Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Kingsmen, Rambo McGuire (featuring Living Legend Buck Rambo), the Singing Cookes, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, Wade Spencer, and Geraldine & Ricky will all be a part of the great annual Festival.

Jeff Sneed stated, "I not only speak on behalf of the Sneed Family, but also Loretta, her family and her staff about how excited we are for this year's Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival. It's always so fun to work with Loretta and her family and we feel that the roster of this year’s artists for the program make this event one of the most unique and exciting in the Gospel music industry today. It's hard to explain the experience but any artist that has performed there walks away with a renewed excitement for not only Gospel music but revived relationships resonated by the atmosphere created by the love and hospitality of all those involved. If you love Gospel music it is an event that you don't want to miss!”

Loretta Lynn Ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN will host the festival once again September 12-13, 2015. For those arriving early on Friday night, September 11, 2015, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

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Written: 04/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Misery or Melody?

“Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say,‘Here I am’” (Isaiah 58:9).

One day as I was in my car driving down the road, I was searching through stations on the radio. I heard a song that captured my attention. I didn’t really catch many of the lyrics to the song, but one line seemed to reach out to me. I didn’t know who was singing at the time, but afterwards, I recognized the voice.The line that had such an impact on me said,“We pour out our miseries; God just hears a melody.”The singer was Amy Grant, and the title of the song was, “Better Than a Hallelujah.”

For hours, I kept hearing those words over and over in my head. When I got home, I went to the Internet and looked up the lyrics and the history of the song. The next words are, “Beautiful, the mess we are,The honest cries of breaking hearts, Are better than a hallelujah.” It’s the kind of song you want to go back and listen to over and over again.The longer I listened, the more my perspective changed about prayer.

Here’s the reason why. I began thinking about my children and grandchildren. I love to receive all those hugs and sweet, tender words spoken out of such deep love. But do you know what really touches my heart? You already know what I’m go- ing to say, don’t you? When one of them comes to me in tears from a hurting heart or a wounded spirit, compassion swells up so much within me, that I would go to almost any lengths to comfort them or help in whatever way I can.
I know that I’m to constantly give praise to God, and I do that continually in my heart and mind. However, there have
been so many times when I have gone to prayer and said, “Okay, God, here I am whining again. I feel like a big ‘cry baby.’You’re probably sick and tired of hearing me complain and wish I’d just get over it.” I’ve felt so guilty at times. Of course, I also have those prayer times when I am filled to the brim with praise and thanksgiving. Those are the occasions that I love most. I realize through this song that God’s desire is to hear from me, because to Him, my voice is sweet. By far, the most important thing to my heavenly Father is my communication with Him—in good times or in tearful times. When I pour out my heart to Him, He really cares.The old saying,“Honesty is the best policy,” applies to praying, too.We can say, “Hallelujah!” all day long, but God sees our hearts. Do you think He becomes angry when we honestly tell Him how we feel? He can even handle our doubts and our ques- tions without being offended. He knows we have these feelings anyway, and even though we don’t speak them out loud, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. So just tell it all to Him.

Paula’s Prayer
Father, I’m so glad that when I cry out to You in my misery, it re- ally is better than a hallelujah sometimes.The awesome thing is that You can take my misery and turn it into a hallelujah.
So, I give it all to You today.
Amen.

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Tune-In Alert for Collingsworth Family

Collingsworth Family To Be Featured on Upcoming In Touch Ministries Program

StowTown Records powerhouse family group, The Collingsworth Family, will be featured on the In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley Program.

Beginning April 24, the family group will be shown during the first half of the program, singing “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and “The Great I Am”.

To find the broadcast times and stations in your area, please click here.

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Daily Devotion

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Why Me Lord?

A thought provoking question was asked to British pastor Joseph Parker, "Why did Jesus choose Judas to be one of His disciples?" Pastor Parker pondered the question and but never answered.

Yes the question concerning Judas has been asked down through history and will be the topic of theological debates till the end of time.

Pastor Parker MAY HAVE had a similar conversation in his mind...

Jesus knew that Judas would be more concerned about "the purse" than people. Jesus knew that Judas would criticize His methods. Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him. He knew that by "the kiss" in the Garden, that it would set in motion what had been prophesied for years. Christ's beating, trial, crucifixion and death.

Yes, why WOULD Jesus choose Judas?

Pastor Parker pondered that question and finally instead of answering the question, he asked himself "Why did He choose ME?"

I never met Pastor Joseph Parker and I don't know HIM, but I know ME.

Jesus knew that I would be more concerned about "stuff" than salvation. Jesus knew that I would criticize His methods. Jesus knew that I would speak His name in vain. Jesus knew that I would betray Him. He knew that by my blatant sin that He'd have to die for me... His beating, trial, crucifixion and death- ALL for me.

So, if He knew ALL THESE THINGS, so Why me?

Why die for me? What do I have to offer a Holy God? I've hurt people, sinned, made wrong choices, lied, cheated, stolen, thought things that were wrong, SAID things that weren't right.. Why? Why?

Why would Jesus die for me?

Because He loves me.

Romans 5:8
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

My late great friend and musical mentor; George Amon Webster wrote a song with these words...

"Why did He go to Calvary?
Why was His life's blood shed for me? Why did He suffer as no man has EVER done? There's just one reason, I AM THE ONE.
He loves me, He loves me. Jesus loves me, He loves me, Jesus loves me."

Be encouraged today. Be thankful that God chose you and is wanting to use you for His Kingdom.

Prayer starter: "Father, thank you for saving me. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for erasing my past and giving me a future here on earth and most importantly my eternal future with you in Heaven. Help me to live for you every day, help me to reach people for the cause of Christ. In Jesus name, Amen."


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Karen Peck and New River Receive Two AGM Ovation Awards

Dahlonega, GA (April 20, 2015) Multi-award winning Gospel trio Karen Peck and New River added two more awards to her collection at the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards last week in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Coming off winning multiple awards, including a Dove Award last year, this outstanding trio is at it again this year. Starting this year by winning the Song of the Year for "Finish Well” and Female Vocalist of the Year, it appears this will be another phenomenal year for the very popular group.

Not only is the group being recognized for their performance abilities, but for the second year in a row, Karen has been a co-writer for the "Song of the Year”. Karen enthusiastically tells all in attendance of her concerts that "your best years are still ahead of you”.

Karen stated "Thank you all so much for the awards. We are so honored by this and we feel that these awards came at just the right time.”

Karen Peck and New River is currently racing up the charts with the groups newest radio release "Pray Now”, which is on their new project set to release on April 28th. So, just sit back and watch this great song not only move the hearts of men and women, but move swiftly all the way to the top of the charts.

Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word about their new song by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNow .

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

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Ashley DeRamus Receives National Advocacy Award

Ashley DeRamus received the National Down Syndrome Society’s NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year Award at the annual Buddy Walk® on Washington.

Hoover, Alabama (April 20, 2015) Ashley DeRamus of Hoover, Alabama was pleased to receive The National Down Syndrome Society NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year Champion of Change Award. NDSS self-advocates are volunteer advocates with Down syndrome who are committed to taking part in the democratic process and serve as liaisons between NDSS and their communities to continually raise awareness, educate and advocate for public policy solutions that benefit the Down syndrome community at the federal, local and community levels.

Ashley received the award at the Buddy Walk® on Washington, the annual NDSS advocacy event in Washington, DC. Over 150 people from across the country gathered to advocate for legislative priorities that positively impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.

Ashley stated, "What can l say but thank you Congressman D Benishek of Michigan and NDSS for the great honor you gave me tonight and to all my special friends with Down syndrome.”

Ms. DeRamus, is an entrepreneur, an advocate, a singer, a public speaker, a music video star and a fashion designer. Connie DeRamus, Ashley's mother, assisted her in establishing The Ashley DeRamus Foundation, an organization founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality of lifestyle for those with Down syndrome, in 2012. Ms. DeRamus has also been touring Inspirational Country, Southern Gospel and Bluegrass venues across the country in 2015. Ashley serves as an inspiration for many and lives by the motto, "Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Show them what you can do.”

Award presenters included the Honorable Dan Benishek (R-MI), as well NDSS Board Members and staff.

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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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Daily Devotion

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The Shoes of Peace

What we wear on our feet determines our stability and mobility. The wrong choice of footwear can be crippling and slow you down. Can you imagine a soldier going into battle wearing dress shoes? Army boots aren't eye-appealing, but then they're not supposed to be. They're made for a purpose. Likewise, the gospel of peace is something we walk in, knowing it postures us for endurance and readiness. Paul said: "The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).

This part of the soldier’s armor was the third piece in Paul's list and played an important role. These shoes were made to endure and to give a confident stance to the soldier. Often, these shoes were equipped with nails or spikes in the soles that gave "grip" to the ground on which a soldier was standing and fighting. No slipping. No missteps. Just firm footing.

You and I can stand firm in our calling, our ministries, and our spiritual warfare. We stand in the shoes of peace. Look at the Word of God in Romans 10:14-15: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!’ “(NKJV).

Shoeless soldiers won't last long on a battlefield littered with stones, twigs, and debris. Without proper shoes, we would spend our time tiptoeing through the briars and delicately transverse across the rough terrain. Jesus needs soldiers in His army who can confidently stand in the peace of His presence, power, and performance, loudly proclaiming His Gospel.
What are you standing on today?

Here's some good ground to plant your feet upon right here:
John 14: 27: "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (KJV).

Tim Hill


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Weekly Chart

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Monday - April 20, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
4
13
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1
2
1
22
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
3
3
11
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
3
4
7
9
Battle Cry Kingsmen
4
5
10
8
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
5
6
20
3
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
6
7
16
6
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
8
5
16
Glorybound Whisnants
5
9
14
4
Anything Zane & Donna King
9
10
6
4
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
6
11
13
9
I Will Rise Tribute
8
12
15
5
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
12
13
18
5
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
13
14
24
9
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
14
15
11
24
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
16
8
13
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
17
25
8
Ordinary People Old Paths
17
18
21
9
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
18
19
31
13
Still Blessed Hyssongs
19
20
2
22
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
21
19
22
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
22
29
11
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
23
17
34
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
24
*
1
Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
24
25
32
26
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
26
40
5
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
26
27
23
4
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
17
28
37
2
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
28
29
33
2
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
29
30
36
3
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
30
31
*
1
This I Know Sunday Drive
31
32
39
5
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
32
33
38
4
Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
33
34
22
4
I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
22
35
28
7
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
36
9
19
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
37
30
11
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
22
38
*
1
Power of the Cross Gold City
38
39
34
23
Picture This 11th Hour
5
40
*
1
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
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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Abraham Productions Announces LIVE Webcast of Singing In The Sun 2015

Singing In The Sun, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center has become one of the largest annual Christian concert events on the East coast.
Now in it’s 17th year and more popular than ever, event producer Ray Flynn announces a “live webcast component to its HD multi-camera production.”

Now fans worldwide can join the thousands at Myrtle Beach and experience this extraordinary week. Our prayer is that we can encourage and change lives in the process!

Event Headliners Include:
Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, Jason Crabb, The Hoppers,
The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, The Isaacs. Greater Vision
Karen Peck & New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Brian Free & Assurance,
Ivan Parker, The Whisnants, The Talleys, Gold City and MORE!

PLUS:
Dymanic and Inspiring Messages from:
Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Jeff Laborg, Dr. Herb Reavis, Dennis Swanberg and Dr. Larry Brown!

Webcast nightly April 21 – April 25, 2015 + 2 bonus Showcases!

Fans can visit
http://www.singinginthesunlive.com for more information and to sign up!

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Daily Devotion

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Come And Go

“Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Have you ever heard someone make a statement like, “I just don’t know what I can do for God. I can’t preach or sing, I have no special talent of any kind. I guess I’ll just have to leave that up to the one’s that do.”

Can I tell you something that may change your life? God isn’t looking for good looking, talented people. All he wants is someone who is willing and available. The good news is you don’t have to have any kind of exceptional talent, education or skill for Him to use you. You just have to be willing to do two very simple things.

What might those things be you ask? Here’s the answer.. Are you ready? Come and Go. That’s right.. Come and Go. All we need to do is come to Him and let Him change us from the inside out, then Go and let our life be a witness of his goodness and mercy to those around us.

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Written: 04/17/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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Lindsay Huggins Releases “Praying Women” Video

Tribute to Moms and all "Praying Women"

Nashville, TN, April 16, 2015. Gospel music artist Lindsay Huggins has released the video "Praying Women". This inspirational video brings to life the story portrayed in her new radio single of the same name.

Viewers of the video will be reminded of the power of prayer. The story is a tribute to our mothers and other women who pray for us. Released in time for Mother's Day, the video brings to mind these women of faith and how grateful we are for their spiritual support.

When asked about the song and video "Praying Women", artist Lindsay Huggins responded “I’m so pleased to release the music video for my single ‘Praying Women’. The song was special to me from the moment I heard it, because my mother prayed the prayer of salvation with me on our living room couch." Huggins concludes "I know her prayers through the years have shaped me, and I want to leave that same legacy.” The song was produced by acclaimed songwriter and producer Jerry Salley, and is found on the newly released project Then Jesus Came.

"Praying Women" was penned by award-winning songwriters Lee Black, Marcia Henry and Kenna Turner West. "I was sick and had called on several of my girlfriends and family to pray. The Lord moved and took care of the problem.” said Henry. "I shared with Lee and Kenna how thankful I was for praying women. Lee started running with it and Kenna and I got excited. It was a memorable day!”

“Lee had the idea to turn the testimony into a song." said West. "And when Marcia began playing the piano, I think that all three of us could sense that we were part of something very special." she concluded.

The video was produced by Bryce Free and Paper Taxi Designs. Regarding the video production, Huggins commented, “I was thrilled to have Bryce Free direct and produce this video. I also owe a huge thanks to my very generous friends who volunteered to be in the video. They did a fabulous job and I’m really proud of what we created.”

The video can be found online at https://youtu.be/lxqFntqBsRM and will also be broadcast nationwide on Harmony Road TV and other television programs in the coming weeks.

More information on Lindsay Huggins and her ministry can be found at http://www.lindsayhuggins.com.

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Back Home Requests Prayer

Absolutely Gospel has just received word from Back Home's Jennifer Layne that Jimmy Layne has been taken to the Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

After initial tests were performed the Doctors decided it best to keep him due to possible blockages.

Please pray for Jimmy and Jennifer during this trying time, and pray for God's healing touch for Jimmy.

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Written: 04/16/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Southern Gospel Music Guild Presents “Harmony Honors”

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Written: 04/16/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Loretta Lynn Ranch Announces Initial Performers For 3rd Gospel Music Fest

Legendary Icon Welcomes Gospel Music's Best to her Hurricane Mills, TN Ranch.

Martins, Goodman Revival, McKameys, Karen Peck & New River Among Others Announced as Initial Performers


Nashville, TN (April 14, 2015) – Initial performers for the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival were announced today. Jeff Sneed, talent director for the festival, announced the first round of artists to include The Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angie Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg and the Sneed Family. The 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival takes place September 12 & 13, 2015 at the legendary singer's ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN.

"We're extremely excited to announce the initial slate of performers," said Jeff Sneed. "We are thrilled that Loretta has, once again, decided to welcome some of the best in Gospel music to her ranch!"

More performers will be announced at a later date.

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 11, 2015, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full-service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

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Three Bridges Receives 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Award

Nashville, Tenn (April 16, 2015) Mansion recording artists Three Bridges were honored with the Progressive Album of the Year Award at the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Elliott McCoy, owner and baritone for Three Bridges stated "We are grateful to win the Absolutely Gospel Music Award for "Progressive Album of the Year" for Jesus Saves. Thanks to AGM, Rick Sandidge (Producer), the songwriters, Mansion Records, players, and all who voted for Three Bridges. Thank you, Father, for your assignment for us within your Kingdom. We are BLESSED!!!”

This award goes to a project that shows a progressive sound but remains true to the roots of Southern Gospel Music. The current single from the project "When God Does The Doin'" is currently # 15 on the Weekly AGM chart in just it's 4th week, and quickly climbing the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart.

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You can learn more about Three Bridges at http://threebridgesgospel.com or https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic .

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Three Bridges is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - 615-595-7500 or http://www.bsaworld.com .


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2015 AGM Awards Handed Out

The Isaacs and Producer Ricky Free Named Big Winners


Nashville, Tenn. - (April 15, 2015) - The 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Isaacs and producer Ricky Free were the night’s big winners.

The Isaacs took home three awards during the program. The group was awarded their third consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title this year. The group's Christmas DVD An Isaacs Family Christmas Special also won Special Event Project of the Year. Ben Isaacs also took home Producer of the Year (Artist) for a fourth time in his career.

Producer Ricky Free was also awarded three Ovations over the course of the evening. He took home the Producer of the Year (Professional) title last night. In addition, he was awarded Ovations for Album of the Year (for Brian Free & Assurance's Unashamed) and Progressive Recording of the Year (for Joseph Habedank's Welcome Home) for his production work on those recordings.

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included the Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, and The Browders.

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2015 Pacesetter Award – was handed to enLighten SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family were proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to songwriter Rebecca J. Peck. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music. In addition to the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, Rebecca was awarded Songwriter of the Year (Professional) this year.

The event was hosted by Joseph Habedank and Amber Nelon Thompson. The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Isaacs, the Bowling Family, Tribute, The Browders, High Road, Jim Brady Trio, The Dunaways, Adam Crabb, Joseph Habedank, Amber Nelon Thompson, 11th Hour, The Williamsons, and Jeff Stice. The evening also featured a special presentation to the family of Lari Goss and a musical tribute to Andrae Crouch by Geron Davis & Kindred Souls and Angela Primm.

"Words can not express just how thrilled we are with this year's program," mentioned AbsolutelyGospel.com President Deon Unthank. "Joseph and Amber were phenomenal hosts, and this year every performer knocked it out of the park. We are already making plans for next year's program!"

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

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

2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners:

Song of the Year: "Finish Well" - Karen Peck & New River (written by Michael Farren, Karen Peck Gooch, and Kenna West)

Album of the Year: Unashamed - Brian Free & Assurance (produced by Ricky Free)

Pacesetter: enLighten SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson

Male Vocalist of the Year: Adam Crabb (Gaither Vocal Band)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers

Female Group of the Year: HIGHROADIII

Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Matthew Browder (The Browders)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Rebecca J. Peck

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

Producer of the Year (Professional): Ricky Free

Engineer of the Year: Blake Bennett

Musician of the Year: Jeff Stice

Traditional Song of the Year: "Footprints On the Water" - Gold City (written by Joseph Habedank & Dianne Wilkinson)

Traditional Album of the Year: Journey of Hope - Tribute (produced by Roger Talley)

Progressive Song of the Year: "I Know Enough" - Bowling Family (written by Marcia Henry & Belinda Smith)

Progressive Album of the Year: (a tie) Jesus Saves - Three Bridges (produced by Rick Sandidge)

and Welcome Home - Joseph Habedank (produced by Ricky Free)

Country Song of the Year: "Listening For the Shout" - The Browders (written by Matthew Browder and Tommy Browder)

Country Album of the Year: Church In the Kitchen - The Dunaways (produced by Jerry Salley)

Special Event Project of the Year: An Isaacs Family Christmas - The Isaacs

Music Video of the Year: "Where I've Been" - The Freemans (Big Merlin Productions)

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Bowling Family

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Rebecca J. Peck


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Daily Devotion

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The Breastplate of Righteousness

Being covered by the Breastplate of Righteousness helps to ensure a pure heart and motivation toward holy living. Salvation purchased by the blood of Jesus brings us into right standing with God the Father. Nothing can add to or take away from that truth. However, it becomes our responsibility to guard the heart and protect it from self-inflicted wounds and intentional sin that offends the Holy Spirit and separates us from God.

Without a breastplate, a soldier was asking for instant death, because this important piece of armor protected the heart, lungs, and other vital organs of the body. Likewise, a Christian must have his inner, or spiritual, man protected. It's of utmost importance to state here that the righteousness which protects us is nothing of our own doing. We must be covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. After all, our righteousness is nothing more than "filthy rags" in God's sight. Look at Isaiah 64:6: "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are all filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away" (KJV).

The breastplate protected from the enemy’s sword, spear, and arrow. However, not all attacks come from outside forces.

An old hymn from the traditional "Red Back Hymnal” entitled, "O, I Want to See Him" talks about the arrows aimed at your heart. Look at this earlier lyric:
"Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within."

Life's most dangerous and hurtful wounds are the ones we bring upon ourselves. While a Roman soldier's armor could only protect him from outside forces, the battles you and I face are almost exclusively inward. I need, and am promised, a covering over the eternal part of who I am. I need a defense and, thankfully, I have one that daily deflects doubt and fear, worry and pride, shame and discord, as well as arrogance and greed. You have access to it also. Use it.

"Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV).

Tim Hill

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Big Night For Browders At 2015 AGM Awards

Nashville, Tenn (April 15, 2015) It was a big night for Daywind recording artist, The Browders, last night at the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration.

As a group known for producing a legacy of number one songs, one of those big hit songs got the attention of enough industry peeps to garner them a Country Song of the Year Ovation Award in this years awards celebration at River Of Life Church in Smyrna, TN, for "Listening For The Shout”.

Patriarch of the Group, Tommy Browder stated, "I am so proud of my family and the way God has been using them lately. I'm really glad they still let me be a part of this ministry.”

Also happening last night, Matthew Browder, claimed his first songwriting award as Song Writer of the Year (Artist). Matthew was not shy in sharing the credit with his Dad for co-writing the award winning song.

Commenting on the song and the award, Matthew Browder said, "When I sat down to write a song with my Dad, I wasn't even thinking of a number one song, let alone a 'Song of the Year' Award. I stand in amazement when I see the hand of God moving in our group.”

The Browders also performed their Award winning song "Listening For the Shout" at the Awards Celebration.

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

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

Contact the Browders by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

To book The Browders contact Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500 .

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News & Scoops


Kingdom Heirs Announce New Baritone

April 15, 2015 - Arden, NC -The Kingdom Heirs are very happy to announce the hiring of Brian Alvey as their new baritone singer. Kries French, owner/manger of the Kingdom Heirs states “A lot of prayer and consideration went into our decision and we are thrilled to welcome Brian and his family, into our family.”

French continues, “During our time on the road this winter, we had the privilege to audition close to 60 men who traveled many miles for this chance and we thank each of you so much. We feel that God has led us to the man He wants for us.”

“We are honored to have entered our 30th year of partnership with The Kingdom Heirs”, states Sonlite records President Chris White. “We are excited to continue this relationship with a new recording the group is already working on for an October release.”

The Kingdom Heirs ask you to please help us in welcoming Brian and his family to the Kingdom Heir family. Brian will start his tenure with the group at Dollywood immediately. The Kingdom Heirs would like to invite everyone to come and experience this new era of music and ministry.

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Introducing Sweetwater Revival

I recently had the opportunity to learn about Sweetwater Revival by chatting with Katie Paull, and I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did through this interview.

Carol Lawson: Who is Sweetwater Revival?

Katie Paull: Imagine a lovely country church off the back roads of Minnesota. The church is packed with eager Southern Gospel fans who have come to hear this all-female quartet, Sweetwater Revival. Anticipation is in the air as the pianist begins to play the prelude. You can hear the whispers of enthusiasm as all wonder what they will sing….”When Someday Becomes Today”, “We Will Rise”, “Sour Like An Eagle”, “Fall Into The Arms Of Jesus” along with other favorites or their new chart hit song “A Hallelujah Homecoming”. The concert is ready to begin. A hush comes over the audience as four ladies walk onto the stage and grab their microphones. For the next few hours a heavenly blend of harmonies, scripture filled songs, toe tapping melodies and testimonies of how Jesus can change a life, struggles, triumphs and other stories of great Christians fill the air. Fans are not disappointed as they get to know these delightful women who share their hearts and their music. After the concert, you will find them at their product table praying with hurting people, signing autographs, telling stories and most importantly sharing the gospel with people. They make it a point to get to know their fans and many often follow them wherever they go. This is Sweetwater Revival on stage, but who is Sweetwater Revival when the church lights are dimmed and they return home? What matters to them? What motivates them? How did this ministry come about?

CL: Tell me how your ministry came about.

KP: Sweetwater Revival came about from me, Katie Paull and Cathie Paxson’s, a mother/daughter vision for having an all-female quartet. The ministry plans to celebrate a decade of music ministry this Spring! Back in 2004 the founding member me, Katie Paull was living in Nashville, Tennessee and singing with The New Speer Revival, a ministry formed by Faye and Brock’s Speers oldest son, Marc Speer. I had lived in Nashville for about four years waitressing and pursing every music contact I could get my hands on. This included meeting with reps from record labels on Music Row, doing demos with producers, pitching myself to songwriters as a demo singer, and singing all over town as often as I could. I learned much during this time about the music industry, and I will never regret my time there. I felt the Lord leading me back to Minnesota. I had sold my bed and a lot of my furniture as I prepared to leave Nashville, one Saturday morning I awoke to a message from Marc Speer. I remember being in a state of shock as he said, “I heard about you from a friend at church, and we would love to have you audition for our alto position.” Upon auditioning and joining The New Speers, I decided to stay in Nashville indefinitely. Singing and traveling with them was one of the greatest joys of my life. Eventually Marc decided to disband the group, and I was heartbroken. During this time, I completed my first solo project, “Jesus You’re My Song”, where Gordon Mote and many other amazing musicians lent their talents to this project. The greatest thrill of all was singing my mother’s songs. This was the beginning of a partnership between me and my mom, Cathie, a prolific songwriter of many years. Upon moving back to Minnesota, I wondered what the Lord had in store. Little did I know that this move would not be the end of my music journey, but just the beginning! One night Katie and her parents were discussing how they could start their own ministry in Minnesota of all places…..and an All-Female Quartet. Excitement over this vision grew instantly, and they agreed to pray and seek the Lord as they began this journey together.

Thus the vision for Sweetwater Revival was born!

CL: Tell me about each member.

KP: Me, Katie Paull. I am the founding member of Sweetwater Revival and was raised in a Christian home. From a young age, I was drawn to music with a songwriter mom and a father who sang all of his life. Dad sang in a men’s quartet with Roy Tremble of the original Cathedrals. After graduation, I made an announcement that Nashville was my destination. A dear memory that I will cherish happened one weekend when my father flew down from Minnesota to visit. We were eating at Cozymels, a Mexican restaurant when I suddenly spotted Vestal Goodman, the Queen of Gospel Music. My dad about choked on his tortilla he was so excited! I went up to speak with her and tell her about my music. Standing next to me, without any hesitation she immediately grabbed my hand and prayed for me and my future in music. That moment will always stick out in my mind. God places significant people like her along my journey, and He can do the same for each of us as we seek God’s will for our lives. As far as family, I am married to the love of my life, David Paull, for seven years and have two children, Elizabeth four years old and Ethan, two years old.

Korissa Olson grew up a pastor’s daughter in the mountains of Missoula, Montana with a family of six singers. She began singing at the tender age of two, traveling and ministering at churches and camps all throughout the US, Hong Kong, Japan and China. When she joined Sweetwater Revival, she has recorded three gospel albums with her family The Erbele Family Singers. Korissa and her husband Darren have two beautiful sons, Emerson and Everett. Everett was born with galactosemia, a rare disorder discovered early by the newborn screen. Korissa is a speaker and advocate for Newborn Screening and travels across the country doing speaking engagements.

Amanda Ellison is admired for her rich and soulful velvet voice. She grew up a pastor’s daughter in Iowa and was saturated with music from a very early age. Growing up in a musical family, she reminisces about memories such as washing the dishes with her sister, all the while singing and harmonizing. Amanda considers her family her greatest achievement, calling her five children of which four are from two sets of twins “the most beautiful notes God has written in the song of life. God has certainly taught me to expect the unexpected,” she states.

Kayla Krizek was raised in a Christian home and is a Minnesota native. She remembers first being introduced to Southern Gospel music in her grandma Erickson’s kitchen. It was always playing on Sunday mornings. Kayla began soloing at a very young age in church. She attended the well-known Minnesota Christian college, Northwestern, where she majored in Music Education. Kayla and her husband, Elliott welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Cora, last July.

Cathie Paxson is the Manager for Sweetwater Revival and a great gospel songwriter of close to 500 songs. She has a love and passion for the Lord that drives her to the piano daily. She was blessed to have grown up in a Christian home with wonderful parents and the oldest of four children. At the young age of five, her dear, beloved grandfather brought her a new piano. About 95% of Sweetwater Revival’s music are songs that Cathie has penned.

CL: Tell me about your product, latest CD project, current radio single and your radio promoter.

KP: Sweetwater Revival has released eight CD projects, with our latest being “Heirloom” which is a collection of old hymns as well as songs written by Cathie. We also have a “Live at the Mall of America” DVD, and has a complete line of original vocal tracks and sheet music. Susan Whisnant, our radio promoter, recently contacted us to tell us that our current radio single “A Hallelujah Homecoming” is going to chart at #24 on the Singing News in May. We were thrilled to hear this. We are currently working on our ninth project, “Crimson Cross.” Look for it to be released in April 2016.

CL: Any upcoming events that you’d like the readers to know about?

KP: Yes, one event we are extremely excited about is our Annual Hallelujah Homecoming concert featuring The Talleys as our special guests. It will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 6 p.m. at Bethel University in Benson Great Hall, St. Paul, MN. Tickets can be purchased through our website or by calling (651) 638-6333. All seats are reserved. Also on Friday, August 7th, Sweetwater Revival and Master’s Voice will be doing a joint concert in Richfield, MN at 7:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Gospel Opry.

CL: One more question before we finish up, share how people can stay in touch with Sweetwater Revival.

KP: You can find us online at http://www.SweetwaterRevival.com, social media https://www.facebook.com/SWRMinistries, our Nashville booking line is (615) 300-1283, or via mail at Gospeltown Records, c/o Sweetwater Revival, 1934 130th Lane NW, Minneapolis, MN 55448. Be sure to check them out!

CL: Katie, many thanks for taking the time to share with Absolutely Gospel about Sweetwater Revival. We pray that your ministry continues to bless people for decades to come!

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Daily Devotion

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Heart Songs

“And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand.Then Saul would become refreshed and well,
and the distressing spirit would depart from him”
(1 Samuel 16:23).

Have you ever considered the “transporting” power of music and the effect it has on people? It can cause you to feel like you’ve been transferred to a different
place for a little while. Music transcends cultures. All around the world, music has an effect on people. Depending on the venue, you will likely see any variety of reactions. If you go to a rock-and-roll concert, you may see just about anything— jumping, spinning, head-banging, and crowd-surfing just to name a few. If you go to a big city and see a Broadway musical, you’ll hear lots of applause, or perhaps you’ll hear laughter, and maybe you’ll see a few tears. If you could be transported back in time to an Elvis or a Beatles concert, you’d hear lots of screaming. Then you’d see plenty of young ladies crying and fainting at the sheer imagination that the rock star could be singing directly to them. In church, you’ll see tears streaming down faces at the sounds of hymns such as “Amazing Grace.” On many long nights, a lullaby can soothe a crying baby to sleep as it nestles in its mother’s arms.
Whatever effect music has on people, only one kind trans- forms, as well as transports.When music is offered up before our heavenly Father, it flows deep into one’s spirit, bringing peace and calmness like nothing else can. Such was the case with Saul. He was not in a place of peace with God, and at
times he would feel tormented in his mind. In those times, the Bible says he would call for David and David would play his harp for him. Saul’s distressing spirit would leave, and he would feel refreshed and well again.
When I’m having a rough day or perhaps a “rough” attitude toward life, all I need to do is get a song in my heart and spirit. When I do, I find peace and rest from whatever is troubling me. I find my thinking turned toward giving praise to God and away from myself. I am renewed and transformed.The more I sing praises to God, the more I feel my heart changing. It’s a feeling that I find hard to explain, because my soul and spirit swell inside of me. I experience a transfusion of hope, peace, and joy. It’s just like a flower in a hot, barren place waiting for the rain. Oh, what a refreshing when the rain finally comes! The wilted flower opens up its petals, soaks it in, and stands up straight and tall again.When the music is over, the feeling of joy doesn’t disappear. It is really transforming!

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, I’m so glad that You are my song.Your name is music to my spirit. I praise You for the peace Your songs bring to me. Help me each day to listen for every new melody You place in my heart. I will sing to You a new song.
Amen.

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News & Scoops


Update on Rickey Gooch

Hey Friends,

This week is Rickey's the final week of treatments! Four radiations and one chemo left.

I am writing to you for a special reason. Over the past six weeks, Rickey has worked very hard to swallow and eat. Since the cancer is located in the left tonsil and surrounding lymph nodes, the radiation has literally burned his throat to the point of almost unbearable pain. He literally has no taste buds or saliva. On top of this, the chemo has made him very weak and nauseated. He has been taking medicines for these symptoms but now they are not working as well. He has lost weight and is very weak.

Today is a hard day. This will be a hard week. While I was waiting on Rickey to get his radiation treatment, I began to pray and ask the Lord to strengthen him and to build his immune system especially this week. Will y'all stand with me in prayer believing? Will you pray bold prayers for Rickey? In all of my years of traveling and having had the wonderful opportunity of knowing so many of you, I have never been so eager to reach out and request something so heartfelt. My heart is breaking for my husband and I knew I could count on you to stand with me in prayer for his healing and to pray him through this last stretch. I know God is willing and able!! We have been so overwhelmed by your continued prayers, love, and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you dearly.

-Karen

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - April 13, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
21
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
2
2
21
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
3
4
10
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
3
4
5
12
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
4
5
7
15
Glorybound Whisnants
5
6
14
3
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
6
7
11
8
Battle Cry Kingsmen
7
8
13
12
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
9
3
18
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
10
8
7
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
8
11
10
23
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
12
6
10
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
13
18
8
I Will Rise Tribute
8
14
27
3
Anything Zane & Donna King
14
15
29
4
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
15
16
19
5
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
16
17
12
33
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
18
30
4
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
18
19
23
21
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
20
32
2
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
20
21
22
8
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
21
22
25
3
I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy’s Well
22
23
17
3
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
17
24
20
8
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
19
25
28
7
Ordinary People Old Paths
17
26
15
20
This Blood Triumphant
10
27
9
27
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
28
16
6
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
29
24
10
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
30
38
10
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
22
31
39
12
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
32
21
25
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
33
*
1
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
33
34
26
22
Picture This 11th Hour
5
35
35
10
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
26
36
34
2
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
34
37
*
1
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
37
38
**
3
Shed a Little Light Down Easy Boys
38
39
36
4
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
33
40
37
4
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
37
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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News & Scoops


Michael English Special Guest On RFD-TVs The Music City Show

Nashville, Tenn (April 14, 2015) Grammy and Dove Award winning Christian artist Michael English will be featured as a special guest on the very popular Music City Show in July.

Performing songs like his classics "In Christ Alone” and "I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy” as well as his newest hit song "Stubborn” Michael mesmerized the studio audience and that same effect is sure to come across the television viewers as well.

In addition to his great vocal performances, Michael shares his down to earth side while interviewing with the talented host of the program, Tim Lovelace. This is one episode of The Music City Show that you will not want to miss.



Michael stated, "I had a great time taping The Music City Show. Tim Lovelace is a wonderful host and the audience and staff made me feel so welcome.”

To learn more about Michael English go to http://www.michaelenglishmusic.com .

To reach Michael on FaceBook go to https://www.facebook.com/michaelenglishmusic or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/menglish001 .

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

To interview Michael contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Daily Devotion

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Talk Is Cheap

Well, it’s been said that "TALK IS CHEAP", and it’s so TRUE. Some people LITERALLY go to "NO EXPENSE" in promising you THE MOON, but they never intend to MAKE GOOD or PAY UP on what they promise. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Hey, I’m sure you’ve had a time, or two, when someone didn’t lived up to their PROMISE. Well, a lot of people have GOOD INTENTIONS, but GOOD INTENTIONS don’t mean much unless they’re followed through. Now, I’m not saying that a QUICK WORD spoken or a PROMISE FORGOTTEN was intended to be a lie, but the results are still the same.

In Jesus FIRST SERMON in Matthew 5, He said, "Let your "YES" be YES and your "NO" be NO!" Well, what in the world does that mean? It means we need to SAY WHAT YOU MEAN and MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.

Jesus also warn us that "For by our WORDS we’re justified and by our WORDS we’re condemned." (Matt. 12:37) So, let’s count the COST of EVERY WORD we say TODAY, and once again, let our WORD be our BOND. Because "CHEAP TALK", will discredit from us DOING, what is PRICELESS.

It’s Pastor Phil, "putting his money where his mouth is" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Chuck Wagon Gang Premieres 75th Anniversary Documentary At Franklin Theatre

CHUCK WAGON GANG PREMIERES 75th ANNIVERSARY DOCUMENTARY TO FULL HOUSE AT HISTORIC FRANKLIN THEATRE

Country Legend Marty Stuart Hosts Film Premiere & Live Performance


Franklin, Tenn (April 9, 2015) The Franklin Theatre was once again witness to history as the sold-out venue was the setting for the New Haven Films premiere of a new documentary celebrating the legendary Chuck Wagon Gang’s 75 years in music. Produced and edited by Kathryn Ross, "America's Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On” was developed by country music icon Marty Stuart and filmed by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer. It chronicles the group’s history through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings, new live performances and features special appearances by Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Connie Smith, Dan Rather, Norah Lee Allen, and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys.

The audience--elegantly attired for a film premiere--included representatives from The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Nashville Film Festival, The Tennessee Department of Tourism, The Frist Museum, as well as media guests from CMT, The Tennessean, WSM Radio, Singing News Magazine, and Salem Communications.

Famed WSM Radio broadcaster Eddie Stubbs opened the festivities by greeting everyone from the stage and highlighting The Chuck Wagon Gang’s impact on Country Music. Stubbs introduced Marty Stuart, who shared about the cultural and spiritual significance of the group down through the years. Stuart also chronicled how he came to write a new album of songs for The Chuck Wagon Gang--"Meeting in Heaven--The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart”--communicating his gratitude to all involved. Then the lights went down and the film filled the screen, garnering spontaneous rounds of applause after particularly moving segments.

When the lights came back up, The Chuck Wagon Gang took the stage, gathering around a single microphone as they have for decades. Shaye Smith, the current group’s alto singer and granddaughter of the Gang's original alto, introduced the current members, who performed a collection of past favorites. As a grand finale, The Chuck Wagon Gang invited everyone to join them in a rousing rendition of their timeless hit, "I’ll Fly Away,” with the Bob Brumley, son of the song’s writer, Albert E. Brumley, in the audience. Shaye Smith reflects, "This night was a true ‘mountaintop experience’ for The Gang. From our vantage point on the Franklin Theatre stage, we gazed back over the decades to celebrate all the Lord has brought us through. Likewise, we were able to look forward into the future, surrounded by friends and family, joyfully anticipating the road ahead.”

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records and Films, was appreciative: "It has been a distinct honor to work with Marty Stuart, Kathryn Russ, Jack Spencer, Shaye Smith, and the Gang on this project. The hope embodied in their music is as relevant today as it was when they began during the Great Depression three-quarters of a century ago.”

The Chuck Wagon Gang’s new CD, "Meeting in Heaven--The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart” and accompanying DVD documentary, "America's Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On” are now available on http://www.newhavenrecords.com, wherever Christian music is sold, Amazon, iTunes, etc.

For more information, contact Keri Sawyer (615) 327-3300 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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News & Scoops


Mother of AbsolutelyGospel.com President Deon Unthank Passes Away

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - April 8, 2015 - Georgia Evadean Unthank, mother of AbsolutelyGospel.com President Deon Unthank, passed peacefully in to the arms of her Savior on Monday morning, April 7, 2015, at her residence in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Evadean was born on August 1, 1922 in Eldorado, Illinois. She was married to Charles "Bill" Unthank for over 68 years. Evadean was a talented musician and lifelong member of the Church of God (Cleveland).

"I am so grateful to have been raised by such a Godly woman," mentioned Deon Unthank. "My mother was the perfect example of Christian love to me and my siblings and her grandchildren. While we hurt, we have joy in knowing that she is sitting at the feet of her Savior with her husband and other family that have already passed."

Evadean is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Unthank, one granddaughter (Christy Gray), daughter-in-law (Susan Unthank), her parents, and six siblings. She is survived by her children Brenda (Harold) Downing of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Deon (Pamela) Unthank of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Cheryl (Gene) Gray of Grain Valley, Missouri; one sister Jean Coleman of Pensacola, Florida; nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Evadean is the grandmother of songwriters and AbsolutelyGospel.com Editor-in-Chief Chris Unthank and Site Administrator Amy Marie Zika.

"We so appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for my family during this time," said Deon. "We have already felt the effects of so many prayers that have gone up for us over the last couple of days."

Funeral and burial will be at Lakeview Gardens Funeral Home in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Services will be Saturday, April 11th with 12:00 – 2:00PM visitation in the Chapel of Lakeview Gardens and the memorial service at 2:00PM.

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Daily Devotion

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The Valley Of The Shadow

The Valley Of The Shadow

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death , I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps 23:4


A few years ago I was taken to the hospital with some of the most intense chest pain I had ever experienced. The pain was so intense and excruciating I couldn’t get out of bed without assistance. I knew that the pain was wasn’t related to my heart. When I got to the doctors office, he began asking me questions. He took my vitals and discovered my blood pressure was extremely high. At this point he grew very concerned. I could see it on his face as he left the room. A few minutes later he returned with written orders for me to go directly to the emergency room where he had ordered a CT scan. “What so you think is wrong ? I asked. Very solemnly he put his hand on my shoulder and in a very quiet and concerned tone said, “ I think you may have an aneurism on your aorta.” I sat there in stunned silence. “What happens if they find one?’’ I said thinking this couldn’t possibly be happening! “Well,” the doctor said removing his glasses, “ If it is indeed and aneurism, you will be taken immediately to Vanderbilt hospital and prepped for heart surgery first thing tomorrow morning.”

I arrived at the ER and was immediately taken into a back room where I was prepared for the scan. “This can’t be happening,” I thought to myself. “ I feel certain it’s not my heart but they’re the doctors they should know. What if they’re right? What if I do have to have surgery? I’m to young for this to be happening,. How long will I be down? Will I ever be able to sing again? Well I’m very happy to report that they did NOT find an aneurism. What they actually found was something totally unrelated to my heart that acted like a coronary problem. It has been over ten years since this incident. As I look back, I remember being at total peace knowing that I was in God’s hands and that whatever happened I was going to be ok.

Jeff Pearles 2015

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Daily Devotion

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The Gossip Trap

A few months ago, I was talking with a friend and he shared about how this Pastor (that we both knew) came to him at a concert and had this conversation...
"Did you know so and so and their spouse are getting a divorce? I've been counseling with them and apparently the wife has had multiple affairs. You really need to pray for them."

Excuse me?

First, if you are counseling with a couple (or anyone) and they confide in you, you just betrayed that confidence!

Second, you just fell head first into the "gossip trap!"

See, sadly, we Christians disguise gossip as a "prayer request." That's just wrong. We've all seen and heard it. "Oh, we need to pray for so and so, here's what they done."

Instead of REALLY talking to God about "so and so", we want to talk to everyone else about it!

Why is gossip SO tempting? Because we ALL love knowing something that someone else DOESN'T know! We like to feel important.

Proverbs 11:13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

When people put their trust in you, they expect you to keep that confidence.
To those who confide in you- you are representing The Lord.

How do I avoid the gossip trap?

Do not associate yourself with one who is a known gossip. Stay away from them.
When someone starts to gossip — change the subject or leave.
If you are not part of the problem or part of the solution, stay out of it
If you have fallen into the gossip trap — ask God for His forgiveness and ask Him to change your heart.
When you have been the victim of gossip — confront the parties that spread the rumor.


Lastly, even if what is being said IS TRUE, it's not our job to discuss it. Gossip hurts everyone because many times it GROWS larger every time it's told. It can also destroy YOUR witness for The Lord.

Stop and get out of the "gossip trap!"

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for allowing gossip into my life. Give me the strength and wisdom to deal with those who like to gossip. Help me to reach out to those whom that I've hurt by gossiping! In Jesus name, Amen."

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Music Previews

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Karen Peck & New River - Pray Now

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Music Previews

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Eighth Day - He Is Mine

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The Dunaways - Mercy Built a Bridge

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Three Bridges - When God Does the Doin’

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Zane & Donna King - Anything

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Childress Family - I Won’t Have to Cross…

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News & Scoops


Bev McCann and Friends Announce Addition To Staff

Nashville, Tenn (April 6, 2015) Bev McCann, President of Bev McCann and Friends is pleased to announce the addition of Bob and Julie Etzell to their staff as booking agents for the Bev McCann and Friends Tours as well as booking the individual talent associated with BM&F.

Bob and Julie formerly did the booking for the Northmen and are also involved in E-Missions https://www.facebook.com/emissionministries .

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - April 6, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
20
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(4)
2
2
20
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
3
3
17
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
4
4
9
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
4
5
9
11
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
5
6
5
9
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
7
8
14
Glorybound Whisnants
5
8
12
8
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
8
9
16
26
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
10
6
22
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
11
7
7
Battle Cry Kingsmen
7
12
11
32
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
13
22
11
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
14
23
2
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
14
15
10
19
This Blood Triumphant
10
16
18
5
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
17
26
2
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
17
18
14
7
I Will Rise Tribute
8
19
24
4
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
19
20
21
7
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
19
21
13
24
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
22
29
7
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
22
23
17
20
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
24
38
9
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
25
35
2
I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
25
26
20
21
Picture This 11th Hour
5
27
25
2
Anything Zane & Donna King
25
28
19
6
Ordinary People Old Paths
17
29
31
3
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
29
30
30
3
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
30
31
27
9
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
27
32
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1
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
32
33
15
22
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
7
34
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1
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
34
35
36
9
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
26
36
33
3
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
33
37
39
3
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
37
38
28
9
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
22
39
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11
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
40
40
6
Place In the Choir Browns
23
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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Mercy

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).



Recently, a song came to my mind, and I sang and hummed it for days. It’s one of those old hymns that are often discarded as being irrelevant in these
modern times. The song is called “At Calvary.” The chorus says, “Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary!”

I love songs that have a life-changing story behind them. I found out that in 1895, a preacher named William R. New- ell penned the words to this song. Although Newell was a troubled and wayward teenager, he had a praying father who would not give up on him. He talked to Moody Bible Insti- tute about taking a chance on his son. He was not the kind of young man who would typically be granted enrollment. They did, however, allow him to attend their school. His life was changed, and this hymn’s refrain seems to express New- ell’s experience at the point of his conversion. He found great mercy, free grace, pardon multiplied, and liberty for his burdened soul.

One definition of mercy that I love is: “leniency and com- passion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice.” We are the offenders (sinners), and God is the one in charge of handing out our sentence. Aren’t you glad that He gave mercy and not justice? O, I’m so glad God gave me mercy instead of giving me what I deserved. I deserved the judgment of death, but He gave me mercy and grace. He set me free from the curse of death and the law, which was unforgiving.

What are we deserving of? Certainly nothing good. We fail way too often. Too often we are neglectful and fail in our commitment to Jesus Christ. Frequently, we are merciless to- ward others and often reserve the right to “get back” at those who’ve wronged us. It’s easy to become self-serving, taking on the attitude of “I’m deserving of mercy, but you’re not.”

“O, the love that drew salvation’s plan! O, the grace that brought it down to man! O, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!” Salvation is completely the result of God’s mercy, grace, and pardon poured out on undeserving sinners. His blood shed at Calvary took away the judgment. It bought us everything for which we are undeserving. “Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.” Mercy, mercy, mercy!

Paula’s Prayer
God, I come today to thank You for my salvation.Your mercy is beyond amazing.Thank You for dying on Calvary, for shed- ding Your blood that I could be free.You took away my guilt. You washed away my sin.You signed my pardon.All on a cross of suffering and shame. I am eternally grateful to You.
Amen.

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Walking Or Driving?

Hey, when was the last time you decided to WALK to where you wanted to GO instead of DRIVING there? Well, I guess we all get in a HURRY these days but, WALKING, once in a while, gives us time to THINK with every STEP and to CONSIDER what’s important along the way. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

One of the world’s best-known Country Philosophers of the 1920s and 1930s, WILL ROGERS, once said, "BAD NEWS can go around the world, before GOOD NEWS gets it’s SHOES ON." and that’s so true. TODAY, it seems NOTHING HAS CHANGED. If you’ve every been the VICTIM of BAD NEWS you certainly can agree. But, when Jesus comes into a person that OLD NATURE is changed. He calls His GOOD NEWS - The GOSPEL and He has commissioned us to go into all the world and let it be know.

Psalms 37:23 says, "The STEPS, of the GODLY PERSON, are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." So, just think about it. TODAY every step you take, God is GUIDING you. Each step is PLANNED by the Lord, and He has anointed you to carry ENCOURAGEMENT, HOPE and GOOD NEWS everywhere He’s taking you. So, you’re not going ANYWHERE TODAY by chance, you’re on a "MISSION from GOD!"



Well, you really STEPPED INTO THIS ONE. It’s, Pastor Phil, with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.




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Daily Devotion

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What Do We Do Now?

So, yesterday we saw our Savior crucified and die right before our eyes. He was with us one day and taken from us the next. He healed those around us, even Peter's mother-in-law. He encouraged us with his words of wisdom and showed us how to forgive others around us, like he did
with the prostitute named Mary.

Our lives were so full of hope and expectations yesterday, but today..... today we are without hope, without direction. We are like sheep who have lost their shepherd.

This had to be how the disciples and followers of Jesus felt the day after his crucifixion and death. Though He tried to tell them that He was going to be taken away from them they still felt faithless and lost.

I wonder if you are feeling the same way today. You accepted Jesus as your Christ and Lord and for a while everything was just working so well and life was just so good. But..... now things just aren't the same. The joy that I had when I first accepted Christ seems to be gone
and are wondering what you did wrong. How can you be so miserable.

Well, just like the disciples felt over 2,000 years ago, they found that their predicament was not permanent. It was only a short term process and they were about to find out that when Jesus said He would never leave them or forsake them, He meant it. After three days in the tomb
He came back with victory in His hand. Death had been defeated and new life was being offered to all who trusted in Him.

Today, lift up your head and look around you. You hope is still in Jesus. Let this Easter season remind you that you are not alone and you are not going through your struggles by yourself. He came out of the grave and He is still out of the grave. Let this coming Easter Sunday morning
remind you that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Keep trusting in Him, you will never regret it.

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News & Scoops


Media Alert!!!!!! For The Isaacs

Nashville, Tenn (April 2, 2015) TheIsaacs will be featured on Bluegrass Junction..... Sirius XM , thisweekend.

Friday April 3rd at 6:00 PM EST, Saturday April 4th at noon EST, and Sunday April 5th at 5:00 PM EST.

Listen in!!!

For more information go to http://www.siriusxm.com/bluegrassjunction

ForSiriussubscribers,it is on channel 61 (previously 65), XMchannel61 (previously 14) and on Dish Network channel 6061(previously 6065).

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For Publicity Contact – AG Publicity – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - 615-545-5315

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News & Scoops


TV Evangelist Robert Schuller Passes Away

Popular Television Evangelist Robert Schuller passed away today at the age of 88. Know for his positive thinking messages Schuller became very popular not only for his messages, but for his forward thinking.

The church's motto "Come as you are in the family car" was attractive to the blossoming Southern California auto culture and the suburban boom of post-World War II America. By 1961, the church had a brick-and-mortar home a "walk-in/drive-in church".

Schuller began broadcasting the "Hour of Power" in 1970 and soon after that built his Crystal Cathedral which gained thousands of members and millions of visitors. .

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News & Scoops


Gaither Music Group Takes Listeners “Through the Fire” with Jason Crabb’s Most Pop

Label Releases “Best Of” from Award-winning Crabb

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—March 31st, 2015—Gaither Music Group has just released Through the Fire, The Best of Jason Crabb to retailers everywhere. The hit-filled collection includes many of Crabb’s awarded and most requested songs, including “Sometimes I Cry,” “What the Blood Is For,” his unprecedented rendition of “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and, of course, his signature “Through the Fire.”

The release will be featured on a TV campaign which will air on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

GRAMMY® Award winner and recipient of over 20 GMA DOVE Awards, Crabb has become known as one of the most respected and diverse vocalists in Christian music. His soulful, heartfelt styles have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite of audiences ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Award stages and Gaither HOMECOMING arena platforms.

For two decades Crabb has blurred the style lines of Christian music, combining a downhome gospel sound with soulful performances and contemporary arrangements. He has been awarded the Artist of the Year Award at the GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Male Vocalist of the Year Award in addition to his 2011 Song of the Year ("Sometimes I Cry") honor. The vocal powerhouse has garnered a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, ongoing tv appearances and nationally acclaimed recordings.

Through the Fire, The Best of Jason Crabb, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available now throughout general market stores and the Christian music marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com.

Song List:
SOMEBODY LIKE ME
SOMETIMES I CRY
HYMNS MEDLEY: THE EVERLASTING ARMS,
THE MEETING IN THE AIR, I’LL FLY AWAY
THROUGH THE FIRE
GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN
LOVE IS STRONGER
GIVE
I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS
I SAW THE LIGHT
WALK ON WATER
WHAT THE BLOOD IS FOR
I’VE NEVER BEEN THIS HOMESICK BEFORE

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News & Scoops


Gaither Vocal Band Lands Top 2 Spots on This Week’s Music Video Sales Chart

Legendary Group Celebrates Big Week for Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm Releases

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—March 31st, 2015— Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm, the all-new DVDs from the Gaither Vocal Band, debuted at the #1 and #2 spots respectively on this week’s Music Video Sales chart according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hosted by Gospel Music Hall of Famer Bill Gaither, the new releases feature the GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet performing in an intimate, rustic setting just south of Nashville at the concert hall of celebrated country duo Joey+Rory.

The recordings feature LIVE performances of the songs from the group’s recent top-charting Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group) audio recording along with additional numbers as well as guest performances by HOMECOMING artists The Martins, The Isaacs, Goodman Revival, Charlotte Ritchie, Buddy Greene and The Nelons.

The DVDs also include interview footage with group members Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb and highlight the unmistakable harmonies that have garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 GMA DOVE Awards. The Gaither Vocal Band was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Crabb’s award-winning vocals are highlighted on the recording’s first radio single, “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain,” which is currently in the Top 5 on the national radio chart.

The new DVD releases can be seen on an international TV campaign currently airing on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It is airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the BILLBOARD Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011 and 2014.

The Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm DVDs are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com.

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band and/or Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm, visit http://www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.

To see some of the video from the Sometimes It Takes a Mountain DVD recording, visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNT7EeF0NUA
To hear some of the music from the Sometimes It Takes a Mountain audio recording, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6D5tuQNLQk

SOMETIMES IT TAKES A MOUNTAIN DVD Song List
Resurrection
You Brought Us Out
Jesus Gave Me Water
When Fear Comes Knocking
Praises
Peace In The Valley
Do Unto Others (featuring The Nelons)
Amazing Grace
Heaven Came Down
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (featuring The Isaacs)
Sometimes It Takes A Mountain
There's Always A Place At The Table
Building Bridges (featuring Charlotte Ritchie)
I Don't Want To Get Adjusted (featuring Goodman Revival)
Let It Start In Me

HAPPY RHYTHM DVD Song List
Love Is Like A River
Redeemed
‘Til The Storm Passes By
Happy Rhythm
That's When The Angels Rejoice
Shut De Do (featuring The Martins)
Lonely Mile
Get On Board (featuring The Isaacs)
Jesus And John Wayne
How Can I Keep From Singing (featuring Buddy Greene)
Jesus Is A Rock (featuring Buddy Greene)
Winds Of This World
Sow Mercy
Written In Red
We Are Coming Home At Last
I Surrender All
The Night Before Easter

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Daily Devotion

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Warning!  Adjustments Ahead

The Jesus said unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24 (KJV)

I adapt very slowly to change. I’m getting better, but the fact of the matter is I don’t really like it. I had to ask myself why? Why don’t I like change? When I stopped and thought about it the answer was quite clear.

Because I am comfortable where I am. There’s a problem with kind of thinking and attitude. The problem is that I cannot go with God and stay where I am at the same time. In other words I can’t have my cake and eat it too! The fact is when you are trying your best to be obedient to the Lord, He WILL, more often than not, ask you to make adjustments! Some may be subtle, some major and some may even be painful!

Moses could not deliver Israel and herd sheep at the same time! He had to make an adjustment. Abraham could not go with God and stay in his homeland at the same time! Even Jesus disciples were asked to make adjustments in order to follow Him. Remember obedience will always cost you something! Jesus told His disciples, and us,” If any will come after me, let him deny himself,(adjustment), take up his cross(adjustment)and follow me(obedience).”

What adjustments has God asked you to make? Ask yourself, Can I be truly obedient without making the necessary adjustments God may be asking of me?

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Artists

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Tim’s Tales

I grew up in Arkansas City, Ks. and lived next to the High School football field. I spent a lot of time running around the field. The “correct” way to get in was a gate opening that was at least a whole block from my house! Luckily for me there was a fence just behind our small Kansas house that was very inviting and perfect for climbing over. This fence was at least 50 feet tall and strung with barbed wire at the top, it was almost impenetrable. OK, it was actually 5 or 6 feet tall and had the little “pointy” things at the top (you know what I mean). As kids we would climb over the fence to our play land at the risk of getting our jeans, shirts or skin caught on the barbs. I can tell you that I caught all three on it but it was much more sensible to do that than to walk that block to go in the other way, I mean I’m not crazy!

Now as I’m a little older I would happily walk the distance rather than climb that fence! It would take a pack of wild, rabid dogs nipping at my heels to get me to climb it and even then I would probably think twice. It’s funny how your perspective and attitudes change as you get older. They told me this would happen!

Our Christian life is much the same. When we are young in Christ we sometimes come up with ideas that “older” Christians think are nuts. And when we are more mature in Christ we sometimes hold dear to some things that “younger” Christians think are outdated and worn out.

Truth is that there’s value and validity to both “old” and “new”. We need to remember that Christ died for all and that He calls all of us to serve Him in a way that is honoring and glorifying to the Father no matter where we are in life. We can certainly do this in many ways “old & new”. The key is to never lose our freshness, flavor or “salt” for our Lord and God. Whether you are climbing the fence or walking the distance, do it for Him and He will use your service and sacrifice. See ya on The Road!
Scripture
Acts 26:24
At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane”.


At this point in Paul’s life he had undergone some major changes. He had gone from persecuting Christians to being a leader of them. He is undergoing trials and has made an appeal to Caesar and would be heading to Italy shortly.

I find it very interesting that Festus thinks Paul has lost his mind, literally. Festus cannot believe what Paul is saying about this “Christ”. He can’t believe that Paul is giving up all that he had or could have had. And not only can he not believe it, he doesn’t understand it.

Maybe you can identify with Paul. Has Christ changed your life in a powerful way? Do some of your friends look at you with unbelief and wonder what you are doing? Great!!!! That’s what God does. He takes us where are and gives us the opportunity to become something incredible. Many times our friends and family may not understand the change. They might even think you have lost your mind! But if you stay patient and true you will have the opportunity to share with them the Love and change that Christ brings. Our world may think we are crazy but that just means we are making a difference and they are noticing so let’s get crazy!

See ya on The Road!

Make sure to drop us a line at http://www.gouldsmusic.com or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gouldsmusic .

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News & Scoops


Tamela Mann Takes Home Special Event CD of the Year Award at 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

DALLAS (March 31, 2015) -Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann's album 'Best Days' (CD/ Deluxe Edition) is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the achievement of selling more than 500,000 copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela's manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque at a pre-screening of Bounce TV's 'Mann & Wife' during the Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas. A presentation was also made to Tillymann Music Group distribution partner Central South Distribution.


"God continues to bless me, my family and my music in 2015," said Tamela. "Learning 'Best Days' went Gold is a wonderful surprise in addition to kicking off a great weekend where we previewed our new show 'Mann & Wife' and co-hosted the Stellar Awards with my husband David, and our friend Rickey Smiley. I'm feeling overwhelmed with thankfulness, and to God be the glory."


'Best Days' includes the RIAA Certified Gold and No. 1 track "Take Me To The King," the No. 1 track "I Can Only Imagine," and the current chart-climbing, top ten hit "This Place." The album won Special Event CD of the Year at the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

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Monthly Articles

And Now For Something Different

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Techno-Babble

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Point of Grace - Directions Home


Producer: Andy Leftwich
Label: Word/Curb
Website: http://www.pointofgrace.net

Point of Grace hit the christian music scene back in the early 90's. They've had many big songs over the years including "The Great Divide", "Shall We Gather at the River", "Jesus Will Still Be There", "Keep the Candle Burning" and most recent years, "How You Live" and more!

This best selling trio comprised of Denise, Shelley and Leigh are back with their first album of mostly cover songs. This project is definitely a more raw and eclectic sound for the girls but truly shows off their voices as soloists as well as a trio and they picked some popular songs that fans of all generations and styles will like.

The project opens with the fun, upbeat, happy song, "Life That's Good" and this song definitely sets the tone for the whole project. "Directions Home", the projects title cut is a new song the group had heard a few years back but the timing wasn't right to record it- until now! This great middle of the road ballad features the vocals of award winning musician Vince Gill. This is definitely a huge highlight for this record.

The very popular "Something in the Water" made popular by Carrie Underwood last year is also featured on this project and the girls have taken it and made it their own and do a bang- up job with it. It will be a hit in concert for sure!

Wayne Watson's classic from a couple decades ago "Friend of a Wounded Heart", and the popular worship cut, "Lord I Need You" will both make you feel like you've been to church. The harmony is delicate and simply beautiful.


"Two Roads" features guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs is a great, fast paced story-song and again is very well-done and has a true progressive country sound to it!

"Home", the Phillip Phillips hit has a country, bluegrass sound to it and is full of that big sound fans are used to from Point of Grace.

The project closes with "The Climb" the three voices are joined only by piano and its absolutely breathtaking to listen to. They definitely have the Point of Grace sound but it feels live, fresh, raw and....well, flawless! This is a great way to close the project!

If you have a chance to catch Point of Grace in concert, you need to go! This project is a breath of fresh air and is so full of hope, encouragement is fun to listen to and will be a favorite among fans for years to come!



Song List:

A Life That's Good
Only Love
Directions Home (feat. Vince Gill)
Something In The Water
Friend Of A Wounded Heart
Lord, I Need You
Home
You're Gonna Miss This
Two Roads (feat. Ricky Skaggs)
The Climb

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Randy Duck - The Higher the Mountain


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent

"The Higher The Mountain" is a lyrically sound song speaker about the times in life where we have to climb mountains, but the encouragement we feel when we reach its peak. This track has lots of piano, harmonica, and harmonizing background vocals in the chorus.

"I Believe" featuring some female assistance, presents some electric keyboard and synthesized sounds slightly reminiscent of a Carpenter's "On Top of The World" track.

If your church likes polka, "Walk Upon The Water" is the song for you. But don't settle into that sound, because "From the Cross to the Ground" and "Thin Blue Line" and "Firefighter" deliver a sound best acquainted with the 70s era.

Randy's album also presents four very patriotic numbers called "The American Way," "America's Child," "The Freedom Generation," and "Wings on the Eagle." Randy's obvious love for the Lord is reflected in these original song selections. Musical track bring a vintage feel to a sincere local-church ministry sound. However, the CD has some major issues that the listener just can't get past. For instance, the vocals were extremely pitchy. Many times, the background vocalists were on a different page altogether from Randy, both in melody and with rhythmic and timing issues. Much of the music feels very dated and sounds like it was recorded in a home studio as opposed to a professional recording studio.

Overall, Randy could use the help of a professional producer and sound engineer to really propel his next recording. Unfortunately, this one just didn't work.

**Additional review work done by Chris Unthank.



Song List:

The Higher the Mountain
I Believe
Walk Upon the Water
From the Cross to the Ground
Thin Blue Line
Firefighter
The American Way
America’s Child
The Freedom Generation
Wings On the Eagle

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Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Snapshots


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Mountain Home Records/Crossroads Music
Website: http://www.darinandbrookealdridge.com

Darin and Brooke Aldridge are known for their classic bluegrass sound. Their latest album, Snapshots, stays true to the original sounds that influenced them and also true to the style in which they've come to represent. Snapshots is the 5th studio album. GET UP JOHN is a great upbeat opener. I believe Marty Stuart had a part in writing this one. ROSE OF OLD KENTUCKY is probably a familiar tune for most. This is a Bill Monroe classic. Darin and Brooke do this one as a duet.

The band that accompanies Darin and Brooke is featured on ANNABELLE. The band is composed of Becky Buller-Haley on fiddle, Tyler Collins on banjo, Collin Willis on Dobro, and Dwayne Anderson on bass. Also guest appearances by artists Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, and Steve McMurry appear on the album. A love song LETS is up next with vivid images of nature and all of the good stuff about love. Ricky Skaggs pops in on a true gospel tune WHEN HE CALLS. TENNESSEE FLAT TOP BOX, an old Johnny Cash tune follows. LET IT BE ME is one of my favorites on this recording. The Everly Brothers had recorded it so it might sound familiar, but it is definitely not just a cover. Darin and Brooke turn it into a refreshing new rendition. The pace picks back up with HE'S A COMING.

BETTER PLACE is one of the longer tracks on the album. A provocative and thoughtful song features Darin on lead vocal and also many instrumental solos. WILL YOU BE READY is an upbeat classic sounding gospel bluegrass number. The album ends with WAIT TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY. Great Bluegrass album with songs of faith, love and real life.



Song List:

GET UP JOHN
ROSE OF OLD KENTUCKY
ANNABELLE
LET'S
WHEN HE CALLS
TENNESSEE FLAT TOP BOX
LET IT BE ME
HE'S A COMING
BETTER PLACE
WILL YOU BE READY
WAIT TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY

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I Know It’s Easter!!!!

Luke 24:6 He is not here for He has risen.

I know Easter is near because the lilacs and daffodils are in bloom, the birds are chirping outside my window every morning, the trees have a faint green budding on them, the air is fresh and crisp and my great-grandson just put a basket on my table filled with colorful plastic eggs. He is trying to tell me it is time for us to have our yearly Easter egg hunt.

How blessed we are as Christians to KNOW that Easter, the time we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, needs no outer signs of His existence! He promised His disciples that when He ascended, He would leave us another Comforter, and that Comforter is His Holy Spirit that lives within all of His children. We feel His presence in our lives leading, directing and guiding. I love the song He Lives, because the last line says, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.”

The entire plan of salvation hinges on the resurrection of Christ. God had perfected a plan for redemption and not a single part of that plan could be altered. He had to be born of a virgin-and He was. He had to live a sinless, perfect life-and He did. He had to resurrect Himself from death-and He has.

God also has plans for the lives of His children who have believed in the finished work of Christ. He is as interested in your future as He was the thief on the cross, the woman at the well, the rich, young ruler, the mad man of Gadara, the Old Testament saints and the list goes on and on. Just put your name in that blank space if you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior.

He inspired men of old to write down His words and leave it for us. We call it the Bible. It is really an instruction manual for His children to follow so that lives might be greatly blessed in this troubled world in which we live. Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my pathway.

What a wonderful, risen Lord He is to light the way for us so that we might not stray from the plan He has in place for us!

Yes, I know it is Easter, not because of the outer signs of nature, but for the inner joy of His Spirit that lives within my heart.

Thank You, Lord, for Easter! Thank You for living, dying and living again so that I may also live, and when I die, then I can also live again forever with You.

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Triumphant - Living In Harmony Interview

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of catching up with Scott Inman, baritone vocalist for Triumphant. There are a lot of things happening with this fine group, so I think it would be best if we let you hear about what is going on with the group by its members.

Jamie Vaughan: Scott, let’s begin by looking at what Triumphant has been up to so far this year?

Scott Inman: 2015 has started off with a bang! We've had a very busy travel schedule, we’ve been recording a couple of new albums, and we are trying to be the best husbands, fathers, & grandfathers we can be!

JV: Tell us about your new record label and the relationship with StowTown Records?

SI: We are excited to be a part of such a growing and exciting company like StowTown. We've been friends with the leaders of the company for many years prior to signing. So we've been able to jump right in and make some great things happen, we feel!

JV: How long before a Triumphant recording on StowTown, and what is the title?

SI: Our first recording with StowTown releases April 14th! It'll be available at all Christian retail outlets worldwide, digitally, and of course through our website! It is called Living in Harmony.

JV: What makes this project different than ones that you’ve done in the past?

SI: There isn't anything too different. I feel like this album stylistically is current and relevant in the day we live. The recording is full of biblical lyrics, great melodies, and of course a lot of harmony!

JV: Who are some of the songwriters on this recording?

SI: Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun, Dave Clark, Sue Smith, Tony Wood, Lee Black, Dianne Wilkinson, Janice Crowe, Dan Dean, Randy Phillips, and they even let me write a few! Ha ha!

JV: Do you have a radio single picked out?

SI: We do! It's the title cut "Living in Harmony." I was honored to co-write it with Jeff Bumgardner. It's a fun song that has a very timely message about coming together as Christians to reach the lost for Christ.

JV: As you travel the country, what are some struggles that you see people deal with and what is your advice to them?

SI: We are asked to pray for health needs most every night. People are physically hurting and needing a touch from God. The health needs can also cause financial strain. So all you can do is listen, pray, and let them know and assure them God has got everything under control. Even though we may not understand completely what they are facing, HE does.

JV: As we conclude, tell us about your families and life off of the road.

SI: The Triumphant family is growing with more kids and grandkids coming along. That's always fun! We are more excited than ever about what God has in store for the group. We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

For more information on Triumphant and their new album, Living In Harmony, visit them online at http://www.triumphantquartet.com.

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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - Pray


Producer: Carol Cymbala, Jason Michael Webb
Label: Brooklyn Tabernacle Music
Website: http://www.brooklyntabernacle.org/the-choir

Many know the story about the foundation and formation of the Brooklyn Tabernacle with pastored byJim Cymbala and many have heard of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir directed by Pastor Cymbala’s wife Carol. What many may not know is the intricate details that only God could put together to use this church and this choir to build his kingdom in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. With 16 previous recordings, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has recently released PRAY and I believe that it will impact you the way that it has me, let’s take a listen.

PRAISE HIM begins with a Celtic style of music but brings worshipers together with the idea that it doesn’t matter where we are or where we are from, God desires the praises of His people everywhere! SING reminds us of Psalm 96, where we will sing a new song unto the Lord. This upbeat live version with full orchestration and accompaniment is sure to encourage you. CHRIST THE KING is an uptempo song that reminds us that Jesus is the king of our lives if we’ve placed our hope and trust in him. HE LOVED ME is a ballad that brought tears to my eyes. The fact that He loved us enough to forgive us, and change us is overwhelming! ALL BECAUSE OF HIM features the entire choir with a life altering message that ALL BECAUSE OF HIM, we have it all! Other songs include PRAY, JESUS IS, ALL POWER, IN YOUR NAME and many others that will bring you to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

This is one of those recordings that is so difficult to review, because of the power behind it. This recording is a must for those who seek a closer walk with the Lord. I’m giving this recording 5 stars!!



Song List:

1 Praise Him
2 Sing
3 All Power
4 Christ the King
5 He Loved Me
6 All Because of Him
7 Pray
8Jesus Is
9 Who Will Go
10 At the Cross
11 In Your Name
12 Worth It All
13 Come to Jesus
14 In Your Presence
15 Everybody Clap Your Hands

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Ivan Parker - In Conversation

It was a privilege to catch up with long time popular soloist, Ivan Parker and hear about his new record, ministry and family. Take a peek inside our conversation!

Jennifer Wilkerson: Tell our readers what you've been up to lately?

Ivan Parker: As many singers can imagine, being a soloist can be a busy job. I wear many hats, and I try to stay aware of everything that's going on from a business prospective as well as being an artist. In 2008, I joined Abraham Productions Inc. to help promote several events including "Singing In The Sun" which is held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in April and a January Caribbean cruise. With the release of a new CD titled Threads Of Mercy over last few weeks, I've been a very busy man!

JW: You have a new project out recently. Tell us about Threads of Mercy.

IP: Threads Of Mercy was released with Crossroads Music back in January 2015. This wonderful collection of songs was brought together with the help of producer Roger Talley and some very incredible songwriters. I pray over all the songs before I even start, because God needs to be the centerpiece of the whole project. We had a great start with the first single "Till The Shackels Fall Off" on the radio and all the songs are working great on stage. I am excited about what God is going to do this year with these new songs.

JW: What is your favorite song off this new project and why?

IP: My favorite song from this new project is "God's In The Middle Of It." It's always hard to say which one is your favorite when they all are so good! I enjoy recording fun songs that make people smile and clap their hands, but when it comes to ministering to the needs of people and encouraging them in a tough time, I feel the calling.

JW: You've been singing for many years and been successful as a solo artist, what one piece of advice would you give to a new soloist starting out? What does it take to be successful in southern gospel music today?

IP: Don't concentrate on what you think the industry wants you to be, but be true to yourself and God. If it's God's will for you to do this, HE has a plan! To be successful in Gospel Music, you have to work hard to make your gift the best you possibly can and stay the course. It is a lot of hard work but the rewards are fabulous when you represent the KING!

JW: What can fans expect at an Ivan Parker concert?

IP: I have been blessed with several hit songs over the years. To keep a good balance, I try to include many of those and also introduce the new songs. It's so much fun to have the audience sing along on an old favorite, especially the Gaither Homecoming favorites. Many of us grew up on those old songs in Church, so it's great to visit memory lane every so often. As Bill Gaither said once, "Don't forget what brought you to the party."

JW: Are you still singing any Gold City favorites?

IP: Yes, I still do "Midnight Cry." One night a lady asked me how long was I going to keep singing that song, and I said, "Until the event takes place!"

JW: What's your favorite, out of ALL the songs you've recorded, song to sing and why?

IP: "Midnight Cry" for one, but the song "I Choose" has got a deep message that stirs the heart in a different way. "I Choose" deals with your present situation and how to get through today's problems. Sometimes we think we can't make it through the day just dealing with stuff in our life. Between the melody and the lyrics of this song, it melts away all doubt and fear. I love to watch from the stage when someone gets this message.

JW: Tell us about your family? Do any of them travel with you?

IP: God has really blessed me with a sweet family that has allowed me to do this for so many years. My wife Teresa and I have been happily married for 36 years. My oldest son Ryan lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Sandy ,and they have two daughters named Olivia and Ellie. My youngest son Josh finished his major in music at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and decided to travel with me playing the guitar. Teresa handles the business part of the ministry and schedules all the concert dates.

JW: What does the future look like for you and your ministry?

IP: My future in Gospel Music hopefully will last until Jesus comes! I really enjoy what I do so I'll continue to record and tour as long as I am able. I'm not sure what God has in store for the distant future, so I'll just let Him make that call.

JW: Funniest road/stage story?

IP: One night I was in concert with Brian Free & Assurance, and while they were on stage singing, I lifted the back curtain just a tad and rolled toilet paper across the stage from behind him. I couldn't see where it was going but when I heard, "Ivan Parker I'm gonna kill you," I ran around to see and it had rolled perfectly between his feet and off the front of the stage. As the music stopped I thought, "Well, so much for that ballad!"

JW: How can fans get in touch with you?

IP: I have tried to stay very visible in the social networks, such as on http://www.facebook.com/ivanparkerofficial, www.twitter.com/ivanparker, and http://www.thegospelconnection.ning.com. The website , http://www.ivanparker.com is the place to find all the history of my career along with my booking information, schedule and the store.

JW: Anything else you'd like to share with our readers and fans?

IP: I have always been very grateful to my fans over the years for their support. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it's not been just a dream. The fact that I have traveled and sang around the world has been a blessing. God opened the doors in my life because I was willing to walk through them. In return, this ministry has been successful just through the lives that have been changed.

For more information on Ivan, visit him online at http://www.ivanparker.com.

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Everyday Amen

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Stones of Remembrance

It was dedicated on June 6, 2001 in honor of those who lost their lives during one of the most significant battles in our nation’s history. Nine hundred tons of granite were used in the construction of the monument that rises forty-four feet and six inches above the rolling hills of Virginia. Etched atop the sleek, imposing pillars is one word: Overlord.

It had been five long years since Hitler invaded Poland and two and a half years since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor when the Western Allied Forces launched an operation that—if successful—would set the stage for the invasion of Germany through France and bring about the end of the Second World War in Europe. The D-Day invasion at Normandy encompassed one of the single greatest amphibious invasions of all time, accompanied by massive air strikes, parachute brigades, and naval bombardments. Sadly, nearly 2,500 American soldiers perished on June 6, 1944. Statistics would later reveal that more lives were lost from the rural town of Bedford, Virginia than any other in the United States. It was in their honor that the D-Day Memorial was erected in their small community.

To the families of the fallen, it speaks, promising that the lives of their loved ones lost on that distant beachhead over seventy years ago are not forgotten. To the nation, it evokes a wellspring of gratitude for the immeasurable sacrifice of so many. And to the future generations who travel between Roanoke and Richmond along Highway 460, the stone of remembrance will serve as a reminder of the high price of liberty.

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Stones of remembrance. They mark the places, the moments, and the people that we value too much to simply let slip away. Historically, we read that ancient peoples marked significant moments or events by something as simple as stacking stones or taking a rock that had been lying upon the ground and standing it up as a pillar. Jewish tradition holds that while flowers—like our lives—will fade, stones—like our legacies—are lasting. It’s the reason we see the somber procession of Holocaust survivors at the end of the award-winning film “Schindler’s List” lay a stone of remembrance upon the grave of Oscar Schindler, the man who personally saved 1,100 Polish Jews from the German death camps of World War II. Be it the gravesite of a loved one in a cemetery or a monument on a hillside in Virginia, we all long to remember. A name. A place. An event. A moment. A victory. And be it public or private, literal or symbolic, we all set up stones of remembrance. Why? Because some things are just too important to forget.

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To Jacob, it was personal. He had been a conniver. A schemer. A supplanter, or one who tries to take the place of another by trickery or force. It’s how he came into the world, grabbing at the heel of twin brother Esau, the firstborn of Isaac and Rebekah. To second-born Jacob, nothing would do but to possess the two things that belonged to Esau as the eldest son: the birthright and the blessing. In time, Jacob would seize the first by opportunism and the second by deceit. Then, to escape his betrayed brother’s wrath, Jacob fled to the home of his mother’s brother, Laban.

As Jacob traveled, Genesis 28 records that one night, Jacob took a stone and “put it under his head and lay down to sleep” (v.11). That night, the Lord spoke to Jacob in a dream and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.”

Hold that thought for a moment. Did you catch the magnitude of that fifteen-word sentence? The Creator of the Universe stepped into time and revealed Himself to a swindling con artist. A holy God came down from heaven and made Himself available to a sinner. And He still does that. He is still making Himself known to the undeservers. To people like Jacob. People like you. And people like me.

If we looked at the original Hebrew language, we could draw this paraphrase from God’s words to Jacob that night:

  • “I am Jehovah (“the Existing One”),
    the Elohiym (“the Exceedingly Mighty God”) of your forefather Abraham,
    and the Elohiym (“the Exceedingly Mighty God”) of Isaac.”



  • Imagine the wellspring of emotion within the heart of Jacob when he heard these words. The awe. The fear. The conviction. He had encountered the Lord! The God he had heard about all his life. The God who called his grandfather Abraham to travel to a land which he had never been yet would later receive as an inheritance from the Lord (Hebrews 11:8). The God who allowed his grandparents to conceive a son in their old age (Genesis 21:2). The God who appeared to that son, Isaac, and affirmed the covenant He had made with Abraham (Genesis 26:3-4). And in this sacred moment, the Elohiym of Abraham and Isaac offered Himself as Elohiym to Jacob, making this precious promise: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land” (v. 15).

    There must have been a weighted glory in that place when the dawn broke and Jacob awakened to hear the words of the Lord still resounding within his soul. “Surely the Lord is in this place,” he declared, “and I was not aware of it…this is none other than the house of God” (v.16-17). Then he took the stone he had placed under his head the night before and set it upright as a stone of remembrance. A “pillar.” A matstsebah. “A personal memorial” over which he poured oil as a symbol of consecration and named the place Bethel, or “House of God” (v.18-19).

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    As I try to wrap my finite thoughts around the magnitude of that intimate, life-altering moment, thirty-year-old memories come with a wellspring of emotion as I recall a small apartment in Memphis, Tennessee. My Bethel. The place where the Lord revealed Himself to me. There is no stone to mark the moment, yet it will be forever engraved upon my heart. On March 27, 1983, in front of an old console television, I called upon the name of the Lord. It is doubtful that anyone who passes by that the old apartment building would ever suspect that anything of eternal significance happened there. But I know. And every time I drive down Winchester Boulevard, I remember that spring Sunday evening over three decades ago when I prayed a simple prayer of invitation and asked the Lord of the Ages to be the Lord of me, to forgive my sin, to change my life, and to make my heart His dwelling place.

    All who have encountered the Lord have left stones of remembrance in their wake. My grandmother came to Christ as a child. Of her five children, the youngest would eventually set out from the sharecropping community of his childhood and travel to 54 countries and record 116 albums in his 65-year career, winning countless awards and accolades, and all because he had a desire to sing the praises of the God he loved. The God who changed his life. The God who spared him from death as a child suffering with rheumatic heart fever, and again by providentially removing him from an airplane that would crash soon after take-off, claiming the lives of everyone on board. The Elohiym of Helen Moore became the Elohiym of Ken Tuner, and—in time—Elohiym to me.

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    If we continue to read the book of Genesis, we find in chapter 35 that God did indeed keep His every promise to Jacob. After many long years of working for his uncle, Jacob again returned to Bethel. And again, the Lord appeared unto him there, declaring in verse 10, “You will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel” (“God Prevails”). His very name became a profession of the power of God at work in his life.

    As God continued to speak, He revealed yet another facet of His divine nature to Jacob. “I am God Almighty,” He declared. The El Shaddai. “The All-Powerful God.” The God who, by the power of His might, kept every promise He made to Jacob all those years before. Then God blessed Jacob, reaffirming the covenant He first made with Abraham and then with Isaac: “The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.’” Jacob once again lifted up a stone of remembrance at Bethel, “and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it” (v.14). But this time, it was not merely to the God of Abraham and Isaac, but to the Lord of his life.

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    If we fast-forward a generation, we find in the last chapter of Genesis that Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob, is nearing death in Egypt where the family sojourned many years before to escape a catastrophic famine. During that time, Joseph had seen three generations come from his own son, Ephraim. Recalling the Covenant-Keeping God of his forefathers, Joseph said in Genesis 50:24 to his family gathered around him, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land He promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Isn’t that precious? The one who had schemed to take his brother’s birthright was now an heir to an inheritance of the Lord!

    In time, God did just as Joseph said. Hundreds of years later under the leadership of Joshua, the “children of Israel” once again returned to the land of their fathers. And do you know the first thing they did when they crossed through the Jordan River on dry ground and into the Land of Promise? They set up stones of remembrance: twelve stones from the river bed (Joshua 4:3-7) to serve as a memorial to the people. “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the [ark of the] covenant of the Lord,” Joshua declared in verse 6. “These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel.” A zikrown. A stone of remembrance.” Why? Because some things are just too important to forget.


    (All passages quoted from the New International Version of the Bible, ©1995, The Zondervan Corporation)


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    *Kenna Turner West is a Dove Award-winning songwriter and three-time AG/SGM Songwriter of the Year, penning hit songs such as “Say Amen,” “Revival,” and “Calvary’s Cry.” With twelve #1’s to her credit and over forty “Song of the Year” nominations, Kenna’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Karen Peck and New River, The Martins, The Booth Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Collingsworth Family, The Blackwood Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, The Talleys, Adam Crabb, Wes Hampton, The Hoppers, Canton Junction, Finding Favour, Gordon Mote, Gold City, Tribute Quartet, Joseph Habedank, The Hagees, Marty Raybon, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Sisters, The Freemans, Ivan Parker, and many more. For over thirty years, the author and certified counselor has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached across the nation and around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. To learn more about Kenna and her ministry, visit http://www.KennaTurnerWest.com.

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    Woman to Woman

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    Mindy Isaacs

    Pam sits down with Mindy Isaacs and talks about her new article on fitness and health!

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    Introducing Kingsmen Tenor - Chris Jenkins

    I remember the car I was riding in. I remember the cover art of the cassette. I remember the scratchy sound as and the clicks as the cassette fell into player. Then repeatedly, over and over, I would ask for the tape to be rewound to play my favorite songs on an album “Gold City Gold”. I listened to and studied each melody and lyric of “John Saw”, “In My Robe of White”, and the Sandy Knight classic “Shoutin’ Ground”; those became my favorites. I studied the picture, how they were standing, the light blue sport coat that Brian Free had on, the white jackets that Mike LeFevre and Ivan wore; every detail I took in. That was my earliest introduction to southern gospel music.

    After I was taken to their concert where they, The Kingsmen, and Heaven Bound were booked annually in the next county from where I lived, I knew I wanted to sing this great music and I especially wanted to sing the guy’s part that sounded like a woman. I was so intrigued by that individual and it didn’t take long until he became my favorite of all the singers I’d ever heard. It was now my dream to sing tenor with a southern gospel quartet.

    Growing up in Greensboro, NC, a city not as exposed to Southern Gospel as other parts of the country, I sought gospel concerts to attend and went as often as I could. I can honestly say I was not sent or dragged to church. It was an expectation that every Sunday and Wednesday night was the time to be in the Lord’s house. I realized at eleven years of age that even though I attend nearly every service at the Baptist church I grew up in, that did not save my soul nor give me a relationship with Christ. I was saved after a revival service in June of 1997. I began singing as a soloist shortly thereafter and when I was fifteen years old I had the opportunity to study voice with my singing hero and mentor, Brian Free until he reformed Assurance in 2001. After much prayer, training, and a touch from the Lord, my voice, through many changes settled in the tenor range as I’d always prayed for.

    For 6 years I had a career as an officer, manager, and loan officer for a large bank and singing part time in a regional quartet. Then on December 26th, I sent a demo to one of my favorite groups, The Kingsmen and received a call in January to come audition for the position. After filling in for several weeks, I was hired and now starting into my fourth year, I am loving life and enjoying my job more than ever. In the last year the Lord has blessed this configuration of the Kingsmen with a recent number one song (Oh Yes I Am) and a new album called, “Battle Cry”. Aside from the tangible blessings, I can’t put a price on the feelings felt when I stepped on stage for the first time with members of the Hall of Fame, or carry on an everyday conversation with people you’ve looked up since childhood.

    I know that God has orchestrated this season of my life since those days of riding in that car with the scratchy old cassette player rendering the smooth, classic sounds of those mentors, I now call friends.

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    The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “At the Cross”

    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

    I attended a church ‘revival’ many years ago in a city close to where I was pastoring at the time. The evangelist’s sermon lasted 45 minutes, during which time he expounded on the subject, “George Washington, Jesus Christ, and You.”

    For the first 40 minutes, he spoke of nothing but the man ‘George Washington.’ Sadly, he devoted just the last five minutes to telling of JESUS, the King of Kings. What I heard in his ‘sermon’ seemed to be nothing more than a school history lesson for America’s first president.

    Some may seek to deny the Cross of Christ and His shed Blood, but it does not alter the fact the Word of God is true. The Cross of JESUS was very real. His shed Blood is an irrefutable fact, and the agony He endured for humanity while on The Cross was far more than any mind can ever grasp.

    The message of God’s love through The Cross of JESUS is told in many Southern Gospel Music songs, including, “The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference,” “When He Was On the Cross, I Was On His Mind,” and “Room At the Cross For You.”

    This same message is also told in text and titles of songs found in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal. Just a few titles found in this hymnal that tell of The Cross are, “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Kneel at the Cross,” and this month’s featured song, “At the Cross” (found on page 264).

    Songwriters Isaac Watts and R. E. Hudson begin this great old hymn with thought-provoking questions that ask: “Alas! And did my Savior bleed? And did my Sov’reign die? Would He devote that sacred head, for such a worm as I?”

    Additional questions are presented in the second verse, with the writers this time asking, “Was it for crimes that I had done (that) He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And LOVE BEYOND DEGREE!”

    We try to picture in our minds all JESUS endured before and while He was on The Cross, but we will never fully realize His terrible agony. The Cross of JESUS was, without a doubt, a place of incomprehensible suffering. It was also the place of evidence of God’s supreme love for us all.

    Join me now as we journey back to The Cross. As you look around that unspeakable scene at Calvary, you’ll notice right away a contrasting crowd gazing upon JESUS on The Cross –– but all for various reasons. Some came to the crucifixion merely as curiosity-seekers, while others came as part of a group who had a designated purpose in mind.

    Ecclesiastical leaders of the day were found AT THE CROSS. JESUS had before that time challenged their leadership and had rebuked them in His preaching. The chief priests, rulers, scribes, elders and Jews called for His crucifixion, and even persuaded the multitude to ask for the release of Barabbas, instead of JESUS.

    Soldiers were also AT THE CROSS. They were duty-bound in being there, yet they still stripped JESUS and placed on Him a scarlet robe. They crowned Him with thorns, mocked Him ruthlessly, spit on Him, smote Him, cast lots for His robe, and then pierced His side.

    Pilate was AT THE CROSS because it was his official duty. While he knew JESUS was not guilty of any crimes, he still gave in to the demands of others. He eventually took water, washed his hands, and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person” (Matthew 27:24). But just ‘saying’ these words did not make Pilate innocent.

    There was also a multitude of people AT THE CROSS. Many came out of anger and hatred. Some came out of great curiosity, while others came in sympathy.

    As I read God’s Word and get lost in mind while gazing upon that terrible scene, there is yet another small group found AT THE CROSS. Included in this handful of women is the mother of JESUS. “Now there stood by the cross of JESUS His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25).

    As I read God’s Word and fix my eyes on all standing at different distances from the Cross, I can’t help but witness the mother of JESUS in great sorrow. There, I see Mary in the most heartbroken scenes of Calvary, other than JESUS Himself nailed to The Cross.

    I observe her moving closer to Him. As she looked at her Son hanging on The Cross, I know her heart ached beyond imagination. In her face you can see how she longs to hold her Son’s bleeding head in her lap and stroke His Blood-stained brow.

    While standing near, Mary unquestionably had many things of JESUS’ life go through her mind as she saw Him nailed to that Cross. Her first thoughts, perhaps, began when she and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem 33-plus years prior.

    No doubt Mary was thinking on the night JESUS was born, and how she had to place Him in a lowly manger, all because there was no room in the inn.

    As Mary looked up at JESUS even more intently, she surely had to be reminded of the ecclesiastical leaders and mobs of angry people who were standing all around her; those angry ones who, even then, found ‘no room’ for Him in their lives.

    No doubt Mary contrasted the great opposites of the bright Star that led the shepherd’s way to the night manger scene in Bethlehem long ago, and what she was facing now. On this dismal afternoon, the Sun refused to shine.

    Two more individuals were also near The Cross of JESUS, but certainly not by choice. In fact, each thief was hanging on a cross of his own. One of the thieves then strained to turn his head toward JESUS, where it is said he “…railed on Him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us” (Luke 23:39).

    The other malefactor heard these things and turned his head to speak. But rather than mocking JESUS, he looked beyond Him to speak to the first thief and say, “…we receive the due reward of our deeds: BUT THIS MAN hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 23:41, 42).

    At one point that afternoon, Love once again cried from The Cross as JESUS said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

    Soon after, JESUS cried out saying “…It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).

    The number “30” – in old newspaper jargon – was always placed at the end of a news story to represent “the end.” But verse “30” of John 19 was FAR from any declaration of “the end” for the Son of God. The phrase “It is finished” was definitely not a statement of defeat, but rather one of great triumph. The work of man’s redemption and salvation was then completed with His death on Calvary.

    Darkness was indeed everywhere that afternoon, for it was told, “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst” (Luke 23:44, 45).

    Just a few verses later, we’re told of a much different day – one like the world had never seen before – or since. We’re told on the third day “…the first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre” (John 20:1).

    The stone at the entrance of the tomb where JESUS’ body was laid had been rolled away, for He was risen from the dead. JESUS later said, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18). “GLORY!”

    The message of JESUS and His love did not end AT THE CROSS, for He rose from the grave and HE LIVES TODAY. Because of JESUS giving His life and rising from the dead, those who serve Him today can truly sing: “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away; it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day.”

    I’m happy to tell you –– and all others –– “HE LIVES”

    –– Bill

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    We’ve Been sick

    We would like to thank everyone who prayed for us last month during a rough time when many in the group were sick. We are happy to report that God heard your prayers and we are back out on the concert trail singing for His glory once again!

    Last month we did 24 concerts in 18 days in Texas, Arizona and California. WOW! What a whirlwind trip it was, but totally worth it to see the people coming forward to receive Christ as their Savior! God has been doing some mighty things at the concerts and for that we praise Him!

    We will start the next leg of a two week trip beginning in California so log onto our website http://www.theheralds.com or find us on face book to see where we’re going to be and then come out and be with us and experience what God is doing!


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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! If The Lord tarries His return, I know my days are numbered on this earth. I don’t want to waste any more time.

    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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    Janice Crow

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    Handwriting Analysis 101

    Handwriting, when you think about it, really is fascinating. There are sciences, or pseudo sciences as some would say, associated with the study of it. It seems that no two people the world over have exactly the same handwriting, making it sort of a graphological fingerprint.

    There are theories galore for what makes one person cross a “T” or dot an “I” a certain way and a bevy of personality traits attached to the same seemingly thoughtless stroke. Some believe a slant to the right means you’re sociable and get on well with others, while a slant to the left can mean you’re withdrawn or rebellious. A mixture of left and right slanting some think points to schizophrenia.

    Add to this hogwashery a theory that handwriting can be used to diagnose certain physical ailments such as high blood pressure, and you have the makings of a real witch’s brew of misinformation.

    Writing that is darker from added pressure on the page may indicate anger or angst (what brain trust thought this up?), while lighter pressure may indicate a relaxed and happy state; however, writing that changes from dark to light in mid sentence probably indicates mood change. Hmmm. I tend to think it’s a telltale sign of “inkopenia”….ink deficiency to the lay person. Get a new pen. (And frankly, if you’re writing me a check for $1000.00, I couldn’t care less what mood you’re in, as long as the check clears.)

    It seems a hesitation or a disconnect in the letters could indicate a falsehood or a tendency to lie. I don’t suppose it could possibly mean you’ve paused to gather your thoughts or that your hand is simply tired from weeding your petunia patch.

    All sorts of traits are attributed to people just by examining the loop of an “L” or the roundness of an “O”. Small tight loops apparently mean you have a closed personality and want to be left alone. Big loops mean you’re open and welcoming. Large overall handwriting shows you’re self-assured, confident or maybe just a little cocky, while small penmanship indicates you’re an introverted follower not necessarily tipped for success.

    Believe it or not, some businesses actually evaluate an applicant’s handwriting to calculate how suitable they are for employment, determining everything from willingness to work overtime to class distinction and how bad the person actually needs the job. It seems to me a quick glance out the window at the ’74 Pinto in the parking lot could deliver roughly the same information.

    It’s ridiculous, in my book, to try to draw a picture of what a person is really like by studying a few cursive hieroglyphs. It’s kind of like those reaching archeologists who find a toenail clipping at an ancient burial ground and extrapolate that it’s clearly the toenail of a male, approximately 5’5”, who was likely the first born, an excellent hunter who liked to dance in his spare time and was better than the average Neanderthal with children. Seriously?

    Maybe that’s a stretch, but no matter how you feel about the “science” of handwriting analysis, you can’t deny a person’s handwriting can be very distinctive. When I see a Christmas card addressed to me in big, ornate swirling letters, I don’t need the return address to tell me it’s from a dear friend in Florida. When I see a lower case “I” dotted with a heart, I know the originator of it without thinking twice. The chicken scratch scrawl of another indicates nothing more sinister than a lifelong inability to hold and control a pen properly.

    All of this rambling has led me to wonder…..what would God’s handwriting look like? I suppose we could ask Belshazzar who witnessed it first hand as God wrote judgment on the wall for all to see. I think it’s safe to assume God was not in the best mood that day.

    Perhaps we should ask the woman taken in adultery what Jesus’ handwriting looked like as His fingers traced letters in the Judean dirt. What did He say….and how did He say it? It’s tough for me to wrap my head around, yet I wonder.

    All I can say is that for me God’s writing on the pages of my life has often been in invisible ink. I could not see it until farther down the road when in retrospect the message emerged as God’s timing and purpose was clear. But of all the Lord’s handwriting throughout the ages, I am most grateful for this one thing….and it is explained so well in the old Cleavant Derricks song…..

    “When God dips His pen of love in my heart, and writes my soul a message He wants me to know, His spirit all divine fills a sinful soul of mine, when God dips His love in my heart.”

    No one else could write like that….it must be the hand of God.
    Janice

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    Christian Fiction Queen: The Bridegrooms

    By: Allison Pittman
    Publisher: Multnomah
    ISBN: 978-1-60142-137-1

    About the book:

    Tragedy hit the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-yeara-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.

    Now Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland's fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if seemingly passionless, beau.

    Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.

    Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious would-be sportswriter to the Bridegrooms' handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn't felt since his wife's disappearance. Vada's sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada's life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.

    Review:

    Allison Pittman follows up Stealing Home, her first baseball-themed novel, with The Bridegrooms and the story of one week that changes the lives of the Allenhouse sisters forever. Left bereft of their mother’s care as children, when the woman chased the promise of excitement and romance with a handsome stranger, the girls and their loving, if prickly, father have made an art of survival. The eldest, Vada, has especially sacrificed much in order to step into her mother’s shoes at the tender age of eight – as the de facto mother figure, she has sacrificed a lifetime of girlish dreams in the name of responsibility. The arrival of a dashing star baseball player and a wounded spectator bring a bevy of heretofore unimagined romantic possibilities to the Allenhouse home, leaving Vada questioning her future. Is true romance the giddy feelings elicited by a handsome stranger, or the constant – if boring – faithfulness of a long-time local suitor? Startlingly different yet fully realized, Vada and her sisters only commonalities are blood and a desire to be loved for who they are. The journeys they take to realize the hope of romance are as varied as their personalities, and therein lies the charm and power of The Bridegrooms.

    With The Bridegrooms, Pittman proves that her gift for rendering small town Americana and all its accompanying charm on the page is unparalleled. From the excitement surrounding an amateur orchestra’s performance to the thrill of a baseball game to sister Hazel’s involvement in the burgeoning women’s suffrage movement, Pittman captures the heartbeat of small town, turn-of-the-century life. I loved how Pittman explores the ramifications of the mother’s abandonment on her daughters' lives – this is not an issue I can recall seeing often explored in Christian historical fiction, and I applaud her for the raw honesty with which she explores the fallout vis-à-vis the daughters’ relationships with their father, each other, and how they view themselves. Each sister’s personality, hopes, and dreams are unique and well-drawn, bringing to life the mores and conventions of a forgotten era and reminding the reader with startling clarity that the more things change, the more one constant – human nature – remains predictably unpredictable.

    The heart of the novel is an examination of romance and romantic ideals – it is perhaps ironic to find such an honest exploration of such in a story whose appeal lies largely in its nostalgic charm. Against a backdrop that a 21st-century reader such as myself is too often tempted to idealize, Pittman balances her charming depiction of the minutiae of the era with an unflinchingly honest look at four very different women and their heartbreakingly honest desire to love and be loved. Whether you see yourself in one or all of the Allenhouse sisters doesn’t matter, for each woman’s journey is a sheer delight to watch unfold. Youngest Lisette’s obsession with the trappings of status nearly blinds her to the true treasure of unfettered adoration, while Hazel’s good nature masks a fear of rejection that leaves her hiding behind letters, hoping her spirit will capture a man’s heart where she fears her looks fall short. Althea, silenced by her mother’s abandonment, is the steadiest and most loyal sister, but she must decide if her faith can speak louder than the fears that keep her silent.

    And then there is the centerpiece of the novel – the gloriously conflicted Vada, caught between her dreams and her reality. Through Vada, Pittman reminds readers of the blunt truth of the fact that emotions can lie, and true romance is not simply a giddy feeling or a handsome face (that’s nice, not gonna lie), but a decision made anew every day and walked out in attitude and action. Vada’s beau Garrison may *seem* staid and boring, at first blush not fitting the ideal hero of a romance – but his faithfulness and loyalty will melt your heart. In each character’s story, Pittman reminds us that true romance SHOWS UP every day, no matter how one feels or is tempted to respond in a fit of pique. The love that each Allenhouse sister discovers during the tumultuous week the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town mirrors the faithfulness of a God who longs to meet us where we are and will catch us when we fall. Pittman’s tale is rich in nostalgia and timeless in the truths it reveals about our desire to be known and loved, and that love lies often where one least expects it – right in front of our eyes.

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    Triumphant - Living In Harmony


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

    Since signing with the acclaimed StowTown Record label under the creative direction of Wayne Haun, one of the genre's already nationally noted groups has taken their craft to a higher level of excellence and quality.

    Father/Son duo Scott and Clayton Inman, tenor David Sutton and bass Eric Bennett make up southern gospel's traditional quartet, Triumphant. On April 14th, "Living In Harmony" is set to release to the public. Mid-tempo drivers like "Saved By Grace" have been an alluring factor for the group, and Scotty's title track, "Living In Harmony" continues to ride that stylistic fence of traditional and progressive but maintains the group's signature momentum.

    "Amazing God," third on the list of tracks, featuring David Sutton is sure to be a classic due to the timely testimony sighting an ever present, amazing God, accompanied by simple and minimalistic instrumentation.

    The irony in the title "Black and White" is found in musical overtones of black gospel's trademark organ mixed with a slight nuance "bluegrassy" banjo. Though the music may be multifaceted, the message of the song is black and white, plain and simple, written in red.

    "Living in the Promised Land" is a lighthearted toe-tapper, hand-clapper that lends toward the bluesy and spiritual sort. Though it lacks an obvious gimmick such as a white handkerchief, this may very well be the new crowd pleaser.

    Clayton leads "Made With Gold" with his trademark convivial energy making this song another up-tempo hit on this album. This leads us right into a phenomenal life portrait vividly painted by the full, and steady brush of Eric's bass voice.

    There could not be a more apropos conclusion to album or concert than the compellingly orchestrated and emotionally delivered message of a pertinent gospel in "Has There Ever Been."

    With a taste of everything, including more traditional, even classic songs like "Jesus Must Have Been Here," "When He Reached Down His Hand," and "A Friend Called Grace" this album is a must-buy. Once more, and with the help of amazing musicianship and producers, Triumphant delivers a five-star project that southern gospel lovers would be remiss not to own.



    Song List:

    Living In Harmony
    Amazing God
    Black and White
    I Belong To Jesus
    Living the Promised Land
    Made For Gold
    When He Reached Down His Hand For Me
    Jesus Must Have Been Here
    A Friend Called Grace
    Has There Ever Been

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    Tom Peck - Industry Insider

    Chris talks with publishing expert (and husband of award-winning songwriter Rebecca J. Peck) Tom Peck in this month's Industry Insider.

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

    Tom Peck: I live in Columbia, Tennessee (about 40 minutes south of Nashville). My wife, Rebecca, and I have four wonderful children and two sweet daughters-in-law. Thomas Peck Music was started in 1991 in order to publish my wife’s songs. She had just gotten her first cuts that year by the Hayes Family, and we were told we needed to start a publishing company. It was all a very simple beginning, but it has turned out to be our life’s work.


    CU:. Everyone in the industry knows who you are and what you do, but explain to our readers what your job is and what you do as a publisher?

    TP: My job is to promote our catalog of songs, which has grown to include works from over 70 songwriters. I basically organize it all, oversee the demo process, and pitch to artists, arrangers, and producers. We also do our own administration in-house, which is pretty tedious work. Our son, Logan Peck, is an integral part of the company, and he does a great job in all these capacities as well.

    CU: Since your time in publishing, what are those few "golden gems" that you are so glad you put in the artist's hands?

    Well, we’re always thrilled when our songs find their home, and God has been good to us by giving us some amazing hit songs through the years. I would have to say our most far-reaching songs, in terms of perpetual usage, would be “His Life For Mine,” originally recorded by The Talley Trio and “Even In the Valley,” originally recorded by the Whisnants, written by Amy Marie Unthank-Zika and Rebecca Peck.

    CU: It's pretty common knowledge that some of the industry's most beloved songs sit on a writer's shelf, so to speak, for years before anyone cuts it and makes it a hit. Do you have any songs that you just don't know why they haven't been cut yet? If so, why do you think those songs sit and wait like that?

    TP: Yes, we have many songs like that. However, we’ve learned from experience not to give up pitching when you really believe in a song. Several of our biggest copyrights were pitched for years and years.

    CU: How has the publishing industry changed since you started in it?

    TP: Wow…someone could write a book on this. So many areas of music publishing have changed in one form or another since we started. Of course, the digital age has brought with it a myriad of challenges, which I don’t think the industry, as a whole, was prepared to deal with. Licensing is much more complicated. On a smaller scale, things like overnighting last minute pitches, recording demos on analog, and pitching on cassette are just a few examples of how things were when we first started. Some things are now easier, some are harder.

    CU: Your wife, Rebecca Peck, is one of the industry's most beloved songwriters. What's it like living with such a huge talent?

    TP: I have learned not to throw away any scrap of paper that she has scribbled on. :o) Seriously, she’s done a lot of multi-tasking over the years with writing while she’s taking care of kids, and she’s good at that. But I can tell when she’s sort of in the “zone” with an idea churning in her head. So, if I see that starting to happen, I try to make things around the house conducive to her being able to think. Years ago, the great choral arranger, Camp Kirkland, gave me some advice to give her a “space” that is her own for writing. So, in 2007, I built her a little cabin on our property for writing. From a personal standpoint, she became my girlfriend when she was 14 and I was 17. So, we’ve been together a long time, and we’re best friends.

    CU: Have you ever tried your hand at songwriting?

    TP: I have a part in writing 5 songs. Which basically means, I started them, and my wife finished them. :o) With one exception…I did co-write a song with a terrific songwriter named Amber Maxwell. Somehow it just worked out that we worked on the song together through email. My gift is not in the writing, but for some reason, I do feel I have an ear for spotting a great song.

    CU: You and your wife have been influential to me as a songwriter, what advice do you have to aspiring songwriters?

    TP: Well, Chris, first of all, it takes talent, which you obviously have, so from that point on, it’s just a little guidance here or there. I think that often what some people don’t understand is that songwriting is a craft. Yes, God gives the ability, but, just like anything else, it needs to be nurtured and honed. My advice would be to spend a lot of time with God, spend a lot of time writing, spend a lot of time studying great songs and songwriters, be willing to accept constructive criticism, and persevere if there are disappointments.

    CU: What's next down the line for Thomas Peck Music?

    TP: We’re just trying to be faithful and be good stewards of what we’ve been given. It’s a privilege but also a responsibility before God to use these songs as a tool for His Kingdom. I pray that we will do it well.

    CU: What has God been teaching you lately?

    TP: I think the biggest thing God has been using to get my attention lately is the Christian persecution in the world today and the fact that it is being flaunted on a greater level. Persecution is nothing new, and it happens in “closed door” countries every day, but it is all done without fanfare. However, now we have people posting it on the internet and bragging about it. It has made me realize how petty and ungrateful I can be when frustration or disappointment comes. God is reminding me that there’s a whole lot more to this music thing than getting cuts. Ultimately, it comes down to the gospel and God’s glory.

    For more information on Tom Peck and Peck Music Group, visit them online at http://www.peckmusicgroup.com.

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    Daily Devotion

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    The Wait

    If there's I don't like is anyone having to wait on me. I do my best to value other people's time, so I always want to be on time.

    We live in a "fast food" type world where we want our food faster, faster Internet speed, quicker prescriptions filled. We can buy everything online with no wait! And of course, we want God to move faster to meet our needs.

    We want God to move RIGHT NOW. When He doesn't move during OUR time frame, we get angry or think He doesn't care.

    "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬ NIV)

    Has God ever broken a promise? No. Has He ever let me down? No. Has He ever disappointed me? No. Has He ever been late in meeting my need? No, NEVER.

    Why do I still struggle with "The Wait?"

    He has proven to me that His plans are much better than mine.

    Isaiah 55:8
    "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

    I struggle because I'm not viewing God for who He is. He is faithful. It's just not a word that DESCRIBES Him, it's WHO HE IS. I have to stop viewing Him like I view my own humanness. He is God Almighty and He is in control.

    Lord, forgive me for ever doubting your goodness.

    Friend, Are you struggling today? Pray this with me..

    "Father, Your word says in Mark 9:24... “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Forgive me for doubting you. I know you ARE faithful and every promise you've made, you have kept and WILL keep. Give me strength with "The Wait." Thank you for loving me and thank you for Jesus. In His name I come, Amen."

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    Daily Devotion

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    The Belt of Truth

    As we continue in our discussion of the Armor of God, let's consider the Belt of Truth.

    This was the first piece of a soldier’s armor to which Paul refers. At first glance, it seems insignificant. After all, how important is a belt? Well, this belt held the scabbard, which held the sword. The sharp, piercing sword was encased by a sheath that was firmly attached to the belt. Paul used a powerful metaphor when he likened the belt to truth. Truth holds everything together in our lives. If truth is compromised, then our entire lives become insecure and lack stability.

    Everything Satan does flows from deception. From the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden until this day, the Enemy of our lives crafts and weaves every attack in order to sow doubt into our hearts.
    There's a reason that in John 8:44 Jesus called the Devil a liar and the Father of Lies.

    —Ask Adam and Eve, whom Satan told they could eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and that they would not die.
    —Ask Judas, whom Satan entered his heart and convinced him his betrayal of Jesus was worth 30 pieces of silver.
    —Ask Ananias and Sapphira, whom Satan deceived and convinced them to lie to the disciples and the Holy Spirit.

    Our personal victories start and end with integrity. Without it, everything is subject to fail. In Psalm 51:6:
    "You desire truth in the inward parts: in the inward part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."

    Some people would rather build their lives on fiction and trivia, hoping no one will ever detect such a shallow approach to living. However, the sad "truth" is, this approach to living is futile; those who live it often find their gifts frequently take them where their character cannot keep them.
    A good solider in the Lord’s army understands that truth is the central core and a life that treats it carelessly will not withstand the conflict of the battlefield.

    Wrap yourself in this true saying and promise of Jesus Himself as recorded in John 8:31: "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."

    Tim Hill

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    News & Scoops


    Shannon Young Joins The StowTown Records Radio Team

    March 30, 2015 (Nashville, TN) StowTown Records has announced the addition of Shannon Young, who will be assisting Rhonda Thompson in radio and tour promotion.
    Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Young has long been a Southern Gospel Music enthusiast and passionate about promoting it in any way possible.

    "I am so excited to be joining the StowTown Records team and assisting Rhonda with radio promotion,” said Young. “I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the DJ's in this industry."

    Young recently relocated to East Tennessee from the West Coast to expand her work with both Tribute Media Source and IMC Concerts.

    “I’m thrilled about Shannon joining our fantastic StowTown team,” added Thompson. “She has a beautiful personality and I know the DJ’s are going to love her! She has such a heart for this music.”

    About This Article - Shannon Young Joins The StowTown Records Radio Team

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    News & Scoops


    Beyond The Ashes Gets Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Nashville, Tenn (March 30, 2015) StowTown recording artist Beyond the Ashes got one nomination for the Singing News Fan Awards. New trios happen all the time in Gospel music, but not many get nominated as the Favorite New Trio.

    Beyond The Ashes is on the fast track to success in Gospel Music. Already Dove nominated and winners of the 2010 AGM Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, this group of young men is touching young people all over this nation.

    Establishing a sound that is not traditional Southern Gospel, but rather on the Progressive and modern sound, Beyond The Ashes are making new inroads wherever they are invited to perform.

    BTA owner and Tenor singer, Anthony Facello stated, "We work really hard to be what we feel is most ministry effective. Dustin, Tyler, and I just want to say that we are humbled to be nominated by the fans, but also know that this is God's favor shining upon us.”

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

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

    Twitter them at https://twitter.com/www.twitter.com/beyondtheashes1 .

    To book Beyond the Ashes contact Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.

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    Written: 03/30/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


    News & Scoops


    Eric Melton Requests Prayer

    Nashville, Tennessee- Choice Promotions Media Owner Eric Melton would like to request prayer from all the Gospel Music Industry and the fans as well that support our wonderful music. Eric has been suffering for almost a year with kidney issues. At present Eric’s right kidney has not functioned for eight months. Monday March 30 will be the third operation that has been performed and the last two have been unsuccessful. If this procedure does not prove a favorable outcome there will be one final procedure scheduled that Eric will undergo in the coming months that will require an extensive hospital stay and a long recovery time. There is a possibility that Eric could face having the kidney removed and being placed on a transplant list as well.

    We appreciate your prayers at this time. Eric has spent over 25 years in Gospel Music as a radio broadcaster both for stations in Arkansas and Tennessee as well as 6 years as an on air personality with the Solid Gospel Radio Network. Eric career in Gospel music also includes serving as the Director of Media Relations and Radio Promotions with labels such as Zion, Spring Hill Music and Homeland Entertainment Group and singing Baritone and Lead for various groups. If you wish to let Eric know you are praying for him you can email Eric at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or find him on Facebook under Choice Promotions and Management.

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    Weekly Chart

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    March 30, 2015

    Top 40 Weekly Chart

    TW
    LW
    #WK
    TITLE
    ARTIST
    PEAK
    1
    1
    19
    That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
    1(3)
    2
    2
    19
    He Took the Nails Browders
    1(3)
    3
    3
    16
    It Was the Word Williamsons
    3
    4
    8
    8
    Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
    4
    5
    5
    8
    Pure Satisfaction McKameys
    5
    6
    4
    21
    Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
    1(4)
    7
    11
    6
    Battle Cry Kingsmen
    7
    8
    6
    13
    Glorybound Whisnants
    5
    9
    9
    10
    Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
    5
    10
    14
    18
    This Blood Triumphant
    10
    11
    12
    31
    I Wanna Be There Isaacs
    7
    12
    16
    7
    Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
    12
    13
    20
    23
    Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
    11
    14
    18
    6
    I Will Rise Tribute
    8
    15
    7
    21
    Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
    7
    16
    10
    25
    Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
    2
    17
    24
    19
    Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
    10
    18
    25
    4
    Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
    18
    19
    17
    5
    Ordinary People Old Paths
    17
    20
    13
    20
    Picture This 11th Hour
    5
    21
    19
    6
    Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
    19
    22
    15
    10
    What You Leave Behind Talleys
    7
    23
    *
    1
    Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
    23
    24
    32
    3
    God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
    24
    25
    *
    1
    Anything Zane & Donna King
    25
    26
    *
    1
    Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
    26
    27
    34
    8
    Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
    27
    28
    22
    8
    There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
    22
    29
    38
    6
    I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
    29
    30
    36
    2
    Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
    30
    31
    37
    2
    When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
    31
    32
    35
    3
    Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
    32
    33
    40
    2
    What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
    33
    34
    28
    3
    I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
    28
    35
    *
    1
    I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
    35
    36
    26
    8
    God Enough Jay Stone Singers
    26
    37
    29
    11
    Still Blessed Hyssongs
    20
    38
    30
    8
    Send Me Rick Webb Family
    22
    39
    39
    2
    Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    39
    40
    23
    5
    Place In the Choir Browns
    23
    TW - This week on the chart
    LW - Last week on the chart
    #WK - Number of weeks
    on the chart
    #1 For the Week
    Indicates 1st Week on chart
    Greatest Gain on Chart
    On chart the longest
    Highest on chart after dropping off

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    Written: 03/30/2015 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments: 0


    Daily Devotion

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    The Plan

    This week’s devotion marks the ending of a three-year period of writing for me. As of this week, I have written 156 consecutive weekly devotions and I have loved every minute of it. I have written when I was happy and sad, refreshed and tired, pleasant and irritable and a few hundred other adjectives describing my state of mind at the time of writing. I’ve written on Monday evenings with my due date 7 days in front of me and I’ve written in the midnight hour on Sunday night, wondering if my lack of inspiration was taking up residence.

    I’ve so enjoyed being able to put my heart into words and I’m grateful that while I’ve done that, God has used it to encourage others. I never planned to write weekly devotions, I just started writing and God opened a door to share it with others. I also never planned to stop, but God is opening other doors and with our 30th anniversary approaching, a new project coming out in June and a many other responsibilities that come with it, I’ve decided that it may be time to take a break from weekly writing. The folks at Absolutely Gospel have told me that any time my heart has something to share, the platform will be waiting and for that I am so grateful! But for now, I’d like to leave you with a big thank-you for reading each week, and a reminder that this is a perfect example of life, beginnings and endings merging so closely that it’s hard to decide which is which.

    I choose to see it as a beautiful sunset on a warm summer day, and a stunning sunrise waking me up to what awaits, all wrapped up into one perfect plan orchestrated by the Master!


    Ecclesiastes 3:1English Standard Version (ESV) 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
    Proverbs 16:9 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 The heart of man plans his way,
 but the Lord establishes his steps.
    Proverbs 19:21English Standard Version (ESV) 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
 but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
    Psalm 37:23 New International Version (NIV) 23 The Lord makes firm the steps
 of the one who delights in him;
    Isaiah 14:24 English Standard Version (ESV) 24 The Lord of hosts has sworn:
 “As I have planned,
 so shall it be,
 and as I have purposed,
 so shall it stand,
    Proverbs 16:3-4 New International Version (NIV) 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
 and he will establish your plans. 4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.

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    Daily Devotion

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    Broken Pieces

    Have you ever DROPPED a GLASS on the kitchen floor and watched it shatter into a THOUSHAND PIECES? Well, I have and I was very careful of where I stepped, because those BROKEN PIECES can be dangerous. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

    Hey, I SWEPT, VACUUMED and PICKED UP every splintered piece trying not to get cut. But then, the Lord spoke to me and said, "Those BROKEN PIECES may seem HARMFUL and USELESS to you, but I can use them for My glory." You see, the way I saw those BROKEN PIECES wasn’t the way God saw them.

    The most valuable possessions of Saint Paul’s Cathedral are insured by Lloyd’s of London for millions and they’re simply made out of BROKEN, STAINED and otherwise USELESS PIECES of GLASS. But, when put together by a MASTER DESIGNER, their USEFULNESS is felt when the COLD WINTER NIGHT WINDS blow. And, here’s the best part, when the MORNING SUN shines THROUGH THEM their BEAUTY is BREATH TAKING.

    You may be thinking that I’m making SOMETHING out of NOTHING, but only God can do that. We all break a lot of things in life, but the most painful is a BROKEN HEART. Psalm 34:18 says, "The LORD is close to the BROKEN HEARTED" and Psalm 147:3 says "He heals the BROKEN HEARTED and binds up their wounds."

    It’s, Pastor Phil, picking up the PIECES of this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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    News & Scoops


    The Music City Show Enters Long Term Agreement With Tim Lovelace As Host

    Announces Talent Lineup For Season 4

    Nashville, Tenn (March 27, 2015) The very popular Christian variety television program The Music City Show is pleased to announce the long term signing of Tim Lovelace as the host of the weekly program.

    Lovelace, known for his humor and congenial personality is a perfect fit for the show, intermingling with the high profile guests.

    "Tim Lovelace has been involved in the Music City Show since day one” says producer Scott Godsey, "We knew that Tim was going to be an integral part of our weekly show. After the first season, we knew we had found the personality to carry the brand. We are excited to continue this successful relationship.”

    Tim Lovelace commented, "As host of The Music City Show, it is very exciting to see the continued growth and faithful viewership of its followers. Producer, Scott Godsey, and all of the MCS Staff are superb to work with, and they seem to have endless creative ideas for the future of this show. I am very pleased that we have reached a long term agreement, and I am looking forward to working with Scott and the team, as well as all of the first class talent the show continues to highlight, for many seasons to come."

    Tickets are FREE!! DON'T MISS the SEASON 4 taping of The Music City Show in Nashville on April 6th, 7th & 8th!!

    Check out our incredible talent line-up:

    APRIL 6th

    Wes Hampton

    Michael English

    The Mark Trammell Quartet

    Allison Speer

    The Blackwood Brothers Quartet


    APRIL 7th

    Jeff & Sheri Easter

    Aaron Tippin

    The Freemans

    The Whisnants

    The Freedom Singers


    APRIL 8th

    Gordon Mote

    Don Moen

    As always Jim Sheldon, The Positive Cowboy, will be performing on every show.

    Seats are free, but to get yours email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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

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    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


    News & Scoops


    Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

    This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with R.W. Blackwood and music from The Palmetto State Quartet, Lynda Randle, Rachel West Kramer, Buddy Greene, The Blackwood Singers, The Isaacs, Adam Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Booth Brothers, Patsy Cline and MORE!

    Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:

    http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-News-Music-Radio-with-Woody-Wright/133859493325244

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    Written: 03/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


    Daily Devotion

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    Author's Website:
    http://theheralds.org

    Check Your Connection

    In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths . Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

    A few years ago I decided I would take flying lessons. One of the first things I learned is that you must file a flight plan. This flight plan tells the FAA where you are going and the route you are planning to take. Without submitting this vital piece of information, you will not be permitted to take off. Once in the air, you must keep in constant contact with air traffic control via radio. They will assign you a radio frequency and it is in your best interest as well as those other aircraft around if you do not change frequencies unless instructed. You will receive instructions from air traffic control at various points along your journey. They will tell you what heading to fly, what altitude and airspeed to maintain. Should you wish to change your cruising altitude, you must clear it with air traffic control. They may even ask you to alter your course from time to time. So why do pilots have to obey the instructions of the tower? The answer is simple. The tower sees the big picture. All you see is your little piece of sky. However, the tower knows how many aircraft are in your vicinity and at what altitudes they are flying. If you change your flight path or altitude without permission, it could cause a mid air collision! Air traffic control know that it’s their job to see to it that everyone reaches their destinations safely by directing everything that is going on.

    For the Christian prayer is a vital key in staying connected with God. If we fail to maintain contact we can miss vital instructions from Him which may cause us to follow an unwanted course. If you’re wondering why God seems distant, check your connection. If it seems it‘s been a while sense you‘ve seen God working in your life, check your connection . God sees the big picture. He not only sees, but orchestrates circumstances in our life. In John 5:19 Jesus told His disciples, “ The Son can do nothing of Himself, but whatever He sees the Father do: for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” If Jesus himself stayed connected to hear His Father’s instructions, how much more should we! Our job is to walk by faith and follow His instructions even if it means altering our course when He asks us to.

    Jeff Pearles 2015



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    News & Scoops


    The Browders Hit Number One Spot For The Second Straight Month

    The Group Obtains Two Singing News Fan Award Nominations


    Hiltons, VA (March 26, 2015) Known for their string of number one songs, the award winning and Dove nominated Browders have once again made news with their latest number one song on the Singing News Chart. Not since the Dove Brothers did it eight years ago has a song held onto the number one position for two months in a row.

    "He Took The Nails”, penned by Matthew Browder and Mike Upright hit number one for the month of April and now again for the month of May. Southern Gospel Music has not had this much excitement in a long, long time. The song was also on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart for three consecutive weeks and in the top three for three months.

    Great songs and great singers make number one songs, and the Browders consistently produce number one songs. This was their fourth release of a single and their fourth number one from their current project titled Time Machine.

    In other news, the Browders have obtained two Singing News Fan Award nominations for Favorite Mixed Group and Favorite Band. The Browders continue to prove that talent and hard work will bring about success and open many doors for ministry.

    Matthew Browder commented, "A Fan Award nomination is a blessing because it means the people who listen to our music have chosen to honor us by putting our name on a ballot. We appreciate everyone who took the time to vote.”

    Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

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

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

    Contact the Browders by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

    To book The Browders contact Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.

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    News & Scoops


    Be A Part Of Karen Peck & New River’s New Video

    Hendersonville, Tenn (March 26, 2015) Pray Now, which releases to the public April 28th, features the radio single by the same name that encourages Christians to pray the Lord's Prayer. As tragedies, natural disasters and political unrest increase around us, 'Pray Now' creates an urgency for Christians to pray now more than ever before. In keeping with this poignant message, the group's music video will revolve around prayer, in all forms and by Christians everywhere.

    This is where you come in!

    Film a video of someone praying; yourself, your family, your kids, your grandkids, your co-workers, your church, anyone!

    Please make this video no more than 15 seconds long and make sure to film it holding your camera or phone horizontally.

    Next, email your video to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    All submissions need to be received by April 8th to be considered.



    Please include the hashtag #PrayNow when sharing your videos on social media!

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    News & Scoops


    Dominion Agency Welcomes America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers

    Waynesville, NC (March 26, 2015) - The Dominion Agency is thrilled to welcome America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, to their fine roster of artists.

    This multi-award winning family group has been singing to global audiences for 58 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. To begin working with such an outstanding group, with such a rich history in Gospel music, brings a new sense of excitement to the Dominion Agency.

    President and CEO, Michael Davis, expresses, "I am so honored to be representing one of the most celebrated artists in the history of Gospel music, The Hoppers. With 58 years of ministry and still going strong, The Hoppers are thrilling and blessing audiences night after night. What a privilege to work with this Godly family for whom I have so much love and respect!"

    "After 58 years of successful in-house representation, The Hoppers are excited to announce we are teaming with Michael Davis and The Dominion Agency," states Dean Hopper. He continues, "This new relationship will allow us to reach many new audiences as we declare the Gospel through the unique sound our family is known for."

    To schedule The Hoppers for your church, concert, or ministry event call Michael Davis at 828-454-5900 or email him here: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Daily Devotion

    Cowgirl and Talulah

    God Still Speaks

    “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a Voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”
    Isaiah 30:21 NLT

    “…I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”
    Joel 2:28 NLT

    Have you ever had a strong sense to go one way but not the other? Or maybe you saw something in a “flash” just before it happened, allowing you to keep yourself or someone else from danger?

    The world often refers to these types of events as “unexplained” or possibly “psychic” experiences. As believers in the One True God, we know these experiences are gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Word says we will hear a Voice telling us which way to go. I have not only heard the Voice of the Lord, but the Lord has also given me visions at different times in my life to encourage and strengthen me.

    The story of Cowgirl and Talulah sounds more like a children’s book title than a Holy Spirit encounter, but I want to share with you what happened!

    My precious Momma and Daddy live on a farm in South Texas. They have a number of cattle on the property. My Momma also has an adorable 5 pound shih tzu named Talulah. Mother adores Talulah. She keeps her hair long and she literally looks like a stuffed animal, or as my Daddy puts it, “a slow moving house shoe!”

    One day Momma was about to take Talulah outside to potty when all of the sudden, in her mind, she saw an event flash before her eyes. She saw something large and white moving toward Talulah and then saw herself scoop Talulah up and run into the house, barely making it out of the way of the danger.

    My mother stood there a moment thinking how weird that was and then went ahead and took Talulah out. Just a few minutes later, Momma couldn’t believe what she saw. Cowgirl, a large white cow on the property was running, charging straight at Talulah! One head butt or kick could send Talulah flying and literally kill her. Momma ran, scooped Talulah up and then made it in the house before Cowgirl could get to them.

    Cowgirl had never acted aggressively toward any of the dogs before. Momma and I both believe God was warning her in the vision to be on the alert for danger when she took Talulah out.

    God is so good! He cares about every little detail of our lives. He cares about our emotions and heart’s desires. All we have to do is ask Him to take control of every second of our lives and He will be faithful to lead, guide and protect us.

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    Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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    The Isaacs Take Three Singing News Award Nominations

    Nashville, Tenn (March 25, 2015) Gaither Homecoming artists, the Isaacs, have taken three 2015 Singing News Fan Awards Nominations. Always a fan favorite the Isaacs are familiar with award nominations, but never take them for granted.

    This year the Isaacs are nominated for Favorite Mixed Group and Favorite Band together as a group and Sonya Isaacs Yeary also gathered an individual nomination for Favorite Soprano.

    Matriarch of the group, Lily Isaacs commented, "We would like to thank Singing News for our nominations. We are blessed to be associated with all of our Gospel Music family and count it an honor to be in these categories."

    The Isaacs also received seven nominations in the AGM Awards earlier this year and will be performing at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration in Smyrna, TN on April 14th.

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

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

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

    About This Article - The Isaacs Take Three Singing News Award Nominations

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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    Jeff Stice Earns 2015 Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Brownsville, KY (March 25, 2015) Talented award winning pianist, Jeff Stice is once again getting the attention of award nominations. As a member of Triumphant Quartet and earlier the Kingdom Heirs, he was part of several nominations from different organizations. He was awarded by the 2014 AGM Awards for his producing capabilities. This time the Singing News Fan Awards are recognizing him for his abilities in the Favorite Musician category.

    Jeff commented, "When the nominations first came out and I saw my name, I was humbled and honored. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart."

    Stice was also received three nominations earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. His many accomplishments are being noticed throughout the Gospel music industry.

    You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic . He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu .

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

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

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    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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    The Mark Dubbeld Family Releases New Song To Radio

    Moneta, VA (March 25, 2015) Mansion Entertainment recording artist, The Mark Dubbeld Family is excited to release their new radio single "One Of These Days” written by Janene Dubbeld.
    It is being released on Mansion Radio Hits & Patterson Music Group.

    The Mark Dubbeld Family has started 2015 by celebrating 4 years in full time Gospel Music. They have seen a wonderful response to their music and ministry with "Higher Than I” climbing in the Singing News charts to #48 in 2014. They will be Featured Artist at the 2015 National Quartet Convention in the late September.

    Mark Dubbeld, The father of the group states "This is a song of great hope for the believer today. It won’t be long church, get ready! The family is just returning from a successful and exciting 7 week and a 6000 mile concert tour to the southern states of VA, NC, GA and FL. We
    praise God for His blessing.”

    Pauline Patterson of Patterson Music Group states, "I’m Proud to represent this fine family to National Radio”.

    To find out more about the Mark Dubbeld Family go to http://www.mjdubbeld.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/marknjanene.dubbeld .

    To book the Mark Dubbeld Family contact Sophia Davis at 615-590-7453 or http://www.adorationagency.com .

    About This Article - The Mark Dubbeld Family Releases New Song To Radio

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


    Daily Devotion

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    The Wait

    If there's I don't like is anyone having to wait on me. I do my best to value other people's time, so I always want to be on time.

    We live in a "fast food" type world where we want our food faster, faster Internet speed, quicker prescriptions filled. We can buy everything online with no wait! And of course, we want God to move faster to meet our needs.

    We want God to move RIGHT NOW. When He doesn't move during OUR time frame, we get angry or think He doesn't care.

    "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬ NIV)

    Has God ever broken a promise? No. Has He ever let me down? No. Has He ever disappointed me? No. Has He ever been late in meeting my need? No, NEVER.

    Why do I still struggle with "The Wait?"

    He has proven to me that His plans are much better than mine.

    Isaiah 55:8
    "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

    I struggle because I'm not viewing God for who He is. He is faithful. It's just not a word that DESCRIBES Him, it's WHO HE IS. I have to stop viewing Him like I view my own humanness. He is God Almighty and He is in control.

    Lord, forgive me for ever doubting your goodness.

    Friend, Are you struggling today? Pray this with me..

    "Father, Your word says in Mark 9:24... “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Forgive me for doubting you. I know you ARE faithful and every promise you've made, you have kept and WILL keep. Give me strength with "The Wait." Thank you for loving me and thank you for Jesus. In His name I come, Amen."

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    Written: 03/24/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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    Lindsey Graham Lands Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Estero, Fla (March 24,2015) Up and coming Gospel artist Lindsey Graham has landed her first
    Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Soloist.

    Lindsey is no stranger to Gospel music, formerly singing with the Taylors and having great success in Europe, but now is the time for some well deserved recognition here in the United States. In a genre of music where soloists have to work harder and go that extra mile, Lindsey has proven herself willing and more than capable for the task.

    Miss Graham stated "I am most honored by this recognition from the fans! Thank you for voting for me. Your support and timely encouragement has left me humbly surprised. May God be glorified! A special thank you to Dominion Agency for their tireless efforts on my behalf.”

    If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity .

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

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

    About This Article - Lindsey Graham Lands Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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    Ben Speer Battles Alzheimers - An Open Letter From Him

    The following is taken from Ben Speer's FaceBook page. Let's keep Ben and his family held up in prayer.

    Recently, I have been told that I am one of the millions who is being afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon learning this news, Rebekah and I had to decide whether we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

    After some consideration we have decided to share this with you. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Rebekah and family. I plan to enjoy many more singing schools and singings and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

    Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. One my family is all too familiar with. I only wish there was some way I could spare Rebekah and the rest from this painful experience. During this time and those to come, I am confident that with your help they will face it with faith and courage.

    Sincerely,
    Ben Speer

    About This Article - Ben Speer Battles Alzheimers - An Open Letter From Him

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


    Daily Devotion

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    Dress for Success

    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand” (Ephesians 6: 10-18).

    Occasionally, when visiting restaurants here and there, I notice a sign that reads "Proper attire required." There's another sign that basically means the same thing, but it's a little more poignant in its delivery. It reads this way, "No shirt. No shoes. No service."
    That's it. Period. Obviously, a certain decorum is expected and appreciated when we venture into society.

    In my work as a pastor and denominational leader, I've often interviewed people who were looking for employment opportunities and open doors of ministry. It's easy to spot someone who takes the opportunity seriously. While they possibly can't afford the most expensive attire, they certainly made the best of what they had and appeared for the interview with pressed and clean clothes, polished shoes, and combed hair. On the other hand, I've met some I knew could have done better, but they arrived looking as if they had barely survived an explosion from a mattress factory.

    How we dress says a great deal about how we view our work and the day ahead of us. That's especially true in our engagement with spiritual warfare. The Word of God describes several elements of a warrior’s armor that speak of spiritual preparation and readiness for battle.

    Look at the list:

    · The Belt of Truth
    · The Breastplate of Righteousness
    · The Shoes of Peace
    · The Shield of Faith
    · The Helmet of Salvation
    · The Sword of the Spirit

    Over time, I will write about each item specifically, but it's interesting to note that the armor is designed to provide both for defensive protection and offensive advancement. God never intended for us to simply cower down and hope the enemy of our souls just goes away. You have been equipped to stand, but you've also been equipped to subdue. You're equipped with promises and power. You're infused with ability and anointing, but most of all you are covered with a protective shield of the whole armor of God. Knowing this, you can attest and declare with all confidence, "I'm not backing down, because God is backing me up."


    Stepping into the arena of spiritual warfare without being properly attired in the whole armor of God, would be the same as yielding to defeat before the fight ever begins. Always remember the “weapons of your warfare are not of the earth, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”
    (2 Corinthians 10:4).

    Tim Hill

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    Written: 03/24/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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    Steve Ladd Garners Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Nashville, Tenn (March 23, 2015) Talented tenor singer, Steve Ladd, is no stranger to award nominations. As a member of Gold City, he was part of several nominations from different organizations. This time the Singing News Fan Awards are recognizing him for his abilities in the Favorite Soloist category.

    Steve commented "I can't tell you how humbled I felt to see my name listed among the great artists that are up for 2015's Favorite Soloist Of The Year. I have the absolute best fans and I'm grateful they believe in me enough to cast their vote my way. Win or lose, it truly is an honor to be nominated."

    Ladd was also nominated earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. His accomplishments are being noted throughout the industry.

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

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

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

    About This Article - Steve Ladd Garners Singing News Fan Award Nomination

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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    Back Home Joined By Scott Fowler And T Graham Brown On New CD

    BACK HOME IS JOINED BY SCOTT FOWLER OF LEGACY FIVE AND T. GRAHAM BROWN ON NEW CD

    Nashville, TN (3/23/15) – Award nominated and winning trio Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne and Stacy Pearcy) from South Pittsburg, TN are releasing what folks are saying is the BEST CD they have heard to date from this group and in the Southern Gospel genre in years. .

    They are joined on this project, on a duet, with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five. Scott says, "I have absolutely
    fallen in love with Jimmy and Jen. I am absolutely CRAZY about their songwriting. Their songs consistently hit us where life hits us! It's rare these days for writers to be as vulnerable as Jen is with her songs. It's so refreshing! I am so excited
    to be included on their new album singing with them! They are both such incredible vocalists....I'm not sure how I talked them into this, but I can't wait!" Scott will also be appearing in a video with Back Home.

    Also joining Jimmy and Jennifer on a duet is recently Grammy Nominated, T Graham Brown who said, "I'm so happy to be a part of this new project with Jimmy and Jennifer and the song I'm singing a duet on is the one of the best I have heard, I may just have to start singing it in my concerts."

    “Back Home has released some great CD’s in the past, but this CD is the best I’ve heard to date from them and that’s saying a mouthful,” says Chris Latham/Back Home producer and Grammy winning engineer.

    The new CD titled “One Name” is loaded with award winning writers such as Jerry Salley, Sue Smith, Lee Black, Linda Davis, Adam Wheeler, Mark Narmore, Jeff King, Jennifer Layne, Marty Roe, Bernie Herms, Jimmy Olander, Diane Eve Warren, Aimee Mayo, William Luther, David Allen Clark, Donald A. Koch and Kenna Turner West. Each and every song tells of the love of God and forgiveness He gives us and that we should give to each other.

    Jeff King and Chris Latham, owners and producers of Cross Country Records, (Back Home’s label), are completely hands on in the record making process. They each play, engineer, and produce each song on every album. They are both Nashville veterans, with major accolades of their own. Jeff is touring with Reba McEntire and is one of music’s most in demand session players. And as always, Back Home’s CD is full of Nashville veteran player’s who year after play on their records. Players include, Jeff King, Jerry Roe, Mike Johnson, Jason Webb, Chris Latham, Tammy King and Pat McGrath.

    “We feel like God deserves the best that we can give him and that Gospel music needs to be quality in sound and words” It’s about Him and reaching the folks that are hurting,” says Jimmy and Jennifer.

    “I’m so happy to be working on my 7th year now with Back Home. Their music is fresh and real, telling powerful stories we can all relate to in some form. Their ministry brings comfort to those in need, and hope for people trying to change their lives. They’ve been through it, now they sing about it. If you haven’t experienced a live concert.. Do it!” said Jeff King/Producer of Back Home and Cross Country Records Producer and Owner.

    Sheri Easter stated, “I remember the first thing Jeff ever told me about Back Home. We were working a concert with them and he came back on the bus bragging on the harmonies, their vocals and what a wonderful writer Jen was. Immediately, I was hooked.”

    About This Article - Back Home Joined By Scott Fowler And T Graham Brown On New CD

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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    Karen Peck and New River Capture Six Singing News Fan Award Nominations

    Dahlonega, GA (March 23, 2015) Multi-award winning Gospel group Karen Peck and New River have captured six 2015 Singing News Fan Award nominations. Always in the top lists of any awards presented, Karen Peck and New River once again are among the top nominees.

    This years nomination feature recognition in the individual efforts of Karen and Susan Peck Jackson gaining the Soprano and Alto Favorites, as well as Karen in the Favorite Female Singer category. It was a team effort of Karen, Susan, and Jeff that got the Trio of the Year and Favorite Artist nominations. This year is also the first time Karen has been nominated as a songwriter in the Songwriter of the Year category.

    Karen stated "We are very thankful and honored for the Singing News Fan Awards nominations. We are especially thrilled to be in the Favorite Artist category this year. This is also my first Favorite Songwriter nomination. Honestly, after all of these years of ministry, Susan, Jeff, and I are so grateful for all of your love and support.”

    Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

    If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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

    Karen Peck and New River is booked by The Harper Agency http://www.harperagency.com or
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    Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNowLordsPrayer .

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    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 03/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0




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