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Performers Announced for 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration

Celebration to feature Pre-Show for First Time


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 12, 2015) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. This year’s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists and as well as tributes to Gospel music legends Andrae’ Crouch and Lari Goss.


The Awards Celebration will feature performances by The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, the Gaither Vocal Band’s Adam Crabb, The Bowling Family, Tribute, The Browders, Joseph Habedank, Amber Nelon Thompson, Jim Brady Trio, HIGHROADIII, and 11th Hour. In addition, the show will feature a musical tribute to Andrae Crouch featuring Geron Davis & Kindred Souls and Angela Primm.



"We are so excited about what this year holds for the awards program,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "We are doing some new things this year that will hopefully continue set our show ahead of the pack.”


This year’s Awards program will also feature a pre-show where several awards will be handed out. The pre-show will feature performances as well from artists yet to be confirmed.


Chris Unthank, Editor in Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com stated, "Our show has been running long over the last couple of years, so we felt it necessary to integrate a pre-show before the Celebration. We will be handing out half a dozen awards then to help keep our show’s run-time at a better pace.”


The hosts for this year’s Awards Celebration were announced earlier and are two of the industry’s most respected and beloved names. Hosting the awards together this year are Joseph Habedank and Amber Nelon Thompson.



The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be held at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee on Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015. The pre-show will begin at 6:00 P.M. CST and doors will open at 5:30. This will be a strictly ticketed event and tickets are available now for a $16.50 donation. Due to changes at the venue we will not be able to stream the event.

For more information visit, http://www.absolutelygospel.com or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/12/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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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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An Open Letter From Jimmy Reno - Mark 209 Auditioning For Baritone

Birmingham, AL- Over the past few years I have had the privilege of traveling the U.S. and meeting many gospel music fans in my two tenures with Mark209. The support, love and encouragement I have encountered has been overwhelming during this period of time.

After a very successful Christmas tour with the group, I returned home to find some health issues with my daughter that required us to focus on her and her health. As my wife and I have dealt with these issues, we have earnestly sought through prayer the best decision for our family and the direction of my calling in fulltime music ministry.

As of February 2015, my wife, Christa and I have prayerfully reached the decision that I will retire from fulltime travel on the road. We have been seeking God and wise counsel about this decision and feel that this is the best option for our family moving forward.

I want to thank all of the gospel music fans who have embraced my family and lifted us up in prayer during this trying time. We ask for your continued support and prayers for my family and for Mark209 as they move forward.

My wife and I look forward to the new doors the Lord opens for us and our family and we look forward to continuing sharing the gospel through those avenues.

MARK209, one of Southern Gospel’s most exciting and fresh quartets is opening auditions for the baritone position.

We request that all our friends and fans continue to pray for Jimmy and his family that God will heal her. This is a lot of pressure that Jimmy has on him and he needs our support through prayer.

Any interested singers should submit their head shot, resume, and demo to MARK209 at P.O. Box 48, White House, TN 37188. Or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/26/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Beyond The Ashes Sign Booking Agreement With Beckie Simmons Agency

Nashville, Tenn (February 26, 2015) Beckie Simmons is announcing today that talented young Gospel trio, Beyond the Ashes has reached a booking agreement with BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency of Nashville, TN, effective immediately. Beyond The Ashes consists of Anthony Facello, Dustin Doyle, and Tyler Vestal.

Known as a group who is ministry minded, yet having some of the smoothest sounds in Gospel music, Beyond The Ashes fits well in just about any setting from churches to large concert venues.

Concerning this new agreement Anthony Facello commented, "I have been fortunate enough to know Beckie for many years. Like I felt about working with Wayne Haun I feel the same about Beckie Simmons Agency." Continuing he said, "I always wanted to work side-by-side with such talented and driven people. I am honored to be a part of BSA. We look forward to the future and what God has in store! Thank you Beckie for believing in BTA.”

Beckie Simmons adds, "I have loved Beyond The Ashes music since their inception and have admired their work ethics for quite some time. I have long been a fan and applaud their passion for God and Ministry. All of us at BSA are excited to be a part of their Team.”

If you would like to interview Beyond The Ashes contact

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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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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/26/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Adding Value to Others

There are people who are gifted by God with a special ability to encourage others: "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness." (‭Hebrews‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV)

However, even if encouraging others is not a gift you particularly have, you are still responsible to do it. God’s Word teaches us that we are to encourage one another daily!

We have been entrusted with a great power. When we encourage others, it builds them up and makes them strong (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11). However, without that encouragement they might become weary and give up on something they need to finish.

God is “[the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement)” (2 Corinthians 1:3). Since God is an encourager, we should be the same way. Anytime you do what God does, you can be assured you are doing the things that are right and that will produce joy, peace, and power for your life.

Power Thought: Today I will encourage and add value to everyone I meet.


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Written: 02/25/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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In Green Pastures With The Shepherd

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Ps 23:2

To me there’s nothing more relaxing than watching cows and horses munching on grass out in the field. They just seem so content! Nothing seems to bother them. I’m sure David, the author of this Psalm, must have thought back to his days as a shepherd considering the imagery he uses in this passage. He no doubt remembered the times when he would guide his sheep to the pastures where there was not only plenty of cool refreshing water, but also plenty of long lush grass where they could eat and lie down comfortably.

This is what The Lord does for His children. He provides them with sustenance and refreshment! Both the “green pastures” and the “still waters” referred to in this passage indicate a blessed abundance , illustrating the benefits of a God led life. If we trust Him and follow His leading, He will take us where there is protection and provision. Scripture tells us that we are the sheep of His pasture. If we are the sheep then that makes Him not only the Shepherd but The good Shepherd!


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Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Celebrates FREEDOM with All-NEW Recording

Acclaimed Vocalist Brings a “Ghost Town” to Life

Phelps Showcases His Vocal Prowess and Songwriting Talents
with New Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--February 23rd, 2015--GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps showcases his award-winning voice and three-octave range on his all-new recording, Freedom (Gaither Music Group). Produced by Phelps and mentor/friend/gospel music legend Bill Gaither, the new release, scheduled to hit the streets on April 14th, underscores Phelps’ ability to bring music to life.

“Freedom is a bit of a return home for me,” he describes. “I love that the first song starts with the lyric, ‘I'm back again....’ As the song ‘I'm Coming Home’ unfolded I knew that it had to be the first song on the project. I began my recording career with a project that included songs like ‘End of the Beginning,’ ‘Let the Glory Come Down’ and ‘No More Night’ – a gospel release with an eclectic mix of modern pop and soulful ballads. I will always be an eclectic artist, and…I've been honored to record rock ballads, traditional pop songs, classical arias and gospel standards.”

Fans will enjoy more of those gospel standards on the new recording, which includes Phelps’ haunting rendition of the classic hit “Ain’t No Grave,” an acoustic-driven version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and a signature recording of “We Shall Behold Him.”

In addition to gospel favorites, Phelps contributed nine new songs that he wrote or co-wrote to the release. He addressed topics such as humility, brokenness, awe, faith, doubt, hope and freedom as featured in the title cut that required some soul-searching.

“The central theme of Freedom emanates from the title song, ‘Ghost Town (Freedom),’” explains Phelps. “I began writing the era-based lyric in the verses and was amazed how the metaphor of Christ painted itself. However, I got to the chorus and was stuck. After playing it for Bill (Gaither), he agreed that it needed something different than what I had. I went back to the drawing board.

“I asked myself, ‘What is all this about? It's not really about a ‘Ghost Town’ or a metaphor or even the specific deeds of Jesus. It's about why He did what He did: freedom!’ So much of our spiritual lives (and the songs on this project) are spent searching for or trying to cling to freedom.”

The recording features Phelps’ anticipated powerhouse vocals along with musicianship from a who’s who of Nashville talents including Gordon Mote, Chris Rodriguez, Danny O’Lannerghty, Greg Ritchie, Sam Levine, David Davidson and Jack Jezzro among others. The orchestrations were penned by Phelps, Mote, Steve Mauldin and Kristin Wilkinson. The rest of the Gaither Vocal Band -- Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles – were on hand to perform some of the project’s background vocals.

“I truly feel like these songs are a part of me,” Phelps explains. “They are snapshots of where I am on my journey, and my hope is that they are told in a way that others can relate to and be encouraged by. I am far from perfect and depend on grace every moment of every day. I hope that Freedom paints a real portrait of living faith as I learn and grow on my journey.”

Freedom will be distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com.

The release will be positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign, beginning in April, on networks including DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
For further information regarding David Phelps, please visit http://www.davidphelps.com, www.facebook.com/davidphelps or @DPhelpsMusic. To schedule interviews or for media assistance, please contact Celeste Winstead at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Written: 02/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Christian Vocalist, Lindsay Huggins, Calls “Then Jesus Came” Her Most Personal Album

Nashville, Tenn. (February 23, 2015) – Critically-acclaimed Christian recording artist Lindsay Huggins announces the release of her latest recording project, Then Jesus Came. The ten-song album is available now in physical CD format from Huggins’ brand new artist website, and in digital formats from Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

Produced by Nashville icon Jerry Salley (SESAC’s 2003 Country Music Songwriter of the Year), Then Jesus Came is Huggins’ most personal album to date. “Jerry helped me find the right songs and guided the whole process,” Huggins says. “The overarching message of the project is God’s redemption - of our lives and of the things in our lives. Stylistically, it skews country, but it stretches the genre. Some songs incorporate big church choirs while others have a soulful black Gospel feel, but I think there is something for everybody.”

An addition to producing, Salley contributed a pair of songs to the project, including “Then Jesus Came,” a soul-stirring power ballad that would eventually give the project its title.

Salley is equally effusive in his praise of the young recording artist. “Lindsay Huggins is the real deal,” he declares! “One of the greatest voices I have ever had the honor of working with. Her passion to witness through her music is matched only by her desire to serve a risen Lord.”

Huggins credits Salley with helping her capture the inherent tension of each song on the project. A self-described ‘song interpreter,’ she wraps her rich vocals around each song, injecting them with warmth and charm. Beyond stretching herself as a vocalist, Huggins also broke out of her comfort zone by taking on the added responsibility of songwriter on the project. She teamed with long time family friend and chart-topping Gospel music legend, Marcia Henry, to write “Nothing He Can’t Redeem,” a Gospel-tinged barnburner that speaks directly to the album’s theme of God’s redemption, not just of our souls, but of the situations in our lives.

“Recording a song that I have written has been a big goal,” Huggins says. “I’m thrilled with how it turned out.”

Coinciding with the release of her latest CD is the unveiling of Huggins’ new artist website, LindsayHuggins.com, where fans can discover more about Huggins music and ministry, sign up for her newsletter and purchase her music and other products.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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What in the World Went Wrong?

Comparing all the potential and promise of Exodus 3:7-8a with the horrific reality of Numbers 14:29 is startling to say the least.

“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians …” (Exodus 3:7-8a).

“Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me …” (Numbers 14:29).

In Exodus Chapter 3, God sent Moses to lead the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promise Land. He said, "I've seen your dilemma, I've heard your cry, I know your sorrows, and I'm going to do something about it."

Moses walked into Egypt with a plan to lead God's people to Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey. It was a land that truly lived up to its name, the "land of promise." The grapes were so large that it took two men to carry one cluster. Indeed, it was the land of their dreams.

Now, fast forward 40 years. Roaming, wandering, complaining, bitterness, and anger have taken their toll. Young men have grown old and so has their patience. There is a growing doubt that this land will ever be seen. Moses has lived through it all as a leader … rebellion, distrust, and a gnawing dissatisfaction among those he was trying to lead.  More than once God had been ready to deal harshly with the people, only to be persuaded from doing so by a leader who couldn't quit loving those he led.

One day, God finally said, "That's it. I'm done. No more." At that point, a decision was made that only those born while roaming the desert, along with Joshua and Caleb, would be permitted to cross into Canaan.

How does this happen?

What in the world went wrong?

Sadly, some things do go wrong in this world we live in. A study of this story reveals several things that went awry.

Just to name a few:

The children of Israel looked back and desired to return to Egypt. What danger there is in looking back and longing to return to the things you've left behind. "No man, having set his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

Remember Lot's Wife?

The children of Israel lost the joy of serving the Lord. Their joy was diluted by their circumstances, and they became disillusioned by the desert.

The children of Israel lacked the passion for the last few miles. After 40 years, they gave up and settled for the sand.  

The milk and honey is flowing, but have you settled for the sand? The grapes are abundant on the vine, but have you settled for the sand? The grass is green and the waters are refreshing to the soul, but have you settled for the sand?

How about you? You came out of a world of sin with such promise and hope. Today, maybe you're filled with doubt and fear, and you've let go of the future. Guard yourself, encourage yourself, and continue to lean on the Lord, lest someday, someone looks at your life and asks,
"What in the world went wrong?"



Tim Hill

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Written: 02/23/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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T. Graham Brown’s Grammy Nominated Album, ‘Forever Changed,’ Available In Cracker Barrel Old Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2015) – T. Graham Brown’s latest Grammy-nominated album Forever Changed has hit Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations. The critically acclaimed album features collaborations with some of the top Country artists in the music business including Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Jimmy Fortune. Brown also channels his Gospel side with collaborations with Christian singers Jason Crabb, Sonya Issacs, Three Bridges, among others.

“I’m so excited that ‘Forever Changed’ is in the Cracker Barrel restaurant and stores! It’s our favorite place to stop when we’re out on the road” said an excited T. Graham Brown. “We love the food and it’s so much fun to shop and look at all the “cool stuff” in the store. I always check out the CD rack, and to have my album there is a dream come true.”

In an industry where you have stories each and every day concerning declining sales, the music program at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores continues to thrive, as it begins its’ second decade. The company is responsible for top ten albums by such Country Music Hall of Fame members as Alabama and Kenny Rogers, and also partnered up with the iconic Dolly Parton for her 2012 An Evening With Dolly CD / DVD package, which is the program’s only RIAA Gold selling project. In 2015, the 600-plus location restaurant chain resumed its’ success story by teaming up with Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley for his Man Of Constant Sorrow disc, which featured collaborations from a wide variety of artists, such as Lee Ann Womack and Elvis Costello. The set debuted on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart at #2, and also gave Stanley his highest ranking ever on the magazine’s Country Album chart, entering the list at No. 14.

In addition to a Grammy nomination in 2015 for “Best Gospel Roots Album,” Brown has also garnered some of the strongest ink of his career. He is set to appear in Country Weekly, in an issue that will hit newsstands later this month. Other features include Billboard, CMT, The Examiner, Power Source (which Brown graces the cover for February), and many more.

Track Listing:
1. He’ll Take Care Of You (with Vince Gill)
2. From A Stronger Place
3. Soul Talk (with Jason Crabb)
4. Forever Changed
5. Shadow Of Doubt (with Leon Russell)
6. The Power Of Love (with Jeff & Sheri Easter)
7. Out Of The Rain
8. People Get Ready (with Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper, The Oak Ridge Boys)
9. Pillow Of Mercy (with The Booth Brothers)
10. Midnight Rainbow (with Three Bridges)
11. Which Way To Pray (with Sonya Isaacs)
12. How Do You Know (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
13. Wine Into Water (with Jimmy Fortune)

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Karen Peck And New River Releasing New Single To Radio

Dahlonega, GA (February 23, 2015) Dove Award winning Gospel Trio, Karen Peck and New River is ready to release the first single from their new project Pray Now. The single is the title cut of the album and encourages all of us in times of trouble to Pray Now. The single is set to be released this week by Daywind Radio.
"Pray Now” was written by Karen Peck Gooch, Michael Farren and Dave Clark. It was inspired by Karen feeling a strong urgency to pray the Lord's Prayer and hoping to inspire others to pray in their times of struggle when they are facing life's biggest storms.

Karen Peck stated, "Over the past year we have said the Lord's Prayer every day. Sometimes several times a day. We can honestly say that it has strengthened our prayer lives immensely. When we recorded "Pray Now" we had no idea what we would be facing now. The song is very timely. We pray that it will encourage people to keep praying and believing the Lord for great things ahead.”


Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNowLordsPrayer .

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity.

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 . You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

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

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Tacketts are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 22. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Friends by Grace, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Diplomats. An article from Singing News magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features a special report about The Dove Creek Cafe, in Roanoke, TX, singing by The Talleys, exclusive concert video of The Tacketts, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Reggie Saddler Family at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK.

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

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Daily Devotion

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Worship

Jeff and I were brought up in very different church settings. My church was quiet and reverent, and Jeff’s was loud and joyful! We learned that worship could mean something to one person and something else totally to another. He likes to kid that even though we were brought up in different denominations, we’re living proof that you can get along!

It made me start thinking this week, that as Christians, we shouldn’t be so concerned with how we worship, but rather why we worship, because sometimes shouting worship will only work up a sweat and quiet worship can result in a nice nap! The ‘why’ makes all the difference!

We worship because we haven’t forgotten what the hard times have taught us about God’s faithfulness. We worship to say thank you Lord for the many blessings in our lives. We worship because we were created to do so! So worship with all of your heart, never forgetting why.


Psalm 95:6-7 King James Version (KJV) 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

John 4:24 King James Version (KJV) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Psalm 8:1 King James Version (KJV) 1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Psalm 118:1 King James Version (KJV) 1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Luke 4:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


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Daily Devotion

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Are You A Pack Rat?

Hey, are you a PACK RAT? I mean do you save things that have lost their value, but you just can’t seem to let them go. Well, you’re not alone! There are some people who have accumulated so much "STUFF" that there’s no room for the car in the garage anymore. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

I have a PACK RAT friend that was packing to move to a NEW HOUSE and she mentioned that she didn’t know whether to throw away a lot of "STUFF" before she moved, or to PACK it up, take it to the new home and throw it away there. Yeah, she’s a PACK RAT with too much "STUFF".

Well, Jesus addressed this very issue that’s was so important that three of his disciples recorded it. In chapters Nine and Ten of Luke Jesus sent out His disciple to minister in various cities, but He instructed them that if anyone rejected their message, of Healing, Deliverance and Salvation that they were to SHAKE THE DUST OFF their feet and MOVE ON. And, when I thought about what DUST is, it dawned on me that DUST is just DIRT.

So, if you had some DIRT of REJECTION, OPPOSITION or HURTS in the past, don’t be a PACK RAT and bring that DIRT into this brand new year. "SHAKE IT OFF" and "MOVE ON".

It’s your SHAKER and MOVER, Pastor Phil, with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - February 23, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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He Took the Nails Browders
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That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
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Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
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It Was the Word Williamsons
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Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
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Picture This 11th Hour
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The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
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No One Like God Zane & Donna King
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Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
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Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
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I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy’s Well
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What You Leave Behind Talleys
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Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
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The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
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I Wanna Be There Isaacs
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Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
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Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
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Glorybound Whisnants
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Satisfied Three Bridges
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Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
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It Shall Be Well Lore Family
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Send Me Rick Webb Family
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Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
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Where Amazing Happens TaRanda Greene
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Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
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Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
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Big Top Channing Eleton
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Still Blessed Hyssongs
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Pure Satisfaction McKameys
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Everything I Need Tribute
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Battle Cry Kingsmen
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Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
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Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
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Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
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Sing It Brother, Sing It Skyline Boys
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Daily Devotion

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Adding Value to Others

There are people who are gifted by God with a special ability to encourage others: "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness." (‭Hebrews‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV)

However, even if encouraging others is not a gift you particularly have, you are still responsible to do it. God’s Word teaches us that we are to encourage one another daily!

We have been entrusted with a great power. When we encourage others, it builds them up and makes them strong (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11). However, without that encouragement they might become weary and give up on something they need to finish.

God is “[the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement)” (2 Corinthians 1:3). Since God is an encourager, we should be the same way. Anytime you do what God does, you can be assured you are doing the things that are right and that will produce joy, peace, and power for your life.

Power Thought: Today I will encourage and add value to everyone I meet.

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News & Scoops


This Week on Good News Music Radio

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Booth Brothers, Wes Hampton, Legacy Five, The Collingsworth Family, Vince Gill, The Isaacs 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/

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News & Scoops


Ann Downing Announces 24th Middle Tennessee Womens Retreat

Ann Downing is excited to announce the 24th Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat. This is an annual event that seeks to provide an atmosphere of encouragement and emotional safety for women of all ages, denominations, and cultures while learning more about themselves and the grace, hope and love of God. The theme this year is “KEEPING YOUR FAITH IN GOD’S UNSEEN PLAN.”

Founders Paul and Ann Downing had a vision to provide a place where women from all walks of life could come one weekend each year for the purpose of reconnecting with themselves by taking time away from their “everydayness” and looking to Jesus for their true identities. Having lost everything of earthly value, except each other, Paul and Ann knew first-hand what the healing power of God could do in a relationship. They set their sights to what they believed was a calling of God … to establish a retreat for women. Just two months before the first retreat, Paul passed away. During the 56 day hospital stay, Ann had to decide the fate of the retreat. Knowing Paul would have it no other way, the retreat went on as planned. Amazingly, as only God can do, Ann was the one most ministered to during that first retreat. Her grief bore the emotional safety Paul desperately wanted the retreat to foster, and that safety contributes largely to the reputation for which Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat is known today.

The weekend opens with an evening full of surprise music guests. Saturday and Sunday offer theme related workshops. This year’s retreat will be held April 24-26th, 2015 (Friday evening-Sunday Noon) at the Briley Parkway Holiday Inn in Nashville. The hotel is located just minutes from Nashville International Airport, Opry Mills Mall, Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry.

Ann extends this invitation, “At a time when little in the world makes sense, I invite you to step away from those concerns for three days and drink in the encouragement of fellow believers. I invite you to come and help equip yourself for the days ahead. Join us for the journey. It's a journey of faith, a journey where immediate outcomes are usually impossible to know. It's about Keeping Your Faith in God's Unseen Plan. We are finite. God is infinite. Let's walk forward together trusting the reality of His promised plan.”

The Keynote speaker this year is Jackie Kendall. Jackie’s ministry spans more than 30 years. As President of Power to Grow Ministries, Jackie is a sought after conference speaker for people of all ages and stages of life. Jackie has chosen a road marked by personal vulnerability, accessibility and honesty. Jackie and her husband, Ken, taught a spring training Bible Study for the Montreal Expos and the Atlanta Braves between 1991 and 1998. Jackie is now a popular speaker for Pro Athletes Outreach (Baseball and the NFL).

Workshop speakers include Sharron Kay King, Darlene Chapman, Sheri Thrower, Melissa Shoemake, Patsy Lewis, Pauline Patterson and Karissa Petty.

Registrations are accepted through April 24th with an early registration special until March 1st. The registration fee covers all materials for the retreat plus a luncheon and dinner banquet on Saturday.

For more information visit http://www.anndowning.com or contact the Ann Downing Ministries office at 1-877-886-1629 to receive a brochure.

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News & Scoops


An Open Letter From Karen Peck Gooch

Hey Friends:)
My husband, Rickey Gooch, is the strongest and hardest working man I know. It is an honor and a blessing to be his wife.
A few weeks ago, Rickey discovered a knot in his neck. After consultation with his doctor Rickey was prescribed two rounds of antibiotics. After the knot did not go away, additional testing was ordered.

After a neck scan, two biopsies, a CT scan and a PET scan, Rickey was diagnosed with squamous carcinoma, a type of cancer. Thank the Lord, the cancer is confined to Rickey's left tonsil area and has not spread anywhere else within his body. As a result of this diagnosis, Rickey will begin a series of treatments in the coming days. The doctors feel very confident that the treatments will be successful and this will soon be behind us.

During the weeks Rickey and I have been dealing with this, the Lord has shown us such mercy and grace. He has reminded us of His sovereignty and even when we were at our lowest, we could feel His loving arms wrapping around us and covering us with peace that surpasses all understanding. Truthfully, we would not have made it this far without the Lord. Even though we are devastated, we realize the Lord is strengthening us more every day as we move forward.

Because of this situation Rickey and I stayed home for a few days to attend doctors appointments. We are so proud of our group, though, as they continued to travel to honor our commitments. Rickey and I want to offer our sincere appreciation to Katy Peach for filling in for me and doing an amazing job. Also, we give special thanks to Susan, Jeff, Matthew, Kari, Tripp King, and Danny Jones for stepping up and doing what needed to be done. Audiences were blessed and we were thrilled to learn that some even accepted Jesus as their Savior. Praise the Lord!

Rickey and I will be back on the road this weekend. We want to thank everyone for the love you have shown our family. We love y'all dearly. Please continue to pray for Rickey. We know that God will make this trial a blessing.

Karen Peck Gooch
Karen Peck & New River

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News & Scoops


Dailey & Vincent Headline Sneed Family Homecoming

Glasgow, KY (February 18,2015) The multi-award winning duo Dailey & Vincent are set to headline the Sneed Family Homecoming on May 2nd at the Plaza Theater in Glasgow, Kentucky. Daily & Vincent have garnered numerous awards and nominations for their Bluegrass style music which include three Grammy Nominations and four Dove Awards.

The host artist for this event are following in the footsteps of such greats as Naomi and the Segos and the Hoppers. These groups have made indelible marks in the professional attitude of the Sneed Family. It is by following the example of these spectacular artists that they are carving a distinctive and lasting niche in their own right. Of course we're talking about the Sneed Family from the rolling hills of Kentucky. Tickets for the Homecoming are available by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling (270) 361-2101.

The Sneed Family will be recording their first live DVD at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, KY on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 CST. Christian artist, comedian, and songwriter, Aaron Wilburn will be Emcee and provide pre-concert entertainment. The event is FREE Admission to the public. For more information you may contact our office at (270) 678-3575

Jeff Sneed received the honor promoting the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival held annually on her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Also in 2014, The Sneed Family won as the Breakthrough Artist in the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

More information about the Sneed Family can be found at http://www.sneedfamily.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sneed-Family .

You can reach them by E-mail for booking at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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News & Scoops


Donna King is a TOP TEN FINALIST in the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT

Nashville, TN (Feb. 16, 2015) - Donna (Jorgensen) King started her musical journey in Motown. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and spent a good part of her life studying and "doing" music there. From an early age, all she wanted to do was sing, write, and make music.

A little over ten years ago she moved to Nashville, TN and her dreams moved with her. They say an overnight success really takes at least 10 years and, considering the exciting opportunities she's currently experiencing, that success seems imminent for King.

On February 1, 2015 the Top Ten Finalists in the renowned NSAI Song Contest (Presented by CMT) were announced and her Country song "THIS KIND OF COLD," was in that select group. The song was chosen out of upwards of 2000 entries.
A producer, songwriter, and artist in her own right, King is well known in Christian music circles, but she's never had a major cut in Country music. She couldn't be more excited at the prospect of expanding her musical endeavors as a Country songwriter.
Donna says, “I'm sure it seems crazy, how a city girl could find herself loving and writing Country songs, but, if you knew me back in Michigan, you knew I loved country music. If you ever rode with me to and from my alma mater, Redford Union High School, you heard Country music stations playing in my car. I came to Nashville with many dreams, but one of the biggest was to write and produce Country songs and I'm truly beginning to see that dream come to life. My heart is SO full of gratitude to God and to so many friends and family who encourage me and pray for me along the way."
The GRAND PRIZE winner of the NSAI Song Contest is determined, solely, by fan vote. There are a little less than two weeks left in the voting process.
Now through February 28th, 2015, Donna will need our help by voting and also by sharing/asking others to vote for her song, “This Kind of Cold,” on the CMT website. You only need to vote one time per person and it’s as easy as selecting Donna’s song, entering your email address and submitting. The direct link to the NSAI CMT Song Contest is NSAI.CMT.com. Be sure to support Donna King and let others know to vote and share as well.
Direct links to LISTEN, VOTE, and SHARE are below.
PLEASE USE & SHARE the following links to support TOP TEN FINALIST Donna King "THIS KIND OF COLD."
Listen to "THIS KIND OF COLD" here: http://on.cmt.com/1yYKjH0
Vote for Donna King "THIS KIND OF COLD" here: http://ow.ly/J9IeE
When sharing on social media, please use hashtags- #NSAIsongcontest and/or #VOTEthiskindofcold whenever possible
To hear a sampling of more songs by Donna King, visit donnakingmusic.com.
Follow Donna on Twitter @donnakingmusic.
To learn more about the music of Zane and Donna King, visit zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
Follow them on Twitter @zaneanddonna.

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Daily Devotion

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Will You Join Me?

Exodus 3:7-10 : And the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of the land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Pe-riz-zites, and Hi-vities, and the Jeb-u-sites. Now therefore, behold the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (KJV)


The other day my wife and I were on a long road trip. In an effort to pass the time, we began sharing some of the past jobs we each held before we knew each other. “Believe it or not,” I told her, “I used to work in construction on the punch out crew.” ‘What in the world is a punch out crew?” she asked not sure whether or not to take me seriously. I explained to her that after a house is built the punch out crew comes in at the very end and goes over a punch list. This list includes making sure that all the mirrors are hung properly, towel racks are hung in the bathrooms, the paint is touched up if needed, all the electrical outlets are installed and working, all the light fixtures work etc. “Oh I get it,” she said,” just basic odds and ends that need to be done before the house goes on the market.” ” “Exactly!” I said. I explained to her that when I would finish one job I had no idea when or where the next one would be. It was just a matter of waiting until the foreman told us where to go next.

After a long pause, she said, “You know isn’t that kind of like working for the Lord?’ “What do you mean?” I asked. “Well,” she replied “ In order to work with your punch out crew to get the houses ready to be sold, you had to show up on the job! In other words you had to know where the crew was working so could join them right?” “Well yes,” I said “You’re right.” “Don’ t you see!” she said excitedly, “God wants to use all of us in a very special way to accomplish specific things and help to build His Kingdom. But in order for us to do that effectively, we have to keep watching and listening for Him to tell us where He is working so we can go join him there.” “WOW,” I said, “I’ve never thought of it quite like that before.”

As we drove we began recall numerous instances in scripture where God invited people to join Him where He was working to accomplish specific things. Whether it’s God asking Moses to join Him in Egypt to help deliver His people or God working in our homes, churches, jobs or even the golf course, his question is always the same. “Will you join me?”

Jeff Pearles 2015

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Daily Devotion

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One Step Ahead

This Devotion is from Special Guest Writer Paula Hill, wife of Dr. Tim Hill.

“A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24).



Have you ever asked someone how they were do- ing and heard them say, “I’m just staying one step ahead”? It recently dawned on me that we don’t even realize how many times God allows us to stay “one step ahead” of many things in our lives.

If we could look back over our shoulders and watch our lives being played out on a big movie screen, I’m convinced that with our spiritual eyes we would see the many times we were just one step beyond the Enemy’s grasp. We don’t even know what’s really going on. We don’t perceive that it’s even happening. We just think to ourselves, “Oh, I just don’t want to do that,” or “I just don’t feel like it today.”

Many times we have felt a little nudge, or maybe a big shove, to go this way or that, or to do this thing or that thing, or go here or go there. But way down inside, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s the prompting of the Holy Spirit to go or move in a cer- tain direction or make a certain decision. Sometimes, we feel prompted to postpone or delay a decision, only to realize later, it was not God’s time yet for us to act on that particular thing.

Sometimes, we feel like a failure if we are not far ahead of things or ahead of everybody else. The truth is, we need to be only one step ahead to be out of the way. A runner wins a race by being one step ahead of the runner behind him. A race car driver needs to be only a fraction ahead of the car behind him to win. A football player has to stay only inches away from the player trying to tackle him to make a touchdown. I hope you get the point.

Our heavenly Father is standing in that little gap between us and fear, distress, discouragement, anxiety, and disappointment. You may hear Him speaking to your spirit saying, “Don’t worry, all you have to do is stay one step ahead to allow Me enough room to get in between you and the Enemy.”

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, help me to follow You one step at a time, even when I don’t understand where I’m going or why. I know You will stay ahead, in between, and behind. I trust You to be wherever You need to
guide me, or nudge me, whatever the case may be. It’s okay if You have to give me a shove every now and then.
I don’t mind.
Amen.




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News & Scoops


Special Event Honoring Former Statesmen Tenor Gene Miller

On Sunday, February 22 at Covenant Fellowship Church of The Nazarene, the church will be hosting a special event honoring Gene Miller and his service to Southern Gospel Music. The church is located at 101 Faulkner Lane - Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

The event starts promptly at 6:00PM and will last until ???? 

There is limited seating so come early and let's pack it out!!! 

Most know Gene has suffered several strokes and is going through re-hab and recovery. He is going to be leaving the Nashville area and going to stay with his daughter and son-in-law (Gena and Andy Rutherford) for probably the balance of the year.

He will be leaving the end of this month and we are going to have a BIG singing and get-to-gather at his home church.

Gene has sung with many top groups including the Blackwoods quartet and the Statesmen.

Many of Gene's friends and former group members will be coming together to honor one of the best friends a Gospel Song ever had. If you can't attend, please feel free to leave a word of encouragement for Geno.

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Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 1 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Isaacs, Lynda Randle, The Booth Brothers, Buddy Greene, The Hoppers, The Gaither Vocal Band 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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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

John Rulapaugh is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 15. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Sojourner Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Karen Peck and New River and Michael Wayne Smith. An article from Singing News magazine, called "Snapshots", is the subject of this week's News Notes. In the news this week, we find out what is happening with Madison and Shannon Easter, The Guardians and His Mercies. The show features singing by The Hyssongs, exclusive video of Freedom Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Festival in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Primitive Quartet at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK.

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

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/16/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


News & Scoops


The Dominion Agency Signs The Hyssongs

Waynesville, NC (Feb. 16th, 2015) - The Dominion Agency is pleased to announce the signing of The Hyssongs.

The Southern Gospel family trio travels full-time sharing music and ministry all over the country. They are made up of Dell, Susan, and Richard Hyssong (which is a dad, mom, and son).

The last few years have brought them several TOP 20 hits on radio charts and an ever-expanding schedule.

President and CEO of the Dominion Agency, Michael Davis, expresses, "It's always an honor to represent a group that is both talented and ministry driven. The Dominion Agency looks forward to working with this great family trio as God continues to open more and more doors for them to share the hope of Jesus in song."

"Our ministry has been expanding so rapidly that we felt it was time to sign with an agency that could help manage our bookings and schedule," shares Dell Hyssong. "We have known Michael Davis and the Dominion Agency for several years and, after prayerful consideration, we knew this was a perfect fit for our family. Their standard of excellence gives us great confidence in their abilty to represent and manage this wonderful season of growth for our family."

The group's current single, "Still Blessed," is on the rise on the charts, having just flown up to #17. Their previous single, "I Was Blind, But Now I See," is their highest charting song to date. It went all the way to #7. Both of these songs and other hits can be found on their latest recording, Right Time, Right Place.

To schedule The Hyssongs 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).

To learn more about The Hyssongs, visit TheHyssongs.com.
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Weekly Chart

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Monday - February 16, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
5
17
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
1
2
4
13
That’s What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
2
3
1
15
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
4
2
13
He Took the Nails Browders
2
5
3
19
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
6
8
10
It Was the Word Williamsons
6
7
9
14
The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed Greater Vision
7
8
11
4
Steppin’ Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
8
9
10
14
Picture This 11th Hour
8
10
6
23
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(3)
11
16
4
What You Leave Behind Talleys
11
12
19
13
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
13
12
19
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
14
18
17
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
12
15
13
15
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
13
16
14
13
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy’s Well
10
17
25
2
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
17
18
7
21
Everything I Need Tribute
2
19
29
2
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
19
20
23
5
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
21
15
25
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
22
28
5
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
22
23
33
2
Where Amazing Happens TaRanda Greene
23
24
22
12
Satisfied Three Bridges
22
25
24
7
Glorybound Whisnants
20
26
30
3
Eternally Steeles
26
27
27
13
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
28
17
23
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
29
21
17
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
30
35
2
Send Me Rick Webb Family
30
31
20
17
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
13
32
32
39
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
33
26
26
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
34
*
1
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
34
35
*
1
Somebody Go Get God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
35
36
*
1
Lord You’re So Good Soul’d Out
36
37
*
1
I’m Glad I’m Saved Bledsoes
37
38
34
3
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
39
40
4
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
33
40
31
29
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
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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Love Is A Choice

Sometimes we forget love is a choice. We feel alone, neglected, cast aside and depressed because we don’t feel like anyone loves us. We have to remember that love is a choice, we can choose to love, even when we don’t feel loved.

Just like we can choose to be happy in the midst of tough situations, we can choose to love when we feel unlovable. The Bible says that we love God, because He first loved us. He chose to love us and now we can reciprocate that love and share it with others.

A friend of mine reminded me today that we have so much love to offer, to our spouse, our children, our parents, our friends and even strangers that we meet today. Offer a smile, a hug, or a cup of coffee to say to someone, I’m choosing to love!


1 John 4:19 King James Version (KJV) 19 We love him, because he first loved us.
John 13:34-35 King James Version (KJV) 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 John 4:7-12 King James Version (KJV) 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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Kathy Karnes - Faithful to the End


Producer: Roger Talley
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.kathykarnesministries.com

As a huge fan of the amazing musical superstars of the 70’s, The Carpenters, I couldn’t wait to hear this new project by Kathy Karnes, which in her bio stated several references and comparisons to the beautiful voice of Karen Carpenter. Producer extraordinaire Roger Talley and the talented vocalist Lauren Talley Alves who did the vocal coaching for Kathy, have done a wonderful job of bringing out the talents of Kathy on this project.

Kathy has been involved in music for years, and has done several projects, and according to her website you can tell she sings as much as possible and anywhere and everywhere. Her latest project “FAITHFUL TO THE END”, is a smooth lovely project that has that “Karen Carpenter” feel of just simple laid back with heart touching vocals and beautiful instrumentation that Roger has so wonderfully put together.

The project is a mixture of southern gospel done with that “Carpenters” feel. Great song selection for Kathy’s voice. The project begins with a wonderful song called I WILL BLESS THE LORD, which would be perfect to open most any service or concert. A few other songs that I enjoyed on the project are the title track, FAITHFUL TO THE END, the classic Dottie Rambo song, I GO TO THE ROCK (Kathy does a fun job on this), I AM REDEEMED, a beautiful heart stirring ballad…EVERYTHING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT, and she has included a really nice version of The Carpenters classic, BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN. She ends the project with a prayer that all of us need to be reminded of, JESUS IS ALL I NEED.

Overall a likeable and enjoyable project that I would recommend for those fans who listened to The Carpenters and those people who want to hear something new.



Song List:

I WILL BLESS THE LORD
HANDS OF A CARPENTER
IS IT ANY WONDER
FAITHFUL TO THE END
I GO TO THE ROCK
I AM REDEEMED
EVERYTHING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
I’VE GOT JOY
BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN
JESUS IS ALL NEED

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Barry Rowland & Deliverance - In Conversation

Barry Rowland & Deliverance have been making great gospel music for the last five years. This group had a unique project that released recently, and it was great to chat with Barry and learn more about this “Family Affair,”


Jennifer Wilkerson: Tell us about the group? Who are your current members? Give us a brief history.

Barry Rowland: Group members are Barry Rowland, Tammy Rowland, and Shawn Rupert.

This trio has been singing together since 2009. We each grew up in singing families, so we’ve been traveling and singing most of our lives.

JW: Some fans may not know that your mother is Songwriter extraordinaire Kyla Rowland. How has her writing influenced you? What is your favorite "Kyla" song?

BR: Her songs derive from inspiration, which is why they contain such moving messages. When growing up with someone who is “sold out” to the attitude and fervency of being a servant, you naturally benefit from the results of prayer and dedication. The specific influence for me personally is twofold; I’m the beneficiary of a praying mother and the son of an anointed, talented Southern Gospel songwriter. These ingredients, with others, have helped to secure the foundation of my ministry.

My favorite Kyla Rowland song is "He Will Roll You Over the Tide." It has blessed and encouraged me more times than I can mention. The message is a promise that I claim when the storms of life are too high to see around.

JW: You have a new project out called, A Family Affair. Can tell us about it? Who’s featured on it and how did this idea come about?

BR: My mother, Kyla, actually presented this idea to me. The collective effort of three generations singing on one cd enables us to touch and reach a wide range of ages. Kyla Rowland & Deliverance and New Deliverance are featured along with our group. New Deliverance consists of my three nieces – Abby Kinard, Jenny Kinard and Isabella Kinard. Mother was very excited to introduce her grandchildren to the studio and cd creation process.

Mother and I chose the songs, which all were written by her. With three groups on one cd, the vocal and arrangement diversity create an intriguing blend of harmonies.

The project was produced by Danny Crawford at Crossroads Studio in Arden, North Carolina.

JW: What are some of your favorite songs on the project and why?

BR: "Somebody Go Get God," our current single, would be among my favorites. Our lead singer, Shawn, absolutely killed this vocally, and the music and arrangement certainly hit the mark. But, the message takes center stage; God is faithful to hear His children, but we have to ask Him. It is our duty as a Christian, to pray diligently and earnestly. If we seek Him, we will find Him, but somebody has to be obedient and thirsty enough to get in the prayer closet. Do we need a change in our nation? Somebody has to – Go Get God!

"Heaven Is Waiting" and "Our Third Day" also speak to me personally.

The first, led by Tammy, delivers exactly what the title implies: Heaven is waiting for all those who love Him. This truth and promise can dissipate even the darkest of stormy days.

"Our Third Day" is an up-tempo selection that you’ll surely find yourself tapping a finger. This is probably my favorite from a vocal delivery and excitement point of view. Just as Jesus was resurrected from a borrowed tomb on the third day, we as God’s children will also experience our own resurrection.

JW: What can fans expect from a Barry Rowland and Deliverance concert?

BR: I love this question. I’m probably biased, but I believe you’ll hear great harmony, a variety of arrangements and quality solo performances. The main reason for this is God orchestrated the members and the calling.

We take our live performances very seriously; spiritually, vocally and musically. At the end of the concert, you’ll know that we gave everything we had.

Above all, our desire is that the audience would experience a true presence of the Holy Spirit. That for a few hours, each person could escape the “pull and tug” of this world and be encouraged. That a lost person would come to know Jesus Christ and claim the blood that He shed on Calvary. That God would be glorified, magnified and edified! And that His son, Jesus Christ, would be pleased with our efforts.

JW: What message do you want to convey in your music?

BR: We are fulfilling the call of a servant. The “calling” is our motivation, not fame or fortune. Here are three people that God blessed with a little talent, but a big task! All of our hope and trust is in Him!

JW: Any embarrassing or funny road/concert stories? Our fans always enjoy those!

BR: There’s been several. Forgetting the words of a song are always embarrassing…you just have to laugh it off.

The funniest one that I recall is when I sang with my mother, Kyla. She stepped on the stage to begin the service and lost her footing somehow. She proceeded to fall…bouncing off several chairs, mic stands, piano, etc. It seemed like an eternity till she finally hit the ground. She stood up, faced the crowd and calmly said….”how do you like us so far?” Guess you had to be there!

JW: How can fans get in touch with you guys?

You can always find out more information on our group, including tour schedule and product at our website - http://www.barryrowland.com.

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Jim Brady Trio - A New Chapter


Producer: Jim Brady & Tim Parton
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.jimbradytrio.com

While initially it was somewhat of a shock when it was announced Jim Brady was leaving the Booth Brothers, it made sense and was a natural progression for him to create his own niche with his own group with his wife, Melissa along with the multi-talented, Tim Parton. The three join forces to create a unique sound that is warm and inviting, yet edgy and progressive enough to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes.

The recording starts off with the declaration, “God of What’s to Come” before moving into the soulful, “You Can Depend on Jesus”, which features a little bit of everyone and is an enjoyable number.

Melissa turns in a masterful performance on the Squire Parsons’ classic, “The Greatest of All Miracles”. This rendition is probably the best version of this song I’ve ever heard. It’s very tasteful and classy, and compliments the powerful lyrics perfectly.

The highly invigorating, “Steppin’ Out in Faith” is next. This exciting song is an excellent first single for the group and should do very well for them. The soothing, “On My Way Home” follows before the pace picks back up for the rollicking, “Good Lord Willing”. Both feature excellent performances by Jim Brady.

We are treated to an excellent arrangement of the classic hymn, “The Love of God” before the trio puts their spin on a Booth Brothers favorite, “When He Saved Me”. Featuring Tim Parton, while it has a similar feel to the Booth Brothers version, the group makes it their own and does a marvelous job.

Melissa turns in a commanding performance on the ballad, “Ordinary Love” before moving on to another soulful tune, “If it Had Not Been” (many will remember this tune from the Talley’s 1980s repertoire).

The tempo picks back up for the oft recorded, “The Half That’s Never Been Told” before the group renders an absolutely stunning rendition of the Goodman classic, “That Sounds Like Home to Me” and closes out the recording on a solid note.

I had no doubts the group would release an excellent recording and I enjoyed listening to it immensely. Musically, there aren’t any real surprises, but it creates a solid measuring stick whereby their future recordings can be measured by. With 7 songs written or co-written by Jim and Melissa, and the remaining songs being hymns and cover tunes, combined with superb arrangements, superior vocals and excellent music tracks, you truly have a masterpiece. The Jim Brady Trio can be extremely proud of their efforts because they truly make our industry sound really great!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – God of What’s to Come**
2 – You Can Depend on Jesus
3 – The Greatest of All Mircales**
4 – Steppin’ Out in Faith**
5 – On My Way Home**
6 – Good Lord Willing**
7 – The Love of God
8 – When He Saved Me**
9 – Ordinary Love
10-If it Had Not Been
11-The Half That’s Never Been Told**
12-That Sounds Like Home to Me**

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Daily Devotion

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Put A String Around Your Finger

Hey, how’s your MEMORY? Have you every FORGOTTEN a very IMPORTANT DATE. You know, a Birthday, an Anniversary or an APPOINTMENT. I mean, someone was DEPENDING on YOU and you TEE-TOTALLY FORGOT about it. Well, it’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel hopeing you’ll remember this GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

We’ve all found out the HARD WAY that if we’re LATE on a payment we’ll "PAY" a LATE CHARGE. And..... that kind of "GETS" our attention and makes us "PAY" more attention to what’s IMPORTANT. God must have known, at times, we’d have a lot on our minds and we can just lose track of what’s expected of us. So, He cautioned us in Psalm 103:1-5 to NOT FORGET all of His Benefits. Do you know what they are? Well, I thought you may have FORGOTTEN. So, listen up, here they are: 1. He FORGIVES all your SINS, 2. He HEALS all your DISEASES, 3. He REDEEMS your LIFE from the PIT, 4. He CROWNS you with LOVE and COMPASSION and, to top them off, 5. He satisfies your DESIRES with GOOD THINGS.

So, if you’re overloaded TODAY with DUE DATES, IMPORTANT ENGAGEMENTS or VITAL RENDEZVOUS, just keep these FIVE BENEFITS in mind and you’ll REMEMBER what is TRULY IMPORTANT.

It’s Pastor Phil, with a STRING AROUND my FINGER with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Mosie Lister Final Arrangements

Obituary for Rev. Thomas Mosie Lister


Rev. Thomas Mosie Lister, age 93 of Spring Hill, TN, February 12, 2015. Veteran of the US Navy serving during WWII. A world renowned songwriter of such songs as ‘Til The Storm Passes By and Where No One Stands Alone, member of the GMA Hall of Fame.

Preceded in death by parents, Willis & Pearl Holland Lister; brother, Walter Olan Lister and wife, Wylene Whitten Lister. Survived by wife of 13 years, Martha Jean Lister; daughters, Brenda Lister (Jimmie) Vann & Barbara Lister (David) Williams; step-daughter, Vicki (Michael) Booth; sister, Margery Dillashaw and seven grandchildren.

A Homegoing Celebration Concert will take place 11:00AM Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the People’s Church, 828 Murfreesboro Rd. Franklin, TN. Private graveside service will take place at Williamson Memorial Gardens .

Active pallbearers: Steve Mauldin, Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, Jim Brady, Josh Butterworth and Jake Simmons. Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Gaither, Joe Huffman, Ron Booth, David Williams and Jimmie Vann.

Memorials may be made to the Community Baptist Church c/o Missions and Music, 3015 Bellshire Village Dr. Spring Hill, TN. Visitation will be 4-8PM Monday at WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289.

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News & Scoops


The Perrys Latest Single Now Available For Digital Download

February 10, 2015 (Nashville, TN) The Perrys, via StowTown Records, are proud to announce the release of their brand new single, “When He Comes Walking On The Water."

The latest release, written by Wayne Haun and Jeff Bumgardner, is a remix version recorded with new members Troy Peach and Andrew Goldman, giving fans an exclusive flavor into the new sound of The Perrys.

“The Perrys have introduced some amazing talent to the Southern Gospel world over the years. These two gentlemen are the 'cream of the crop',” said StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun.

“Of course, fans remember and love the smooth vocals of Troy Peach and this is a beautiful homecoming for him. Also, people coast to coast are really enjoying the powerful performances of Andrew Goldman. These guys are the 'real deal' and StowTown is excited to give everyone a sneak preview of the new sound.”

This is the second release from The Perrys latest project, Into His Presence. The first single, “I Can Trust Him”, was nominated for two Dove Awards, including Song of the Year in 2014.

Published by PsalmSinger Music and Sunset Gallery Music, “When He Comes Walking On The Water” is now available on iTunes.

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Written: 02/13/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Listen….for His Still Small Voice

To find peace in our lives, we simply need to obey the promptings God gives us each day. A prompting is a "knowing" deep down on the inside, telling us what to do. First Kings 19:11-12 refers to this knowing as a still, small voice.
"After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper". (1 Kings 19:12 NIV)

A prompting isn't a whack on the head with a hammer!

In 1 Kings, the Lord didn't use the great and strong wind, the earthquake or fire to prompt Elijah. His voice came to Elijah as a sound of gentle stillness and a still, small voice. A prompting doesn't even have to be a voice at all. In fact, God often gives direction by speaking to your heart rather than to your ears.

If we'll simply learn to listen to God and do what He says, we'll discover that things will go well for us. No matter what the situation, we need to listen to God and obey His voice. You may not understand the reasons that God is asking you to do certain things, but as you listen to His voice and obey His direction, you can experience a peaceful calmness. So listen up!

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to listen closely to hear Your promptings every day. I want Your peace, so I will listen to You.

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News & Scoops


Mosie Lister Passes Away

Legendary songwriter Mosie Lister passed away this morning. More information will be forthcoming as it is available.
The following was taken from the Booth Brothers FaceBook page:

Our precious friend and mentor Mosie Lister went home to glory this morning at 9:07 AM central time. Mosie's songs are the bedrock of our music. We ask that you pray for the family at this time. We love you Mosie. Till we meet again we will cherish the memories.

At The Crossing of the Jordan
Why should I be afraid
They'll be someone there who loves me
To guide me cross the river
To endless joys above!

Song: At The Crossing
Lyrics & Music by Mosie Lister

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Daily Devotion

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http://theheralds.org

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd ; I shall not want. Ps 23:1

I remember when I was growing up I always loved to go the grocery store with my mom. When she was in a hurry, she would turn to me before we got out of the car and say, “We’re in a hurry so please don’t ask for everything in sight.” She never said this in a harsh or angry tone, it was just her way of letting me know she needed to get the shopping done in a timely manner along with other errands and then get back home as soon as possible.

I would do fine for the first few minutes we were in the store but sooner or later I would see something that my 7 year old heart felt it just couldn’t live without. It may have been a pack of gum or a toy of some kind but as soon as I saw it, whatever it was, I would grab it off the shelf and take it to mom and excitedly start asking can I have this please oh please!! Mom would look at me with that look that only a mom can give and then she would say, “Remember what I told you before we got in here?” “Yes I know” I would say, “But I really NEED this.“ Sometimes, to my surprise she’d say “Ok.” Other times she would shake her head no and ask me to put back what ever it was I thought I needed. When her answer was yes it made me feel wonderful, but when the answer was no I was prone to pout a little and feel I was the most deprived child in the world. In reality, nothing could have been further from the truth!

I look back on those days fondly and Mom and I have had a few laughs over the years remembering my persistence at asking for whatever it was at the time I though I needed. The reality was, I had everything I needed and some of what I wanted.

If I were to put our verse for today in my own words I would have to say it this way. The Lord is my shepherd ; I don’t need a thing. I have grown to realize that there is a big difference between a need and a want. Scripture says, And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Scripture also tells us that He will with hold no good thing from his children. I believe that if we trust God to meet our needs, He will surprise us by giving added bonus and blessings that we don’t expect.

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News & Scoops


Tony Gore Launches New Website For His Restaurant, Music, and Ministry

“My old site had our basic information but it was hard to keep all of our visitors up-to-date on all the things going on, and there’s a lot going on! With the new site we’ll be able to share more with you AND you’ll be able to share with us! That’s something we couldn’t do before. You’ll see on our post pages that you can leave a comment for us and there are buttons so you can easily share with your Facebook friends or on a bunch of other social media sites too!” said Tony

Some of the new features visitors will enjoy:

• A New Calendar of Events that allows you to move from month to month and see more information about upcoming events.
• A New Media and Booking Information Page with links to higher resolution images of Tony, and Tony Gore and Majesty
• A New Contact Page with an easy to fill in form to get in touch with us and join our email community so you can get alerts about upcoming concert events or restaurant promotions.
• A News Page that will have links to the latest news and information for my restaurant, concert events, pictures or a video from the restaurant or the road, and occasionally just a message from me.
• Comments and conversations are now possible on the posts you’ll see.
• A New Restaurant Menu Page with great pictures of some of our most popular dishes!

We’re working closely with our designer, Robert Pearce of Pearce Design and Advertising, to keep updating and improving. Still to come will be image galleries from our concert events, videos from performances at the restaurant and from the road, and so much more that we haven’t even thought of yet so come back often to see what we’ve added and to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

“I’m so excited to be able to connect with everyone in this way. I hope everyone will take a few minutes and look around the site and share it with your friends.”

Thanks,

Tony Gore

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Monthly Articles

The Gospel Truth

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A Sacred Share

Many years ago, when a family friend was losing her battle with cancer, she was released from the hospital to spend her last days at home with her family. When her husband called to ask if Kerry and I would come by and lead her in worship, we purposed in our hearts to be strong, but when we saw her fragile, emaciated frame, we wept. She never opened her eyes that day, but as Kerry played the guitar and we sang, "Let the weak say, 'I am strong,'" the peace of God began to settle upon our precious friend. It was as if every muscle that had been clenched in pain found sweet release in the presence of the God of All Comfort.

I have often recalled that afternoon, wondering if her experience in worship was like that of a troubled Saul when David played before him. Scripture records in 1 Samuel 16:23 that when David took his "harp and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well."¹ In the original Hebrew language, the word "hand" is translated as "portion" or "share," as well as "consecrate."² Thus, as David worshiped the Lord—bringing his consecrated share before the Father—King Saul would be "refreshed," or ravach, meaning "to breathe easily in relief." So it was with my dear friend. And so it is with me.

Eleven years ago when our son was diagnosed with a degenerative connective tissue disorder that leaves many blind, deaf, and with limited mobility, I wept before the Lord because I knew that—apart from a miracle—his life would not be easy. It was the presence of God found in worship—specifically, a song written by Matt Redman—that week after week would bring a welcomed refreshing to my soul. Sixteen surgeries later, our son is now a college senior majoring in both physics and mathematics, and though he is often met with new challenges, it is the same "David" that continues to sing over this mother's heart. From "Blessed Be Your Name" to "10,000 Reasons," worship is that consecrated moment when the truth of God's Word is declared and that which offers resistance to freedom is bested by the weighted glory of the Lord.

Horatio Spafford knew that weighted glory. In the unfathomable sorrow of losing his four young daughters to a tragic accident at sea, he penned this declaration of faith:

"When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul."

"Well." A word that in the Hebrew translates "goodly, joyful, and right." It was the condition of soul that worship wrought in both a troubled king and a grieving father who found his strength in the sustaining grace of God. Over one hundred years later, strongholds are still broken when Spafford's costly confession is sung.

Worship leaders, choir directors, musicians, singers, and songwriters, we have been entrusted with a sacred share. A consecrated portion. I pray that as we join with the Body of Christ in the worship of our Lord that not only would He be glorified, but that His people would experience a sweet refreshing in His presence, and—regardless of the sorrow—declare that with our souls, it is well.

by Kenna Turner West

¹The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.
²Enhanced Strong's Lexicon, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1995.

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News & Scoops


Jeff Stice Announces Song Of the Month Club As He Receives AGM Award Nominations

Brownsville, KY (February 11, 2015) Jeff Stice is on a fast track to becoming a household name in the Gospel Music community. He is an Award winning musician and producer with more nominations this month, and he is one of the most innovative artists traveling today.

Always thinking out of the box, Jeff has come up with a new idea for his fans. Jeff commented on his idea "Hey Everybody, it's February and that means Valentines Day! Why not give your loved one the gift of music all year long,and why not let me help you do just that!” continuing he explains, "I'd love to keep you all informed with what's going on with my music, concerts, my parents and even my little buddy, Rhythm!!! So if you would, go to my site, http://www.jeffsticemusic.com click on the email tab. In exchange for your email, You can become a member of THE SONG OF THE MONTH CLUB!!! This means I'll send you a FREE download of a different piano song each month along with my newsletter! Thanks to all of you and Happy Valentines Day.”

Jeff received two nominations for the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards held in Smyrna, TN every year. Once again, this year Stice is nominated for Producer (Artist) as well as Musician of the Year.

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Childish And Very un-Christian Like

A friend of mine called me recently and told me that he had ran into a situation and he reacted in a way that was (in my opinion) very childish and very un-Christian like. Now, the initial situation was unavoidable, but where the problem was how he reacted to it.

I was telling Yvonne about it a couple days later and I was almost “bragging” about how ridiculous my friend acted and “how I couldn’t believe he acted that way.” We (Yvonne and I ) discussed it at length and even had the subject matter during our nightly devotion.

We had no sooner closed our devotion book when the VERY situation came knocking at my door.

Guess what? I reacted almost the exact same way. Childish and very un-Christian like.

James wrote about reading God’s Word and not applying it. However, when we see someone going through something, I believe God ALLOWS us to see it to help us, for we may go through the same thing one day or the next minute.

James 1:22 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it."

God knows what we struggle with and wants us to have victory over our struggles.

When we fail, ask for God’s forgiveness, then see and feel His REACTION. He will extend His grace and allow us to move on…that’s the right “reaction.”

Prayer: "Father, I pray that today, I will be more compassionate to those around me and that I will REACT like Christ in situations that YOU place me in. Help me to let God's love shine thru me. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Bryan and Yvonne

(To read this devotion in it's entirety go to http://vbryanhutson.wordpress.com/ )




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Zane and Donna King To Be Featured Artist On The Gospel Greats This Valentine’s Weekend

Nashville, TN (2/09/2015) - Zane and Donna King will be the Featured Artist on this coming weekend's edition of The Gospel Greats. The dates of the broadcast are Feb. 14-15, 2015. The program is aptly entitled the "LOVE THEME."

Paul Heil will share radio hits such as "No One Like God," "Shine," "Hallelujah Jesus Saves," and "If There Was Any Other Way." He will also share several other new songs from the duo's debut album, MILE MARKER ONE. In addition, he will talk candidly with the couple about God's grace and love in their lives, hardships and trials, as well as the beautiful things He has done through it all.

Be sure to tune in this weekend.

The Gospel Greats can be heard on many syndicated stations throughout the country and in Canada. It can also be heard on Sirius XM's Enlighten.

To learn more about the upcoming broadcast and find a station and time it will air in your listening area, visit http://www.thegospelgreats.com.

To learn more about Zane and Donna King, visit http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
And you can follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/zaneanddonna.

Zane and Donna King are represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule Zane and Donna for your church, concert, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 828-454-5900.

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This Week on 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 Rick Webb of The Rick Webb Family and music from The Booth Brothers, The Goodman Revival, Rachel West Kramer, Willie Wynn, The Gaither Vocal Band, The Martins 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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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Allen Smith, the founder of SGN Scoops magazine, is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 8. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Heart Song, and Jean reviews new recordings by Bev McCann and Ivan Parker. An article from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week's News Notes. In the News this week is Ivan Parker, Dianne Wilkinson, The Troy Burn Family and Les Butler Music Group and Mountain Top Talent. The show features exclusive video of Faith's Journey, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Branson, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

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

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Daily Devotion

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Surrender

Special Guest Devotion Writer Paula Hill



“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).

I’m looking out my window this morning. The trees are barren of all foliage. It’s still wintertime. There’s a tree on which a rather large branch has broken off and is just hanging onto some much smaller branches. It’s been there a long time. Every morning, I look at it and wonder, When is it going to fall? It just keeps hanging onto those other branches, swaying back and forth in the wind. Even though it’s disconnected, it still appears to be fairly secure hanging there. I’ve tried throwing things at it to bring it down. I never seem to hit the target though. I don’t know why it bothers me so much to see it hanging loose that way. I suppose it’s because it just seems out of place, like it doesn’t belong there. I guess it will stay that way until gravity overpowers it, bringing it to the ground.

All at once, I’m reminded that when you’ve done absolutely all you know to do to stand, you just have to keep standing. Some would say, “Just hang in there.” Others would say, “Just tie a knot in the rope and hold on.” Often, you can “hang in there” much longer than you originally thought you could. Sometimes, when the wind blows and the rain comes down, you will feel as though things are being thrown at you relentlessly. Everything comes at once, trying to shake you out of the “secure” place that may have not been all that good to start with, but at least you thought you could stay there temporarily.

In the spring, the beautiful leaves will grow on the tree, and they will once again cover the hanging branch until it won’t even be noticeable. Just as the rest of that tree on which the branch is hanging is secure and stable, so is our God to whom we cling. He is the strong foundation on which we stand. He covers us with His provision and removes our anxiety and fear.

Look around and you’ll see many others “hanging on.” Then, when it’s finally time to let go, we will fall into the arms of a loving, caring, all-sufficient heavenly Father. He’s been standing there all along saying, “Come on, let go. I’ll catch you. I am the softest place to fall. Nothing will get broken. I’ll keep you safe.”

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, today I’m hanging on. That’s all I feel like I am capable of doing right now. But I know that when I feel like I can’t hang on any longer, You will be there to catch me when I fall.
So please just keep Your arms open wide for me.
I know You are waiting and watching.
Amen.

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Tammy Jones Robinette Performs at SPBGMA Showcase in Nashville

Nashville, TN, February 9, 2015. Gospel and Bluegrass artist Tammy Jones Robinette and the Tammy Jones Robinette Band recently performed at the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Her performance was hosted by Bluegrass in the Plains.

Known for years as a top Southern Gospel singer/songwriter, Robinette recently released a bluegrass recording "Let it Shine." Backed by her all star bluegrass band, she also had an impromptu jam session in the lobby where fans, promoters and fellow musicians stopped to soak it in.

For more information on booking the Tammy Jones Robinette Band, please contact Butler Music Group, butlermusicgroup.com or phone, 615-218-0517.

More information on the event and the SPBGMA can be found at http://www.spbgma.com.

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Karen Peck And New River Set To Release New Project

Dahlonega, GA (February 9, 2015) Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River is still receiving nominations from their 2013 project titled Revival which has already garnered a Dove Award as well as numerous AGM Awards for the CD as well as individual songs. This has not slowed their desire to continue to create music that touches the hearts of hurting people and to encourage Christians to continue to pray for Revival.

Pray Now is the title for this new project as well as the cut for the first single the group will be releasing to radio. The project is scheduled to release in April of this year. Look for more news soon on the radio release date.

Karen Peck stated, "We have put a lot of time and prayer in choosing the right songs for the new CD. Susan, Jeff, and I had some great anointed moments in the studio. Hopefully those "moments” were captured on tape. We are very excited about each song and we hope they will bring comfort and encouragement to everyone. Pray Now is the title of the album and is also the first radio single. We want to thank our producer, Wayne Haun, everyone at Daywind Music, Ed Leonard, Scott Godsey, Rick Shelton, Amanda Martin, Justin Kropf, and all the great writers for making this album possible. We love this season in our Ministry.”

Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNowLordsPrayer

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity.

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 . You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

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

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Beyond The Ashes Score Number 1 Four Weeks In A Row

Nashville, Tenn (February 9, 2015) Spectacular young trio Beyond The Ashes, is making waves in the Gospel Music world. Their latest single for radio release has topped the Absolutely Gospel Music Chart for four weeks in a row. The number 1 spot on any chart is always good, but to linger there for four weeks is no small accomplishment.

The song causing all this excitement is "Over For Good”, penned by Marcy Each, Karen Gillespie, and Kimberly Walling Ford. It is a medium tempo song with the inspiring and comforting message of the hope that one day when we all meet the Master, the struggles and trials of this life will be "Over For Good”.

Founder of radio promotions company Vertical Sky, Donna King commented, "I love this group. I've been in their corner since the first date they sang. I love their heart for ministry, strong talent, and sincerity and I love that this great song, "Over For Good" is getting the attention it deserves!”

Group manager and Tenor, Anthony Facello stated, "Over For Good is a simple and clear message that Christ is coming back very soon and all the bad things we are all dealing with will end and be over. We believe this is a message of hope and that is what Beyond The Ashes is about!”

Thank you to all the special radio DJ friends of Beyond The Ashes for your support in charting this song to the number 1 position for four continuous weeks.

If you would like to interview Beyond The Ashes contact AG Publicity.

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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Daily Devotion

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Wear The Badge

Someone you meet today will have a story and his or her story could change your life. When you walk through unknown territory, it’s comforting to know that someone has walked there before you and survived to tell about it. When I went through breast cancer, all I wanted to know is how someone else made it through. When my daddy died suddenly of a heart attack, I wanted to know how my friend, who had said goodbye to her mother a couple of years before, could ever smile again.

Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Your story can change someone else’s life. Sometimes it’s hard because we fear our story labels us, but think of it this way…it actually puts a badge on us signaling to the world that we are overcomers. Don’t be afraid to wear the badge. Whatever you have been through, whatever you have faced, share your story, the glory and the pain. Your story can help someone make it through.


1 Peter 3:15 New International Version (NIV) 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
1 Chronicles 16:8 New International Version (NIV) 8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
 make known among the nations what he has done.
Psalm 107:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

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Daily Devotion

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Mad At Yourself????

Have you ever gotten MAD at YOURSELF? I mean you WENT and made the VERY SAME MISTAKE you’ve made before, or ya STUCK YOUR FOOT IN YOUR MOUTH again, when you were determined to watch your mouth. Well, don’t feel like your the ONLY ONE. It’s a HUMAN THING and we all get a LITTLE ANGRY with others and OURSELVES from time to time. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

ANGER is an EMOTION we ALL have and it can surface at the most inconvenient time. Some of us have SHORTER FUSSES on anger than others. And, ANGER is ONE EMOTION that God is calling His children to get control over. Anger can RUIN the best of situations. It can cause the LOSE a JOB, DISSOLVE a FRIENDSHIP and even DESTROY a MARRIAGE.

The Apostle Paul cautioned the Ephesians that "When you get ANGRY - DON’T SIN." He said, "And, down let the day end while you’re still angry, because it gives the Devil a FOOT HOLD in your life. (Eph. 4:26-27)

So, keep the LID ON a HOT HEAD the next time your get ANGRY with someone, (of EVEN WITH YOURSELF) and get over it as quickly as you can, because Jesus let us know that it will endanger our relationship with God. And remember, for every MINUTE you’re ANGRY, you lose SIXTY SECONDS of HAPPINESS.


It’s your CALM and COLLECTED Pastor Phil with "A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - February 9, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
2
5
12
He Took the Nails Browders
2
3
2
18
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
4
6
12
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
4
5
7
16
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
5
6
3
22
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(3)
7
4
20
Everything I Need Tribute
2
8
9
9
It Was the Word Williamsons
8
9
10
13
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
9
10
8
13
Picture This 11th Hour
8
11
18
3
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
11
12
15
18
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
13
19
14
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
13
14
13
12
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
10
15
16
24
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
16
22
3
What You Leave Behind Talleys
16
17
11
22
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
18
12
16
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
12
19
25
12
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
20
14
16
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
13
21
27
16
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
22
26
11
Satisfied Three Bridges
22
23
23
4
Still Blessed Hyssongs
23
24
20
6
Glorybound Whisnants
20
25
*
1
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
25
26
32
25
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
27
28
12
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
28
38
4
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
28
29
*
1
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
29
30
29
2
Eternally Steeles
29
31
24
28
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
32
37
38
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
33
**
2
Where Amazing Happens TaRanda Greene
33
34
**
2
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
35
*
1
Send Me Rick Webb Family
35
36
**
8
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
33
37
21
14
This Blood Triumphant
20
38
30
17
Do Unto Others Nelons
10
39
34
4
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
28
40
33
3
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
33
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Music Previews

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Goodman Revival - What a Happy Time

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Soul’d Out - Lord You’re So Good

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The Talleys - What You Leave Behind

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Wilburn & Wilburn - Nobody Like Jesus

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Adam Crabb - Surrender

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Anchormen - Come to the Fountain

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Daily Devotion

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The Greatest of These Is Love

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 12:13

“Remember, you’re supposed to love each other!” My voice says again. “The Bible says love is the most important thing . . .” Anyone else been guilty of quoting these words to a van full of children, as you roll 65 miles per hour down the intestate? I mean, I grew up an only child. There wasn’t anyone else to blame – if it was done, I did it. There wasn’t any one to “fervently disagree” with – no one to have a “creative discussion” with -- I certainly wasn’t going to talk back to my parents! So, here I am, the mother of five – never having grown up with a sibling.

Now, before you draw the “all too familiar” conclusion that I was a “spoiled brat” let me tell you a story. Believe me, people rarely give any “only child” the “benefit of the doubt.” As soon as they find out you’re an “only child” they give you that knowing look and you know the words that are coming next.

Once, my parents introduced to a preacher they knew but I had never met. I’ll never forget what he said. When he found out I was an “only child,” he said, “Well, that makes you special, doesn’t it.” I’m not sure what my face registered, but it was quite a shock to hear those words! I am sure I had more “things” than children who share with lots of siblings, but I never did get everything I wanted. I begged for a horse for years upon end . . . to no avail! Certain dresses I was so excited about – if they “cost too much” forget it! And, to beat it all, I was expected to be THANKFUL for the SMALLEST gift. It could have been a “toothpick” but I BETTER say thank you and truly appreciate the act of thoughtfulness - - from my heart.

At any rate . . . back to the fact. Because I always WANTED a brother or sister, sibling rivalry never even entered my head as a “situation.” Why does it matter what seat you sit in? You’re in the van aren’t you? It wasn’t a real issue (at least most of the time) how long I was in the shower. But seven people needing the shower can certainly make that an issue! LOL! It seems that all of us encounter ways to “learn about loving,” and it can definitely start in our families. It’s comforting to know we’re not the only family on the journey. Walking across the parking lot to a store, I saw a young family in a mini van just outside. As the side door was closing, I heard the man in the driver’s seat, who I presumed was “dad” saying, “All right, everybody in the back just calm down!” I had to smile. Life is pretty much “normal” for all of us.

However, loving is a very important part of life. Scripture commands us to, “love God with all our heart, soul, mind, body, strength” . . . and “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Matt. 22:37, 39) Relationships with others are the most important thing in the world outside of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Amazingly, this love begins at with our families. Parents, grandparents, guardians, our responsibility is a big one. Our love for God and our love for each other are foundational blocks in our homes. Time growing in these areas is always well spent. We often take the time to just simply read I Corinthians 13 together. Why? Because there is SO MUCH room for ALL OF US to grow in that chapter!

This month is often known as the “love month.” I have a challenge for you. Gather your family together, and read I Corinthians 13 as a family. If you’re children are old enough, perhaps discuss ways you can be a more “loving” family. If your children are gone, or too young, discuss it with your spouse – or simply read it for yourself, and ask God how He can help you be better at loving. Let’s start February off with an awesome goal – loving God more – and each other better! “See you” in I Corinthians 13!


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HIGHROADIII Earn Five AGM Nominations

Nashville, Tenn (February 6, 2015) The ladies of HIGHROADIII are no strangers to those in the industry. They have been followed for quite a while by radio, producers, engineers, and others that pay attention to what is up and coming in the music world. The fans are just now finding out about these treasured vocalists and musicians talents and passion for spreading the Good News through song.

HIGHROADIII has a stunning five nominations of which four came from industry insiders and one from the fans. It is quite an accomplishment to be honored by your peers showing the respect they have earned in a few short years.

Kiley Phillips stated, "Last year we were nominated for Female Group of the Year and we were absolutely shocked! This year, when seeing that we had been nominated in five different categories, our
hearts were humbled and so thankful for such an incredible honor. We had such a great year in 2014 and are really looking forward to see what 2015 holds.”

The groups nominations include:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angel at the Crossroad (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)

FEMALE GROUP

COUNTRY ALBUM
Angel at the Crossroads (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)

MUSIC VIDEO
"Angel at the Crossroads” – HIGHROADIII

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST

More information on the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be coming shortly, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by AbsolutelyGospel.com. The award nominations are chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site. In 2005, AbsolutelyGospel.com held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, AbsolutelyGospel.com held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which "Ovation" was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.

You can learn more about HIGHROADIII by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 . You can reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic .

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Fuzzy Vision

John 9:25 …..“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

Ok I’m ashamed to admit it. Most everything in my world these days looks fuzzy, you know, as in out of focus! Things that I had no trouble reading just 6 months ago are now just a blur on the page! My Dad and I were having lunch the other day. He noticed I was having difficulty reading the menu.

He just looked at me, grinned and said very matter of factly, ”Jeff it looks like you need glasses.”

Just the sound of my name in the same sentence with the word glasses made me a little funny. My sweet wife has been trying to get me to go to the eye doctor but I keep coming up with excuses not to go. Deep down I know the truth that I just don’t want to admit it. I am getting older and my vision isn’t what it used to be… there I said it. Does admitting this make me feel better. Certainly NOT! However, whether I choose to acknowledge it or not, the reality remains the same.

Sometimes our spiritual vision can become fuzzy as well. Both physical and spiritual blindness are very much alike. It happens gradually until one day everything that used to be seen with clarity is a blur. Many times we attribute spiritual blindness to the unbeliever. The reality is we are born blind and sin has left our vision fuzzy. However, if we will seek Him, He will give us spiritual glasses and in so doing our perspective changes because we have more focus and clarity.

Let’s not settle for fuzzy vision when God is waiting to open our eyes so we can see Him and the world as He originally intended. Once we have clear focused vision, we can, with God’s help, open others eyes so they too can see the beauty of God’s glory in the world around them.

Jeff


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Joseph Habedank Premieres New Single on Daystar Television Network’s Marcus & Joni Show

Singer Performs "Beauty of the Blood" from his Daywind Records release Welcome Home
Joseph & Wife Lindsay share Testimony of Overcoming Prescription Drug Abuse

(Nashville, TN – Feb. 5, 2015) – Joseph Habedank premiered his brand new single, "The Beauty of The Blood," to an international audience last week on the Daystar Television Network show, Marcus & Joni. This is the second single from Welcome Home, his debut Daywind Records project. The song, written by Habedank, Tony Wood and Michael Farren, is already garnering attention during concerts and now on radio.

Joseph Habedank and wife Lindsay appear on the Marcus & Joni show on Daystar Television Network.

Additonally, Joseph and wife Lindsay sat down with Marcus & Joni Lamb to share the powerful testimony of how God helped the couple survive Joseph's prescription drug abuse and subsequent time in rehab.

The entire show - featuring Joseph & Lindsay Habedank - is available on demand, courtesy of Daystar by clicking this link: http://www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=4013038741001.

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The Erwins Are Ready to Sail

February 5, 2015 (Nashville, TN)... The Erwins, one of Southern Gospel's fastest-rising Mixed Groups, are proud to announce the release of their StowTown Records debut album, Ready To Sail.
In a release party held at the LifeWay Christian Store in Mesquite, TX, Tuesday evening, the group performed selections from their new project, visited with fans, and enjoyed a great night celebrating this brand new project."We were so overwhelmed by all our friends that came to LifeWay to support us on the release of our Ready To Sail CD. The room was packed and everyone was so kind,” said Keith Erwin, the oldest of the sibling quartet.

“We have dedicated this CD to the Lord and believe these songs will bless many people as they have us. Our first single, "I Choose To Be A Christian," is one of the greatest songs we have ever had and we pray it becomes an anthem for all Christians.

“What a fun experience it was to host The Erwins' Ready To Sail release party in our store,” added store manager Sam Colletti. “Their roots in our area churches are deep, so it was a little like a family reunion for many of us! Many thanks to The Erwin Family from your LifeWay Christian Store family!"

The family group includes the distinct standout harmony of four siblings from Edgewood, TX: three brothers, Keith (22), Kody (20) and Kris (18), along with their little sister Katie (14).

“We are thankful for StowTown Records. They have been an amazing blessing,” exclaimed Keith. “Ernie, Landon, Wayne and Randall are the tops in our books and we are honored to be a part of the StowTown Family. We are living a dream!"

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Love Is Stronger Video Nominated For AGM Award

Hoover, Alabama (February 5, 2015) The video 'Love Is Stronger' has been nominated for an award at the Absolutely Gospel Music Award Celebration. Ashley DeRamus is featured in the music video with Grammy Award winning Gospel Music artist Jason Crabb.

The video, shot in Birmingham, Alabama on August 1st at Caldwell Park, featured Jason’s new song "Love is Stronger." Revolution Pictures of Nashville, TN produced the video with director Roman White. Mr. White has produced videos for Carrie Underwood, Kelley Clarkson, Blake Shelton and others. The Ashley DeRamus Foundation has used the video to promote Down syndrome awareness and the positive effect on those who are close to someone who has Down syndrome.

The video tells the story about a father telling his daughter goodbye as he leaves to go to war. The daughter has Down syndrome. The father is involved in an IED attack that leaves him severely wounded but he fights to recover from his injuries for his daughter. The video begins with scenes of Ashley DeRamus reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with a Color Guard surrounded by veterans. Local Down syndrome children were used as extras in the video as well as the veterans.

"It's a very cool dream come true. It's really special to me to see lives changing. Down syndrome is really not a disease, it's who you are," Ashley stated in an interview about the video.

Ashley along with her mother Connie DeRamus have launched Ashley by Design, a clothing line specifically tailored to fit women with Down syndrome. The clothing line was first shown at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Denver. Ashley says the clothing line as well as the video, "Love Is Stronger” is now available online at http://www.ashleybydesign.com. Ashley also recently spoke at the United Nations about living with Down syndrome as well.

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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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to Offer Free, Live Stream of World Concert Premiere of New Recording

(Brooklyn, NY)--The six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will offer a free, live stream of the world premiere concert of its new CD, Pray, on Sunday, February 8 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The new CD releases via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. Pray is the choir's 29th recording and features fourteen new songs, twelve of which were co-written by Brooklyn Tabernacle's worship and band leader, Freddy Washington.

"I think this CD has something for everyone," says Washington. "It’s a great blend of old and new. There are songs that I think are very new for the choir stylistically, but there are also songs that are reminiscent of the classics that Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has been known for down through their many years of ministry."

Since its inception over 40 years ago when the Choir began with only nine members, the choir director, Carol Cymbala, has never read music – though she has written numerous hit songs—and the choir has never used charts. The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts.

“While the new Pray CD has an eclectic mix of songs,” says Cymbala, “it is also reminiscent of the traditional Brooklyn Tabernacle sound. Beyond the songs, I really believe that it is very important that the members of our choir – or any choir-- should have a heart for God and a heart for ministry. Ultimately, we need to focus on seeing lives changed through the power of the Gospel in song.”

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has performed at major music venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Their accolades include six Grammy Awards, seven Dove Awards (Gospel Music’s Grammy equivalent), two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold. The choir sang “The Battle Hymn of The Republic” at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to a worldwide television audience of over a billion people. The Choir has performed on various national TV shows including Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, among others. Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was featured on the cover of The New York Times and highlighted in Time Magazine. The choir’s previous CD, Love Lead the Way, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel album chart last year. To view the concert on Sunday, February 8, visit: http://www.brooklyntabernacle.org/media/live.

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Live To Please The Lord

Recently I was talking to a young man and he was asking my advice on a possible job opportunity.

He talked about how this job could make a more secure future, financially and be beneficial for he and his family.

He said "I'm excited, yet very nervous because I don't know what so and so will think about it."

I said "I understand. However, you have to stop worrying about what others will think."

I can so relate. I spent a good part of my life being a "people pleaser." I worried and fretted over trying to make
everyone happy. However, all it done was make ME miserable. It was a never ending cycle.

Once I stopped trying to please everyone and focused on pleasing God and following Him, life seemed to be easier for me, my wife and our children.
When things are RIGHT with God and I, everything is RIGHT. My wife and I are better and my children and I are better.

"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ KJV)

What God KNOWS about you always surpasses what others THINK of you.

I also told my friend that "If you believe in your heart that you are following God's will and a friend walks away because you made a decision that THEY didn't like, then they weren't your REAL friend to begin with. Let them walk away."

Real friends want to see you succeed. Real friends will love and support you as you follow God's leading.
Real friends will stick with you through the bad times.

Friends that seem to use you are NOT real friends. That's a lesson I had to learn the hard way and I'm still learning.

Are YOU a constant, unmovable friend? Do you encourage your friends to listen for God's voice, then step out and follow Him?

If not, you should really check YOUR motives.

Live to please The Lord and be a friend that encourages others to stop trying to please everyone BUT God.


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Heart of Worship

Worship is so much more than a song. Worship is the dwelling place of Almighty God (Psalm 22:3). We choose to worship God because He is good, not based upon our circumstances. When we worship, we freely allow our spirit to testify to the goodness of God from personal experience. We deliberately make the decision to worship.

Worship is the way in which we live our lives. Worship is the attitude of our hearts and even the words which pour from our lips. Quoting Terry Williams, director of the Florida Worship Choir & Orchestra, Lindsey stated, “Worship is our volitional, emotional, and conscious response to God."

Undeniably, all humanity has been created with the desire to worship. It is in our genetic makeup. We seek someone or something to fix our gaze upon and pursue at all costs. Yet we know our hearts are never satisfied until our affections are fully cast upon Creator God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

The decision to worship Him, or withhold worship, ultimately shapes our walk with God and impacts our faith journey. We must entrust our heart of worship to the only One Who is worthy and welcome His presence as we live our lives worshiping Him.

by Lindsey Graham

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The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon In Studio For MCS Season 4 Tracks

Nashville, Tenn (February 4, 2015) Excitement is in the air as Jim Sheldon, known as The Positive Cowboy on The Music City Show, prepares for Season 4 coming this spring to millions of television screens across the country.

Jim's Positive Cowboy character on the show is a perfect match for his personal life. What you see on the show with the Positive Cowboy is an exact duplicate of what you get when you spend time with Jim off the set. Jim loves those great hymns that the Positive Cowboy sings on the show, so it's only natural that he puts his heart and soul into every song he sings.

Recording at Daywind Studios, some of the finest musicians in Nashville were hired to give these tracks the absolute best sound available.

Produced by Scott Godsey and Engineered by Justin Kropf this band contains some of the regulars on The Music City Show. The musicians for the sessions include Upright Bass - Mark Fain, Guitar/Banjo - Ron Block, Mandolin/Dobro - Justin Moses, Fiddle - Aubrey Haynie, and Drums - Lynn Williams. Awesome Players and Awesome Tracks!!



​As a special feature Jim and Daywind recording artist the Blackwood Brothers Quartet will be teaming up on a couple of songs this season as well as on a CD project.

Sheldon will be heading back into the studio at the end of February to complete the Season 4 Hymns project.

Jim Sheldon commented, "The music and arrangements on each project just get better each time it seems. We love them all but, we have really enjoyed working on this project, it has a variety of songs and arrangements. We hope the listening audience will enjoy this as much as we are.”

The Positive Cowboy will be releasing Vol 2 for Season 3 of the Music City Hymns Projects at the end of February. Be looking for it or you can order it on line http://www.themusiccityshow.com .

The song list for the Season 4 CD Project is as follows:

1. Shall We Gather At The River
2. Shouting On The Hills
3. At The Cross
4. Let's All Go Down To The River
5. I’m Redeemed (with the Blackwood Quartet)
6. Robe of White
7. He Set Me Free
8. That I Could Still Go Free
9. It's Different Now
10. Who Am I
11. When He Reached Down His Hand for Me
12. If That Isn't Love
13. I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now

In other news, thanks in part to The Positive Cowboy's participation on the show, The Music City Show has been nominated for the Pacesetter Award at the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. Voting for the Awards began Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to http://www.absolutelygospel.com and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for the The Music City Show.


The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com. The award nominations are chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site. In 2005, AbsolutelyGospel.com held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, AbsolutelyGospel.com held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which "Ovation" was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.

To learn more about Jim Sheldon, The Positive Cowboy go to http://www.jimsheldonmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jim.sheldon .
You can Twitter Jim at https://twitter.com/JimSheldonmusic .

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Over 600,000 People Watch Online Live Stream of Andraé Crouch Services

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Over four thousand people from all over the world packed into the West Angeles Church of God In Christ on January 21st, to pay their respects to legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch. The concert and Celebration of Life services were streamed live on BET.com as well as the church’s website, with more than 600,000 people logging on to watch online.

The four-hour funeral service included performances by Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Tata Vega, Krystal Murden, Donald Lawrence, Israel Houghton, Tommy Sims, Jonathan Butler, Donnie McClurkin and original members of Andraé Crouch and the Disciples. The service was officiated by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, with a eulogy by Pastor Marvin Winans, as well as comments by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kirk Franklin, Edwin and Lynette Hawkins, Bishop Clyde Ramalaine from South Africa, Bishop Barbara Amos and Stevie Wonder. In addition, letters were received from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, with video tributes from Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Rance Allen, Michael W. Smith, and Bill & Gloria Gaither. Acknowledgements were issued from numerous pastors and organizations including Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Noel Jones, the music department of the COGIC, Rev. Jackie McCullough and more.

A musical tribute was held the night before, with performances by Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Bryan Duncan, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence, The Clark Sisters, Kim Burrell, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokie Norful, Richard Smallwood and many more. The evening also included a performance by BeBe Winans, Howard Smith, Daniel Winans and Pastor Marvin Winans representing the original Testimonials before Ronald, Marvin, Carvin and Michael became The WINANS due to Andraé Crouch. The star-studded crowd also included Tyler Perry, Sheila E. and others.

Numerous tributes are being planned in the months to come. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration paid tribute to Crouch on February 1st, and the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will include Crouch in a Memoriam during the February 8th broadcast. The MovieGuide Awards are planning to pay tribute, and the Stellar Awards will honor him with the Thomas Dorsey Notable Achievement Award.

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

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Three Bridges Welcomes New Sound Technician

Nashville, Tenn (February 4, 2015) Mansion Entertainment recording artists, Three Bridges, welcomes their new sound/media tech, Hunter Mickelson, from Tipton, IN. He currently lives in Hamilton, AL and has run sound for Karen Wheaton and The Ramp ministries and also for worship artist, Catherine Mullins. Hunter enjoys web design and cars, as well as working in the studio.

Hunter said, "In the short time I traveled with Three Bridges last fall, I grew to love them and I look forward to working with them as we share the Gospel wherever the Lord takes us."

Change is never easy, especially when family is involved. Hunter replaces Nic Smith (lead singer, Shannon Smith's son) who has been Three Bridges' full-time sound tech since April 2010.

Shannon said, "Of course, Nic will be missed (especially by me), but Hunter is an awesome tech and a godly young man that we believe is a great addition to the Three Bridges team."

Elliott McCoy continues, "Hunter filled in for us on our 3-week West Coast tour this past October and he did a fantastic job on sound and media as well as providing us with hours of laughter on the bus! We know that our fans will love him and appreciate his hard work and dedication to his craft."

Three Bridges has a busy 2015 scheduled. Be sure to check out their schedule at http://www.threebridges.net to see when they will be in your area.

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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Dickie Matthews Passes Away

Obituary taken from the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Robert J. "Dickie" Mathews, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born in Charleston, W.Va., on Oct. 31, 1933, and has made Chattanooga his home since 1959. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church on Dayton Boulevard in Chattanooga.

A well-known musician, Dickie began playing the piano at age 7 in church. Later, he followed his love of Gospel music by playing for such quartets as the Homeland Harmony, Crusaders, Jimmy Jones and the Deep South Quartet, the Downings, the Scenicland Quartet, Roger Horne Trio and the Impacts. Also, he was privileged to play for such notables as Jimmy Dean, Patsy Cline, Stewart Hamblin and Elvis Presley. Most recently, he enjoyed 25 years of playing the Calliope and being a member of the Riverboat Ramblers Band on the Southern Belle Riverboat in Chattanooga.

Dickie has been recognized several times throughout his career with such honors as the Distinguished Citizen Award for the Hamilton County Commission, the Gospel Music Piano Roll of Honor and the Living Legend Award of Gospel Music. He was a graduate of John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science and worked as a Funeral Director for Chattanooga Funeral Home for over 30 years.



Dickie was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rev. Ralph R. and Flora Mathews; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Jerry Gillespie; brothers-in-law, Ronald and Gerald Gillespie and Leonard Hamrick. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Jewell; two daughters, Robben Mathews, Nan Mathews Cook; son-in-law, David Cook and grandson, Mathew Cook. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Hamrick, Gadsden, Ala.; his brother, Dr. Glenn Mathews and wife, Fleta, of Robbins, N.C.; sister-in-law, Glenda Gillespie, Jasper, Ala.; several nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank Lora Baker and Samantha Baltazar with Hearth Hospice for their tender loving care during his time at home. They were absolutely wonderful to us all. We are sending our appreciation to Dr. Arrowsmith, Dr. Kimsey, Dr. Headrick, and Dr. Bodra for their expert care given Dickie over the past several years. Also, thank you to the 4th floor Oncology Unit nurses and staff at Memorial Hospital for their kindness and loving care. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home chapel with his brother, Dr. Glenn Mathews, Rev. Dwight Martin and Rev. Wayland Stewart officiating. Entombment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dickies name to Hearth Hospice, 1800 A Rossville Ave., Suite 7, Chattanooga, TN 37408.

Please share your thoughts and memories at http://www.chattanooganorthchapel.com. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN.

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The Dunaways Garner Four Absolutely Gospel Nominations

Philadelphia, Miss (February 3, 2015) Talented family Gospel group, The Dunaways, have been nominated for four 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards to be presented Tuesday April 14th in Smyrna, TN at the River of Life Church.

James Hales said in his 5-star review of the CD, "The tempo gets kicked up for the clever title song, "Church in the Kitchen”. Filled with fiddles and steel guitar, this is a happy tune that is a highlight of the recording and it affirms that "church” can happen anywhere and "there ain’t no church like church in the kitchen. This is one of the best releases for 2014. While they definitely lean more towards a country sound, it’s a very classy, country sound. I love what they do and what they bring to Southern Gospel Music. This is a first class recording featuring excellent musicianship, exceptional vocals, strong songs and an overall great feel.”

Jerry Salley, who produced the album and is no stranger to Country Music as a producer and songwriter commented, "The Dunaways were a joy to work with and I am so proud to be a part of their accomplishment with this project.”

Tammy Dunaway exclaimed, "We are so thrilled to be nominated for this project. Each song was carefully and prayerfully chosen. I am especially proud of Kanah's nomination. Our daughter has been so faithful all these years.”

The Dunaways nominations are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Church In the Kitchen – The Dunaways (J.Salley)

COUNTRY SONG
"Church In the Kitchen” – The Dunaways (L.Black, J.Salley, S.C.Smith)

COUNTRY ALBUM
Church In the Kitchen – The Dunaways (J.Salley)

FEMALE VOCALIST
Kanah Dunaway Lovern (The Dunaways)

Voting for the Awards began Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to http://www.absolutelygospel.com and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for the Dunaways.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com. The award nominations are chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site. In 2005, AbsolutelyGospel.com held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, AbsolutelyGospel.com held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which "Ovation" was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.

You can learn more about the Dunaways at http://www.dunawaymusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/dunawaymusic .

To book the Dunaways contact Bethany Lemon (In-house Radio Promotions and Booking) at
601-504-8789 .

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Freemans Take New Direction In Booking

Nashville, Tenn (February 3, 2015)The Freemans, after a 2 year tenure working with Bonnie White at RiverGate Talent Agency, have elected to bring their booking back in house.

The decision includes hiring April Potter Holleman, a 19 year veteran in the world of artist booking. She is being brought on board to handle the Freemans performance scheduling, marketing, and branding. Holleman has worked in mainstream Christian and Country Music (Creative Vision) with 8 years employed with the Harper Agency.

Along with the success of the popular show Nashville Country Revival hosted by Darrell Freeman, the group is starting the year with renewed energy and direction.

Darrell Freeman said, "2015 is shaping up to be a year of revision and firsts in our group's tenure of over 30 years in Gospel music", continuing Darrell stated, "Along with finishing up Chris's solo record, and starting one of my own, The Freemans are working on expanding into new domains."

To learn more about the Freemans go to http://www.the-freemans.com or https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans . You can catch them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thefreemansfans

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Trouble And Rejection

Can God trust you with trouble or rejection? If not, then He can't trust you with life, because life is full of trouble and rejection.

Matthew 1:18-19 NIV
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[ did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

Songwriters are a special breed that have their own version of trouble and rejection to deal with on a constant basis. But consider these things we can learn from Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

The virgin Mary teaches us how to be consistent when life is complicated. Life is designed to test your staying power. Sometimes favor will wear the clothes of frustration and be adorned with the jewelry of failure. Mary could have asked "if I'm favored, then why am I pregnant and riding on the back of a donkey in the Palistinian heat, looking for a place to stay, to give birth to a Holy child, who'll wind up being born in a dirty place?". It was an oxymoron. Joseph is planning a wedding and a divorce at the same time.

When we think of Mary, we think of the virgin girl. But her virginity is sometimes a distraction from her tenacity. She birthed her baby in a barn. She was on the run for two years in Egypt, because her baby is born with a bounty on his head. She had a baby boy, that she couldn't show off to people.

Maybe you should ask yourself, "do you just show up for the party but not the problem?" "Do you take the blessing, but not the burden that goes with it?"
Can God trust you with trouble? Can God trust you with rejection, chaos, disappointment, despair and aggravations? And will you keep rising up? Can you be favored and frustrated and still stand there fighting anyhow?

God didn't tell Mary that she was going to have to spend two years in Egypt hiding and ducking from the police. He didn't tell her she was going to have to have this baby in a barn. She didn't know ahead of time that she was going to have to wrap her child up in the dirty milk rags, saturated with the sour milk from the cows, what we call swaddling clothes. She didn't know that a feeding trough would be the only place she'd have to lay him down.

God didn't tell Mary that she would birth a boy who would be arrested. He didn't tell her that she would live long enough to see them pluck the beard from His face. God never told her that she would stand in the heat of the Jerusalem sun and watch Him hang His head in the locks of His shoulders and die, until the earth trembled and the sun refused to shine. God didn't tell her that He would die first and she would have to stand there and watch it, and be powerless to change it.

The fact that we have frustration and problems, does not mean that we don't have favor. The presence of fear doesn't always mean the absence of faith. You can be excited and intimidated at the same time. You can be powerful and still be in pain.

Have you been favored to write songs, but don't understand why things aren't working out? The Bible says Mary "pondered" things in her mind. So let us "ponder" this.
Maybe God chose me for this assignment because He knew a lesser man would have caved in and a weaker woman would have already walked away. A more childish individual would have already thrown in the towel.

We need to have an attitude that says "I'm going to get this thing done". I'm going to be consistent when it's going well, and when it's not going well. When it's right and when it's not right. I'll stand up and be faithful when I feel like it, and when I don't feel like it. I'll be faithful when I have a passion for it, and when I have no passion left. What God has trusted me with is going to be accomplished. If God has trusted me with this situation, then I WILL stand firm and steadfast. I won't back up. I won't back down. I won't give up or quit. I may not understand my situation or circumstances, but I'm gonna stand up to it.

Mary's assignment was to birth and raise Jesus to adulthood, no matter what came her way. She saw more than her share of trouble and rejection. If her assignment been "songwriting", then I'm sure she would have given it her all, to write the best songs ever written. And I believe she would have written the greatest songs ever heard. After all, the greatest man who ever lived grew up in her house, under her guidance and instruction. She completed her task, and I'm sure there will be a "Well Done" waiting for her on that final day!

God chose Mary because she could be trusted to get the job done. So the question comes back to you. Can God trust you with trouble and rejection?


Until next time, keep on writing . . .



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Jason Crabb to Headline Benefit Concert

St. Timothy Christian Academy Welcomes Grammy Winner Crabb, Emerging Artist Owens along with Pop Vocalist Cass Dillon on March 20, 2015 in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX (Feb 2, 2015) - Grammy winner Jason Crabb and emerging Christian music vocalist Natasha Owens are set to headline "An Evening of Music, Conversation and Hope" to benefit the St. Timothy Christian Academy on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Dallas, TX. The evening will be hosted by KLTY radio personality John Hudson. Cass Dillon, a rising young pop star, will also perform alongside the two as well as others. The event will take place at Great Hall of Park Cities Baptist Church on 3933 Northwest Parkway in Dallas, TX.

Along with the music, the evening will feature a red carpet VIP lounge, pre-show meet and greet with the artists and other celebrities, media and taste makers plus appetizers and a special silent/live auction with thousands of dollars of merchandise to bid on. Proceeds will be used to fund the educational programs of St. Timothy Christian Academy.

St. Timothy Christian Academy (STCA) is a non-profit Christian school, grades K-12, for students with learning differences. The mission of STCA is to educate students needing an innovative approach for academic success in a redemptive Christian setting while providing hope and support for their families. Skilled in innovative teaching methods and approaches, the staff strives to stimulate the learning style of each student through the adaptation of individualized curriculum, specialized assessments, pacing and grading that is tailored to each child. They celebrate their differences! http://www.staplano.org/

"I am so excited that St. Timothy Christian Academy approached me to be a part of this awesome event," the Texas native Owens told BREATHEcast in a recent interview. "The money will allow kids, who have a learning disability, to be able to attend this school for the help that they so desperately need but cannot afford."

Purchase tickets (General Admission $40 each, Meet and Greet VIP $100 each) at http://www.stcabenefitconcert.eventbrite.com To learn more about the event or to become a contributor or sponsor, please contact Vicky Warren, Director of Operations/Development at St. Timothy Christian Academy at 972-509-7822 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).




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Sneed Family Recording Live DVD

Glasgow, Kentucky (February 3, 2015) Exciting News! What is more exciting than being a part of a "live” DVD recording? Now is your chance to support the Sneed Family with your attendance at this fun filled evening.

Christian artist, comedian, and song writer, Aaron Wilburn has just been confirmed as the Emcee and pre-concert entertainment for the Sneed Family Live Video. The recording will be taking place at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, February 27 at 7:00PM CST.

Jeff Sneed stated, "It's not often that a group gets to record a live DVD. We are excited for all of our family and friends joining with us as we record songs never previously recorded by the Sneed Family”

Along with the humor of Aaron Wilburn, the Sneeds will be backed by a live band. The event is FREE Admission to the public. For more information you may contact our office at 270-678-3575

In other big news for the Sneed Family, their Annual Homecoming Concert once again features Dailey & Vincent. The electrifying day for this concert is Saturday, May 2nd.

Happening in Glasgow, KY, tickets started on sale Feb 1st with advance prices available through calling The Plaza Theatre or http://www.plaza.org .

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to http://www.sneedfamily.com or https://www.facebook.com/sneedfamily .

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Brotherhood Tour Heading to West Coast for Six Exciting Events

Johnson City, TN - Collectively they have enjoyed more than 100 accolades, industry honors and fan awards. Over they past decade they have received multiple Grammy and GMA Dove Awards. Since bursting onto the Southern Gospel music scene, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Booth Brothers have each established their place firmly atop the Southern Gospel Music genre’s ladder of success.

This month, the two groups will unite to bring The Brotherhood Tour to California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho for six exciting concert events. Concert stops include Sacramento, Portland, Bothell, Spokane and Nampa. “I am so excited to bring these two artists together,” IMC Concerts President Landon Beene states. “They are both so unique and diverse, but flow together extremely well on stage and compliment each other. I am very anxious to see the response.”

IMC has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years with numerous popular top-selling tours. “The Brotherhood Tour is going to be electrifying for the attendees,” Beene shares, “and it is most evident that Gospel Music lovers on the West Coast are extremely excited about this event.”

“The Brotherhood Tour is the Blockbuster Tour of the year for Southern Gospel Music,” states long-time West Coast Christian concert promoter Terry Garland. “For many years I have had the privilege to be involved in bringing the very best in Christian music to the West Coast, and it is an honor and thrill to see an event like the Brotherhood Tour come to the West Coast. It is going to be a first-class evening that I know fans will absolutely love!”

According to Beene, the February 14 concert in Bothell, WA sold out so quickly that a matinee concert at 2pm has been schedule. “I have never seen any concert tour sell out so quickly,” Beene shares. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer the matinee in addition to the evening concert to allow more fans to be able to enjoy the stop in Bothell!”

Beene also states that several other West Coast concerts are quickly approaching sell-out status, including Portland, where Beene says that a very limited number of seats available are available.


BROTHERHOOD TOUR DATES
February 12 - Sacramento, CA - Trinity Life Center
February 13 - Portland, OR - New Hope Community
February 14 - Bothell, WA - Cedar Park Assembly of God
February 15 - Spokane, WA - Turning Point Open Bible Church
February 16 - Nampa, ID - First Church of the Nazarene

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Daily Devotion

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The Potter

Guest Devotion Writer Paula Hill is wife of regular writer, Tim Hill, and a very capable writer herself.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Williamsons Break Top Ten Charting For First Time

Weleetka, Ok (February 2, 2015) The award winning Gospel group, the Williamsons, is breaking new ground in their musical career. "It Was The Word” reaches Top 10 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart at number 9. The song was also in the Top 20 on the Singing News Monthly Chart.

Known for many years as the Homesteaders Quartet, they seemed to be spinning their wheels. Once they changed their name and started using songs penned by group member Lisa Williamson their songs and sound are being noticed throughout Gospel Music.

Group founder and manager, Donnie Williamson, stated "My heart is full and running over as I see how God is blessing this group. I am so proud that my wife, Lisa, is using the songwriting gift God has given her. I think we have the total package now and we are set to move forward in ministry for the Lord.”

"It Was The Word” is from the album Tell Somebody and was written by Lisa Williamson. It is a very moving song with a great message. Call your favorite radio station and request this song.

In other news, The Williamsons were the January Spotlight Artist of the Month on KKGM-AM. It is a very large Ministries radio station that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and in Gospel Music it is an honor to be featured by such a station.

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons .

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Approaching Centennial, The Fairfield Four Delivers ‘Soul’ March 10

Famed Quartet Approaches Centennial Sounding As Vital As Ever

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Very few musical experiences stir the soul the way listening to a locked-in gospel quartet does. Members of the legendary group The Fairfield Four have drawn on that power for nearly a century.

On March 10, the group will celebrate the heritage and tradition of both the music and its makers with the release of Still Rockin' My Soul - its first under the Fairfield Four Records banner.

“Gospel quartets were the precursors to the rock ’n’ roll band,” said NPR music correspondent Ann Powers on a recent PBS special that celebrated The Fairfield Four and Gospel Music, titled “Rock My Soul.” “Every element in a rock ’n’ roll band that really makes it special - the camaraderie, the competitiveness, the virtuosity, but also the interplay - that’s all in the gospel quartet.”

The latest iteration of The Fairfield Four features members Bobbye Sherrell, Joseph Thompson, Larrice Byrd and Levert Allison, who carry on the tradition that started in Nashville’s Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921.

Through the decades, members weaved in and out of the group, yet The Fairfield Four stood as one of the most prominent and respected names in gospel music. Their blend of rich harmonies, joined with the simultaneously grand and humble vision of soulful singers clad in tuxedo jackets and coveralls, made for an experience unmatched in pop, soul, R&B and gospel music.

On Still Rockin' My Soul, the group’s signature vocal sounds appear on 11-tracks of both familiar and contemporary hymns, such as “Rock My Soul,” “Jesus Gave Me Water,” “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around,” “Baptism of Jesus” and a collaboration with country’s soulful Lee Ann Womack on the track “Children Go Where I Send Thee.”

The Fairfield Four will continue to tour in 2015, including an April 5 date at the Ryman Auditorium as part of the ongoing Sam’s Place showcase.

The live experience brings forth The Fairfield Four’s energy, passing along both feeling and message to the audience’s core. “The Fairfield Four, they come to these venues, and it’s like having church,” says Michael Gray of the Country Music Hall of Fame. “They know how to lift your spirits, and they also give people a good dose of America’s roots music and heritage.”

Stinll Rockin' My Soul Tracklist:
1. Rock My Soul
2. Come On In This House
3. Baptism of Jesus
4. Children Go Where I Send Thee
5. Jesus Gave Me Water
6. I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry
7. My Rock
8. I've Got Jesus, That's Enough
9. Don't You Let Nobody Turn You Around
10. Highway to Heaven
11. I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry (Reprise)

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Karen Peck Co-Hosts Gospel Music USA TV Program

Dahlonega, GA (February 2, 2015) Gospel Music USA, aired on WATC-TV 57 out of Atlanta, GA is hosted by Mike LeFevre (The LeFevre Quartet), Danny Jones (Singing News) and Karen Peck (Karen Peck & New River). This 30-minute segment is filled with your favorite Southern Gospel music from top artists from all over the USA. Mike, Danny and Karen bring you up close and personal with the artists as they share their stories and their ministries with their viewers.

Guests scheduled to appear on upcoming shows of Gospel Music USA include Jeff Stice, Lauren Talley, Freedom Quartet, Old Paths, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. Some of the artists who have appeared on the show are Karen Peck and New River, Triumphant Quartet, The LeFevre Quartet, and The Blackwood Brothers, among others.

Karen Peck stated, "I am very honored and excited about being a part of Gospel Music USA TV57 Atlanta. I have the privilege of co-hosting the show with Danny Jones and Mike Lefevre. Together we have many years of experience and knowledge of Southern Gospel Music.” continuing Karen commented "It is fun interviewing our peers and letting the audience know more about them. I've always been on the other end of the interviewing but I am loving this new adventure. We hope the show will continue to grow and reach the world for Christ through testimonies and great music.”

Gospel Music USA airs Saturdays at 2:30 pm on WATC TV and Saturday nights at 9 pm as part of the "Saturday Night (Gospel Sing” on WATC too. Watch Gospel Music USA) via live stream here:http://watc.tv/gospelmusicusa/ on their station. For more information including programming details, visit http://www.watc.tv .

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


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Daily Devotion

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Knees

A friend told me last night, “I’ve been a lot of places, but the older I get I’m realizing that the best place for me to be is on my knees!” My grandma was a prayer warrior. It didn’t matter where she traveled; her position of prayer was always the same. I watched her get down on her knees in hundreds of motel rooms, cabins on cruise ships, and especially in her home.

Last week I lay in my bed, anxious about many things. With an approaching cruise, deadlines to meet with our new project, Maura’s school work, bills to pay for myself, our group and my Mama, my mind began to swirl out of control with one issue and then, another. It was 5:23 am and I needed my rest. I began to pray, but somehow it felt like it was hitting the ceiling and no relief came. Immediately, I thought of Grandma and crawled out of bed, putting my knees on the floor and I poured out my heart to God, admitting I am simply not enough. I did my best and it wasn’t good enough, so I asked Him to provide for me some tangible reminder that He was still in control. I asked Him for peace, so I could rest. God heard and answered.

If you’re struggling with the weight of the world and having a hard time doing it all by yourself, why not give it to God? He loves you and wants you to trust Him with everything that burdens you. Like my grandma, I chose to seek Him on my knees.


Ephesians 3:14 New International Version (NIV) A Prayer for the Ephesians 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,
Acts 20:36 New International Version (NIV) 36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.
Luke 22:39-41 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives 39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Shannon Knight of The Daryl Williams Trio is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 1. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Goodman Revival, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Troy Burns Family and Watts, Rowsey and Bean. An article from SGN Scoops digital magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes and in the news this week is the January 1 baby for Anna Grace of High Road III. The show features exclusive video of Lineage of David, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Collingsworth Family at Gospel Singing Time, in Owasso, OK.

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

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Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 1 of our interview with Rick Webb of The Rick Webb Family and music from The Goodman Revival, Adam Crabb, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Gaither Vocal Band, Rachel West Kramer, The Martins, The Booth Brothers 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/

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Valentines and Victory

The dreaded school Valentine party...remember it? I'm not sure who dreaded it more... me or my mother.....me, because it meant writing notes I didn't want to write to people I didn't like until my hand cramped, and my mother, because she had to keep prodding me to do so. "Do you have everyone on the list the teacher sent home? You can't leave anybody out." Even Mrs. Lemmerman was expected to get a valentine, and she was the cruelest joke ever played on a third grader.

Oh, there were some I liked writing. There were a few close friends for whom I reserved the prettiest cards with the sweetest sentiments. Then there were "acquaintances" among them, kids I didn't know all that well, so they got the more bland, generic "It's Valentine's Day Again....yippee" cards. The really tough ones, though, were the mean kids, the bullies, the make-my-life-miserable brats. Ugh. How do you choose a valentine for someone like that?

It was puzzling, really, how I was taught not to lie.....but somehow on Valentine's Day I was supposed to give a card that implied I held a person in high regard who had made fun of my freckles daily, laughed at the house I lived in, and threw spit wads into my curly mop of hair. THOSE were the rough ones. All I really wanted to give them was the measles and an "If I never see you again, it'll be too soon" card. But we must be nice, mustn't we.

I assure you I didn't realize that simple exercise was going to be put to the test time and again throughout my life. I've always had a fairly small circle of friends. There aren't a lot of people I trust with my heart, so naturally they have a favored position. Their secrets become my secrets, and I will protect that relationship with everything that's within me because they have proven themselves true blue. It's easy to pray for them. They're on my mind, along with their problems and heartaches, as if they were my own family.

I also have many acquaintances and friends, some I've known for a relatively short time. I like them....they seem to like me, at least on the surface, but we haven't gone through anything together. I pray for them when they cross my mind or when they've made me aware of some situation. I'm glad to do it....it's not a bother.

Then there are the people that make you want to ask God, "Are you sure I really have to pray for them? Lord, you know how they are....mean, hateful, vindictive, spiteful, conniving, deceitful.... why, Lord, it's a waste of good prayer time." What a battle ensues. Your spirit knows you should pray, regardless of how they've mistreated you, but all your flesh wants for them is a run-in with a Bi-State bus.

At times I understand Jonah completely and his disappointment that God spared Nineveh when all they really deserved was fire and brimstone. But the real mission for Jonah was obedience to the will of God, not to be judge and jury for the city of Nineveh.

My mom is gone now, but I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard her pray, "And Lord, bless all those that it's our duty to pray for". I guess when I was a kid, I thought that was a kind of shorthand to God meaning "just bless everybody because I'm too tired to list all their names". But now I don't think so. I think she meant those individuals in her life that it was hard to pray for.....those trouble makers....that neighbor who chops the honeysuckle off of YOUR fence because he can, that relative that's always got their shorts in a wad about something, that person who's hurt you more deeply than anyone ever has. Mom used to say, "I just keep prayin' for 'em until I WANT to pray for 'em."

I remember one year giving a valentine to one of those hateful kids, and the next year they gave me a chocolate heart.

Pray......even if it's only out of duty, because it will come back to you someday.....sweeter.

Janice

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Duane & Peggy Collins - Is Today the Day?


Producer: Duane Collins
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.commonmanministry.com

Duane Collins of Common Man ministry has been ministering throughout the central United States including, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He and his wife travel and spread the good news of Jesus in various avenues. They are Gospel singers but also use writing booklets and pamphlets as part of their ministry as well. As a matter of fact, Duane writes a lot of their music. Their latest project, IS TODAY THE DAY? has recently been made available on their website, http://www.commonmanministry.com. Let’s take a listen.

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE,introduces the CD which is an excellent message of unity. FOLLOW ME, is a song that features Peggy and encourages us to follow Jesus. A MAN IN MY POSITION, reminds us of God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness. IN THE SWEET BY AND BY, PASS ME NOT, and PRECIOUS MEMORIES are hymns that take us back a few years. These lyrics are timeless! Other songs include, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME and JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED.

The message and theme of this recording is a reminder and an encouragement however, the recording had a lot of reverb in the vocals which hindered the sound a bit. I’ll give this recording 2.5 stars.



Song List:

Make a Joyful Noise
Follow Me
A Man In My Position
In the Sweet By & By
Something Happened to Me
Pass Me Not
Jesus Is All You Need
Precious Memories

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Tim Livingston - I Just Miss You


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

Tim Livingston hails from the Dayton, Ohio area. His music is a combination of country and southern style gospel. Tim started singing at the young age of 15. His dad was the great pioneer Rev. Norman Livingston, and he had quite an influence on Tim’s life.

This project entitled I Just Miss You includes eleven songs that were written or co-written by Tim himself. Many of his songs come from real life experiences and influences that Tim has had over the years.

Starting off the project is "More Than Enough" which tells how God knows just what we need when we need it, and he is always there with mercy and love for us. The peppy, toe tapping song "I’m In Good Shape" tells how we are pulled from sins waters and lifted out bound for victory.

One of my favorites on this project is "I Can’t Erase The Message," a song that tells how his dad left a message for him just before he passed away. Another favorite is the title cut "I Just Miss You." It tells how much he misses his dad since he has passed. I guess I can relate to these songs since I too have lost my dad.

Other great songs on this project include "Falling The Right Way," "Waiting At The Top," "I Want To Be The One," "Headed For Higher Ground," and "Without You." "Take Him To That Place" and "You’re Not The Only One" were also favorites of mine. Finishing up this project is more of "I Can’t Erase The Message."

This is a 3 1/2 star recording. If you are a country gospel or southern gospel fan, you will find this CD an easy listen and one for your collection.



Song List:

1 – More Than Enough
2 – I’m In Good Shape
3 – I Can’t Erase The Message

4 – Falling The Right Way

5 – I Just Miss You

6 – Waiting At The Top

7 – I Want To Be The One
8 – Headed For Higher Ground
9 – Without You
10- Take Him To That Place
11 – You’re Not The Only One
12- I Can’t Erase The Message-Special

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A Walk In Grace

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Throwing Stones

Lately my heart has been burdened for so many people. But particularly for people who seem to have made a lot mistakes in their life and have no hope.

It's human nature to want to judge people immediately because of a mistake they made. What's not easy is to realize they need Christ and forgive what they did. It's even harder if they have Christ and messed up because you expect them to never fall. That's what I call "putting people on a pedestal and setting them up for failure". People are not perfect. Christians are not perfect. We all make mistakes. We sin every day and still make mistakes. In counseling when someone comes in they've either done something wrong or had someone do something wrong to them.

I've always said the hardest part is to realize the person who has done wrong needs counseling just as much as the one who was wronged. It's not easy if a verbally or emotionally abusive person walks in with the one they've hurt to have compassion on them as well. Knowing how much they hurt the other person with their words or actions and that it will stick with them for a lifetime. People never forget hurtful words. "What do you do?" You ask.

I try to remind myself of the story in the bible of when Jesus intervened with the woman at the well situation. They were about to stone her for the terrible things she had done. But Jesus came and He spoke the most amazing words I've ever heard. He said "He who is without sin, cast the first stone". You see, rocks don't hit sin, they hit people. It's not my job to judge, God will deal with them. It's my job to show them scripture and what God says about their actions and show them how to make it right. I'm supposed to show Jesus to them. Remember those bracelets everyone used to wear and they said "WWJD?" which stood for "what would Jesus do?" I wish they would bring those back because I think it's such an important reminder when dealing with people. How would Jesus treat them? What would He say? What does His word say?

You have to remember that hurt people hurt people. That means the person who is doing the hurting is hurting inside somehow as well. You have to help them too. We are all equal. Just because I didn't make the same mistake doesn't mean I'm any better. That was once me at one time. I needed God to save me so bad because of my sin. But He changed my life and now I live differently. If you show what God has done for you and how He changed your life, what could He do through you for others? Are you throwing stones or are you showing Christ?


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Revelation - Christ In Me


Producer: Jeff Collins
Label: Crossroads Music
Website: http://www.revelationministry.co.uk

David Strange, Thomas McCalmont and Andrew Calderwood are the three men who make up the group Revelation out of Northern Ireland. There latest recording CHRIST FOR ME features some unfamiliar songs as well as several well known songs. Of course these songs may not be as familiar for the general audience in Ireland and that part of the world as they are for us here in the states. The CD starts off with a song called KING FOREVER a medium tempo song uplifting Jesus as King and Savior. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, The Gaither version, is next. These guys hold their own on such familiar tunes. Next is HIGHER GROUND, the classic song with a little different arrangement. I'm used to hearing this song done a little more twangy and country. This is definitely a more mellowed version. It works well with though. TAKE MY CROSS is more of a ballad. A very encouraging and moving song. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE follows and the guys do a solid job on it. You can really tell there is a more technical sound in their singing, it slightly differs from the drawls and pronunciation from most Southern Gospel artists. You really pick up on that Irish sound on WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE which is followed by the title track CHRIST FOR ME. ONE WAY is a song that proclaims there is only way to heaven and that is Jesus. COME UNTO ME is another ballad that is a calm assurance that the Lord is with us each step of the way. The final song on the project is HE'S BEEN FAITHFUL. This is another great ministry song. It simply testifies of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Overall this a great project. These guys have great vocals and blend very well together. I would encourage you to look this fine group up and check them out.



Song List:

KING FOREVER
GOD IS GOOD
HIGHER GROUND
TAKE ME CROSS
I WISH I COULD'VE BEEN THERE
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE
CHRIST FOR ME
ONE WAY
COME UNTO ME
HE'S BEEN FAITHFUL

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True Love

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
Have you noticed the two “John 3:16” verses cited above? Both are speaking about “love.” Christ was our true example of love, and we should try to love others as He loved us. God commands us to love each other and He even asks, “How can you say you love me whom you have not seen and hate your brother whom you have seen?”
Some people are difficult to love because of their unlovable dispositions and attitudes, but usually they are the ones who need our love and understanding more than those with a sweet disposition. Remember, God did not say we had to like some of the people we know, but we must love them. That is the only way we can be Christ-like.
Love is important. It is not a feeling, but a choice AND an action. Courtney sings a song on our new project that says, “This is How We Know Love,” and there is a line that says, “the highest price, the sacrifice, that only You (Jesus Christ) could pay…This is How We Know Love.” Real love is a sacrificial action and selfless generosity displayed both in speech and action. God’s love always involves a choice and an action. How do we display His love in our choices and actions? Real love is like God, and people can sense the genuineness of your love displayed in your actions and in your speech.
Love is a much used word in today’s world, but the world has a selfish view of love and has contaminated our understanding of it. Instead of it being a Godly, pure love it is tossed about in a sensual and casual way. In other words, do what feels good; it’s alright to sacrifice morals and principals. The kind of love God commands us to have is the love that He describes in 1 Corinthians 13. It is a lasting love that looks beyond all our faults and failures.
On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, we need to make it a point to read these precious scriptures and renew our love for Him, for our families and for the world around us. After all, what the world needs now is love, sweet love-that’s God’s love and that’s true love!
Father, help me today to have your heart of love that others might see Jesus in me. Amen

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The Redback Hymnal

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “I Have Somebody With Me”

I’m not a man who is known for the Valentine-y things of February, but within just a few days millions of women across this nation will be dropping clever hints to their husbands about remembering this annual special day.

I am told on Valentine’s Day that women wish to be remembered with gifts of roses, a beautiful card – one that includes hand-written words telling of love from your heart, a box of chocolates, and without fail –– dinner at a nice restaurant. I might add that I speak of a “nice restaurant” as being a place where caps are NOT found lining the wall.

When it comes to that special Valentine's gift for your wife, just keep in mind to avoid any gift bearing the names of popular tools or lawn equipment – or even kitchen appliances found in your nearest department or hardware stores.

While men enjoy shopping for brand names that include Craftsman, Snap-on, Black & Decker, Matco, Poulan, and many others, I’m told women somehow do not appreciate receiving these fine items as gifts. So, men, as a word of caution, completely dismiss from your mind any thoughts of Valentine’s Day shopping at the local hardware store.

I seriously doubt that I kept any Valentines cards from my grade school friends, although my Mom may have saved some – if not all. But I do recall eating many of the sugary, heart-shaped candies often shared at each class Valentine's party.

You’ll undoubtedly remember these heart-shaped candies shared a variety of two and three-word messages of –– well, uh, “love.” A sampling of inscriptions found on the candy when I was in school included touching messages like "BE MINE," "I LOVE YOU," and "BE TRUE." However, that was many years ago.

A few years ago I purchased a small box of the same type of candies. I was curious about the two to three-word messages that would be inscribed on them. I’m often out of touch of current things, but somehow I thought the messages would read the same as years before.

To my great surprise, instead of reading thoughts of “love” on these candies, this time I found only current-day messages to read: "Tweet Me," "Text Me," and other short thoughts shared in this day’s language. Needless to say, messages inscribed on the candy today have indeed changed over the years.

As we draw closer to this traditional February "heart day,” I'm reminded that time may bring great change to traditions and the way we communicate.

But then again, I'm also reminded where in the Bible it is told: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, WITH WHOM IS NO VARIABLENESS, neither shadow of turning" (James 1: 17).

Just think of it! Although things around us change constantly, JESUS never changes! The message of God’s Word and His love for us will always be clear and will always remain the same.

While the many multi-million dollar businesses of online dating encourage the single person to find that “one special person” in their life –– all for a fee, of course –– I have no need of their services. I already have Someone with me, and this One whom I know has already paid the price –– on the Cross.

That is, in fact, the thought of this month’s featured song: “I HAVE SOMEBODY WITH ME,” written many years ago by prolific songwriter-singer-minister, Vep Ellis.

Although single persons all around us constantly seek to find that “one special person” who will be attentive, loving, and caring, the first verse of Ellis’ song tells: “Tho’ others would be lonely when all their friends are gone, MY LORD IS EVER STANDING BY MY SIDE; (There is) A heavy load upon me and yet I’m pressing on, Because I’ve found a Savior, Friend and Guide.”

Then, Ellis adds to the third verse of this song – found on page 313 in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal – “Some folks have lots of pity, they say I’m sad and lone, but I don’t need their sympathy at all; For in that golden city, MY LORD’S PREPARED A HOME, I’m leaving when I hear the final call.”

As Christians, we’re happily reminded of God's messages of love and written to each one of us within the pages of the Bible. The message of "I LOVE YOU," for example, is found throughout the 66 books, but it is especially found in John 3:16 (the Golden Text of the Bible).

THIS 25-word message from God is for everyone, and tells Good News: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

With Bible messages in mind, I can’t help but see the appeal of the Master to us all to "BE MINE." Although found in many other verses, and in different words, I see this same message when I read how "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

When but a boy in Sunday School – and also at home – I learned our GOD is to be the "ONE AND ONLY," for early on in the Old Testament we are told: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3).

Later on, I read a message from God of “CALL ME,” when I studied Psalm 4:3. For those serving God faithfully, you too can join David in saying these words: "... the Lord will hear when I call unto Him."

THIS special One in my life was also told in song long ago by America’s beloved family of Gospel music, when The Speer Family recorded words of a chorus that reminds each Christian: “Somebody loves me, answers my prayer, I love Somebody, I know He cares; Somebody tells me not to repine, THAT Somebody is JESUS, and I know He’s mine.”

We know God loves us, for His Word tells us time and time again. But there must also be genuine messages of OUR love for God written upon OUR hearts and spoken from OUR lips.

Will you also speak to Him messages from your heart; words like "YES, LORD" or "JESUS, I’M YOURS"? Or perhaps other words like, "LORD, I’LL STAY" or “I’LL BE TRUE"?

Ellis completes this month’s featured song by adding the chorus: “(O yes) I have Somebody with me to share my heavy load, I feel His presence with me every day; (And altho’) trouble overtakes me along life’s weary road, I have Somebody with me all the way.”

“OH YES, I HAVE SOMEBODY WITH ME” ––

*** …in times of perplexity, when THIS Somebody will always be there for those who live right, and who faithfully walk with God. ~ “…so that we may boldly say…‘I will not fear…’” (Hebrews 13:6).

*** in times of poverty, when THIS Somebody provides ~ as He did for the widow woman who had a diminishing barrel of meal and cruse of oil. (1 Kings 17:16)

*** in times of discouragement, when THIS Somebody will be our encourager, as He was for Moses and Joshua: “…Be strong and be of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).

These are but three examples why I’m glad to have THIS “Somebody” with me at all times! But I love Him more for who He IS, rather than just what He can do. WHO is THIS “Somebody,” you ask? THIS “Somebody” is JESUS, and ---- I know HE’S MINE.”

–– Bill

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The Erwins - Ready to Sail


Producer: Wayne Haun & Randall Garland
Label: StowTown Records
Website: http://www.erwinministries.com

When the Erwins signed with StowTown Records, they set sail on voyage that would carry their sound across formerly uncharted waters, arriving at the treasure buried within their voices all along.

"Ready To Sail," the album's title song, launches the album with Keith's signature vocal on the verses before raising the banner of their unmistakeable blend over a chorus that moves with steady, driving force.

Who would have guessed that southern gospel's poster children would steer into modern water's with their spin on Mercy Me's "Greater." Not only did they do it, the blow the song out of the water! When banjo meets techno meets earthy tones, you have a hit that will take listeners of any age captive.

"Calvary's One Spotless Lamb," is beautifully orchestrated and harmonized perfectly as the Erwins deliver a ballad that testify's of God's redeeming, matchless grace.

Each of the four take a turn solo'ing one of the album's highlights, "Isn't He God." Yes, this song moves listeners to consider who God is, but I believe it will literally move the listener. Close your eyes and picture a one-step-sway and clap, then try and listen without moving. You can't.

The current radio single from this album, and possibly one of the most powerful songs of the year is "I Choose To Be A Christian." Katie's vocals have improved drastically since "Back To The Basics." Her tone has filled out, and she has tapped into her natural ability to communicate emotion vocally. The orchestration grabs your attention and pulls you into an anthem for today's Christian. No doubt they have a number one on their hands in this song.

How fitting that Mr. StowTown, himself should make an appearance in their virgin voyage on the new label. You will hear Ernie Haas partner with the group for a fun rendition of "Take Him At His Word."

Story songs are a dime-a-dozen in the gospel industry, but when you couple incredible phrasing with a heart-warming narrative, you have a tearjerking hit. "You Are Welcome Here" is that song.

The album also includes songs, "Believe Him," "Well Done," "The Burden of Loving Me," "Will You Go," "Power In Prayer," and "Take Him At His Word." After the top three songs on the album,(Christian, Greater, Ready To Sail) it would be extremely hard to order the others in level of importance and excellence as they all exude perfection from the blend to the background.

"Ready To Sail" is the first of many five star projects to come from this family. This album marks the beginning of a trademarked sound; and will be reminisced as the day a music legacy began for a name that will drop anchor in households around the world: The Erwins.



Song List:

1. Ready To Sail
2. Greater
3. Believe Him
4. Well Done
5. Calvary's One Spotless Lamb
6. Isn't He God
7. The Burden of Loving Me
8. I Choose To Be A Christian
9. Will You Go?
10. Power In Prayer
11. Take Him At His Word (Featuring Ernie Haase)
12. You Are Welcome Here

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Goodman Revival - Singing In the Key of Happy

Deon sits down with the new group Goodman Revival for a few minutes!

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Jim Sheldon

Choose God’s Path

Proverbs 3:6 says:” acknowledge Him in all you way and He will direct you path”

Many times we get caught up with trying to do great things for God. He will bless faithful service by winning lost people to Christ. He blesses whatever we willingly give to Him.

Twenty two years ago I totally surrendered my entire life to Jesus Christ. I sacrificed, trained and took advantage of every opportunity to singing gospel music. Always seeking to stretch and grow the abilities God has given me. A lot of frustration, disappointment and many times wanting to quit where included. Then over 5 years ago, I realized I was trying to do all this for God. That’s why the failures happened. Then God helped me understand; that God’s not about what we accomplish for Him. He wants the most intimate relationship, this side of Heaven, with us!

So, I took my hands off my life, my ministry and all my pursuits and turned it totally over to Jesus Christ! From that point on God’s been the driving force through the greater opportunities that have come.

“In everything you do put God first; He will direct and crown your efforts with Success.” Proverbs 3:6 (Living Bible Paraphrase)

Putting God First Ministry is not just a title or slogan. It’s my life’s work!

So, I “Choose God’s Path”, He will guide & bless your efforts

I pray for prosperity for all my Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ!

Putting God First Ministry
“The Positive Cowboy” Jim Sheldon

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Celeste Winstead - Industry Insider

Chris talks with Gaither Music Group's Celeste Winstead in this month's Industry Insider. Celeste is the Director of Marketing and Communication for Gaither Music Group/Spring Hill Music Group.

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

Celeste Winstead: Thank you, Chris, for this opportunity. You and your family have been avid supporters of gospel music for many years, and it has been a pleasure to work with you and call you friends.

I graduated from the University of North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!). Knowing I wanted to be a part of the Christian music scene and having grown up listening to and singing southern gospel and Christian music, I packed the car and headed to Nashville.

I answered an ad in the paper (via a pay phone downtown) for New Day Christian Distributors and interviewed for an entry level position with Margie Waggoner in the customer service department. Long story short, I ended up taking this position. I feel as though I could write a couple of chapters about the next six years, but I’ll sum it up by saying 1) this was about to be “Belmont Music 101” for me and by saying 2) Dottie Leonard Miller and Ed Leonard gave me a start and invested in me as a bright-eyed college grad who “wanted to work in the business.”

During those years I mailed statements to Christian retailers, stocked warehouse shelves, answered phones, assisted customers and retailers and basically learned how Christian retail and distribution work. At sister company Daywind Records I worked with everything from radio promotion and marketing to A&R, publicity and writing for publications. Public relations was a highlight of my time there as were the countless relationships with which my life has been blessed. My life was forever changed during this time by the unprecedented Norman Holland who impacted my life again and again and who will always be a significant part of my career and life.

Following my tenure there, I began working as marketing manager at Spring Hill Music Group. I still call Spring Hill home as director of marketing and communications and now jointly work for Gaither Music Group as well.

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

CW: My roles at Spring Hill and Gaither Music Group (GMG) have varied somewhat over the years, and they vary still depending on the project on which we are working. The responsibilities I have for one release may be a bit different than those that I have on another recording. That is part of the fun of being in the music business. Every day is different; every project is unique; every artist has a distinct platform. I have had the joy of working with an amazing number of artists in not only southern gospel music but also with inspirational, country, worship and contemporary Christian artists as well. It keeps things interesting!

I often write copy surrounding our releases for both consumers and for commercial uses; and I work closely with the sales and marketing team at Capitol Christian Music Group, the company that distributes our products to Christian retail, mainstream stores as well as the digital marketplace. I plan events with the Capitol team, work with national accounts and marketing groups and assist with various marketing tools needed to launch products into the marketplace. I organize and implement photo shoots regularly and direct the creative direction for our album art. I also work closely with media on a regular basis in representation of our artists. These outlets vary from magazines and newspapers to tv and websites, and I represent our artists with various organizations including the GMA, CMA and NARAS.

I sometimes travel alongside our artists when they make promotional trips surrounding releases. These often include media stops, acoustic shows and on-air radio visits. I also work hand-in-hand with our radio promotion team to service stations and to promote our singles. Depending on the project, I work with publishers who pitch songs for inclusion on various recordings. Sometimes there are specific appearances or marketing projects that I plan and oversee.

Mine is a job of seeking opportunities, planning, communicating, evaluating, connecting dots and the building of relationships, relationships, relationships!

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

Now Chris, you know the answer to this—I can’t single projects out. The variety alone is appealing to me, and I have worked with legends and new artists and artists somewhere in between, and I have been able to be a part of such a wide variety of Christian music. It is breathtaking to work with a team like that of Bill Gaither. Where would I begin to describe that impact on me personally and professionally? And it is a joy to work with The Oak Ridge Boys. I can’t tell you how profound they are at what they do and how they treat those around them. I point out those two artists because of the wisdom I have gleaned from them.

Then there are young artists that I have had a chance to help develop along the way. Those projects really get me going because I am able to be a part of the very nuts and bolts of what they are building. In these instances, I get to contribute and help on multiple fronts.

I will mention two artists because my particular role with their projects was a very active one that engaged my gifts on many fronts. Their lives and careers have made big impacts on me. I had the honor of representing a band by the name of DecembeRadio who won two GMA DOVE Awards for Rock Album of the Year and garnered a GRAMMY nod for their debut, and I was able to be a part of the launch of the solo career of the “singer’s singer” Jason Crabb. I think most people reading this are familiar with his ministry and impact in the world of Christian music. Day-to-day, decision-by decision, I was honored to work alongside both of these artists on so many facets of their careers for a period of several years.

I am grateful every day to be a part—big or small—of many projects. The recording business is not a formula. There is always something new to learn, and technology keeps the world of marketing and recording in a constant state of change. It is a blessing to be a part of this industry, and it is a JOY to know the people in it!

CU: How has the industry changed, particularly in marketing and PR, since you started?

CW: I was just talking about this with a photographer last week. When I began, we drove across town to proof ads at designers’ offices. We used light boards to view slides and transparencies, and we used a magnifying glass to make photo selections. I penned and edited hard copy newsletters for radio and retail that were sent via snail mail. All of my press releases were mailed in a traditional envelope WITH A PHOTO folded inside! (Can you imagine our bill at Motophoto for all of those reprints? LOL) All radio singles were sent hard copy by mail with no digital downloads available. (Clearly, I started when I was 10!)

And the press kits—oh those press kits! That kind of information is now emailed or posted on the artists’ sites or a media site, and this has dramatically reduced filing and compiling and mailing. I stayed on the phone most of the day (which I sometimes miss and still think is important) because I didn’t have a work email address!

One of the challenges for me at times has been adjusting to technology. I can do the basics (ha!); but as those whose desks have ever been near mine know, I never claimed to be brilliant with digital files and the technical side of things. I have had to learn along the way, and I am thankful for those who have helped me.

Aside from technology, I think the marketplace is more specialized these days. While it seems that “everything is available everywhere” to be discovered, it also seems that people have a limited number of hours in a day, and they know where to get the very thing they want.

With the rapid growth of social media, attention spans are shorter. When I started it seemed one could throw a lot of darts at a board to try to find what would stick. These days seem to require more targeting and precision. As a colleague told me years ago, we have to work smarter rather than harder.

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

Earlier today I received the new promotional video for the upcoming CD/DVD releases from the Gaither Vocal Band. Watching snippets from Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm reminded me of the joy of music, the eternal impact of lyrics, the encouragement a song can bring and the incredible talents I call friends. These particular releases, while focused on the Gaither Vocal Band, also feature The Isaacs, The Martins, Goodman Revival, Charlotte Ritchie, Buddy Greene, Gene McDonald and The Nelons. It was recorded at Joey+Rory’s barn/concert hall.

We are finishing up the album cover now for David Phelps’ new solo release. Working with David is always a creative and invigorating process; and then, well, there’s that voice!

I am also planning strategies for the new Oak Ridge Boys’ release, Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites; and this year marks an all-new release and special anniversary for Jeff & Sheri Easter. We just released the debut CD and DVD from Goodman Revival. I have known this group for years, but this is the first time I have gotten to partner alongside of them.

My bucket list overflows!

CU: What advice to you have for aspiring musicians or people wanting to work in the industry?

CW: Wow. Can I write a book on this? Ha!

1. First of all, I would say to DREAM. And as The Martins said, “DREAM BIG.”

Dream bigger than you think is feasible. I think this is important because
A) You only get one journey through this life
B) You should always “shoot for the gold.” You may only get to silver. But you will NOT get to the gold if you don’t shoot for it.
C) You are a child of the King
D) Faith itself is ”the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” You have to have faith.
E) You don’t want regrets later

So DREAM…take a risk…have faith

2. This really applies to everyone; but especially if you desire to be an artist, songwriter, musician,…any type of creative, I think you have to find your audience. Who are they? Where are they? What do they want from you specifically? What separates you and brings you to their forefront? When you figure this out, serve that audience sincerely and embrace the significance of finding your niche.

3. Don’t let your career BECOME who you are. Give it 100%. Do your best. Be a steward of your time and talents. Run hard. (You know the T-shirt slogans: Just do it…Swim upstream…)

But remember this: One hundred years from now…in fact, probably three months from now, people will not remember what you said or what you did or what you won or what you accomplished. They WILL remember HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

Do your best. But LOVE others. That is the greatest commandment.

Three things stand the test of time: God, His Word and people. Remember to “invest” in those things.

So work hard, but be sure that isn’t all you have done 50 years from now.

4. As I stated above, this business is mostly void of formulas. If you want exact amounts, proven theories and absolutes, it can be challenging. What works for one artist does not work for another. What works for one artist in a given year may not work for that very same artist years later. As they say, the only thing constant is change.

5. It’s ok to start at the bottom and work your way up. In fact, I think it usually makes you a better leader to actually know what you are leading and to have an understanding of everything you are directing. There are few shortcuts to the top. If you find one, be careful. There may also be a trap door somewhere. Textbooks can’t teach you reality or give you wisdom. Character is built along the way over time.

CU: What has God been teaching you lately?

CW: 1) For the better part of a year God has been teaching me that we don’t get grace, comfort, favor and/or wisdom in big doses in advance. We can’t hoard these things. We can’t go to God today and say, “Ok, God, tell me everything I need to know about this or that now because I’m off to the races!”


It doesn’t work that way. If it did, we would probably misallocate it anyway and be out of it when we most needed it. We also might not realize that it is Him giving it to us. And we would miss out on the daily relationship and journey with the Lord. That is where life is found—in that walk and relationship.

If you went up to your best friend and said, “Ok, tell me right now every story you are going to tell me. Give me every piece of advice you will ever give me,” they couldn’t do it. You will get those things OVER TIME and in relationship with that friend.

That is how it is with God. He gives us what we need FOR THAT TIME and no more. He is not ahead of schedule or behind. He is in the moment, on the journey.

This applies to dreaming big and running after life, but it also applies to moments of heartbreak and bewilderment. He gives us what we need TODAY according to our needs.

2) If you spend your life waiting until you are READY for this or READY for that before you do anything, you will never accomplish anything. We will never be “ready.” The disciples were far from “ready.” I’m not suggesting we don’t prepare, but we must take steps of faith. He can use the tiniest grain of faith, the smallest loaf of bread and fish…but we have to get moving.

3) We often wonder why we don’t hear from God. We pray for direction. We ask others for advice. We work hard. We read social media. We watch the news. We ask God to help others. We serve in our communities, and yet we don’t hear from Him.

I am learning that He is speaking to us ongoing; but when exactly was it that we stopped, got quiet and LISTENED to Him?

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Rachel West Kramer - Majestic Glory


Producer: David Clydesdale, Shane McConnell, and Woody Wright
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.thekramersmusic.com

I have just finished listening to one of the most beautiful projects that I have heard in years. In fact I have now listened to it 3 times in a row, and I may just have to listen to it one more time before calling it a night. The new CD project, MAJESTIC GLORY, by RACHEL WEST KRAMER has totally ministered to me this evening. Such a gorgeous recording. Rachel is a leading member and plays in intricate part of the Illinois based family group THE KRAMERS, who have been traveling, singing and ministering in music for years, they also have hosted the popular RiverLife Gospel Music Cruise aboard The Spirit of Peoria Riverboat for the past 19 years. After reading the bio on their website thekramersmusic.com, one can tell Rachel has a rich and diverse ministry which encompasses not only music but so many other areas of touching hearts with her speaking ministry as well.

MAJESTIC GLORY, features 10 classic songs of the church so elegantly and richly arranged by the amazing legend of a talent, David Clydesdale and then add in the production of Rachel's incredible vocals by two top talents in the Christian music field, Shane McConnell and Woody Wright, you have a project that will truly bring "goosebumps" on top of "goosebumps" to you several times when listening to the project.

There are ''great talented singers" and then there are "amazing anointed singers", and Rachel Kramer is at the top of the list in that category. Her vocals stretch, soar and then sweep down to the deep crevice of the heart and then back up to the mountain tops of those notes that move so many of us as we listen to the music. I could easily compare Rachel to several of the finest and most respected female vocalists in every genre of music, and that includes Christian, Pop and Classical....she is a "singers singer". What a talent.

The project starts off with a powerful anthem, CHRIST AROSE THE VICTOR, and you know right up front what this album is all about from start to finish. Rachel takes us, the listener, on a wonderful ride of emotions as she sings songs of the church and heart, which includes so many classic favorites. My favorites are THE HOLY CITY, I WALKED TODAY WHERE JESUS WALKED, IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL, HOW GREAT THOU ART and then she ends the project with the powerful THE LORDS PRAYER, and you will find yourself pressing repeat on it at least once or twice.

I cannot say enough about this CD, and I would highly recommend to everyone who appreciates, respects and loves the gift of music. It is absolutely breathtaking and I have to give it a 5. It has touched my heart tonight.



Song List:

CHRIST AROSE THE VICTOR
MORNING STAR
THE HOLY CITY
I WALKED TODAY WHERE JESUS WALKED
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
NEW JERUSALEM
HOW GREAT THOU ART
TO THE CROSS
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
THE LORDS PRAYER

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Behind the Song: What We Needed

What We Needed
Dianne Wilkinson
Written 2008
Recorded 2008 by The Kingdom Heirs
Project: True to the Call

This month I feature a songwriter that has been in the business since the 1950s! She started singing in a trio with her mother and aunt, and in 1976, she wrote "Behold the Lamb." In 2000, she was the first woman to be nominated as SGMA Songwriter of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the Absolutely Gospel Music Award for Songwriter of the Year (Professional). The prolific writer that I am talking about is Tennessee’s own Dianne Wilkinson. Dianne has a long string of songs performed and recorded by some of the top groups in Southern Gospel music. You can check out the list of all her songs at her website - http://www.diannewilkinson.com/songs.htm

Dianne Wilkinson:
When I saw the movie Cold Mountain, I was very impressed by the scene in the little mountain church with the people singing an old hymn called "I Won't Have to Stay Here Long" in full, perfect harmony. I learned later that the Sacred Harp singers of shaped note singing fame were doing the actual singing. I loved the spirit and movement of that song. The first song I wrote after that was "What We Needed"; the year was 2008. I didn't consciously try to make it reminiscent of the song from the movie, but its influence is all over it. Daywind sent me a great demo of my song by Tim Parton and Terry Franklin, and I quickly sent it to Arthur Rice of the Kingdom Heirs. He was holding several songs of mine at the time. When I talked to him at NQC not long after that, he was talking about the songs he thought would make the record, and he said, "I think 'What We Needed' will be the big song on this record". I have learned over the years that Arthur is rarely wrong about such predictions...so I got excited!  They did record "What We Needed" and sent it to the radio. At that point in 2008, I had had two #1 songs in my writing career (which dates back to 1976): "Boundless Love" in 1987 and "He Said" in 2000. I will never forget the day I got the call that "What We Needed" had gone to #1...the song that was inspired by a Civil War era hymn. The Kingdom Heirs and I have had several #1 songs since then by the grace of God, but "What We Needed" was the first, and I still love to hear them sing it. The song went to choral print with a great arrangement by Mike Speck, and I love that version, too. God knew what we needed...a Savior, pure and sinless...dying for the wrong we'd done"!  I'm thankful for the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ!

I am a long-time fan of Dianne’s music and of the Kingdom Heirs and this is one of my favorite songs performed by them. This is one of those songs that you just can’t stop listening too and will find yourself singing when you’re working around the house or in the yard and to help make sure you get all of those words right while you are singing it here are the lyrics!




©2008 Dianne Wilkinson
(Christian Taylor Music/BMI)

Verse 1:
We have never seen all through history
That a man could save himself
Every work of man since the world began
Never kept one soul from hell
But God looked down in grace and love
And met our greatest need
By His own hand and His perfect plan
We are free, yes, free indeed.

Chorus:
What we needed was a Savior, pure and sinless
Dying for the wrong we've done
What we needed was a holy Sacrifice
God's only begotten Son
When the world all-around was bound for hell
All earthly hope was lost
What we needed was the grace and mercy
God provided on a rugged cross.

Verse 2:
Many men have tried to be satisfied
By the things this world affords
The have placed their faith in another way
And rejected Christ, our Lord
But the Father longs to reveal to them
What they needed all along
It is there to claim in Jesus' Name
At the cross sin's stain is gone!

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Christian Fiction Queen: Dark Hour

By: Ginger Garrett
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 1-57683-869-2

About the book:

One of the darkest and bloodiest stories of all time comes not from a medieval battlefield but from inside one of the most opulent palaces ever built. The strategies come not from men eager to extend their influence but from women bent on exercising their wit and prowess in a kingdom not their own. Treason and murder are fair game. Marriage is manipulation, a means to an end. Children are the enemy. And the days of the House of David are numbered -- unless one woman can find the strength to conquer them all.

Review:

"The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you...Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:11,16).

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers" (Genesis 3:15).

Years before, God promised David that his descendants "shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel" (1 Kings 9:5). But in Israel that promise is a distant memory, dimmed with the passage of time, and the royal house has been infiltrated by idolaters with dreams power and a burning desire to see the Jewish faith permanently discarded in favor of gods such as Baal. The kingdom has become divided. In Israel, Ahab rules with the scheming Jezebel at his side. One of their daughters, Athaliah, is sent to Judah to marry Jehosophat's heir, the prince Jehoram. And Athaliah is every inch her mother's daughter, bringing to her marriage new gods and a burning desire to control the throne and rival her mother's power in the north.

In Dark Hour, the first novel in the Serpent Moon Trilogy, Ginger Garrett brings this small slice of Old Testament history to vivid, colorful life. Garrett's scriptural source material is 2 Chronicles 21-23, the story of Jehoram and his son Ahaziah, and how both were manipulated by Athaliah's machinations and perverse religious influence. She was nearly successful in her carefully planned attempt to usurp the throne and destroy the line of David. Athaliah, daughter of the infamous Jezebel, absorbed all of her mother's ways, and sought at every turn to undermine the Jewish faith and consolidate power to herself and her gods of wood and stone. Her nemesis is Jehoshebeth, the daughter of Athaliah's strongest rival among Jehoram's wives. Jehoshebeth's mother dies giving birth to her, and in her death throes prophesied that her child would be Athaliah's doom. Athaliah, confident in herself and the power of her gods, raised the girl to be ignorant of her true parentage and grew complacent, forgetting her dead rival's words until her pride and ambition led to her downfall. Athaliah ruled on her own for six years following a murder spree she ordered to eliminate her rivals to the throne. One woman dared to stand against Athaliah's murderous schemes and saved the life of Joash, an heir of David, who was eventually crowned and in so doing restored the Davidic dynasty to the throne.

Out of these brief scripture references, Garrett has crafted a stunning novel that illuminates this criticual juncture in biblical history. As Garrett states in her Author's Note, "[t]heoretically, other heirs of the house of David might have been alive to continue the bloodline. But God used Joash. It's startling to think that the future of Christianity, of the person of Jesus Christ, was held in the hands of one terrified woman defying an evil queen." Based on the 2 Chronicles account, little is known of Jehoshebeth. The Bible hints at the incredible bravery and devotion to God that it must have taken to risk all in incredibly dark and dangerous times. In Dark Hour Garrett carefully crafts a very real, flawed heroine who struggles with faith, courage, and destiny, and whose bravery stands as a shining example of God's faithfulness to His promises.

Dark Hour is biblical fiction at its best -- an absorbing, meticulously researched, well-written account of a dark chapter in biblical history. Garrett is a master storyteller and succeeds in a stunning fashion, fleshing out the scriptures and bringing ancient Israel and her people to vivid life. Dark Hour more than succeeded in holding my interest -- it inspired me to delve deeper into the scriptures for further study of the fascinating history illuminated in the novel. In her Author's Note Garrett states:

"For those of you, like me, who once believed the lie that the Bible is a tale of repressed women mastered by men and submitting through force, coming to the tale of Athaliah and Jehoshebeth is a shock. Athaliah did what no woman had ever done, ruling as sole monarch in Judah. Jehoshebeth was a formidable enemy and ultimately proved her undoing. I read the Bible now and am impressed with the role of women in the story..."

Well said. I very much look forward to more from Ms. Garrett. Read this novel and be fascinated and encouraged by this incredible story of God's promises and His faithfulness shown through the life of a woman willing to stand for truth.

Note: I originally reviewed Dark Hour back in 2006, and it was my first read by Ginger Garrett, and remains one of my favorite examples of Biblical fiction done extraordinarily well. As you can see from the cover image, as well as my review, Dark Hour was originally supposed to be the first of a three-book series -- the original publisher, however, moved in a different direction with their fiction line, and the remaining two stories (as noted in my Amazon review) about Samson and Delilah and Ahab, Jezebel, and Elijah were left without a publishing home.

Happily that is no longer the case, and as I mentioned a few days ago, Samson and Delilah's story, Desired, is slated to release October 1st!

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