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Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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Written: 07/01/2014 | Category: | Comments: 0


InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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


Artists

Three Bridges

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House of Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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Written: 11/01/2012 | Category: ArtistsThree Bridges Comments: 0


News & Scoops


Landon Villines Releases New Album It Had To Be God

Compton, Arkansas (May 22, 2015) Up and coming young Gospel artist Landon Villines is excited to announce the release of his first full length CD. Full of new songs by such awarded writers as Ronnie Hinson and Jeff Steele, this album captures something for every generation.

Produced by Darrell Freeman of the Freemans, the project has been a long time coming for Landon. He had dreamed of making this CD a reality for a long time.

Landon commented, "Darrell Freeman, outdid himself on making this everything I thought it would be and a hundred times more. My ultimate goals on this CD were to create a sound and style that every listener would enjoy and to encourage the listener that no matter what you're going through God already has the answer.”

Background vocalist Chris Freeman stated, "I have always had a place in my heart for the youth in Gospel music, since I was just 17 when I came into this Industry. Today I believe the youth are still our future and are leading strong. Landon is one of the most promising up and coming new artists and he sure to make a great impression on hearts and a statement of faith for who he serves and knows what he is singing about. I feel blessed that I was a small part of on his new project 'It Had To Be God'.

Villines is only 20 years old and already been singing full time for three years. He fully believes your answer is coming and when it does, everyone around you will surely say, "It Had To Be God".

Coming from a very musical family, Landon's mother wrote "It Must Have Been Hard To Resist" and sings some backup of the song. Also, Landon's sister, Emily Villines and his cousin Hannah Villines sang backup on "Better Days".
Be looking for Landon's first national radio single "When I Lay My Isaac Down" going out in the next several weeks.

The song list includes:
1. He Will Come Through --- Tim & Lana Chandler
2. Unshakable --- Ronny Hinson & Darrell Freeman
3. When I Lay My Isaac Down --- Billy Fields
4. I'm Raised --- Jeff Steele
5. Better Days - Joshua Jordan
6. He's Got a Miracle For You --- Ronny Hinson
7. It Must Have Been Hard to Resist --- Becky Villines
8. It Had to be God --- Ronny Hinson
9. I've Got It --- Unknown
10. Rough Side of the Mountain --- Rev. F. C. Barnes

You can learn more about Landon Villines by going to his webpage at http://landonvillinesministries.com/ or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/LandonVillinesMusic .

To book Landon contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 870-416-6093 .

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

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 05/22/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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

Come Up Higher

Not long ago we found ourselves in route from Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. Feeling just a little tired we decided to try and find a motel to spend the night. The only town we could find on that deserted stretch of interstate happened to be on the small town of Blythe, California just a stone’s throw over the state line. Knowing that we still had about four hours to travel to catch our flight in Los Angeles the next day, we knew that we would have to get an early start the next morning. It seemed that long days and short nights had been the norm on this particular trip, and after two weeks on the road , to say that I was anxious to get home would have been an understatement.

After a short night with little sleep I got myself up and moving with half a bagel and a couple of slugs of coffee. I pulled onto the interstate heading to the L.A. airport just as the sun was beginning to peak over the mountains. As the sun began climbing higher in the clear sky revealing barren rugged landscape, I began to feel more and more alone. As far as I could see in every direction there were vast amounts of nothingness, just flat brown desert with no signs of life anywhere. The more I drove, the lonelier I felt.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on where these feelings were coming from so I began to talk to the Lord about them as the guys slept. To my surprise, the more I poured out my heart to God, the lonelier I felt. The lonelier I felt the angrier I become until I was just doing nothing but complaining to the Lord… about everything! At that point life seemed out of balance, nothing seemed right, nothing felt right and the future looked pretty bleak with nothing on the horizon to look forward to except more travel which meant more time away from home. On and on I ranted asking, God why this and why that? I finished my “prayer” by asking, “So God, what are you going to do about all this?” At that exact moment, I heard his gentle voice, though not audible; resonate like thunder in my spirit saying “come up higher.” After all my ranting and raving His soft answer caught me off guard. He now had my full attention but I wasn’t sure how to respond. I asked, “Lord what do you mean exactly?” It was if I could see Him smiling as He said, “Just stay close to me and don’t focus on your circumstances. If you’ll do that, I’ll do the rest.”

A few hours later traffic jams and honking horns greeted us as we arrived on the outskirts of Los Angles and what I had just heard from The Lord was put on the back burner so to speak while I concentrated on driving with the other drivers around me who all seemed in a hurry and with patients at a premium. After what seemed like an eternity, I was relieved to have successfully navigated the maze of cars on the interstate and gotten us to long term parking at LAX in one piece. With our vehicle parked safely in the parking lot and myself and my luggage inside the terminal, it was now time to begin the ordeal of getting through security. After going through all the security checkpoints and getting “dressed” again for the second time that day, I got myself and my bags reorganized from that ordeal and I was finally on my way. I arrived at the designated gate and flopped my luggage on the ground and myself into a chair. Breathing a sigh of relief I knew that there was nothing left to do but grab some lunch with the guys and wait for our boarding call. After that I would then try and get some sleep before arriving in Dallas/Ft. Worth where we would make our connection and begin the final leg of our trip home to Nashville.
The flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth was uneventful. I tried to relax and read a bit as I normally do and then decided to catch a quick nap before landing. I was awakened by the captain making his routine announcement about having turned on the seatbelt sign and us beginning our final decent to the airport. However, he caught my attention when he told us that there were severe thunderstorms below us with rain and strong winds. He added that it’s going to be a bumpy ride getting down through the clouds from our altitude of 20,000 feet so he requested that everyone please stay buckled up and in their seat until we are safely parked at the gate.

Just then I happened to glance out my window and noticed that the sun was shining through my window. The white fluffy clouds beneath us looked like soft giant cotton balls that were being illuminated by the beautiful warm sunshine. I thought, wow you’d never know that there were storms in the area by looking outside. As I was admiring this beautiful scene, I saw what appeared to be another aircraft passing us at about the same altitude headed the opposite direction. All of a sudden it turned and as it did I saw its wings move! It was then that I realized that it was not an airplane it was a bird..a BIG bird and it was flying at 20,000 feet! As I watched this graceful creature, with its massive wings spread just riding the currents, I felt the Lord speak to my heart again repeating His invitation He had given to me earlier that day, “Come up higher.” As I watched and listened, it were as if He said, “You see that bird? It has no idea that there is thunder, lightning, high winds and rain on the ground below. All it knows is that there’s warm sunshine above and fluffy white clouds beneath and that the conditions are perfect to spread its wings and just ride the air currents that I have put beneath them. It had to work to reach this altitude but doesn’t have to work to stay up here; it just spreads its wings and soars. That’s my desire for you and all my children.” All I could say was “God, forgive me for all my complaining.” I was humbled and overwhelmed that the Creator of all things would take the time to show me something so simple, yet so profound, especially after being so unthankful and to be honest downright hateful. It was even more overwhelming when I reflected on all the times that I have spent flying over the past several years and never once have I seen birds from an airplane window flying at such high altitudes!
I meditated on what I had seen and heard the rest of the way home. It was then that I realized that when we put in the effort to answer God’s call to “Come up higher”, our horizons are broadened, our perspective is completely changed and we soar high above our circumstances.

I was also reminded of Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” What an awesome promise from a loving awesome God. As I write this I am reminded of a line in one of my favorite gospel songs which says “What’s a mountain to an eagle flying high from Heavens point of view.” As long as I live I’ll never forget the lesson He taught me at 20,000 feet that literally has changed my life! So now I am extending the same invitation and challenge to you, “Come up higher.”





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Written: 05/21/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


News & Scoops


Sneed Family Presents Loretta Lynn In Kentucky

Glasgow, KY (May 21,2015) Award winning Gospel artist, The Sneed Family is excited to bring American Icon and Country Music superstar, Loretta Lynn back to her home state of Kentucky for a special night of music in her first ever appearance in Glasgow. The concert will be held on Friday, July 10th at 7:00 PM CST at the historic Plaza Theatre.

Jeff Sneed and his family group will be opening the night of music with Gospel songs and Loretta Lynn will finish the evening performing most of her greatest hits in Country Music in an intimate setting at the Plaza Theatre downtown. She is known for such hit songs as "Coal Miner’s Daughter”, "You Ain’t Woman Enough”, and "You're Lookin' At Country”.



The Sneed Family serves as the host group as well as the producer and promoter of the most unique and exciting event in Gospel Music today, the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN each September. This has turned into an annual event which is in its third year. It started when Loretta expressed a desire to have Gospel music on the ranch and Jeff Sneed was suggested to her as the perfect person to put the weekend event together.

Jeff stated "We are so thankful that an artist of her caliber still loves Gospel music. I have always loved Loretta’s music and the friendship built between our two families has caused me to want Loretta Lynn to share her gift of singing and songwriting with our friends here in Glasgow in her home state.”

Tickets will go on sale for this event May 29th at 8:00 AM CST. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.plaza.org/. With less than 1000 seats this event will be a sell out so do not wait to secure your seat to this special event.

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

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

To book the Sneed Family or find out more information about this event contact by E-mail a .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Sneed Office at 270-646-0354

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Written: 05/21/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Free Lunch

There's an old English proverb that simply says "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Things that offered as "free" always has a hidden cost.

Sin operates that way.

We see something that seems to be FREE and is tempting and we believe the lie that "no one will know. We follow through with the sin and we will find pleasure in it.

We will use every resource to keep it hidden. We might even keep the secret from being revealed for a short time, but the Truth will always come out. Maybe not today nor tomorrow, but it WILL come out.. And there WILL be a price to be paid. We will pay it for that FREE LUNCH.

Numbers 32:23 "But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out. "

Ecclesiastes 12:14

"For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."

Ephesians 5:13-14 "But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light."


What LIGHT is this verse referring to? The light of God's convicting power. That light is shown on us so that we may TURN from that sin and behavior. Sin is a wedge between us and God.

Confessing and repenting from that sin will bring us freedom and rebuild our relationship with God.

Believe me friend, I'd rather confess and repent of my sin, before God reveals it. There's no FREE LUNCH. The Bill is coming.

Romans 6:23-


"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."


It's a FREE GIFT- but it cost Christ His life.

Through Jesus Christ dying on the Cross offered His life as payment for our sins. He wants us to allow Him to pay our sin debt. He wants to pay the Bill for your sin.

1John 1:9 "But if we confess our sins to Him, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."

Prayer starter: "Father, I have sinned and did my best to conceal it from those around me. I ask that you forgive and cleanse me. Shine your light in my heart and allow your grace to cover me. Thank you for Jesus and His sacrifice. In His name, Amen."

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Written: 05/19/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


News & Scoops


Ricky Free Undergoes Major Hip Surgery

This was posted by Kelly, Ricky's wife, earlier today in regards to Ricky's surgery:

"For all of our family and friends who have been praying or even wondering what's been going on with Ricky: Last Wednesday Ricky fell and broke his hip. After days in the hospital with very few answers we found out that the reason for the break was a large cell tumor that had deteriorated the left hip bone and a portion of the femur. You hear the word "tumor" and your mind goes to all kinds of places and imagines the worst case scenario. We kept hearing from the doctors about how rare this case was and how they didn't know exactly what they were going to do. So that scared us to death, as you can imagine. We weren't just dealing with a broken hip, it was the break, the tumor, and the deterioration of the bone. His surgery to remove the tumor was this morning and praise God for good news! They removed the tumor and are pretty confident that it's benign. They filled the space where the tumor was with cement and screws and a metal plate. Ricky will be on crutches for about 6 weeks. Then it could be a year before we have conversations of future surgeries. We could not be more relieved!! Thank you for praying and for your calls and texts and encouragement!"

We will update as more information becomes available.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 05/19/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Too Hot to be Cold and Too Cold to be Hot

That's the description of too many.
Sadly, it describes some ministries and churches. I wish it was otherwise but it is descriptive of far too many marriages, and parent/child relationships.

I'm describing what is known as "lukewarmness" and when it comes to spiritual matters, Jesus isn't at all fond of it. As a matter of fact, He cautioned one particular church that he would eventually rid himself of their distasteful presence if they didn't repent and return to their "first love."

You can read about it in Revelation ???

He never said to them, "You don't love me at all."

What he did imply however, was the fact that they didn't love him like they used to.

Do you still love him like you did when you first became a Christian or has he become someone less than cherished in your life?

Many people like piping hot coffee. Now, you can purchase "iced" coffee most anywhere. While that's not my "cup of tea", I suppose some like it.
But, I've yet to see lukewarm coffee on anybody's menu. It's distasteful and lacking and worthy of being discarded.

I don't mean to be offensive, but I doubt if there's too many things worse than a lukewarm church. After all, who is it helping?

Few can be blessed by a lukewarm group of singers. They may have their vocals perfected and their stage presence down pat, but if their spiritual condition is tepid, it's not hard to detect. The same is true with a preacher, a Sunday school teacher or anyone who is active in the work of The Lord.

Jesus said, "I prefer you were cold or hot, but never lukewarm."

That's an interesting statement that merits some elaboration. I don't need to explain The Lords desire for spiritual "hotness" in your life. But why would he prefer coldness over lukewarmness. After all, isn't some
warmth better than none at all?
No, not when it comes to your hearts condition.

A cold person will do something about it. They will make provision to
secure themselves. While a lukewarm person has become content with "room temperature" spiritual living.

There's a simple answer.

Go back to the fire. Let the heat get turned on in your soul. Stir the embers of renewal and revival.
But most of all return to your first love again and put Jesus back on the throne of your life.


Tim Hill

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Written: 05/18/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


Editorials

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The Couriers at the United Nations

Phil Enloe of the Couriers relates their United Nations experience.

It was an awesome opportunity and we are grateful for the chance to sing a gospel song at the U.N. and to add my voice to the many Ambassadors, Dignitaries and International representatives who are concerned with the “Persecutions of the Christians in the Middle East.” The Islamic Radical Extremist are gaining ground and the atrocities we’ve witnessed on our television sets is coming to America sooner than we can imagine.



This all came together because of a young man that I took under my wings many years ago when the school system threw him out. His name is KEVIN JESSIP and he traveled with me for many years, finished his education on the road and then attended a Bible College in Minnesota. All of the friends he got in trouble with in High School are dead now, so his survival came directly from God’s intervention. To this day he considers me his father.

He has started several businesses and has had great success in the business world. A couple of years ago he accepted a position on staff with REINHARD BONNKE, the world’s greatest evangelist. He has lead 80 plus million people to Christ throughout Africa and is presently conducting mega crusades across America.

Because of Kevin’s involvement with Bonnke, he was asked to assemble concerned representatives from around the world to come together for a conference addressing the persecution of Christians that’s coming to our homeland. Well, he decided to take the issue to the world and contacted the United Nations. He found favor with the council and the conference really took off. Anyone and everyone wanted to get on board.

Of course, Kevin wanted to include his mentor to add my voice to the others he had invited. He also asked if The COURIERS would sing Neil’s award winning song, “THE CROSS IS MY STATUE OF LIBERTY.” He presented his requests to the United Nations and got clearance.

It was the most scrutinized and red tape event we were ever involved with. The security is unbelievable, but the Lord helped us through it all. I am proud of Kevin’s vision and work to make this happen. I believe this was the first time a gospel song has ever been sung at the United Nations. But, the world finally heard the Gospel in Word and in Song on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the United Nations and we are thrilled that we were a part of it.

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Written: 05/18/2015 | Category: Editorials Comments: 0


Weekly Chart

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Monday - May 18, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1
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15
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
3
5
13
Battle Cry Kingsmen
3
4
6
17
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
5
2
26
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
6
4
8
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
7
15
3
He Is Mine Eighth Day
7
8
13
20
Glorybound Whisnants
5
9
8
13
I Will Rise Tribute
8
10
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10
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
11
9
9
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
12
22
8
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
10
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20
3
Time Machine Browders
13
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16
8
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
15
29
9
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
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11
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
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24
13
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
18
10
5
Power of the Cross Gold City
10
19
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He Can See My Tomorrow Mark Bishop
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7
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I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
7
21
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17
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
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28
17
Still Blessed Hyssongs
13
23
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Ordinary People Old Paths
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24
16
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Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
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15
Send Me Rick Webb Trio
20
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27
3
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
26
27
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The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
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Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
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When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
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When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
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Shout Williamsons
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Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
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Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
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Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
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I Want the World to See (Jesus Lives In Me) Taylors
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Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
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Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
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It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
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I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
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Daily Devotion

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Who Will Go?

Go Ye Therefore

“Sit down, young man, if God wants to save the hea­then in India he will do it with­out your help or mine.” This was the rebuke William Carey received when want­ing to Evan­ge­lize India.

William Carey didn’t let this dampen his pas­sion to ful­fill the great com­mis­sion of Jesus. In fact, it wasn’t until after seven years that his Gospel mes­sage was finally received and he won his first con­vert in India. He pressed on!

As you con­tinue to spend time in God’s pres­ence and in His Word; becom­ing inti­mately acquainted with the Sav­ior, the more pas­sion­ate you are to intro­duce Him to others.

Obsta­cles are inevitable when it comes to expand­ing the King­dom of God and tak­ing souls from the hands of the enemy. Don’t be alarmed. Many times the enemy will use our own com­pla­cency against us or those clos­est to us to dis­cour­age us. Don’t let him do it!

You are God’s Ambas­sador with the Liv­ing, two-edged sword in your mouth and the power of the Holy Spirit who rests, rules and abides in you. Be bold in your Faith!

We need tens of thou­sands more mis­sion­ar­ies, short-term and long-term to flood the nations of the world with the Gospel. Peo­ple who will fol­low the voice of the Lord and who are not afraid to step out.

I’m per­son­ally believ­ing that as I step out in faith for what He has called me to do, He will pro­vide what I need, the hearts to be spo­ken into, the plat­form to min­is­ter from and souls for the Kingdom!

“God’s work, done in God’s ways, will never lack God’s sup­plies.” ~Hud­son Taylor

As I read about the work of William Carey in India and Hud­son Tay­lor in China, I am moved at the incred­i­ble urgency I feel for the Gospel to be preached; for God’s love to be dis­played in me.

There are mil­lions who are uncer­tain of who God is. Sure, many pro­fess to seek His bless­ing on their lives, but they have no clue who the only true God, who the God of the Bible is.

We must not say a prayer and go our merry lit­tle way! We must tell them of God’s love for them through Jesus.

I under­stand we can’t make any­one believe, only the Holy Spirit can reveal such things to a per­son, but God has com­manded that we speak, tell them, show them, teach them and preach to them Jesus, their liv­ing hope.

Gone are the days of wait­ing for some­one else to step up and do what God has called us to do! We must work while it is day, the night is com­ing! Time is wind­ing up!

For God is not will­ing that any should per­ish! (John 3:16)

Romans 10:13–15
13 For “Every­one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless some­one tells them? 15 And how will any­one go and tell them with­out being sent?

Men are God’s method. The Church is look­ing for bet­ter meth­ods; God is look­ing for bet­ter men… ~E.M. Bounds

We must do all we can to send, sup­port, sus­tain and go. We can’t sub­sti­tute com­pas­sion for action.

Who will go?

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Reasonable Or Unreasonable

Have you ever tried to REASON with an UNREASONABLE PERSON? Oh, it’s so frustrating to try and talk SENSE to someone who doesn’t have a clue about what you’re talking about. So, the reason you can’t REASON with an UNREASONABLE PERSON is because, WELL, they’re UNREASONABLE! It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

The art of DEALING with an UNREASONABLE PERSON is probably the biggest challenge you’ll have. You’ll find MINDLESS clashes can occur at HOME, WORK or even a CASUAL MEETING anywhere. Oh, I love it when people can agree together, but I’ve found that trying to change the mind of someone that doesn’t want to change is like beating my head against a WALL.

Isaiah said, "Come and let us REASON TOGETHER. Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they can be as wool, IF you are WILLING,"

You see, God has given everyone a FREEWILL. A WILL to REASON TOGETHER and a WILL to CLOSE our MINDS away from God.

So, if you run across an UNRESONABLE PERSON TODAY, don’t try to win the ARGUMENT, because you’re wasting your time. Just SMILE, say LITTLE and try not to REASON with someone who has proven to be UNREASONABLE.

It’s your REASONABLE Pastor Phil making good sense with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Lindsay Huggins - Then Jesus Came


Producer: Jerry Salley
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.lindsayhuggins.com

Lindsay Huggins in a new face to many southern gospel fans, but she is no stranger to the music. Having grown up in the church and around music, it's no surprise Lindsay has a love for making good, southern gospel music!

Her latest release, "Then Jesus Came" is Lindsay's most personal and perhaps her best work to date. Produced by the top-notch, award winning Jerry Salley, this project is full of some great songs and Lindsay's vocal delivery is top-notch.

The first single from the project, "Praying Women", written by Lee Black, Marcia Henry and Kenna Turner West is one, if not the strongest songs off the project and is receiving great reviews. Lindsay recorded a music video for the song a couple months ago and it's a great song honoring the godly, praying women who've influences our lives.

"Nothing He Can't Redeem" which Lindsay co-wrote with Marcia Henry is a power ballad and shows off Lindsay's capability as an artist and singer.

The title track, "Then Jesus Came" is sure to be a radio hit for Lindsay and one fans will remember her for- it's a powerful song reminding listeners that in a moment Jesus can change a situation.

"A Good Place to Turn Around" which some fans may be familiar with as Point of Grace recorded it several years back, is a great song with a little flavor of country and it's nice to hear Lindsay's arrangement of this.

"You Can Use Me" and "A New Day Comin'" are great up-tempo cuts off the project that are sure to be audience favorites in concert. "God Hears" closes out the project and is a great choice to end with as it reminds us that God does hear us and is here with us!

Lindsay Huggins has a bright future in gospel music, she's making great music and singing it well. If you're a fan of The Martins, Lauren Talley, LordSong or The Bowling Family you'll enjoy this project. Check it out, grab a copy at her website or in itunes and go see her in concert!



Song List:

The Answer
A Good Place to Turn Around
Then Jesus Came
Not In This House
Praying Women
You Can Use Me
Nothing He Can't Redeem
Pretty
A New Day Comin'
God Hears

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Balos Family - Built Upon the Rock


Producer: Jared Easter, Michael Balos and Jimmy Balos
Label: LifeLine Records
Website: http://www.balosfamily.com

The Balos Family is a bluegrass family group out of Michigan. The group consists of father Mike and mother Ramona Balos and their seven children: Kenny, Ben, Bonnie, Jimmy, Jenna, Nathanael and Joel. This family not only plays and sings but they also write. Seven of the songs on the project were written by members of this family. There are some thought provoking songs on this recording. ZOMBIE IN A PEW would be one of those songs. Just the title alone is worth a listen. The musicianship on the tracks for this album are quite good. There is a great sound quality that has rich instrumental tones. The vocals have a great blend, the kind that come from that family harmony. The only thing that really would have made the album better would be song selection. Considering many of the songs were ones written by the family, while they had good content they could have been executed better. I think maybe some work with other songwriters on original material would benefit this group. Overall BUILT UPON THE ROCK is a good album and you can tell this family truly has a sincere spirit and desire to minister. You can check them out on their website http://www.balosfamily.com.



Song List:

Every Soul
Cross To The Other Side
Built Upon The Rock
Bloom Where You’re Planted
I Love You More
Have I Told You
Just A Cup Of Water
Zombie In A Pew
It’s Been Forgiven
There’s A Place

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Eighth Day - They’re Back!

"We do it different than some...Our approach to a new recording is that we begin to pray about it and seek God's will for it. We choose or write songs that we believe are relevant to the season. Sometimes that season is us; it could be economic, political, religious, or even the landscape around the world: Whatever season the Lord has us in." In our interview with Scott Robinson, owner of 8th Day, he explained the various seasons of transitions progressing to their newest release.

In seasons past, the group consisting of husband/wife team Scott and Joni Robinson, and baritone Derek Parker have been known as one of southern gospel's premier trios. With 12 consecutive (Singing News) Top 40's and numerous number 1 songs, the South Carolina ministry has been widely accepted nation wide. Having amassed national recognition and support, it seemed curious for the group to take a step back from touring. Sacrificing the momentum.

Scott and Joni claim their family as their greatest blessing and responsibility, and have enjoyed a season of rest as they supported their children through graduation. Stepping into a brand new season, the group has released a new album and are pressing forward with a full-time concert schedule. They believe God has and will reward their obedience.

"It's our best work yet," quotes Scott. "Top to bottom you are listening to songs that have been reveled and given to us, we believe for this season. We live in a time when the world is so twisted politically and morally where many are hesitant to speak boldly about the terror our nation and faith faces. Seeing that the very fabric of who we are is under attack, our title cut concisely says "I'm Gonna Say It."

Upon hearing the newest release, Les Butler quoted, "There are at least 7 singles." Having grown up singing church music, you'll hear southern influences in our music. You'll hear a modern country sound, and an element of intricate harmony that could almost sound "pop." To put it simply, 8th Day's music hold modern influences in a classic message.

Even the name of the group is an invitation for people to ask about the gospel. This invitation is extended day to day and in the concert setting. When asked about future goals, Robinson replied "We don't have a list, we just have a love." 8th Day is supplying the praise, God is giving the platform.

If you are looking for something a little different, a sound that varies from the normal, give this group a listen. You might just find they strike a chord with you. "A fresh approach to a proven product."

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Woman to Woman

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Rickey & Karen Gooch

In this special edition of Woman to Woman, Pam talks with Rickey & Karen Gooch. The couple talks about Rickey's recent cancer treatment and how it affected their marriage and ministry!

Woman to Woman: Rickey & Karen Gooch from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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NewSong - Faithful


Producer: Nathan Nockels
Label: Integrity Music
Website: http://www.newsongonline.com

In the mid 90’s a story circulated about a young boy whose mother was dying. He went to the department store to buy her a present but didn’t have enough money to buy the pair of shoes that he’d picked out. Out of that story developed a song that would become one of the most loved Christmas songs ever. Leonard Ahlstrom and Eddie Carswell took that step forward by writing a song to the story. These men were in a band that is now known for taking the Winter Jam Tour all over the country each January, February, and March, called Newsong. Fifteen years later, Newsong is still touring and taking the message of the Gospel as far as God allows. Today, we want to take a few minutes to look at their latest, live worship album after a 10 year hiatus, FAITHFUL.

The Doxology is a perfect song to introduce the album, if this song is an indicator of the rest of the recording, you don’t want to miss this! ANGELS picks up the tempo as the recognizable voice of lead singer Russ Lee with the idea, we see through faith, mercy, and grace what angels long to see. HALLELUJAH introduces the banjo with a rich instrumental arrangement. KEEP ME CLOSE, slows things to a ballad which is a prayer to keep us close to where He is! FAITHFUL, reminds us that God has never and will never leave us but is always faithful to fulfill His promises. Other songs on the recording include, THIS BEATING HEART, YOURS, ALWAYS, MAKE A WAY, WIDE OPEN and others. My favorite on the recording is GIVE ME FAITH, a song of surrender, a song that shares the Gospel story in a relevant way!

I encourage anyone that enjoys light, adult contemporary/ worship music to pick up this recording by Newsong. I give this recording 4.5 stars!



Song List:

Doxology
Angels
Hallelujah (Bride In White)
This I Believe (The Creed)
Keep Me Close
Faithful
This Beating Heart
Yours
Always
Make A Way
Wide Open
Rock Of Ages
Give Me Faith

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Daily Devotion

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Be Still

Be Still and Know that I am God.
Psalms 46:10

It had been a while since I’d seen a day like this one. The kind of day where there’s not a cloud in the sky, the temperature is warm with a hint of fall in the air. You know the kind of day that makes you feel good because it’s just right for wearing shorts, running shoes and an old baggy T-shirt? It was a perfect day for a long walk in the park. I needed some time to think, pray and clear my head.

I was about a mile into my walk and as I rounded the curve in the wooded trail running along the river, I noticed squirrels scampering about collecting acorns, nuts etc. I saw a family of turtles sunning themselves on an old rotten moss covered log that had fallen cross ways in the sparkling water.” I don’t blame you guys for wanting to soak up this warmth today. I’m right there with you,” I thought. About that time I noticed a large Heron standing alongside the water’s edge. That enormous beautiful creature was standing motionless, so still in fact that it looked as if someone had planted a large plastic bird there. However, he was very much alive and aware of my every move. It was then that I began to notice other animals as well standing motionless so as to not move a muscle when they saw and heard me approaching.

As I walked along I began pondering what I was seeing. Here were God’s creatures standing motionless in the face of what they saw as danger, not moving a muscle, perfectly still but very alert. I thought about my own life. How do I react in the face of perceived danger? I had to be brutally honest with myself and confess that most of the time I run and scamper about wringing my hands trying to fix things and making a complete idiot of myself at times.. for what? Trying to change situations I have no control over while at the same time demonstrating a complete lack of faith in God or the promises He gave me in His word. I must admit that God used His creatures to teach me a valuable lesson that day. He tells us simply to be still. Be still when life gets loud and you’re paralyzed with fear. Be still in the wake of the unexpected. Be still when it seems that everything is total chaos. Because it’s in those times of heartache, times of challenge that we must always have a listening ear tuned toward heaven and it’s during those times when God says just be still. It’s in the act being still that we demonstrate faith and allegiance in the One who loves us beyond measure. I would go so far as to say the very act of being still is indeed an act of worship. He says to you today “Child, be still and know that I am the solution to your problem, be still and know that you’re not forgotten, be still and know your situation is under control, just be still.. and know that I am God.”

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News & Scoops


Lindsey Graham Receives Singing News Nomination

Estero, Fla (May 14, 2015) Popular Gospel singer and musician Lindsey Graham has received a nomination for the Top Five New Favorite Soloist from the Singing News Fan Awards.

Graham has been making giant strides in her popularity in the Gospel Music arena. Not only is she extremely popular as a young female soloist and musician here in the United States, but her name recognition in Europe is getting her return dates in places like Northern Ireland and Sweden.

When Lindsey Graham is performing you not only experience her strong and powerful Soprano voice, but you are captivated by beautiful music coming from her flute, piccolo, and piano. She initiates worship by any of her musical talents.

Regarding her Award nomination Lindsey commented "I am greatly humbled and blessed by this unique recognition from the fans. Please know I am sincerely grateful for your vote and appreciate your support in this final round of voting.”

Lindsey is also making plans to be a participant in the National Quartet Convention again this year. You will find her at booth #902.

Lindsey Graham has recently found a spot for the month of May on the Cash Box Magazine Looking Ahead Chart at #21 for her video rendition on "The Star Spangled Banner” performed at the Minnesota Twins training camp in Ft Meyers, FL as seen on her YouTube page.

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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A New Heart

“Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. . . . So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day”(1 Samuel 10:6, 9).

I love this story. It is the account of the prophet Samuel anointing Saul as king of Israel before anyone else knew about it. This is one of the first recorded instances of anyone being anointed with oil.

The first were Aaron and his sons, which was written about in the Book of Exodus.To me, it is so awesome that Samuel would tell Saul that when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, he would be turned into another man.This simply meant that he would be transformed and em- powered by the Spirit of God. The ability had been given by God, but Saul had to choose to act upon it. My favorite portion of this story reveals that when Saul turned to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart. Saul had to have a regenerated heart to lead Israel in the right direction.

I can relate to this part of the story, because as a wife, mother, and friend, I’ve often needed another heart.At times, mine has been broken.At other times, it’s been full of hurt or anger. I’m sad to say that even bitterness has crept in before. During those seasons in my life, I have been greatly hindered in my quest to have a right relationship with Jesus. I definitely can’t be the right kind of example or leader to those who may want to follow me. I don’t want my family or my friends influenced by a heart that is not properly in tune with the Master.

I’m so glad God is still in the business of giving new hearts, because with a new heart comes new attitudes and thoughts— when the heart changes, the mind follows suit. We can try to change our hearts on our own, but it just doesn’t work. It’s a supernatural event, and it can come about only by the same Spirit that came upon Saul.

And then, we must guard our new hearts and stay in constant communication with the giver of the heart in order to seek what He wants. I want my heart to be new every day. I want to be the constant recipient of renewal and revival. How about you?

Paula’s Prayer

God, I need a new heart today. I need to be transformed into the person You need me to be. I can do that only with a new heart.
In the name of Jesus, I ask.
Amen.



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News & Scoops


Jeff Stice Announces Homecoming

Brownsville, KY (May 13, 2015) Award winning Gospel musician Jeff Stice is announcing the Jeff Stice Homecoming. As a part of several successful groups, Jeff has been a part of many Homecoming concerts, but this time it's personal. Jeff is inviting all of his family, fans, and friends to join him for his own Homecoming Concert.

Jeff commented, "It's going to be a great night of fun and beautiful Gospel music. My special guest will be The Chuckwagon Gang featuring their down home brand of music. I'm so excited I can hardly wait.”

This special event will be held at the Edmonson County High School in Brownsville, Kentucky on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00PM. That's just a few days away. You can find out more information about the concert and tickets by calling 270-791-0235 .

More exciting news for Stice is that he recently won the Musician of the Year at the prestigious 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The AGM Awards are held every April to a packed out house at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tn. He was also just nominated for Musician of the Year in the 2015 Singing News Fan Awards.

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

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

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

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Monthly Articles

And Now For Something Different

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Author's Website:
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Making Plans

Proverbs 19:21
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

I am a planner. It's what I do. I'm organized and have everything ready to go and plan B and C should I need it. I have figured out however that not always everything goes my way. When it doesn't, I usually freak out. I try to fix it, change it, or somehow make it work.

I've been reading in my Bible though about how God's purpose always prevails over my own. My planning is not Gods planning. I should be listening to Him and following what He wants. I want to be in the perfect will of God.

We may question why for now, but we will be thankful later if we only have patience and wisdom.

Amber Thompson

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Daily Devotion

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Buried

Soul'd Out meets in one or two different locations every week when we leave out, depending on which direction we're heading.

A couple weeks ago, I left my car in a local 24 hour grocery store parking lot and hopped on the bus. We headed to Florida and the Singing At Sea Cruise for 11 days. However, while we were enjoying sunshine and warm weather, the North was getting pounded by over a foot of snow and ice.

When I arrived back to my vehicle after being gone 11 days, I discovered that my car was buried under a mound of ice and snow. The fella that drove the snowplow that cleaned that parking lot, had to have been laughing hysterically as he pushed all that snow and covered up my car.

When I first saw it, I was mad. However, I didn't stay mad very long. I realized that I was the one who left my car there for 11 days. So in reality, it was my fault.

Too many times, we create problems in our lives, make bad choices and when we feel "buried", we get angry and blame other people. We become unreasonable and look for someone else to blame. Our parents, our spouse, the preacher, the church, the government, our teachers, our social status and we even blame God.

So what did I do? I could've called someone to find out WHO buried my car. I could've walked into the Store and acted ugly with the Manager. However, I grabbed my little scraper and started digging out the car.
A couple of the Soul'd Out guys pushed from the front of the car as I "floored it" and got the car out of the huge snow pile.

The old saying is "You got yourself into this mess, now get yourself out!"

Yes, God forgives us when we bury ourselves in a hole, but many times, He allows us to dig our way out. Do you know WHY He does that? So, next time, we will hopefully learn and NOT dig a hole for us to FALL into.

Proverbs 24:16
"The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked."

Get back up, dig yourself out.

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for when I have messed up, buried myself and have blamed others for my mistakes. Help me to dig myself out! Thank you Jesus. In your name I ask, Amen.

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News & Scoops


Fathers Day Weekend – A Big Time For Karen Peck and New River

Dahlonega, GA (May 12, 2015) Every year on Fathers Day weekend Karen Peck and New River celebrate with their fans. This year will be the 14th Annual Karen Peck and New River Homecoming, right in Karen's backyard.... literally.

Several years ago, Karen had a pavilion in the form of a tabernacle build on her property in Dahlonega. Fans from across the country bring their lawn chairs and enjoy great Gospel singing for two days. The talent is always superior and the crowd always leaves wanting more.

This year is no exception with the Hoppers and the Guardians joining New River for an exciting opening night on Friday, June19th. The following night, Saturday, June 20th, the Tribute Quartet, the New River Band, and Josh and Ashley Franks will be joining New River to perform before the capacity crowd.

Karen stated, "We have lots of yard to cover, so we hope you bring your lawn chair and join us for two nights of soul blessing Gospel music.”

Tenor singer, Jeff Hawes added, "The singing is out of this world, but it's worth the trip just for the pinto beans and corn bread that's served both nights.”

For more information about the Homecoming you can E-mail Karen Peck and New River's office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .



In other news for Karen Peck and New River, Karen was recently a co-host with Mike Harland and "designated singer” at the LifeWay/ Daywind tribute to songwriters held at the LifeWay building in Nashville, TN on May 5th. Such songwriters as Dave Clark, Sue Smith, John Darin Rowsey, Belinda Smith, Karen Peck Gooch, and Aaron Wilburn were honored for their contributions of hit songs. New River joined Karen on several songs, and after the songwriter tribute, Karen Peck and New River and Adam Crabb gave a crowd pleasing concerts for those attending.

Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word about their new radio release "Pray Now” by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNow .

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

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River/81762389595 .

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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The Sword of the Spirit

As I have studied and written about the Armor of God in this series, it came to mind that God doesn't leave us without an offensive weapon. All the armor is for our protection, but it is not intended we always be postured for defense. Spiritual warfare demands that as soldiers in the Lord's army, we have a grip on the Word of God and with it bring down strongholds of the enemy. The Sword of the Spirit is God's Holy Word. "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV). Study it. Memorize it. Use it.

Jesus is our greatest example of using God's Word as an offensive weapon against Satan. Three times in the wilderness, He unsheathed it and aimed it straight at His enemy and said, "It is written!", and the Bible records Satan fled His presence.
The New Living Translation of Hebrews 4:12 states the following; "The Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."

Satan is never afraid of our best song, and, quite honestly, he's not intimidated by any emotional responses to well-crafted presentations of those who know how to "do" church. What he does fear is a preacher who knows how to instruct people in using the Word of God. He fears a singer who incorporates God's promises into the lyrics of a song. He shudders at a Sunday school teacher who is prepared to teach little girls and boys from the Bible, and then helps them with a "memory verse" for the week. By the way, when was the last time you heard that phrase, "Memory Verse"?
It wouldn't be bad if we learned one today.

How about this one? …
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Or …
"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).

I believe it's safe to say that anyone who is equipped with the Word of God is never at Satan's mercy on the battlefield.

You have been equipped. You have been prepared, and with God's proven armor, you are dressed for success. Now, go and claim your victory.


Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Fire Destroys Home Church Of The Williamsons Bass Singer

Weleetka, OK (May, 11, 2015) Early last week the Allen Free Will Baptist Church in Weleetka, OK experienced a total loss of their facility due to a fire. AFWBC is the home church of Darin Hebert, well known bass singer with The Williamsons.

The church building was very old. Portions of the building were constructed over 100 years ago in the nearby town of Bryant, Oklahoma. In the 1930s the structure was moved by horses and cart to its current site just outside of Weleetka city limits on Highway 75.

Not only is it Darin's home church but it also has a rich history within the Williamson family. Group baritone Donnie Williamson attended this church as a boy and it is the place where original Williamson Family member Tennie (Williamson) Polson received Christ as her Savior. Donnie's father, Rev. Woody Williamson, once served as pastor.



Bass singer Darin Hebert commented, "My emotions are running very high right now, while this a lot of history for many families destroyed, at the same time I know that God will take what Satan has meant for harm and turn it to our good.”

Please keep Rev. Donnie LeForce, pastor, and the entire congregation of the church in your prayers. Anyone wishing to donate to the reconstruction of the facility may send donations to the Allen Free Will Baptist Church (Fire Fund), c/o the Mabrey Bank, PO Box 248, Weleetka, Oklahoma, 74880.



Donnie Williamson stated, "Our prayer is that this tragedy will be the start of a new era for this ministry. 'And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose', Romans 8:28."

In other news for the Williamsons their new radio single "Shout” hit the Absolutely Gospel Music Chart at #28 last week and is racing up the chart at #17 for the week of May 11th.

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

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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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Ivan Parker is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of May 3. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Alliance Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Exodus and Sacred Call. An article from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by The Troy Burns Family, exclusive concert video of The Sharps Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the The Southern Gospel Weekend, in Oxford, AL, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters, at Christ's Community UMC,, in Joplin, MO.

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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Weekly Chart

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Monday - May 11, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
3
14
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
2
2
25
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
3
4
6
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
3
4
6
7
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
5
5
12
Battle Cry Kingsmen
4
6
1
16
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
7
23
6
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
7
8
14
12
I Will Rise Tribute
8
9
7
8
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
10
13
4
Power of the Cross Gold City
10
11
12
9
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
12
26
11
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
13
9
19
Glorybound Whisnants
5
14
30
16
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
15
33
2
He Is Mine Eighth Day
15
16
8
7
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
17
28
2
Shout Williamsons
17
18
37
5
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
19
25
5
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
19
20
34
2
Time Machine Browders
30
21
35
6
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
21
22
10
7
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
10
23
22
10
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
24
21
12
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
25
20
14
Send Me Rick Webb Family
20
26
11
8
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
27
39
2
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
27
28
19
16
Still Blessed Hyssongs
13
29
31
8
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
26
30
16
4
Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
15
31
27
7
Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
20
32
15
4
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
33
24
11
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
5
34
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7
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
32
35
32
12
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
16
36
36
25
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
37
29
37
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
38
17
27
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
39
18
12
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
10
40
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1
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Hungry?

The Church of Amer­ica, for the most part, is wast­ing away. Bod­ies of believ­ers feel­ing com­pletely sat­is­fied, yet phys­i­cally they are skin and bone. 2 Tim­o­thy 2:5 tells us about hav­ing a form of God­li­ness, but deny­ing the power. Undernourished.

We, as the church, need to be a strong army, well-fed and exer­cised, ready to reap the har­vest that is coming!

It is time that we wake up! Stir up the pas­sion for God, acti­vate the hunger that we so des­per­ately need in these last days. A hunger for God’s Word, for His Pres­ence and a hunger for God’s work.

When you har­vest a field, it requires strength! It is hard work!

Why doesn’t the mod­ern church of Amer­ica have an insa­tiable appetite for God’s Word, for His Pres­ence, and for His work to be done?

We have become addicted to a “cul­tur­ally cor­rect” church, not will­ing to pay any price, or incon­ve­nience involv­ing per­sonal obedience.

Where’s your hunger level?

Your hunger sim­ply locates you in your spir­i­tual walk. If you feel no hunger pangs for God, you are dead on the inside. Now that you know where you are, do some­thing to change it!

In Thai­land, Burma and other parts of the world, they chew a mix­ture of a nut, leaves and other roots called Betel Quid. It’s a nar­cotic that tricks the mind to pre­vent hunger pangs.

The claimed effects of betel quid chew­ing are eupho­ria, a sense of well-being, height­ened alert­ness, warm sen­sa­tion of the body, com­bat against hunger and increased stamina.

In other words it makes you feel great, strong and full, when in truth you are sick, weak and starving.

Isn’t this the case in most churches today?

There is a height­ened alert­ness of what’s going on in our com­mu­ni­ties, we even have a warm sen­sa­tion when we work toward wor­thy causes. But yet the church today, in gen­eral, feels no hunger which causes us to seek God’s face, His pres­ence and His anoint­ing. Our works only glo­rify God if we are alive in Him!

If you are sat­is­fied with a cheap imi­ta­tion, there will be no hunger for the real.
Exchang­ing the truth for a lie. (Romans 1:25)

When you become dis-satisfied with the coun­ter­feit, the real will be the only thing you will desire.

The church in Rev­e­la­tion 3 had this con­di­tion. Every­thing about them gave a good name for them­selves in their com­mu­nity. Even their name said life, but yet they were dead. How­ever, the angel tells them that it was time to strengthen, set right the things that remained that weren’t dead yet.

Anoint­ing and the Word
What will cause a hunger for the things of God to return?

The Anoint­ing.

Only the aroma of the oil from the anoint­ing will stir the hunger. The aroma of the Holy Spirit’s power will stir up the hunger of the believer!

John 6:63 Jesus tells us the the Spirit gives life!

Anoint­ing oil had a dis­tinct scent. It was made from a recipe of Myrrh, Cin­na­mon, olives, and var­i­ous spices. (Exo­dus 30)

When you sense a true hunger stir­ring on the inside, its a sign that you will be filled, you will be strength­ened, you will be used of God in these last days. (Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for right­eous­ness, for they will be filled.)

The Word
Once the aroma of the oil has rekin­dled your hunger, eat!

Ezekiel 2:8 NIV
“But you, son of man, lis­ten to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebel­lious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

Jere­miah 15:16 KJV
Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was unto me the joy and rejoic­ing of my heart: for I am called by your name, O LORD God of hosts.

We must hunger, cry out and desire above all else the Word, power and the pres­ence of our God.

Your hunger for God will pro­pel you forward.

Proverbs 16:26
The appetite of labor­ers works for them; their hunger dri­ves them on.

We must be vig­i­lant, inten­tional with our time to seek God. We must yearn to wor­ship and to become inti­mately acquainted with our Sav­ior, so God will be glo­ri­fied through our works.

We must be a fit army, ready to receive the har­vest of souls!

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Daily Devotion

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In God’s Emergency Room There’s No Waiting

Hey, do like going to the DOCTOR? Well, I don’t know anyone who enjoys getting POKED, STUCK, PROBED and TESTED to find out WHERE you hurt, WHY you hurt and WHAT you have to do to get better. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

If you’re enjoying GOOD HEALTH, you can thank the Good Lord for everyday that you’re PAIN FREE. But, just in case, you experience a physical challenge in the future, don’t forget your priviledge as a Christian. Your FIRST OFFICE CALL should be to the GREAT PHYSICIAN. In God’s EMERGENCY ROOM there’s no waiting. You get right through to Him and "the PRAYER of FAITH will heal the SICK". (James 5:15)

You know, Christians aren’t against doctors. Even Jesus said, "It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." You see, He also knew that doctors can only do so much in their Medical Practice, but and it’s our priviledge to call upon Jesus is "THE HEALER" in our time of need.

In Luke the Sixth Chapter, Jesus HEALED ALL those who were SICK and DISEASED when they came to Him. So, don’t worry about WHAT could be or WHAT might happen to you physically. Because, Jesus paid the PREMIUM for your HEALING and BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. (Is. 53:5)

It’s Pastor Phil reminding you that, "the REAL Doctor’s in" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Dr. Bill Dykes Accepts Executive Pastor Position

Popular Southern Gospel soloist, Dr. Bill Dykes, announces his new position as Executive Pastor at the Open Door Church in Chambersburg, PA. Pastor, Mike Sanders, recently recruited Bill and he is looking forward to ministering with the new congregation and expanding his ministry. The legendary, Dr. Dykes has enjoyed a very diverse ministry as he traveled with renowned groups including The Cathedrals, The Goffs, The Senators and Rhythm Masters. Dykes also performed in events led by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robinson, Rex Humbard, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Paul Conn. He performed four songs that reached #1 on Gospel music charts and received nominations for three Dove Awards and a Gospel Music News Award. Dr. Dykes is also known for writing and performing the Gold record-winning song, "This is Love."

Dr. Dykes has served 50 years in the ministry, which has also included his professional positions in commercial banking, retail banking, sales and marketing, media, and financial consulting. As Executive Vice President, Business Development at Church Mortgage Acceptance Co., LLC (CMAC) he played a key role in providing over $2 billion in financing to churches nationwide in need of refinancing, renovation or expansion.

Dr. Dykes studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and vocal performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He attended seminary at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree at Heritage Baptist University in Indianapolis. For more info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or theopendoorchurchpa.com, Pastor Mike Sanders

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Music Previews

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Kevin Conley - Big Enough

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Music Previews

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Triumphant - Living In Harmony

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Music Previews

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Gold City - Power of the Cross

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Music Previews

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The Browders - Time Machine

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The Williamsons - Shout

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Mark Dubbeld Family - One of These Days

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Daily Devotion

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Victory is Waiting!

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

We’ve all been hurt by someone or something along the way in this journey called life. In John 16:33 Jesus told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble.” Thank God He didn’t stop there. He continued, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Whenever it seems you are standing at the foot of the tallest mountain you have ever faced and you’re standing there asking God, “How am I ever going to get over this one?” He says take heart! My friend, here is some good news. We can take heart because Jesus Christ came to this dark world from a glorious heaven to walk in our shoes and show us how to live. He encountered everything that we have experienced or ever will experience and the good news is He was victorious, therefore you will be victorious! Your circumstance has not caught Him by surprise or shocked Him off of His throne. His strength is made perfect in our weakness so take heart, keep your head up, claim His promises and soldier on ….victory is waiting!

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Daily Devotion

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Hold My Hand

“Nevertheless I am continually withYou; You hold me by my right hand” (Psalm 73:23).

Recently, my grandson was visiting with me for a few days. One particular night we lay in the dim- ness and quiet stillness of the bedroom after all the lights were out.The cartoons had long ago vanished from the television screen, and we were nestled into the covers about to go to sleep. Brayden reached and touched my face and said, “Nana, can you hold my hand so I’ll know you’re by me?” My grandson is not fond of the darkness at all. He was asking me for security and safety. Because he doesn’t like the silence, He wanted to hear my voice. He wanted to feel my touch.

Brayden would much rather leave the lights on all night and would prefer to never turn off the television. So, of course, I held his hand and quietly told him stories until he drifted off to sleep.

After he was asleep, I lay there thinking. It was a wonderful feeling knowing I could make him feel warm and secure. It reminded me of the way I feel about my heavenly Father. At times, I just want to reach out in the darkness and ask the same question as my grandson: “Lord, will you hold my hand so I’ll know you’re by me?”The answer I always receive is, “Child, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Often, I get all those feelings of insecurity just as I’m sure most people do. Sometimes, I just want to feel the security of His hand in mine. I want to know when the “lights have been turned off,” so to speak, I don’t have to be afraid. When it’s quiet, I want to hear His voice. I want to know He cares about the way I am feeling.

It is significant and unique to me on a personal level that this verse of scripture says: “You hold me by my right hand.” You see, I’m very left-handed and can’t do much with my right hand. I would be in trouble if I ever broke my left arm. So, I just love the fact that He holds my right hand.That leaves my left hand free to work with. Of course, we know He holds both hands when we need Him to, but I believe the Word is personal. It speaks to our individual needs. I can’t even keep from falling, if He doesn’t hold my hand.

What is it you love to hear the heavenly Father whisper to you in the darkness? If you listen closely, perhaps you’ll hear Him whisper, “I’ll hold your hand so you’ll know I’m by your side.”Then you can reach out, and He’ll be there to keep you safe and warm so you can rest peacefully.

Paula’s Prayer
Father, I know You promised to never leave me or forsake me. I know when I’m surrounded by darkness,You’ll be there to comfort me.When it’s quiet, I want to hear Your voice.
You are my security, Lord. I love the comfort You bring to me.Thank You. I love You.
Amen.

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News & Scoops


Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon’s Song Inspires Painting

Stanford, KY (May 6, 2015) RFD-TV's The Music City Show featured performer, Jim Sheldon, also known as The Positive Cowboy, has a very interesting story about a picture he recently received.

In his live performances Jim tells the story of a heart moving song he wrote in honor of his sister "Even After”. Jim's sister, Barbara came to him after he led a bit of a wayward life telling him that "Even After” all that he had done and "Even After” he had turned his back on the things he knew was right, "Even After” all of that, God was still waiting on him with His hand of forgiveness reaching out to Jim. That conversation so touched Jim that he return to the Lord with a whole-hearted dedication like he had never experienced before.

After attending one of Jim's concerts Artist, Tina Miller was so inspired by the story and message behind the song, that she immediately started working on a painting portraying what the song spoke to her.



Sheldon stated "I have been so touched that God could use a song that is part of the story of my life, and inspired by the testimony of my sister. Tina's painting truly captures the meaning behind 'Even After'.”

The Positive Cowboy is staying busy on the Christian Country Radio Charts also as "Even After” topped the #1 position on the Cash Box Christian Country Chart as well as the Christian Servants Radio Chart for the month of April.

If you would like to interview the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

To learn more about the Positive Cowboy you can go to his webpage at http://www.jimsheldonmusic.com or his FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/jim.sheldon.56/ .

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

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Daily Devotion

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The Gossip Trap

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

Excuse me?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do I avoid the gossip trap?

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


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

Stop and get out of the "gossip trap!"

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

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News & Scoops


The Browders Sign Booking Agreement With Beckie Simmons Agency

Nashville, Tenn (May 5, 2015) It was announced talented family group, The Browders have reached a booking agreement with BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency of Nashville, TN, effective immediately. The Browders consist of Patriarch, Tommy Browder, son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Sonya Browder, and son David Browder.

Known as a group who is ministry minded, yet has a history of multiple number one hits from their albums, this groups talents lie not only in their performance abilities, but also as phenomenal songwriters.

Concerning this new agreement, Sonya Browder commented, "Over the years in our ministry, the Lord has always provided the right people at the right time to meet the current need. Our schedule has increased to the point that we need someone to partner with us to lighten the load while moving forward to what God has for us. That person is Beckie Simmons."

Beckie Simmons adds, "The first time I heard The Browders perform live I was blown away. The energy and talent that this group possesses is phenomenal. They have a passion for the music, their craft, the people they sing to, and most importantly God. I am thrilled to be working with The Browders to help more people hear their message in song.”
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You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .

To learn more about The Browders go to http://thebrowders.com/ or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders/ .

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

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

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News & Scoops


Scott Fowler’s Mother Passes Away

AGM just learned the that Legacy Five's Lead singer Scott Fowler's Mother , Sherry passed away. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers.

Below is from the Legacy Five's FaceBook page:

Dear friends,
We just wanted to ask you to remember Scott Fowler and his family this week in your prayers. Last night around 9:30 central time, Scott's mother, Sherry passed away due to complications from a severe lung infection. The Fowler's will be headed to Missouri in the morning where Sherry will be buried next to Scott's dad and I'm sure
Would appreciate your prayers. Thank you.


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News & Scoops


Tune-In Alert For The Isaacs                             Tonight 5/5/15 – 7:00PM


The Isaacs will be appearing on the Grand Ole Opry tonight.
Tune them in!!
http://www.opry.com
Listen to the live stream on 650am/WSM 7:00PM CST

http://www.theopry.com
THEOPRY.COM

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Daily Devotion

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The Helmet of Salvation

When Paul referred to the Helmet of Salvation, among other things, he was speaking of the need for having a pure thought-life dedicated to Christ. The fight for a sanctified and settled mind, at times, can be the most intense battle you will ever endure.

Remember the promise found in Isaiah 26:3: "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee." We should fill our minds with scripture and continually meditate on the goodness of the Lord. Paul said in Philippians 4:8: "Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be anything praiseworthy, think on these things" (paraphrased).

The helmet was the fifth piece of a soldier’s armor and usually the last piece to place upon the body. It was typically made of thick leather, covered with heavy metal plates intended to protect from "up close" contact with the two-edged sword of the enemy. Satan also has a two-edged sword that he enjoys wielding—doubt and evil imagination. However, with the Helmet of Salvation, we are able to defend ourselves from those piercing blows and fulfill the Word of God as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

By writing the words, "take the Helmet of Salvation," Paul indicates that a choice exists with each of us every day. This armor is never forced upon anyone, but is readily available as we face life's daily challenges.

Choose to wear it today, and as the old commercial for the American Express Card used to suggest, "Don't leave home without it."

Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Join Karen Peck and New River for the National Day Of Prayer

In honor of the National Day of Prayer on May 7th, Karen Peck & New River announce an opportunity for fans across the world to band together in prayer.

During the upcoming week, the group invites you to post prayer requests on their social media pages.  Then, on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm cst, Karen will host a time of prayer to lift up the requests, as well as pray for America and other current events.

“We are in need of prayer now more than ever, not only as a nation, but in each of our lives personally. Everybody has something going on in their lives, big or small, that impacts them and as believers we need to join together and lift up one another,” shares Karen Peck Gooch. “We have been flooded with prayer, love and encouragement with Rickey’s recent cancer diagnosis and treatments and we look forward to the opportunity to pray for all those who have been so kind and gracious in our time of need.”

Karen Peck & New River recently released a powerful new music video for the single, “Pray Now” off the new album by the same name.  To view the video, visithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKikMdbYaA.

Find Karen Peck & New River on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River/81762389595?fref=ts or Twitter at @KarenPeckNR.

For more information on Karen Peck & New River, visit http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - May 4, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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

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Daily Devotion

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Vision — Greater Than Your Memories

Remem­ber­ing the past brings hope, is what Lamen­ta­tions tells us.(Lam.3:21–25) Recall­ing to your mind past vic­to­ries God has brought you, reminds you how faith­ful He truly is.

Yet, remem­ber­ing with an earnest desire to go back can be deadly. It is easy to do.

When you become so fond of the days of yes­ter­day, in your career, in your rela­tion­ships or in your church, you lose your earnest expec­ta­tion for what God has YET in store for you. Oh yeah folks, this is from glory to glory! (2 Cor. 3:18)

Remem­ber the past when you need to be reminded that God will never fail. Rehearse, out loud, the vic­to­ries of your God and declare it to the gen­er­a­tions so they will also believe! (Joshua 4:21–25) But be care­ful not to for­sake your own future by believ­ing that God has done all He will do in your life.

Don’t “opt out” of your future by lock­ing into past mir­a­cles or defeats. Your iden­tity is in Christ, not your past.

Refuse to impede your pur­pose by embrac­ing the posi­tion where God has estab­lished you. Know­ing He will bless you when you are faith­ful and fruitful.

As long as there is breath in your body, there is more to come! There are more peo­ple to encour­age, more souls to be won, more vic­to­ries to come and more songs of praises to God to be sung!

YOUR BEST IS YET TO COME!

Look ahead. When friends, fam­ily, co-workers for­sake you, con­tinue to reach for what God has ahead of you. Walk it out. Shake the dust of the past off you and press on to what God has ahead for you. In Him your future is brighter than you ever imag­ined! Days of Glory!



Isa­iah 43:18–19
Ampli­fied Bible (AMP)
18Do not [earnestly] remem­ber the for­mer things; nei­ther con­sider the things of old.

19Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not per­ceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilder­ness and rivers in the desert.

Hag­gai 2:9
New Inter­na­tional Ver­sion (NIV)
9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the for­mer house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Claustrophobic?

Hey, are you CLAUSTROPHOBIC? You know, you feel nervous in a CAVE, a TUNNEL or a SMALL ROOM. You can’t breathe, the walls seem like they’re closing in and you PANIC? Well, it’s not all that uncommon I guess. We all can feel uneasy at times, rather in a closed in area or in a tight situation. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

A few years ago I was trapped in an elevator in Athens, Greece with eight other people. The lights went out, it started getting very hot in there, no one answered our call for help and several people began to PANIC. But, when we finally heard a voice on the innercom saying, "We’re on our way. Just stay calm!", everyone just settled down and waited to be rescued.

That experience paralells times in our lives when we feel hopelessly trapped. But, that’s when we need to remember the Lord’s comforting words. According to Hebrews 13:5 Jesus said, "I will NEVER LEAVE you, nor FORSAKE you." He knows what you’re going through, because He’s been a TIGHT PLACE before. But God ROLLED the STONE away and He’ll bring you out of whatever you feel TRAPPED in TODAY.

So, call out to the Lord TODAY if you feel CLAUSTROPHIC and be comforted in knowing that you heard from God that help is on it’s way.


It’s Pastor Phil, "breathing a sigh of relief" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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The Other Half

A guest Devotion from Jim Daly via Bryan Hutson

God can teach you a lot through a motorcycle crash. One of the most important lessons for me was how to heal fully, not just halfway.

I’ll never forget my accident. Enjoying a beautiful ride with friends through the Colorado Rockies, we rounded a curve, and my front tire drifted onto the shoulder. Before I even realized I was in trouble, I was tumbling off the bike and into rough gravel. My reward was a dislocated ankle, complete with broken bones and several torn ligaments.

At the hospital, I was told it would be almost twelve weeks before I’d be able to put any pressure on my foot. Then the doctor gave me an important warning. He said, “You’re going to feel good enough to walk on it after about six weeks, but don’t do it.” His concern was that the pain of the injury would likely be gone, but the ankle itself would not yet be fully healed. Walking on it too soon would only reinjure the ankle and cause further damage. That’s why his final instruction to me was, “Don’t quit halfway through your recovery.”

It’s a valuable life-lesson as well. When a marriage is in need of healing, many people work through conflict until the pain subsides. But this doesn’t mean the deeper issues causing the trouble have been corrected. That’s why it’s important not to quit halfway through your recovery. With the Lord’s help, you need to work at resolving the underlying problems, not just the pain they cause.


For a daily dose of encouragement and perspective, check out Jim Daly’s blog, Daly Focus, at JimDalyBlog.com.


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News & Scoops


Wilburn & Wilburn Announce Heritage Of Gold Reunion Tour

Tim Riley To Be Honored At Kickoff Concert


Gadsden, AL (May 1, 2015) Father and son Gospel duo Wilburn & Wilburn along with other former members of Gold City are pleased to announce the formation of the Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour, reuniting several Gold City alumni for an evening of music and memories. This tour, now available for booking, will feature three of today's most exciting groups -- Gold City, Wilburn and Wilburn, and The LeFevre Quartet. These groups will make up the core of each concert. Promoters will also be able to select either Jay Parrack or Steve Ladd to join former members Jonathan Wilburn and Mike LeFevre on stage to relive some of the great music and moments in the 35-year career of this much-awarded quartet.

Beckie Simmons, of the Beckie Simmons Agency responsible for handling the booking and coordination of this tour, is also pleased to announce Hall of Fame bass vocalist Tim Riley, who has not resumed full-time touring since suffering a stroke in 2014, will be available for select concert dates as well.

The official kickoff for this tour will be a special event in Gold City's home state of Alabama. The concert will be Saturday, July 11, 2015 at North Glencoe Baptist Church in Gadsden, AL at 6 p.m. Featured at this particular event will be Gold City, Wilburn and Wilburn, and The LeFevre Quartet, along with Jay Parrack and Vocal Event and Tim Riley.

This inaugural concert to kick off the Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour will also be a night the groups take special time to honor and thank Tim Riley for his many contributions to gospel music. Tim has sang Gospel music over 50 years and has dedicated the past 35 years to the work of Gold City, a group that rose to the national scene in the 1980's and quickly became the standard by which other quartets were measured. This night will not only mark the start of the tour celebrating the rich history of the group, but will pay homage to the man who has been the pillar of consistency throughout the group’s long and successful run which continues to this day--and the groups plan to honor Tim in grand fashion on this night.

For more information about the Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour or the special inaugural kickoff concert honoring Tim Riley, visit http://www.bsaworld.com, or visit any of the featured groups at their Facebook pages or websites listed below.

http://www.wilburn2.com

http://www.goldcityqt.com

http://www.thelefevrequartet.com

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

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Monthly Articles

Janice Crow

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It’s Worth Helmet Hair

If I live to be a hundred, I will never forget the look on my mother’s face. It was priceless. Now as a mother myself, I can understand what she was feeling at the time, how her mind must have raced, and what fears gripped her.

You have to understand….when I was a senior in high school, a woman’s career path was pretty well laid out. The options were far less varied than they are today. The guidance counselors generally emphasized the big three….nurse, teacher, housewife. There was one other option, though, that some girls in my class had investigated ….and that was military enlistment.

I had to admit, there was a certain appeal. I had, after all, seen the uniform of the average housewife….cotton house dress with ill-matching apron, French roll hair and cat-eye glasses. The teacher’s uniform was slightly more stunning with the addition of a jeweled chain that kept said cat-eye glasses hung safely about her neck when not perched on her pointed nose. The nurse in that day did wear a striking white uniform and pert hat….but the white nylons were an abomination sure to make spinsters of us all.

I’m sure it was no accident that when the WAC recruiter showed up at our front door that he brought several brochures showing the latest spiffy uniforms…. with somewhat shortened skirts and attractive hats. It was this recruitment “meeting” arranged by me that nearly sent my mother into spasms.

Relax. I didn’t do it. As a matter of fact, only now do I know myself well enough to realize how utterly disastrous my enlistment would have been. Here’s a list of ways:

1. First of all, I hate sweating. Hate. If I can avoid it at all, I will. Standing in the cemetery when my father was buried in August of 2010, within five minutes my face had completely melted and was dripping pink and beige all over my shirt. I hate sweat. No Desert Storm for me.

2. I don’t like physical exercise….which is evidenced by my broadening horizon. Exercise is the punishment for aging. If I was seven, I would probably still enjoy it. Today, it’s just one more thing I have to do to keep Pfizer Pharmaceutical away from the door.

3. I want to get up when I want to get up. I don’t like alarm clocks, crowing roosters or bugles waking me from a sound sleep. And while I’m sleeping, I’d like to do so in my own room. I am not now nor have I ever been the slumber party type.

4. I like my own personal bathroom and shower, thank you.

5. I can’t stand it when I walk into a room and discover another woman is wearing exactly the same outfit I’m wearing….not because she doesn’t have a right to, but because I thought it was unique. I have to leave and go change.

6. I can’t stand the way a hat mashes my hair and I hate ugly shoes.

7. I don’t like to fly, I’m not adventurous and I invented duck and cover.

8. I don’t take kindly to being yelled at, criticized, intimidated or talked down to.

9. I want to be in charge of where I go, how long I stay and what I do when I get there.

10. Most of all, I don’t like people telling me what to do.

Well, now….all that could have landed me in the brig the first week, couldn’t it.

I suppose it boils down to WILL. It is the whole purpose of the military machine to break down the individual and to create a collective will that goes and does what some higher authority deems necessary and expedient for the greater good.

God’s word so often addresses Christians as “soldiers”, and I guess we are in a way. We are directed to go and do at God’s command and we are told what to wear and how to behave. Ephesians 6:11-17 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” There is a specific uniform that ALL God’s soldiers must wear….the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, loins girt about with truth and feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. We should be dressed alike.

2 Timothy 2:3 tells us we need to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Nobody said this was going to be easy. It’s going to be a hot, dirty battle, especially as we go deeper into the end times. 2 Timothy 2:4 says “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” We can’t allow ourselves to get bogged down in our daily lives, but remember that our whole purpose for being here is to take this world for the Kingdom of God.

How, then, can someone like me who would have failed so miserably at a military career be a willing recruit in the army of the Lord? I don’t know, honestly. Maybe the willingness of the soldier has something to do with the stakes of the battle. When you can’t afford to lose, you have no option but to fight.
I’d like to invite you to join up today. Uncle Sam may need a few good men, but God needs soldiers of the Cross. The shoes may be ugly and that helmet may mash your hair, but it’s worth it.

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Jan Harbuck - One More Song


Producer: Not provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.janharbuckmusic.com

I am not typically a fan of female vocalists, but this is not the case with One More Song, the latest project from Jan Harbuck. Jan has an amazing talent and a beautiful, rich voice not typically found in female gospel artists. In addition to being a talented singer, she is also an extremely talented song writer having written seven of the 10 songs on her latest project. "It Matters To Him" kicks the project off with an old school country flare. Our cares and concerns, trials and tears matter to our Lord because He bought us with the price of His blood. According to His word, we are "Highly Favored," which is the second cut. It is a great, upbeat song that will find you singing along and can’t get out of your head. "Streams In My Desert" and "Quiet Time" slow it down for some time of meditation and praise. "It Was His Love," "His Love For Us," "Let Your Rain Fall," and "His Love" follow up, and for a surprise, it is wrapped with "I Love Christmas." While it would be a great new Christmas song for the season, it is more about the REASON for Christmas, which we don’t need wait until December 25th to be reminded of.

This is one good project! Great songs, excellent arrangements that compliment and don’t overpower Jan Harbuck’s clean, flawless vocals are reasons you should pick this recording up.



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
1. It Matters To Him
2. Highly Favored
3. One More Song
4. Streams In My Desert
5. Quiet Time
6. It Was His Love
7. His Love For Us
8. Let Your Rain Fall
9. His Love
10. I Love Christmas

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Steve Moon - Hold On to Your Faith


Producer: Not provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.stevemoonmusic.com

Steve Moon is an artist who is a singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, arranger, producer and he is also a man who has spent time in prison. Steve is a former inmate with an amazing testimony of God’s great forgiveness and redeeming love who now has been afforded the incredible opportunity now that he has been out for nearly 26 years to go in and share his story, his heart and his testimony with the songs he has written and sings. This project is a blend of pop, country and even some slight rock sound interwoven to help guide the listener thru Steve’s music journey and testimony. Steve’s vocal lends itself to most all of the songs, and he dresses them up nicely. You can tell he is passionate about His music and His love for the Lord. Several songs captured my attention with great lyrics and promises of Gods message of forgiveness, hope, love and restoration. Those songs are; I NEED YOU JESUS, I AM YOURS (love this song), PRAISE HIS NAME and HE LIVES INSIDE OF ME.



Song List:

HOLD ONTO YOUR FAITH
THE STUMBLE SONG
I AM YOURS
MESSIAH
PRAISE HIS NAME
TEARS FOR THE LOST
HE LIVES INSIDE OF ME
THE CALLING
SAFE INSIDE OF THE ARK

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Jason Crabb - Through the Fire: The Best of Jason Crabb


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Spring Hill Music Group
Website: http://www.jasoncrabb.com

Jason Crabb is one of the most celebrated and awarded soloists in Gospel Music. His voice is unmistakable, his songs powerful and the fans love him. Jason burst onto the scenes 20 something years ago with his siblings as part of the award winning Crabb Family and he's been singing his way into hearts ever since!

Gaither Music has released a "best of" compilation of some of Jason's most requested and most loved songs. His award winning single, "Sometimes I Cry," is of course included in the line up as well as classics, "I've Never Been This Homesick Before," "I Saw the Light," and the favorite hymn fans love to hear Jason deliver as only he can, "I'd Rather Have Jesus."

Recent hit song, "That's What the Blood is For" from his recent release, is included and in my opinion is one of the best songs he's ever cut. "Love is Stronger" from the project of the same name is another great song that is newer to fans of Jason is also included.

Jason Crabb has become a household name in Gospel music, and it's clear to see why. He is an anointed, passionate singer who sings great songs! Fans will love this, and if you or someone you know isn't familiar with Jason's music, this is a great project to grab to get acquainted with this beloved artist!



Song List:

Somebody Like Me
Through The Fire
Sometimes I Cry
I'd Rather Have Jesus
I Saw The Light
I've Never Been This Homesick Before
Love Is Stronger
What The Blood Is For
Hymns Medley
Walk On Water

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Jeff & Sheri Easter - In Conversation

Jamie sits down with Sheri Easter and talks about their new album - Small Town!

Jamie Vaughan: Give a brief update of what is going on in the ministry and changes that have been announced and when they will take place.

Sheri Easter: Back in January, I was talking to an audience about getting out of your comfort zone and trusting God to do something big in your life. I had no idea I was talking to Madison that morning. He came to the bus after the service and cried while trying to say that he felt it was time for he and Shannon to come off the road and spend more time devoted to writing their own music. As a mother, it was hard to let him go, but as an employer, I could see that at some point, he would be overqualified or underutilized here. God has a way of planting us with others while we’re growing and then, separating the roots, so we can be transplanted to grow even more somewhere else. I have always said I would celebrate the days that God allowed my children to travel with me, because I know what a gift that is, and I completely understand God giving my children their own purpose and plan. He did that for me, and as much as I missed my mama and traveling/singing with her, I never doubted that God was moving me in my own direction.

JV: With that being said, who is currently traveling with you these days?

SE: Our drummer is Joshua Phillips, from Graniteville, SC. His father pastors a church and we’ve sang for them many years. After playing a date in Florida with Jeff’s family, The Easter Brothers, Jeff’s 2nd cousin, Jared and Jeff started talking. He has played with The Easter Brothers since he was 5, but they are performing fewer dates and it seemed to be the perfect time for Jared to look at his future as a musician. Jared showed interest in coming to work for us and he now travels with us full time playing steel guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. All of the Easters are incredible musicians and we are blessed to still have family traveling with us.

JV:  I'm sure that you're excited about the new project, SMALL TOWN, tell the readers a little bit about it…

 Notable Songwriters


SE: I co-wrote 5 of the tunes with great writers like Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Don Poythress, Lee Black, & Bradley Gaskin. We also have songs written by Sue C. Smith, Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Mo Pitney, Jon Henderson, Tom Botkins, Edd, Russell and James Easter, Steve Chapman, Jeff Pearles, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Yeary.

 Favorite Songs

SE: It’s always so hard to choose favorites…kind of like picking your favorite child, just can’t do it! However, I am very excited to share our first single with everyone because I believe it reminds us of something we often forget…we are loved and we are of great value. The song is Jesus Loves You and I wrote it with Kenna and Don and had the passion to remind my audience that their names are written in the palm of Jesus’ hands and He promised to never forget them. Jeff loves SMALLTOWN SOMEONE, a song I wrote with Kenna and Jason. A couple of years ago, Kenna won an award and in her acceptance speech said she couldn’t believe how God could use her little lunch to feed others. I texted her from the audience to congratulate her and said we have to write that song…I’m so glad she let me! Morgan does an outstanding job on Someone’s Listening, written by Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington (co-writer with Jimmy Yeary on last year’s country music award-winning I Drive Your Truck). Connie worked with us over 20 years ago when we were at Benson and when I asked her to send some songs, there were several that we loved, but this one was perfect for Morgan. She has such passion when she sings and as a young woman, she’s beginning to see God’s fingerprints all over her daily life. A song like this is just the perfect message for her right now! Our good friend, Paul Lancaster added some incredible background vocals for several of our songs, including this one.


Story Behind a Special Song

SE: MY WAVE was co-written by Jimmy Yeary and it’s the first song Madison has recorded on one of our projects since he was a child. He loved the message and asked his dad if he could sing it with him. He had already decided to come off the road and felt a passion for this message and the opportunity to sing with Jeff. They both wanted to use our old friend Michael English for background vocals and it just turned out to be a wonderful moment about living life to fullest!

Jeff loves to sing I Love You, a song that his uncle Edd, wrote for his wife, Ann. Edd sings this to her every night before bedtime and every morning when they wake up to remind her of how much he loves her should anything ever happen, she would always know. Although, he had never written anything but gospel songs, he wrote such a beautiful love song, Jeff wanted to borrow it to share with me and the rest of our friends.

JV: How has ministry changed or stayed the same over the past 30 years?

SE: Technology is probably the biggest change, going from vinyl LPs/cassettes to CDs/downloads. When we first started recording, it was on reel-to-reel tape, and you had to sing the song, over and over to get every line just the way you wanted, whereas today, I sing the song 4-5 times and the engineer pieces together the best of the performances. I like this so much better, because as a singer, it allows me to sing from my heart and not be bogged down by the technical issues.

After 30 years of making music together, the theme hasn’t changed, it’s still faith, hope and love. In a world where everything changes, it’s so good to know that these three remain.

JV: What are some fond memories that you've both shared in ministry over the past 30 years?

SE: Our travels with our individual families, The Easter Brothers and The Lewis Family, and later with our own children, top the list of our favorites. We’ve always tried to route our travels to fun and interesting places, so it’s afforded our family many ‘vacations’ together building lasting memories. Some of the highlights would be Lake Tahoe, the Grand Canyon, Disney World and Disneyland, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. A close second would be the 20 years we spent with Bill Gaither and the Homecoming crew, they all became like family and we shared many highlights with them. My favorites there were our trips to England, Australia, Alaska and performances at Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

JV: 30 years is a major milestone in this era for anything to last, you've both managed to keep the ministry and your family strong for 3 decades, what are some things that you credit this to?  

SE: We’re real people living in a real world. Being brought up in music taught us that even though it’s fun, it is work, and even though it is ministry, it is business, so we were very grounded, early on. We also communicate well and often! You can’t fix something, if you don’t know it’s broken, so when we’re not happy, we say so and that gives us all the opportunity to work together without resentments and bitterness. We also encourage each other’s opinions and ideas because we realize we are complete opposites and if we always side with one, we’re not using 50% of our gifts that God has given. We truly are each other’s perfect complement!


JV: Sheri, tell us a little bit about your devotionals and how that process came about?

SE: I’ve always been a reader and a writer, but had never published anything except my songs. After I came through breast cancer, there was an urgency to say things to my children, my family and friends and those things became my first book, Hear My Heart. Deon had approached me about writing a weekly devotion and I declined because of the busyness of my life. About a year later, I had been praying about wanting to write another book and at that same time, Deon asked again, if I’d like to write a weekly devotion. I accepted, confirming that God had already begun to lead me in that direction. For 3 years, every week I sat down and spent about an hour writing whatever God had put on my heart, 156 devotions, and 3 books later (my third in the series will be available fall of 2015), I wrote my final devotion, knowing that God had other roads for me to pursue. I’m grateful that Deon tells me I always have a platform to write if ever there is something I’d like to contribute!

JV: The Jeff and Sheri Homecoming is coming up a few days after this interview posts, tell folks about what is going on this year and how they can be a part of it.

SE: We made a commitment in 2004 to restore the Lewis Family Home Place, one board at a time, so we could share it with long time fans that might want to help us remember. In 2009, we held our first concert there on the grounds and promised to bring in the best of southern gospel music. This year we’re glad to have Dailey & Vincent, Karen Peck and New River, Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long Show, The Isaacs, The Primitives, Lewis Tradition, The Bowlings, The Browders and The Easter Brothers. It is held every year, Mothers Day weekend and we’d love to invite all of your readers to make plans to join us.

JV: What are some new and exciting doors that the Lord has opened in 2015 for Jeff and Sheri?

SE: It’s always an exciting time when a new project comes out, because with new music, comes many new opportunities to share that music. There are many exciting concerts coming up, industry events, television opportunities and extensive travel and we embrace it all, knowing what a gift it is to share these new songs with everyone. After 30 years, I’m learning to savor every moment, because you never know which of those moments will be your favorite memories.

For more information - visit Jeff & Sheri Easter online at http://www.jeffandsherieaster.com.

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David Phelps - Freedom


Producer: David Phelps
Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.davidphelps.com

With a reputation that precedes him, upon hearing the name "David Phelps," you just know it is going to be good. His newest, self-produced album is incomparable and cannot be classified as a mere compilation of 14 songs. Filled with epic thematic elements, stories, and a bard boasting a three octave range, to separate one song from the rest would be a great injustice. "Freedom" is a journey that captivates the senses and escorts the mind further than you ever believed your ears could take it.

You might describe the first six selections as organic or raw. While Phelps' classically trained vocal often gravitates to the heavily orchestrated, he never over-orchestrates. In fact, he begins "I'm Coming Home" with a simple drum for accompaniment. "Who Do You Say That I Am" minus some of the orchestration could easily pass as a contemporary classic with its power ballad feel. "Rain" is unobtrusive in its orchestration, which will wet your appetite for the title song coming next.

"Ghost Town" (Freedom) has a definite western feel from the onset in a classy way, reminiscent of "The Man From Snowy River." Seeing as we've transitioned into a western flair, might as well throw in a country song. "Little White Country Church" delivers in every single way. Did you know a classically trained tenor could do country? You do now! Closing out this scene of the production, "A'int No Grave" is a soulful, choir-backed, dirgeful number.

"We Shall Behold Him" is a dramatic presentation of a classic song. I don't care how "overdone" a song has been, a Phelps arrangement is the midas touch that makes for another grammy nomination. Transitioning into an atmosphere of worship, "What I Need Is You" is the most tastefully simple portion of the album. "Holy (Sanctus)" maintains with verses of simplicity and choruses of involved praise.

Phelps takes us back to the overtones of the first with his dynamic cover of "Parable of the River." "Your Time Will Come" crescendos to a large close, as does the album as a whole. With an exclusive and particular look on the crucifixion and resurrection, you won't want to skip past "The Lily."

Many will recognize the melody of the verses of "Heaven's Shore" as the traditional tune "Oh Shenandoah." To close this musical volume, Phelps brings a creative and fresh spin to a gospel classic "When The Saints Go Marching In." Seriously, you've never heard it this way before.

Accomplished vocals, stellar production, and largely original content brings a must-have project that deserves a star rating all it's own. Sadly, we are capped at 5.



Song List:

I'm Coming Home
Who Do You Say That I Am
Rain
Ghost Town (Freedom)
Little White Church
Ain't No Grave
We Shall Behold Him
What I Need Is You
Holy (Sanctus)
Parable Of The River
Your Time Will Come
The Lily
Heaven's Shore
When The Saints Go Marching In

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Lynda Randle - Singing Songs of Peace

Deon chats with Lynda Randle about her newest release - Ageless Hymns: Songs of Peace.

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Point of Grace - Getting Directions Home

I recently had the privilege to chat with Denise Jones, one-third of the popular ladies trio Point of Grace. I can vividly recall being a young teenager and listening to christian radio and hearing this new all female group burst onto the scenes in the early 90s. Point of Grace was then a quartet and through a series of a couple personnel changes, they are now a trio comprised of Denise Jones, Shelley Breen and Leigh Cappillino. These ladies have had some great songs climb to the top of the charts the past 20 years such as : "Keep the Candle Burning," "Jesus Will Still Be There", "The Great Divide," "Gather at the River," and "How You Live," to name a few.

In recent years, Point of Grace has taken on a new direction musically and stepped away from the big stacked pop sound they were known for in their early days and have taken on a more country, organic sound. For this record, the girls decided to take a step back from their previous recordings and chose many of their favorite songs from over the years (and some recent days) and picked songs that spoke to each of them individually and put their spin on them. The result is "Directions Home- Songs You Know Songs We love" and what a project this has turned out to be.

Denise shared that each of the three girls made a list of five songs they each would love to record if they were doing a solo project, and they shared their list with producer Andy Leftwich. Andy took the list and added some of his own ideas to it, and the result is sure to be a classic.

The girls were excited to be able to co-produce this project, a first in their career with Andy, who produces for Ricky Skaggs. In fact, Skaggs also is a guest on the project along with Vince Gill.

Denise shared that the fans have received this new, fresh, scaled back sound from the trio amazingly well, and they're also gaining a lot of new fans. "We want those who come to our concerts to be encouraged, filled with hope but also to be able to sing along and find something familiar in our songs. Choosing songs for this record was fun in that we knew younger fans would know and recognize 'Home,' while older fans might remember 'Friend of A Wounded Heart'," shared Denise.

The group is currently debuting this new project on tour with Selah on the popular "You Amaze Us Tour." The two groups are "having a blast together" stated Denise. One of the highlights of the tour is each group singing a hit of the other group! And also, both groups come together and sing some popular tunes together - which she says is a hit!

Point of Grace has a busy schedule this summer with Selah. Girls of Grace, their conference for young girls that they've been hosting for years is undergoing some re-vamping, but they are excited about their upcoming conferences this fall and sharing new music, yet the same message: Hope!

Denise, Shelley and Leigh all have husbands and children, and they love being home with them. However, they are committed to the call of God and love sharing their music with fans everywhere. When asked what the future held for Point of Grace, Denise says, "Honestly we want to continue to be in the will of God. His favor has been upon us since the beginning, and we've tried to be obedient to His voice."

It's clear, even after 20 plus years, Point of Grace is stronger, better and committed to making great music!

For more information on Point of Grace, visit them online at http://www.pointofgrace.net.

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The Old Paths - Stay


Producer: Jeremy Peace
Label: Sonlite Records
Website: http://www.theoldpathsonline.com

The Old Path’s remind me somewhat of Gold City’s rise to fame during the 1980’s. They are young, exciting and the people love them. I have been following these guys since they first started and have been a fan for just as long. They are one of the classiest quartets on the road today. I get excited each time they release something new and I felt the same with this one. They continue to try to raise the bar with each subsequent release and just like all their last several releases, they prove why they are one of the best groups on the road today.

The medium tempo, easy flowing feel of “HAVE YOU EVER” starts the recording off in traditional quartet fashion before slowing things down quite a bit as Jeremy Peace sings the Rebecca Peck penned, “YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME”, which is a highlight of the recording, and is probably my favorite from this recording.

Business finally picks up for the driving, “WHAT DID THEY CALL HIM”. Written by Dianna Wilkinson and featuring Tim Rackley, this would be an excellent radio song for the guys.

The tempo slows down a bit as Douglas Roark sings the testimonial, “I JUST CAN’T GET OVER” before picking the pace back up for the country tinged, “WASHED IN THE BLOOD”, which features bass, Daniel Ashmore.

Tim steps back up for the power ballad, “HOW GREAT THE DEBT”, which shows why he’s one of the best lead singers in our industry today, and by contrast Tim is featured on the country feel of “ORDINARY PEOPLE”, reminding us that “God likes using ordinary people”.

The title song, “STAY” depicts the intimate relationship the Father desires to have with each of us. While it’s a great song and arrangement, I think the song would have been better suited as an acoustical ballad, which creates more of an intimate setting for the lyrics, in my opinion.

The tempo picks back for the highly invigorating, Larry Petree penned, “O WHAT A HAPPY MORNING”, which is a solid bass feature for Daniel before the recording closes out with the power ballad, “OUT OF THE GRAVE”. Written by Rebecca Peck, the song features an excellent performance by Jeremy Peace hitting some insane high notes!

While I was extremely excited about this recording and found lots to enjoy, I found it was missing something. The song selection was great, arrangements are superb, but I still came away feeling I was missing something. Compared to their last few recordings, it wasn’t the cleanest mix, but definitely above par for the average SG recording. Despite many things going on the lives of the group during the creation of this recording, it was a great effort and worth the price of obtaining this release.

Until they surpass my expectations, “Right Now!” is the measuring stick for me and this one didn’t quite measure up in my mind. It’s still an excellent recording and there are several songs that can and will do well in the charts and in concert; it’s just not one I would consider as their finest work to date.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Have you Ever
2 – You Never Cease to Amaze Me**
3 – What Did They Call Him?**
4 – I Just Can’t Get Over
5 – Washed in the Blood
6 – How Great the Debt**
7 – Ordinary People
8 – Stay**
9 – O What a Happy Morning**
10-Out of the Grave**

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Greater Vision - As We Speak


Producer: Lari Goss
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.greatervisionmusic.com

Greater Vision is a trio that has been around for 25 years. They need no introduction, but just in case you are not familiar with them, the current group members are Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman. They have had a strong presence in Gospel Music since they formed in 1990, and over the years have won numerous awards, many recognitions and honors.

This project is their first national release in two years. It contains 10 great songs, five of which were penned by their own songwriter Rodney Griffin, which is no surprise. Rodney is featured on six of the ten songs on this project. Chris Allman penned one of the songs, along with one with Rodney. Three other great songwriters contributed to this project - Phil Cross, Joel Hemphill and Regina Welch. It has been seven years since Greater Vision has recorded a new song that was not written by Rodney or Chris, making this project a little unique. This group has great vocals individually, as well as blending well together. Their heartfelt harmonies, along with thoughtful tunes, Biblical messages and stories, have you feeling the excitement and making the wait worth it.

Starting the project off is their latest radio single “Put Out The Fire.” It tells of Jesus sacrifice and what it means to us, which is probably bound for #1. “We Can’t Tell It All” is a Phil Cross country sounding song and tells of God’s greatness. Both of these were favorites of mine. “Toes In The Water” is one that tells of commitment, and “He Does” written by Chris speaks of Christ love for us. “In The Sandals Of Daniel” is one of the Biblical stories that Rodney is so good at telling in song.

Other favorites of mine include “Let The Blood Of Calvary Speak For Me” which was penned by Joel Hemphill, Candy Christmas and Lari Goss, and “Never Will I Ever” (penned by Regina Welch) which has some great fiddle playing along with tongue twister lyrics. “I Do Know” is a song about Heaven. “Saved By The Same Grace,” another favorite, is co-written by Griffin and Allman and features organ and electric guitar. Last but not least is the title cut, “As We Speak," penned by Rodney, speaks of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

There is a powerful delivery of the message in each of the songs making it a strong quality project. Even though there are few strong up-tempo songs and no high vocals, it is an easy listen of uplifting messages that is consistent with Greater Vision’s delivery and class.

This is a 41/2 star recording. I could have easily starred all of the selections as there is not a bad one on this project. The orchestra music throughout this project is great within itself and worth the listen, but then again, Lari Goss had a part in it. I understand that this is one of the last projects Lari worked on prior to his death, and this project is dedicated to his memory. This is definitely a project you will want to get for your collection.



Song List:

(**stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Put Out The Fire (Rodney Griffin) **
2 – We Can’t Tell It All (Phil Cross) **
3 – Toes In The Water (Rodney Griffin)
4 – He Does (Chris Allman)
5 – In The Sandals of Daniel (Rodney Griffin)
6 – Let The Blood Of Calvary Speak For Me (Joel Hemphill/Candy Christmas/Lari Goss) **
7 – Never Will I Ever Again (Regina Welch) **
8 – I Do Know (Rodney Griffin)
9 – Saved By The Same Grace (Rodney Griffin/ Chris Allman) **
10- As We Speak (Rodney Griffin)

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Healthy U

May 2015

DISCLAIMER: Mindy Isaacs is a certified personal trainer and not a physician. Any questions, comments, and concerns should be addressed to your primary health care professional before doing any of these activities. AbsolutelyGospel.com is not responsible for any health problems you may incur in the process of using these videos.

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Christian Fiction Queen


Christian Fiction Queen: Wings of a Dream

By: Anne Mateer
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0903-1

About the book:

Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promises adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry.

While she waits for the end of the Great War and Arthur's return, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas and care for Aunt Adabelle, sure that her glamorous and exciting life is about to start.

But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's sickness, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah discovers she must choose between her desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.

Review:

Rebekah Hendricks wants nothing more than to escape her mundane Oklahoma farm existence. When a handsome flyer turns her head with promises of excitement and adventure, she's sure he's the man she is meant to marry who will save her from a conventional life. But the Great War still rages in Europe, and with her aviator training at an army camp in Texas, Rebekah jumps at the chance to travel to her aunt's home in Texas, sure the time spent tending her ailing relative will be but a brief stop on her road to adventure. But nothing in Rebekah's sheltered life has prepared her for what she faces when she arrives. The dreaded Spanish flu is ripping through the small farming community, leaving scores of grieving family and friends in its wake. When her aunt succumbs to the flu, Rebekah is left as the reluctant caretaker of her aunt's charges -- the four young Gresham children, left orphaned by the death of their mother in childbirth while their father fights in Europe. As the children and community wend their way into her heart, Rebekah is faced with an unexpected realization when the life she's always scorned becomes the dream she can't bear to live without. But is she brave enough to surrender her dreams to God's plan?

With her debut offering Anne Mateer focuses on an aspect of history that I have seen little (if ever) addressed in fiction -- the World War I American homefront and the horrific and devasting impact of the Spanish Influenza epidemic. Wartime homefront stories always intrigue me as I think too often books and films about either of the two World Wars focus heavily on the overseas action. But as Mateer so deftly illustrates here, the shadow of war cast a heavy pall over every aspect of homefront life, from rationing ("Hooverizing") meal plans to empty places at dinner tables and the fragile hope that loved ones would return unscathed. The ruinous impact of the Spanish flu and the fear and sorrow an outbreak left in its wake is one of the strongest aspects of the novel. Mateer really shines when bringing to life the stress and dangers associated with this epidemic -- in an age of vaccines and advanced medical care it is hard to fathom the utter devastation of this outbreak, but Mateer recreates the emotional toll of this epoch in America's history with aplomb.

As a heroine Rebekah has much to recommend her -- despite the occasional lap into rather excessive levels of immaturity she has a strong sense of right and wrong and responsibility to family and those less fortunate than herself. In many respects a child herself, merely on the cusp of womanhood, Rebekah has a lot of growing up to do in this novel -- though she doesn't yet realize it, her quest for adventure is really a journey of self-discovery, and a powerful reminder that life is lived best when one surrenders to God's leading. Rebekah possesses a lot of spunk, often overshadowed by her immaturity, a point driven home by the first-person narration. First person narration and I can be rather hit-or-miss, and personally I would have preferred third-person, and greater insight into secondary characters such as the children's father, Frank, or Irene, Rebekah's first friend in town. With first-person, Rebekah's internal dialogue and propensity for rashness and immaturity got a bit repetitive, slowing the narrative. Mateer has a knack for creating a compelling supporting cast, and I hope that in future novels characters of Frank and Irene's ilk will receive more "screentime."

My favorite aspect of this debut was Rebekah's atypical romance. Her realization that the greatest adventure is in a life well-lived, surrounded by loved ones, is powerfully brought to fruitition. Wings of a Dream is an engaging, promising debut and I look forward to Mateer's next offering. Her affinity for exploring less "publicized" aspects of history intrigues me and marks her as an author to watch.

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Editorials


The Couriers - Live From the United Nations

Phil Enloe of the Couriers relates their United Nations experience.

It was an awesome opportunity and we are grateful for the chance to sing a gospel song at the U.N. and to add my voice to the many Ambassadors, Dignitaries and International representatives who are concerned with the “Persecutions of the Christians in the Middle East.” The Islamic Radical Extremist are gaining ground and the atrocities we’ve witnessed on our television sets is coming to America sooner than we can imagine.



This all came together because of a young man that I took under my wings many years ago when the school system threw him out. His name is KEVIN JESSIP and he traveled with me for many years, finished his education on the road and then attended a Bible College in Minnesota. All of the friends he got in trouble with in High School are dead now, so his survival came directly from God’s intervention. To this day he considers me his father.

He has started several businesses and has had great success in the business world. A couple of years ago he accepted a position on staff with REINHARD BONNKE, the world’s greatest evangelist. He has lead 80 plus million people to Christ throughout Africa and is presently conducting mega crusades across America.

Because of Kevin’s involvement with Bonnke, he was asked to assemble concerned representatives from around the world to come together for a conference addressing the persecution of Christians that’s coming to our homeland. Well, he decided to take the issue to the world and contacted the United Nations. He found favor with the council and the conference really took off. Anyone and everyone wanted to get on board.

Of course, Kevin wanted to include his mentor to add my voice to the others he had invited. He also asked if The COURIERS would sing Neil’s award winning song, “THE CROSS IS MY STATUE OF LIBERTY.” He presented his requests to the United Nations and got clearance.

It was the most scrutinized and red tape event we were ever involved with. The security is unbelievable, but the Lord helped us through it all. I am proud of Kevin’s vision and work to make this happen. I believe this was the first time a gospel song has ever been sung at the United Nations. But, the world finally heard the Gospel in Word and in Song on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the United Nations and we are thrilled that we were a part of it.

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Next Generation

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Robert Fulton of Gold City Quartet

Robert Fulton is certainly part of the "next generation" of southern gospel music. Robert is the ever capable tenor vocalist of Gold City. He currently fills the coveted position of one of America's most awarded quartets. As a West Virginia native, he grew up in a house where his parents listened to all sorts of music, all different styles and southern gospel was always in there. Spending the first years of his life in rural areas where his Dad was pastoring, it was definitely in the fabric of the church music he was exposed to earliest. "It's truly always been there." He knew at an early age that his passion for music was also his "God-calling". Having a broad appreciation for all genres of music, when I asked him what he was listening to currently, he alluded to a Celtic-styled hymns album called "Starkindler", by Michael Card. "It's a fantastic project!". Although, he stated that every southern gospel fan should have one particular album in their collection..."Pillars of Faith" by Gold City (1992) and I couldn't have agreed more.

Like most artists, Robert has several influences in life and refers to them as "incredible help along the way". From music teachers, to group owners and mentors he's worked with through the years, he learned much from them. "Especially Mr. David Phillips and Mrs. Marilyn Wills, my high school band and choir directors, respectively. They were the sort of people who could make you feel like you could take whatever talent you had a conquer the world with it. And then in college, Dr. David Lawrence (vocal music), and Mr. Scott Michal; both of them pushed me hard and taught me more than I would ever have time to write here. I owe so much to them", he says.

In Southern Gospel, Larry Strickland (formerly of The Stamps, and who was singing bass with Palmetto State at the time Robert was hired) was a major help and influence, he says. And of course he couldn't possibly complete the list without mentioning Tim Riley. "The year and a half that I traveled with him was truly an incredible privilege. Truly someone from whom I have learned much!"

Since traveling Robert has been given the opportunity to perform on stages most only dream of. His favorite place he's performed so far is Freedom Hall (Louisville, KY). This was his first National Quartet Convention. "Nothing else is quite like that." Some may not know that during Robert's tenure with Palmetto State, he was a backing vocalist on the Judd's "The Last Encore" tour, sharing the stage with country music royalty.

Speaking of stage experiences, Robert says his most embarrassing moment came the first time he forgot the lyrics, and as he put it, wrote a brand new verse to a song right there in front of everyone! He continues, "More recently, I took a shot on a high note at the end of a song that I don't usually take and it didn't exactly turn out like I hoped. I definitely got funny looks from another member or two of the group."



Looking forward into the future of our industry, Robert says he feels like Southern Gospel, as with any other genre of music, is definitely progressing stylistically. "I think this is something people shouldn't be afraid of." He continues that introducing some new sounds is a testament to the creativity of the people in our industry, and believes it to be a great thing. In the same breath, he states, "I love the old songs and always will. I don't think we should get rid of those either. It's a delicate balance, but if we strike it properly, I really like how it looks." More importantly Robert believes "there is no higher calling than to bear the name of Christ with those who so desperately need to hear it." He feels his "calling as well as the calling for each man in Gold City, is to share the gospel in whatever way God has gifted them."

Robert is a class act. Everytime we've worked together, he's always spot on in his delivery and sings with conviction. Robert follows in a line of well respected singers who've held his position, but he takes a back seat to no one. His style and spirit are what carries Gold City through the 21st century. I'll leave you with his answer when I asked him what the most interesting fact was about himself. "I'm not saying I'm Batman...I'm just saying you've never seen me and Batman in the same place at the same time!"

By: Chris Jenkins

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Jim Sheldon

Mercy From The Mercy Seat

Why was the ‘Stone to Rolled Way’? What is the importance of the ‘Stone Rolled Away’? Did it have to be rolled away?

I was asked these questions by a gentleman at the end of a morning concert. It was the Sunday after Easter. As we talked it over, we agreed: It wasn’t to let Jesus out and it wasn’t to prove He had risen. Jesus was/is God! He could speak and the stone would move. God never has to prove Himself to anyone!

Intrigued by these questions, I prayed for God’s guidance as I sought the answers. Then, I remembered our pastor in Virginia did an in depth study of the “Wilderness Tabernacle”. The “Mercy Seat” covered the “Arch of The Covenant’, was made from one solid piece of Gold. There were two Cherubim’s face to face on the “Mercy Seat”. The appointed High Priest at the appointed time would sprinkle the sacrificial blood, between the 2 angels. This would atone for the sins of the people for a time.


Then, in John 20:11 – 12; “Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. She saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.”
You see, the “Stone was rolled away” to let us “IN”! Mary, considered unclean, wouldn’t have been allowed even in the women’s court of the Temple. Now, because of what Jesus had accomplished through His Death, Burial & Resurrection, He became the Eternal “Mercy Seat”! Where His blood will atone sins forever, for everyone how believes!!

I wrote a song about this. “Mercy From The Mercy Seat”, It’s on “Still Putting God First” CD. In the last verse it says: “Her fears, great fears were washed away. The path to His Mercy Seat was cleared that day!”

Now EVERYONE, seeking to Repent and be SAVED, can come directly to “Jesus Christ” – “The Mercy Seat”! “The Vail was torn in two. The Door was opened wide, The Stone was Rolled Away. Where our sins, our sins are washed away!” AMEN! Thank you Jesus!!

Jim Sheldon – The Positive Cowboy
Putting God First Minstry

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Hope's Call

Garment of Praise

I love God’s Word. There is such imagery and modern day application from this Holy inspired Book of truth and life. Isaiah 61 emphasizes the year of the Lord’s favor and the restorative power Jesus brings to all who welcome Him in their lives.

Isaiah 61:3 references a “garment of praise.” The Lord has made a way for each of us to daily choose to robe ourselves with praise. It is a deliberate act to clothe our bodies with physical clothes each morning, even if we do not “feel like it.” In the same way, it is an intentional decision to cover ourselves with God’s praise regardless of our circumstances.

There is significance in this act. We gain strength, power, wisdom, discernment, joy, love, compassion, boldness, and so much more when we cover ourselves with God’s praise. We volitionally roll out the welcome mat to Jesus when we adorn our heart and mind with a spirit of worship. In this unstable age I can think of no better covering over the heart, soul and mind than adoration of the Most High, Sovereign God. If we truly recognize His goodness and steadfast love for us our hearts will have no choice but to sing His praise! Get lost in His Word and grab that “garment of praise” at the start of every day.


Lindsey Graham
http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com

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The Story Behind the Song

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Five Things Professional Songwriters Have In Common

In my years of songwriting, I have noticed a few traits that professional songwriters all seem to have in common. If you don't possess these traits
you can acquire them through time and practice. Now, these won't necessarily make you a professional writer, but they might move you closer to becoming one.

1.  Professional Songwriters stay excited about the process of writing.
Songwriters who do this for a living actually enjoy the process of writing. Their focus remains in tune with the task at hand, and they look forward to not only the outcome, which is the finished song, but the process of how they got to that place. For the professional writer, it is as much about the journey as it is the destination. They always remain deliberate in their work. Professionals don't allow themselves to become over attached, or judgmental to the song at hand. They know that if they continue to live, there will be other songs to follow this one.

2. Professional writers are undeterred at rejection.
You could say that songwriting is rejection based profession. There is usually a lot more rejection than successes, even for the most successful of songwriters. But the public only sees the successes. Bill Gaither once said that he and Gloria could wall paper their back yard with the "rejected" songs they have written. But professional writers keep going in spite of an artist or producer rejecting their song. Professionals look at failure and rejection as an incentive to keep trying. The worst thing a songwriter could ever be is a quitter. There are some professional artists that I pitched songs to for nearly 20 years, before they finally recorded one. I could have said "they just don't like my style". And I could have quit pitching material. But every rejected song from that artist only proved to me what they don't like. So, I kept trying until I rang the bell for them and wrote something they could use. A professional songwriter would rather be classified as a "failure" than a "quitter". Failure simply means that you didn't succeed that time, but you can in the future, if you don't quit.

3.  Professional Songwriters can strike a common chord.
Professional songwriters are always concerned about how a listener will interpret what is being said in the lyric. If the writer is the only one moved by the song, then the song will not be effective. The lyric must be understood and delivered with a melody that enhances that understanding. Otherwise, you are simply writing for your own enjoyment, and there's nothing wrong with that. But writing for your own enjoyment will never propel you into the realm of professional writers.

4.  Professional writers are always learning.
The skill of writing is not something that you acquire, and then you have it forever. Songwriting skill is developed over time, and the professional writer continues to develop it. Songwriting is a lot like body building. A body builder will prepare himself or herself, for competition. After winning the competition, what do they do? They go back to the gym and work with a trainer. If they were to win a competition and then sit down and do nothing for 6 months or a year, then they would hardly be considered as a contender for winning the next competition. Songwriting is the same way. You either use it or lose it.

5.  Professional Songwriters are good observers.
The professional writer knows that a great idea can come from anywhere. That's why they keep pens and pencils close at hand. In recent years I've replaced the note pad and pens for an iPhone. When I notice something that sparks an idea, I just record it right then and there on my phone. I have a treasure chest of observations recorded on my phone. It doesn't really matter how you capture the idea, what matters is that you capture it. Hold on to it. It may not become a song for while, but if you don't capture it and hold onto it, then it will never become a song with your fingerprints on it.
Sermons, conversations, a quote from a book, a TV commercial, bumper sticker or even a passing thought in your head can be the idea for your next hit. But if you don't develop good observation skills, you will miss it for sure.


Until next time, keep on writing!

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King's Heralds

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Is It Something In The Weather

Is it just us or is there something going on with our weather? We are barely through the first quarter of 2015 and it seems that we have driven into, around and outrun more storms than normal. We were singing in Texas the middle of April. We headed from Dallas to Houston on a Saturday night. On the way to the concert, we drove through a hail storm. It lasted only a couple of minutes but we were sure that our vehicle would suffer some damage from the nickel size hail that was falling. Thankfully both us and our vehicle came through unscathed.

We had the privilege of singing yet again at the Saddleback Church Laguna Woods campus in Laguna Woods, California for their Easter Sunday service. We always have a great time with those folks. This makes the third time that have worshipped with them. They are always such a blessing to us and we look forward to seeing them again next year!

Keep us in prayer as our tour of the West Coast continues. God has always had His hand on us and He will continue to. So far this year we have seen over 50 decisions for the Lord. We thank God that He has seen fit to use us in the fashion that He has for these 88 years of continuous ministry. Please check our website at http://www.theheralds.org and come see us when we are in your area.

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And Now For Something Different

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Behind Her Back

Receiving an unsolicited call from a desperate husband asking if my womens' events are appropriate for his wife to attend and what topics I would be addressing, caught me way off guard. (What?) I honestly had to ask him to repeat what he said because, well, I just couldn't believe what I was hearing.

"Sorry sir, can you repeat that?"
"I'm calling because my wife is planning to attend one of your conferences and I just want to be sure it's appropriate for her and if the topics your are speaking on, will be relevant and biblically sound for her. You know how you women are..." (stated in a harsh tone)

I try really hard not be defensive in anything in life and it takes a lot for me to get to that place, but I responded quickly and firmly. (especially after he said, "you know how YOU women are...")

"I'm positive, sir, that your wife will receive much and be blessed by the conference. Is your wife with you right now while you've taken the time to call me?"
(long pause and silence)
"Well, no not really. She's at work now."
"Does she know you're calling me? Did you tell her you would be calling me on this, sir?"
".......No. I don't want her to know. It's very complicated."
"Then, sir, with all due respect, I can't speak to you. You see, this conversation isn't appropriate for me to attend to. Seems a bit strange for a man to call a woman he doesn't know without his wife's approval. And speaking of "appropriate and biblical", how does the fact that you called me - fit into that thinking?"
(silence again)
"I see what you're saying, ma'am..."

Every once in a while, I'm reminded of the neanderthal mindset that still exists in the heart of a controlling over-bearing bible-thumping husband. When I turned his conversation around, using his own words, he grew deafly silent.

I'm praying today for his wife. I'm sure this isn't a first for her. I also pray she comes to the event. I pray she has the courage to overcome what I'm sure has been a difficult dominating journey.

I always pray for women attending any conference, retreat or event I speak for. But I also have included praying for the spouse at home too. "God, give them the assurance and presence of mind to love their wives enough that they give them an embracing send-off."

My thoughts today:

Husbands, love your wives. Be their covering, not their containment.
Wives, love your husbands. Really really do this.
A women's conference should never cause a division between a husband and a wife; it should be an oasis getaway, empowering you MORE to be the best you can be in all relational aspects.
The first excuse or demand someone gives you is rarely the heart of the real issue. There's something brewing under the surface.

I know there's a whole lot more going on with this man. Pray for him. And being the humorist that I am, I find no humor in any of this…

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Karen Peck & New River - Pray Now


Producer: Wayne Haun
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com

Ok, so how do you do a review of a new project by one of your all-time favorite singers, artists, groups…and then add into the fact, that their last several projects have been top notch in all ways, and they’ve been so fortunate to receive and garner all kinds of awards, honors and nominations from the prestigious Grammy’s, Dove Awards and so many others.

Well, I have taken several weeks to listen…listen…listen…and then listen some more to the much anticipated and long awaited NEW project from the amazing KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER. Let me assure you, this is one of the MUST HAVE projects for the year! I will even go as far as to say it is a perfect 10 to me! Karen, Jeff and Susan have outdone themselves along with producer extraordinaire Wayne Haun to bring us one of the most freshest and uplifting CD’s chock full of songs that will surely touch so many lives. Many of the best writers have contributed to this project including Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Dave Clark, Michael Farren, Gerald Crabb, even Karen herself and many others. The first single, PRAY NOW is the message that Karen and the group want to share everywhere, the importance of prayer and making it a part of our lives constantly. My top picks from the project are the following; LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART (definitely should be a single), BLESSED, PEACE THAT COVERS ALL THE PAIN (incredible lyrics and song of hope), REDEMPTION’S ONLY LAMB and I love the closing sweet song on the project, A LIFE THAT’S GOOD.

I will end it this way….get out and buy it TODAY…

Truly a music masterpiece that will touch your life in such a special way. It’s that special “heart” music that will reach deep down and remind you once again how important the gift of anointed music is.

Again, I give it a perfect 10!



Song List:

CALLING
PRAY NOW
HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS
LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART
I AM BLESSED
I’M NOT LETTING GO
I CHOOSE CHRIST
PEACE THAT COVERS ALL THE PAIN
REDEMPTION’S HOLY LAMB
LORD SEND YOUR ANGELS
A LIFE THAT’S GOOD

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Happy Mother’s Day - Meet Our Mom, Marlene

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Proverbs 31:28 – “Her children rise up and call her blessed…”

May is the month in which we acknowledge and show appreciation to our wonderful mothers, so I wanted to take Mom’s place this month on the devotion page. I guess you might say that I wanted to express our devotion to Mom.

May is also the month in which our mom, Marlene, became a mother. That is my birth month and I, as many of you already know, am the oldest. Carla and Mom seem to like to remind everyone of that particular fact. As a matter of fact, my birthday occasionally falls on Mother’s Day. (Since I am a mother too, that’s almost like having a birthday on Christmas.) So, Mom has had fifty-six years of practice at being a mother. She has perfected it, if I may say so. She has truly been a wonderful example for me to follow and I have learned so much from her about the task of “mothering.”

Mom is actually the one responsible for our family ministry getting started. Almost forty-five years ago, Dad was singing in a male quartet and Carla and I began to go with him occasionally and perform the songs we had learned. I had been taking piano and learned some gospel songs, so Carla and I were quite the little duet combo. She was about 7 and I was about 10. At about the age of 4, Shannon had also discovered his little tenor voice while listening to the “Old Time Singing Convention” each noon day and began to sing along with Jack Toney on the song “Ship Ahoy”. That was when Mom decided that since Dad was into singing and we were into singing, that we should combine our efforts and start our own family group. And that’s what we did! Mom encouraged us then and continues to be our biggest encourager today.

Shannon wowed everyone with his tenor harmony, and people were amazed that three kids could sing harmony in such a grown-up style. Carla learned to play bass, while Teresa and Shannon developed their piano and arranging skills. Later when Shannon’s voice switched to a low bass after his voice changed, his talents led him to a more full-time ministry when he joined The Hoppers in 1985. Many of you may remember him during those twelve or so years when he traveled with them as he was responsible for writing and arranging some of their chart-topping songs. Even though he was traveling with The Hoppers, he was still a big part of our ministry as The Childress Family.

Mom never expected that Shannon would make it to Heaven before she did, and I think that is the case with all parents. Many of you know that the passing of my brother, who was the youngest, left quite a large and empty hole in our hearts, and especially in Mom’s. During Shannon’s battle with cancer, she was always positive and full of faith; she was constantly in prayer; she was by my brother’s side at every opportunity. When he was feeling bad and Mom showed up, Shannon seemed to perk right up. This month will be an especially tender time for Mom, since Shannon made his entrance to Heaven on May 16, 2011. I am sure that she will be reflecting upon every day, every hour and every minute that she spent with him during those last days that he was with us. There are so many, including our family, who has been amazed at her strength over the past few years. Sure, she has shed tears and sometimes had some difficult days, but she found a source of strength in Christ alone. That is why the song, “In Christ Alone”, has truly become a blessing to Mom and our family. We also find comfort in the fact that we will see him again and that he did not make the journey alone as our new release says, “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone.”

Our Mom is an example of how to love and respect others. As a matter of fact, many people, old and young, just refer to her as “Momma” because she is so endearing to people. It is no secret that our family is very close and that we love each other very deeply. Mom is not one of those mothers who tell you how to live-she shows you. Mom doesn’t tell you how to love-she shows you. Real love is an action, not just a feeling. She always has a smile for others; she always has time to talk to others; she gives generously to others; she does for others out of the goodness of her heart; she loves others without respect of race, social status, gender or any issues in their life. She just loves! We feel that she truly does have the heart of our Lord. She is firm on her stand for Christ and the principles of His Word, but she is not narrow-minded and unloving in her stand. She has taught us that it is better to let others know they are loved and welcomed into the family of God, rather than that they are hated because of some sin in their life, when we “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

I could go on and on about the goodness of our mother, because she truly is an amazing woman of the Lord. If you have not been blessed to have a mother such as ours, just know that you have a Lord and Savior who loves you better than any mother, father, sister, brother or friend. If you don’t know Him, it would be our prayer that you ask Him into your heart and turn your life over to Him.

Thanks, Mom, for being so wonderful. We love you!! Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

Lord, thank You for the influence our mothers have had on us. We, too, want to touch the lives of others, to point them to You. We know we need Your Spirit’s power to do that. Fill us and use us, we pray. Amen

With love and blessings,

Teresa

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The Redback Hymnal

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “Gettin’ Ready to Leave This World”

Have you ever been in a hurry to arrive at your church early on Sunday mornings, only to be hindered by slow-moving cars directly ahead of you?

The body language of the motorist in front of you – as seen through the rear window of that car – will often reveal signs the driver is taking his time due to a leisurely Sunday morning drive. His actions may include resting his right arm on top of the front seat, or perhaps turning his head to the left and to the right repeatedly as he gazes at all the surroundings.

We, as law-abiding Christians, do our best to maintain the speed limit, but little do these slow drivers ahead of us know we are actually in a hurry to get to church to worship JESUS, the King of Kings.

Are these Sunday drivers not aware that you and I have faced many challenges this week and are in a hurry to enter the doors of our church to lift high the Name of JESUS, and to sing praises to His Holy Name?

Just minutes before leaving for church, we had been standing before well-lit mirrors in our homes to make sure we were presentable to others, but also presentable before God.

Although that is important, there’s more to “getting ready” than one just cleaning up outwardly and putting on attractive and modest apparel. There is also that constant spiritual preparedness we all must make for eternity.

In 1937, Luther G. Presley wrote a dynamic Gospel song titled “Gettin’ Ready to Leave This World.” This song of readiness – found in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal – has much the same thought in mind.

The best of writings that speak of this song often lists the title as “GETTING Ready to Leave This World,” rather than “Gettin’” – as described by Presley. I prefer the down-home language given by the songwriter.

When I read the words of this song, it seems Presley could have easily written the verses in much of a “to do list” format, meaning these matters of great importance are to be lived DAILY, and not just occasionally. Verse 1, for example, reminds us we’re to be ––

ü *** “LAYING UP MY TREASURES IN THAT HOME ABOVE…” ~ “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

One thing is certain; we are either investing in temporary treasures here on Earth, or we’re investing in eternal life in Heaven. Our “treasure” is that particular something we love the best. It is that which we most yearn to possess, if it is not already ours. And it is that which we most fear to lose, if we already possess it.

Many years ago, a man was observed in a certain city carrying water for ten cents an hour, while on the other side of town there lay in wait for him a $200,000 mausoleum – one he had built some years before in the days of his prosperity. Unfortunately, his “investment” was now only a place for his bodily remains to be laid. Where do YOU choose to invest? I choose “laying up my treasures in that Home above…”

ü *** “TRUSTING, FULLY TRUSTING IN THE SAVIOR’S LOVE…” ~ Trusting God in the good times, while wanting to throw in the towel spiritually during the down times, is not “fully” trusting in Him. Paul wrote Timothy to say, “…I KNOW whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12b).

ü *** “DOING WHAT I CAN FOR HEAVEN’S HOLY DOVE” ~ In our church many years ago, my parents sang a song titled, “Have I Done My Best For JESUS?” The first verse speaks of His “…great sacrifice at Calvary!” The chorus ends with a thought we all must ask, “…I wonder, have I done my best for JESUS, when HE has done so much for me?”

Continuing in the “to do” line of thought of our featured song, verse 2 admonishes us we’re to be “Trusting in the riches of His saving grace, In EACH earthly trial I His love can trace; Sure that up in Heaven I shall find a place…..” This verse – as well as the other two verses – conclude by adding “…I’m a gettin’ ready to leave this world.”

We must be gettin’ ready to meet the Lord, while also being much aware of the signs of the times. Each day we live should be a time of great anticipation of all that awaits the child of God; a time of looking to that Land of Promise – a forever place for those who live holy and upright before God in this present world.

I don’t know when that time of departure will take place, and I don’t know if I’ll go by way of the Rapture or by the grave, but folks, I’m a gettin’ ready NOW to move on to Glory. We’re never promised “tomorrow.”

One important point: Not only do we need to be “gettin’ ready,” but we also must “BE ready.” In these last days, there is much need to study God’s Word, for there we learn ––

*** We’re to “…be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

*** It is necessary we be without “…spot, or wrinkle,” and we must be “holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

*** We must open our spiritual eyes and “…watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13).

*** Each Christian should “…see then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, ~ Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15,16).

During some Sunday night services over a period of many years, the four Kelly sisters at our local church sang “The Wedding Garment,” a lively Gospel song written by their aunt. This song is one that often brought all four sisters to a time of shouting, along with many others throughout our congregation.

The chorus of this song declared, “This old world will never hold me, in a moment I’ll be gone; For I’ve made my consecration, and I have my wedding garment on.”

The chorus of Presley’s song tells the great need of each one: “Gettin’ ready to leave this world (of sorrow), Gettin’ ready for the gates of pearl (tomorrow); Keeping (my record bright), watching (both day and night), Gettin’ ready to leave this world.” You talk about a daily “MUST do list” for the Christian! The latter portion of the chorus is indeed just that.

Presley knew when writing this song in 1937 there was a need of everyone “gettin’ ready,” for that was near the outset of World War 2. Just think how greater a need there is TODAY for each person to BE ready to meet JESUS. When He comes, there will be NO time to pray and finish “getting ready.”

Hanging in my home is an 8x10 placard I remember from my childhood. Mom kept this well-worn blue cardboard and gold lettered saying hanging on the living room wall, and before the eyes of her children at all times. The words on this placard are reminders to us all today, for that short “to-do” list of “RULES FOR TODAY” states ––

*** “Do nothing that you would not like to be doing when JESUS comes;
Go to no place where you would not like to be found when JESUS comes;
Say nothing that you would not like to be saying when JESUS comes” ***

Gordon Jensen wrote words of a Gospel song some years ago that are still applicable today. “Wars and strife on ev’ry hand and violence fills the land, Still some people doubt He’ll come again; But the Word of God is true, He’ll redeem His chosen few, DON’T LOSE HOPE, soon CHRIST JESUS will descend.”

With all the sin and wickedness around us today, it’s good to know there is “…just a little while to linger here below…” – for “I’M GETTIN’ READY TO LEAVE THIS WORLD.”

I urge you to “BE READY” to meet JESUS, because one day soon all those who ARE ready are gonna be outta here “in the twinkling of an eye.” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

–– Bill

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Daily Devotion

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Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paula’s Prayer

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

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Michael English Hosts 2015 SGMG Harmony Honors Ceremony

Browders, Isaacs, and Three Bridges With Outstanding Performances


Nashville, Tenn (April 30, 2015) Grammy and Dove Award winning Michael English hosted the Southern Gospel Music Guild's 2015 Harmony Honors. It was a star studded Who's Who of Gospel singing which was highlighted by exciting performances by The Browders, The Isaacs, and Three Bridges.

The Harmony Honors was honoring two of the great songwriters of our era who have passed on to their Heavenly rewards, but leave us songs that will touch hearts many, many years to come. Honored were Dottie Rambo and Rusty Goodman who both have classic Gospel songs to their credits.



Three Bridges opened with the Dottie Rambo hit recorded by many artists including the soundtrack to the 'Preachers Wife' recorded by the late Whitney Houston, "I Go To The Rock”. Bringing the crowd to their feet they got the evening off to a feverish start.



The Isaacs performed Dottie's song "He Ain't Never Done Me Nothin' But Good” and were joined on stage by Rambo McGuire setting the crowd on fire once again. They later performed another Rambo song which has been a huge hit for them. "Mama's Teaching Angles How To Sing”.



The Browders, not to be outdone added their vibrant energy to the Rambo classic "I've Never Been This Homesick Before”. Once again the crowd received this song with worship and excitement.

Michael English sang Rusty Goodman's very popular "Who Am I?” to an exuberant crowd with hands raised and worshipful praise going on. He also told of how Rusty Goodman introduced him to his signature song, and how he didn't like it when he heard it. But, Michael recorded the song with the Goodmans and the rest is history. That song is "I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy”. That was a perfect way to close out the program.

Other performers that evening included The Blackwood Brothers, The Perrys, Tribute Quartet, The Lefevre Quartet, Freedom Quartet, The Nelons, The Jim Brady Trio, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Rambo/McGuire, Joseph Habedank, Goodman Revival, and The Old Paths Quartet.

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The program is slated to be aired May 6th on TBN at 10:00PM EST/9:00PM CST.

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Bev McCann and Friends Finish Successful Tour

Murfreesboro, TN (April 30, 2015) Bev McCann's dream was to form a troupe of her friends in Gospel Music ministry and travel the country with a life changing message that would change lives forever. That dream is coming true with the formation of Bev McCann and Friends.

Consisting of Bev's Friends are The Positive Cowboy (from the popular TV program The Music City Show) Jim Sheldon, Rachel Taylor, Campbell & Rowley, the Lori Jonathan Trio, and Don and Joy McCloud. While none of these friends are household names yet, their enthusiasm to do the work the Lord has called them to is unmatched by any big named artist.

The artists have toured though CA and recently through OH, MI, IN, KY, AL and TN. On this most recent tour over 200 came people to hear Bev McCann and Friends. Everyone left with a touch from heaven. It was a marvelous day.

Here is what the people said:

"I had lots of prayers answered. Yesterday was the best day I have had in years," exclaimed Brenda Duvendak, "It was totally awesome. I'm so thankful for living Hope."

Tom and Brenda’s daughter Hannah decided to follow Christ right after the concert. Helping her make that decision was one of the artists, Rachel Taylor.

Bev Zuvers shared that it had been a struggle to come to Sunday school, but then she heard Bev McCann talk about choices. "I didn’t feel like I wanted to come to Sunday school. I just wanted to stay in bed and only come to church. I wasn’t focused on God. I am so thankful I came.” "Listening to Bev McCann talk about choices was so appropriate. It touched my heart and spirit.”

Deb Nelson was at the church during the day and got to hear the group practice for the evening concert. "You could just feel the Holy Spirit when they were practicing,” she said. "It was beautiful.”

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Asking For Directions

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)

I’ve never met a man who liked asking for directions. In fact, I think it’s nearly impossible! A man will drive around trying to figure out where he is going for most of an afternoon!

Being one myself ,I have often asked myself why this is. It’s got to be a pride thing. Women have absolutely no problem asking and they can get upset with us when we don’t. Many a family vacation has been ruined because the man just flat out refuses to ask thinking that somehow if he should stoop to such a level he will be diminished in his wife’s eyes when in fact many times the very opposite is true!

I think Jesus must have known this about men because He gave His disciples, who were men I might add, some very specific directions. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) KJV. There are various routes that you can take that will get you to your desired destination. However, this verse leaves very little doubt about how we come to the Father. It’s only through his Son Jesus Christ and his finished work at Calvary that we will arrive at that destination.

My friend, if you are trusting in anything other than the shed blood of Jesus you WILL be disappointed one day. If you’ve not trusted Jesus Christ completely won’t you do it now? Once you have made Him your Lord and Master just keep your hand in His and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you’ll do that I promise He’ll get you to your destination safely.

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Karen Peck and New River Release New Video Pray Now

Dahlonega, GA (April 29, 2015) Dove Award winning Gospel group, Karen Peck and New River have just released their new video Pray Now. This video is timely in its release.

With tensions high in this Nation the message of this video is certain to grab at the hearts of those who see it. Our Nation, our churches, and our personal lives all benefit when we gather together in prayer.
At a flag pole, in a church, in an auditorium, or just together in our hearts the one thing we all need is prayer.

With the trial of Karen's husband, Ricky, undergoing cancer treatment this song and video have touched her and her family in a very personal way and it is sure to touch you wherever you are in life.

Karen commented, “We have drawn such strength by praying The Lord's Prayer every day. As we approach The National Day of Prayer, let's bind together and pray for each other, our leaders, and our country. Will you share this video and help us to spread the word of encouragement and hope through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? He answers prayer!!”

You can view the video by using the following link: https://youtu.be/rjKikMdbYaA .

The group's CD hit the market this week. Pray Now was produced by Wayne Haun and includes songs written by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Gerald Crabb, Jason Cox and many more. The first single and title track, “Pray Now”, shipped to radio in March and is already at #5 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and debuted at #36 on the Singing News Monthly Radio Chart.

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

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Open Statement From Doug Anderson

Since the news was announced yesterday, I've been overwhelmed at the amount of love and support shown to me. Ernie Haase is my friend and is like a brother to me. The journey with him has been an amazing one and I will never be able to repay him for all he has done for me and my family. The last 13 years have been wonderful and I am going to miss climbing on the bus every week with ALL my brothers.

This decision was not an easy one, but one that I have complete peace about. As you saw in the video, nothing is wrong, no one is mad at anyone. I want to spend more time with my wife and girls, and I want them to travel with me some. It really is as simple as that.

I am very blessed that I can forge a new path on my own because of what Ernie Haase & Signature Sound did for me - I will be forever grateful.

I can't wait to see you on the road! Please stay in touch with me on Twitter, Facebook and my website.

I LOVE YOU ALL and I will see you soon!

Doug

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Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Tops Sales Charts

Acclaimed Vocalist Proclaims FREEDOM with All-New Recording

Concert goers Enjoy Journey to Phelps' "Ghost Town"

GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps topped the sales charts this week with his all-new recording, Freedom (Gaither Music Group). Produced by Phelps and mentor/friend/gospel music legend Bill Gaither, the new release landed at #1 on the Southern Gospel Albums chart and at #10 on the CCM Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition, Phelps' previous release, Classic (Gaither Music Group), hit the #2 spot on the Southern Gospel Albums chart, while the Classic DVD topped the Christian Music Video chart and came in at #3 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart.

Phelps, who wrote or co-wrote nine songs on the new release, describes, "...This is a snapshot of where I am on my journey...it's real life and faith -- not the absence of trouble, just the ability to be led through it by our loving Savior. For me, these songs are like the rings of a tree telling its story: some years were plentiful; some were dry; in the end they speak of life."

Those songs of life underscore Phelps’ ability to bring music to life and showcase his award-winning, three-octave range. The recording includes gospel standards such as "Ain't No Grave," "When the Saints Go Marching In" and a signature recording of "We Shall Behold Him"; yet one of the songs taking audiences by storm is the Phelps-penned "Ghost Town (Freedom)."

“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...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.

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

The release is positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign that began earlier this month on networks including DIRECTV, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign is also airing in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.

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StowTown Records and Triumphant celebrate the release of ‘Living In Harmony’

StowTown Records and one of Southern Gospel's most popular quartets, Triumphant, are proud to announce the release of their brand new project, Living In Harmony.

The album, which hit the market on April 14, made an impressive debut by landing in the Top 10 of the recent Soundscan Southern Album Chart and the Top 100 of the Christian Music Chart.

“Triumphant is very excited about our new StowTown record release. We have been working on this project for several months and really spent a lot of time picking songs for this recording,” said David Sutton, longtime tenor and co-founder of the group. “We feel truly blessed and honored to have received the songs that we got for this project from some of the best writers in our field of music today.”

“Our prayer is that we can portray these songs in a way that people will hear the lyrics and feel the presence of God in their lives while listening.”

“Living in Harmony”, written by Jeff Bumgardner and Triumphant baritone Scott Inman, also happens to be the first single release from the project and is now being heard throughout the country.

"If there has ever been a time where Christians need to come together for the cause of Christ, NOW is the time,” exclaimed Inman. “I pray "Living in Harmony" is a lyric people will put in motion on a daily basis."

Triumphant is currently holding a social media contest on Facebook and Twitter for all of their followers. Fans can send the group a photo by Thursday, April 30, showing themselves along with their purchase of Living In Harmony at a local Christian bookstore or outlet and be entered into a special drawing. The winner will earn an exclusive dinner with the entire group in the near future.

This marks the premiere release with StowTown for Triumphant, a multi-award winning quartet who joined the fast-rising label last summer. “We are very thankful for the relationship we have developed with the StowTown team. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with this company,” added Sutton. “They have a heart for the groups and a heart for making good music. That's a company we want our name to be attached to and are so honored to be a part of.”

“We all want to 'live in harmony' together and we hope you enjoy our new CD from StowTown Records...Living In Harmony!”

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Daily Devotion

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I’ve Been Ready For Spring

I don't know about you, but I've been ready for Spring! I SHOULD be used to the bitter cold and snow, having been raised in Southern Indiana, but the older I get, the more I dislike Winter!

Yes, I'm ready for Spring!

Spring represents newness. The flowers that died during the cold winter months began blooming again, trees start their budding and we see new life.

God's mercy is much like Spring. When His mercy is extended to a Soul, it begins to truly live. The life that was once buried with the sin of death, is renewed.

Ephesians 2:1
"Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins."

Ephesians 2:4-5 "But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,
that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)"

It's because of God's mercy and grace that we are renewed and redeemed back to God. His death made us NEW, and when we fall and make mistakes, His mercy and grace will still keep us.

Lamentations 3:23
"Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning."

I'm thankful because..
I'm going to need His mercy today.
I'm going to need His mercy tomorrow.

You will too.

Take a minute with me and thank Him for His mercy..

"Father, thank you for your mercies on my life. Thank you that this morning when I woke up, your mercy was made new. I thank you that that same mercy will be here for me tomorrow. Thank you for your love. In Jesus' name. Amen."

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Ashley DeRamus Of Ashley By Design Named Spokesperson For Adorn Fashion

DeRamus is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line

Birmingham, Ala. (April 28,2015) Ashley DeRamus, founder of The Ashley DeRamus Foundation and Ashley by Design, is pleased to announce her new role as spokesperson for Adorn Fashion, based out of Atlanta. DeRamus continues to make strides in the fashion world, as she is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line.

Adorn Fashion is a leading supplier at AmericasMart in Atlanta and known for its superior quality, elegance and sophisticated designs. In partnership with DeRamus, Adorn will manufacture new designs for Ashley by Design, and Adore Kids will launch a clothing line for children with Down syndrome.

"We are excited about partnering with Ashley and her wonderful foundation,” says Hema Pandaya, president of Adorn Fashion. "She is a talented designer with a keen eye for fashion, and we can’t wait to help her expand into children’s clothing.”

Founded by DeRamus and her mother, Connie DeRamus, Ashley by Design specializes in clothing specifically tailored for individuals with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack. Clothing from the line will be showcased and sold at the Cash & Carry event at AmericasMart Atlanta from May 5 to 7. The showroom will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The designs can also be purchased at http://www.ashleybydesign.com.

"We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,” says Connie. "Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted them to feel just as confident as anyone else. The partnership with Adorn and Adore Kids will help us expand clothing options to children with Down syndrome.”

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Lindsey Graham Performs National Anthem For The Minnesota Twins

Estero, FL (April 28,2015) Gospel soloist Lindsey Graham had an interesting trip earning the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins spring training game.

Ms Graham stated, "I auditioned at a public contest in the Miromar Outlets in Estero, Florida back in January to sing the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins. They had a full day of auditions and selected only one person to sing the anthem at a spring training game at their Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers, Florida. To my great surprise, I was the BIG WINNER!!”



Singing at the game between the Twins and the Baltimore Orioles on March 18th the fans were in awe as she magnificently performed on par with the best ever heard in on outdoor stadium, evidenced by the tremendous applause after she finished.

Lindsey also commented, "I am blown away to have had this opportunity. I heard many great singers audition and am humbled to have been chosen to sing the National Anthem. This is truly an honor I will cherish moving forward.”

The performance was captured on video by Tucker Media (http://www.Tucker.media) and can be viewed with the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbaS3Qxrpng&feature=youtu.be

The Twins lost the game, but gained a fan in Lindsey Graham.

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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The Shield of Faith

Every soldier needs a shield of protection. Often, the intensity and demands of the battle determined the size shield a soldier would select. A small shield could be attached to the forearm and was used for close contact. A larger shield offered even more covering. Then there was a shield that practically covered the entire body and offered near complete hiding. This was especially consoling when flying arrows were speeding through the air. A common shield of defense was about 3-1/2 feet high and rounded at the size which helped reduce the impact of an oncoming arrow, preventing the soldier from feeling its full impact.

The instruction Paul gave for this particular piece of armor is quite interesting. He said: "Take up" the Shield of Faith. This implies action is required if the shield is utilized properly. The shield doesn't stand on its own, propped, or balanced by its own weight. The soldier had to hold it, raise it, move it, and strategically position it for maximum use.

So it is with our faith. According to Romans 12:3, every man and woman has a "certain measure of faith" (paraphrased). How we utilize faith in our lives is a key matter.

The Bible speaks of various levels of faith: no faith, little faith, and great faith. Jesus asked His disciples on one occasion, "How is it that you have 'no' faith?" On another occasion, He remarked to them saying, "O ye of 'little' faith." On yet another occasion, Jesus was moved by a government leader’s faith for his child to be healed. The Master said of the man, "I have not found such 'great' faith in all of Israel" (Matthew 8:10).

Even as the maturity and experience level of a soldier would develop, so did his appreciation for the various sizes and uses of the shield. Likewise, as you grow in Christ Jesus, your faith can increase, as well. It's vitally important that your faith grow, because the attack of the enemy will become more and more sophisticated against you. The shield was used a a deterrent to the "flaming arrows" from the enemy—quite a weapon for its day and time.

We face a barrage of complicated and "up-to-date" attacks from Satan these days and it is no option that we be equipped accordingly. Your faith in God and His sustaining grace is your greatest defense.

Always remember Hebrews 11:1: "Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (NIV).

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HIGHROADIII Releases New Concept Video

Nashville, Tenn (April 27, 2015) Gospel trio HIGHROADIII has released a new concept video featuring their hit song "Don't Weep For Me” which was produced by award-winning producer Ben Isaacs. The song, penned by group members Anna Grace Shideler, Kiley Phillips, Sarah Davison, and Bass player Stephen Wilder is already creating quite a stir on YouTube.

The video was shot by Israel Anthem and Jared Rauso with all of the concept material envisioned by HIGHROADIII group members. The idea of fans sharing photos of loved ones who have passed on caught on quickly and an avalanche of pictures came in for the group to choose from. The photos are placed in albums as the video progresses.

Copy and paste the link below to view the video:

https://youtu.be/Co-zMXicp3E

In other exciting news HIGHROADIII recently won a prestigious Ovation Award at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Smyrna, TN for the Female Group of the Year.

Singer and keyboard player, Sarah Davison commented, "We have been so blessed by the hand of the Lord lately. As long as God is opening doors for us to minster, we will gladly step through them to do what he has for us to do.”

The group was also recently asked to perform before a packed house of 4,000 people at the Singing In the Sun concert in Myrtle Beach, SC where they were warmly received.

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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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NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw Shares Stage With The Isaacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Weekly Chart

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Monday - Aprl 27, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
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That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
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Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
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Battle Cry Kingsmen
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Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
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Anything Zane & Donna King
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When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
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God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
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Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
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Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
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Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
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Glorybound Whisnants
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Still Blessed Hyssongs
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Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
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Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
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I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
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Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
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Ordinary People Old Paths
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Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
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Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
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What You Leave Behind Talleys
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I Will Rise Tribute
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I Wanna Be There Isaacs
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Send Me Rick Webb Family
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Power of the Cross Gold City
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Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
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Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
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The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
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Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
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I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
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There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
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Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
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I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
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When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
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It Was the Word Williamsons
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What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
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Lord, You're So Good Soul'd Out
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Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
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He Took the Nails Browders
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Picture This 11th Hour
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Daily Devotion

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Keep The pace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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How Will You Respond ?

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

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

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News & Scoops


Jackie Wilburn Memorial Sing Becomes Wilburn Reunion Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Misery or Melody?

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

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

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

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

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

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Tune-In Alert for Collingsworth Family

Collingsworth Family To Be Featured on Upcoming In Touch Ministries Program

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Why Me Lord?

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

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

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

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

Yes, why WOULD Jesus choose Judas?

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

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

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

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

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

Why would Jesus die for me?

Because He loves me.

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

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

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

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

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


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Karen Peck and New River Receive Two AGM Ovation Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashley DeRamus Receives National Advocacy Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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