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Oak Ridge Boys - Rock of Ages


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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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


Announcements

Concerts

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

Benefiting the Marcelly's Dream Project

Featuring:


The Isaacs & The Browders

August 20th, 2015



7 PM EST / Doors open 6PM EST

Location:


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

Ticket prices:



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

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

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 06/02/2015 | Category: AnnouncementsConcerts Comments: 0


Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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


Artists

Three Bridges

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House of Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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News & Scoops


11th Hour Set To Release New Album What A Moment

Offering Free Download of First Radio Single

Nashville, Tenn (December 11, 2015) Award winning Gospel trio 11th Hour is set to release their new album What A Moment. Officially hitting the street February 12, 2016, the group is offering a special incentive to pre-order the project. By pre-ordering this new CD you will receive a free download of their first radio release from this album. You will be the first to hear this dynamic new song, "Mountain Moving Faith”.
The new project is no doubt the best 11th Hour has ever produced and "Mountain Moving Faith” is just wetting your appetite for more great music from this dynamic young group.
Lead vocalist for the group, Amber Eppinette shared, "We have poured every ounce of our hearts into this album and we truly believe you guys will feel and hear that. This album CHANGES EVERYTHING.”
Here is the link to pre-order What A Moment: http://smarturl.it/qpz5eq .
Song list for entire album :
Mountain Moving Faith
Look At Me Now
Love Still Holds Our Scars
Bound
He Welcomes The Beggar
He's Alive And So Am I
When God Shows Up
Can You Burn
Ain't No Bones
I Trust

If you would like to interview 11th Hour contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
If you would like to learn more about 11th Hour you can go to http://11thhourgospelgroup.com, or catch them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/11thhourgospelgroup .
Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/11thHourGG .
To book 11th Hour for you church, concert, or event contact Dara Eppinette - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - 318-547-8938.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 12/11/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

During a time of morning devotions, while praying and “discussing” with God how I didn’t understand so many things that happen, this scripture was brought to my mind. I wondered what in the world it had to do with what I was praying about.Then, all of a sudden, I felt as if a new revelation had come to me about what this scripture meant .Always before, when I have read it I thought only about the temptations of the flesh. You know, “real sins” — the ones preachers preach about and parents warn their children to avoid: lust, pride, idolatry, envy, and jealousy.These are things that are obvious to us as we go through the Scripture and read about how wrong they are.These are the things everybody can see acted out in our lives.They eventually show up whether we want them to or not.

I realize that I am not tempted to do all those obvious things. I didn’t grow up in a family where anyone smoked, or drank, or did anything else I can name. I never heard my parents say a curse word.We weren’t even allowed to call anyone “stupid.” That was like a bad word to my father. So, these things don’t often even enter my realm of thinking. But, what about temptations of the spirit and of the mind? Some strongholds can take root in our hearts and find their way deep into our spirits — such as being tempted with bitterness over things not being fair, being hurt at being done wrong, or seeing others done wrong.

This can lead to disappointment, disillusionment, and anger. How could things happen the way they do sometimes?

God knew we would be tempted from time to time to do wrong. But, He also knew we would be tempted to think wrong and to feel wrong about too many situations and cir- cumstances. He is never surprised by that. I have been in those places way too often, and it is hard to find my way out. But instead of feeling that I have the right to be there, or feeling justified in being there, I choose to remember that Jesus already took that upon Himself for me. So, I can allow that to be my place of peace and rest from the worry of it all. What a relief!

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News & Scoops


Lindsey Graham Releases New Album I Lift My Voice

Estero, Florida (December 10, 2015) Gifted musician and singer Lindsey Graham has released her new CD I Lift My Voice. Produced by Jason Webb and recorded in Nashville, Tenn, this new project is going to turn heads in the Gospel music world.

I Lift My Voice features eleven exciting songs including "Most Holy Lamb”, "A Little More Love”, and a Lindsey Graham original "God Declared You Holy”.

Describing the song penned by herself Lindsey explains, "This song was inspired by Beth Moore’s Bible Study on Daniel. If we are born again then God has declared us holy and expects us to live in such a way as to reflect His holiness. In our Babylonian-like culture God’s children are called to be in the world but not of it, living victorious and abundant Christian lives in the power of Christ Jesus. Where Satan cannot have your soul he seeks to make you ineffective for the cause of Christ. However, to this we may say, 'Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!' It is from this perspective I wrote God Declared You Holy.”

Continuing about her new album Lindsey commented, "I am so excited about this album. So many exceptionally talented individuals participated in the making of this project and I believe it is reflected in the final product. Psalm 98:4 says, "Make a joyful noise to the LORD!” This album is an invitation for ALL to sing along, making a joyful noise of praise to the living God. I Lift My Voice for He is worthy”

Song List:

Most Holy Lamb

A Little More Love

Jesus Christ Is In This Place

God Declared You Holy

No Greater Song

Speak Your Name

Glorious Savior

More Than Conquerors

He Who Is Mighty

Heaven Bound

Remember My Name

Get your copy NOW at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com for $15 plus S/H.

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

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

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

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

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Written: 12/10/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


News & Scoops


LaBreeska Hemphill Passes Away At 75

LaBreeska Hemphill, beloved matriarch of the gospel singing family, The Hemphills, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in Nashville, TN at the age of 75.

Born in 1940 in Flat Creek, Alabama, a small coal-mining town, to Walter Erskine Rogers and Gussie Mae Goodman Rogers, LaBreeska made her entrance into a world of music singing with her family, the Happy Goodman Family, when at the age of 9, she appeared onstage at the Ryman Auditorium during the monthly “ all-night gospel sings.”

Due to her Christian upbringing and personal commitment, faith and values as well as the music of that faith, was a constant in LaBreeska’s life.

In 1957, LaBreeska married Joel Hemphill of West Monroe, LA and they became very active in the church Joel’s father pastored. Soon they began to travel and sing when Joel answered the call to ministry, evangelized briefly and settled down to pastor a church in the neighboring town of Bastrop, LA.

In 1966, Joel & LaBreeska signed their first recording contract as a duet with Canaan Records, a division of Word Records, the world’s largest music company at that time.

Mrs. Hemphill rose to prominence as a member of The Hemphills, ministering across the globe in concerts and revivals, and helped them achieve the status of a legendary Gospel group. A reviewer for the Washington Post attended one of their concerts in the 1970’s at Constitution Hall and wrote, “Mrs. Hemphill has a powerful and convincing voice and The Hemphills do not have one sit-still song in their repertoire.”

Garnering eight GMA Dove Awards, The Hemphills dominated the music charts in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s – fueled by the emotive, strong vocals of LaBreeska Hemphill. For over 20 years, The Hemphills maintained an average number 8 song in Gospel music’s respected chart, earning 6 number one hits with the all-time greatest hit, “He’s Still Working On Me” which remained at No. 1 for eight consecutive months and was the song of the year for 1981.

LaBreeska was perhaps known most, musically, for the hits “I Claim The Blood,” “Grandma’s Rocking Chair,” and “Unfinished Task” – her soul-stirring voice touching the hearts of those listening.

In addition to her music, Mrs. Hemphill was an accomplished author of four published inspirational books, which were well received and life changing for many.

To know LaBreeska was to experience her bountiful expressions of love and happiness - spreading the joy of Jesus to each person she met. Whether on stage, at church or in the grocery store, LaBreeska would greet you with a smile and a kind, encouraging word.

“For over 50 years, my bride and companion, stood with me through ups and downs, joy and pain, tears and prayers, and I will miss her greatly,” said husband Joel Hemphill. “Although we have lost her earthly presence, I know I will see her again. I know where she’s headed, and that’s what counts! I love you, sweetheart, see you soon. You’ve finished well.”

The legacy of LaBreeska Hemphill will live on through her family – Joel Hemphill, Joel Hemphill Jr. (Joey), Trent Hemphill (Hemphill Brothers Coach Company) and Candy Hemphill Christmas (The Bridge Ministry / Resting Place Church).

In addition to her husband Joel, Mrs. Hemphill is survived by sister Jane Burks, brother Buddy Rogers, son Trent Hemphill and wife Bethni Hemphill, grandchildren William Hemphill, Madeleine Hemphill Shore and husband Caleb Shore; son Joel Hemphill Jr. (Joey) and wife Sue Ann Hemphill, grandchildren Taylor Hemphill Locke and husband Daniel Locke and Sarah Hemphill; daughter Candy Christmas and husband Kent Christmas, grandchildren Nicholas Christmas, Jasmine Christmas Brady and husband JonMichael Brady, and Joshua Christmas and wife Carrie Christmas; along with a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and a multitude of music fans and friends across the world.


A celebration of LaBreeska Hemphill's life will take place this weekend in Nashville, TN and West Monroe, LA. Both services will be open to the public. Please see full details below:
NASHVILLE, TN DETAILS:

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Visitation: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home
3501 Old Clarksville Pike
Joelton, TN 37080
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Visitation 1:00pm-2:00pm
Christ Church Nashville
15354 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37211

Celebration of Life
Saturday, December 12, 2015
2:00pm
Christ Church Nashville
15354 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37211

LOUISIANNA DETAILS
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Visitation
5:00pm-8:00pm
Living Way Apostolic Church
108 Wt Hemphill Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292

Celebration of Life
Monday, December 14, 2015
1:00pm
Living Way Apostolic Church
108 Wt Hemphill Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 12/09/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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I’ve Got You Now

I'm going to admit something. I HATE flies.

The other week, our youngest daughter came to me and said "Just so you know, there's a fly in the kitchen."
I grabbed one of my old ball caps and headed to the kitchen. Yes, she was right.. A fly was in the kitchen.

I stood there and watched and waited for that pesky varmint to land. He must've known that I was on a mission! As I began "the swing", I said "Haha, I've Got You Now!"

See, I have been known to grab a swatter in each hand and begin the HUNT! I won't stop till I have killed every fly!

See, I'm relentless.

We have an enemy that's relentless too. He won't stop until the day we die. He hates our Father and to get to Him, he attacks US; God's children.

He will never take a vacation and he will use anything and anyBODY to accomplish his plan. Sadly, the devil has said to MANY followers of Jesus; "I've GOT You now!"

However, we have a Father that has already defeated our enemy! He gives us that same power to resist and DEFEAT the devil.

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

We must draw closer to God. Through seeking Him and His word in our hearts. Get Him in your daily life!

Believe and walk in the truth of God's word.

Be relentless in your pursuit of God.

Prayer starter: "Father, I need you. I need your strength and your wisdom. I need you to give me the determination to resist the enemy. He's a liar. YOU ARE TRUTH. Help me to walk in your truth. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


Jimmy And Sonya Yeary Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations Sonya, Jimmy and Ayden Yeary on the birth of a healthy baby boy.
Gatlyn Solomon Yeary arrived today December 8th, 2015 at 2:30 PM Weighing 8lb 10oz and 21" longHe's here! (3 wks early!)
Sonya Isaacs Yeary stated, "Thank you Dear Jesus! A perfectly healthy boy and Ayden is smitten!!"

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Written: 12/08/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Bridges

Recently, on a beautiful Fall day, Paula and I were taking a walk through a park near our home. There are several very simply built bridges located throughout the park that I always enjoy walking across, regardless of the season. These bridges remind me of connections, and in some cases divine connections. I've crossed them all my life.
Some were in the form of teachers, pastors, music and book publishers and others. People that God used to "connect" my thoughts, songs and ministry to those whom I never dreamed I could reach without them.

Some bridges were circumstances that I had rather not encountered at the time. However, looking back on them, they connected me to deeper faith, greater love and complete trust.

These bridges spanned many gulches and ravines, keeping me safe and secure while walking over some troubled waters. Whatever they were and in whatever form they appeared, I'm thankful for them.



I don't write that much poetry anymore or that many songs for that matter. But on this particular day in the woods, I was moved deeply while crossing a particular bridge. Reflecting on the people and circumstances that connected both of us to what has been our life, I summed up my feeling in this poem. I hope it reflects the feelings of your heart as well.


Bridges

With hands and hearts entwined for years
We've scaled our mountain ridges
But nothing tells our story best
As when we're crossing bridges

Our hopes were linked with dreams unseen
And moments left for planning
As steps were made to cross each gap
And trust each bridge for spanning

I dare not think of what we'd missed
Had there not been connections
'Tween lost and found and near and far
That came with bridge selections

The path ahead holds distance still
With many prayers and wishes
But I'll hold dear the lane we've walked
Because there were some bridges.

-Tim Hill

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Written: 12/07/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


News & Scoops


Country Music Sweethearts Joey+Rory Score GRAMMY® Nomination

Award-winning Country Duo’s “If I Needed You” Receives Nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2015—Award-winning, husband and wife country music duo Joey+Rory received their first GRAMMY® nomination today for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. According to the announcement by The Recording Academy, the couple have been honored for their recording of “If I Needed You,” written by Townes Van Zandt and featured on their current project, Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group).

Inspired by songs from their childhoods and music that has shaped their relationship, the couple, long known for their inspiring love story and day-to-day farmhouse living, created their very own songbook of traditional American country music with this recording. In addition to the GRAMMY®-nominated selection, it includes songs such as “King of the Road,” “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Paper Roses,” “I Believe in You” and “Coat of Many Colors.”

“Joey and I understand what it means to be included on the GRAMMY® nominations list that came out this morning - it’s the biggest of the big. And we’re honored and humbled to be lifted up by our peers this way, especially in a year with Chris, Kacey, Brandy, Ashley and others who are leading the charge to write and sing from their hearts, even if it costs them some airplay and takes them a little longer to get there,” stated Rory lFeekl in an interview with Cindy Watts at The Tennessean.

“Joey and I woke up this morning just thankful for the chance to have another day to be together. That was enough. When you honestly don’t know what tomorrow will bring, you don’t think any further than today.* But hearing the news this morning brought not only tears and smiles, it has brought us hope.

“That week in February is going to be a big week for us. Our new Hymns album comes out on the 12th; the GRAMMYS® are on the 15th; and our little Indiana’s second birthday party will be on the 17th. Joey set a personal goal this morning of being here for all three; and she’s so faith-filled and determined, don't be surprised if you see us sitting in the audience at the awards show, holding hands and smiling when they open the ballot and read the winner’s name.

“We have always loved that country music at its best is about songs that tell great stories. They’re usually stories told within the lyrics of the song. But this song, ‘If I Needed You,’ that Townes Van Zandt wrote years ago, tells a very different story--our story. And it’s a story that’s still unfolding today.”

Joey+Rory’s story includes a back home style of country music that has become a nationally known brand. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winning couple is widely known as the creators and hosts of “The Joey+Rory Show,” one of the highest-rated weekly programs on RFD-TV airing in 40 million households each week. The variety show is distributed to the DISH Network, DIRECTV, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox and more than 600 independent rural cable systems.

The Country Classics CD and DVD have also been featured regularly on TV networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD has been featured on Gaither TV (available on DISH TV, Roku, Google and the Internet).

The Country Classics (Gaither Music Group) DVD debuted at #1 on the BILLBOARD Music Video chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan, upon its release in 2014. Produced by Rory, the audio recording appeared at #2 on the Christian Country chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Country Classics is exclusively distributed by 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 audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

The 58th GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit http://www.joeyandrory.com or follow them at http://www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or on Twitter @joeyandrory. To visit Rory’s blog visit http://www.thislifeilive.com.

*As reported on Rory’s blog http://www.thislifeilive.com and covered by major media outlets across the country, Joey has been fighting Stage 4 cancer for over six months.

Country Classics Audio TRACK LISTING:
01. How's the World Treating You
02. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
03. I'm Not Lisa
04. Rocky Top
05. Let It Be Me
06. King of the Road
07. If I Needed You
08. I Believe in You
09. Hello Love
10. Coat of Many Colors
11. Paper Roses
12. Back Home Again

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News & Scoops


Karen Peck and New River Receive GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

Nashville, Tenn (December 7, 2015) The award-winning Karen Peck and New River were honored to receive a GRAMMY® nomination for Pray Now (Daywind Records) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 58th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Produced by multi-award winning Wayne Haun. Pray Now has already received the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year and the title cut has been number one on numerous charts. This is the group's fourth GRAMMY® nomination. The previous nominations were for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album for Live At Oak Tree in 2011, Best Southern/Country/ Bluegrass Gospel Album for Ephesians One in 2009, and Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album for Journey of Joy in 2008.

Karen Peck commented, "We are extremely excited and honored to have a Grammy nomination! Everyone worked very hard on this project. It truly was a team effort. Special thanks to our Producer Wayne Haun, Daywind Music, Ed Leonard, Dottie Leonard, Scott Godsey, Rick Shelton, and Ed Harper of the Harper Agency. Also we want to express our gratitude to all of the incredible writers on this album. Pray Now is very dear to us. We had no idea when we recorded the Pray Now album in January that our world would change in a matter of days when my husband, Rickey, was diagnosed with cancer. Pray Now helped us through many difficult days. This nomination is a special blessing to us. To God be the glory!!”

Pray Now, exclusively distributed by New Day Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com.

Song Listing:

1 Calling

2 Pray Now

3 Hallelujah For The Cross

4 Love With All My Heart

5 I Am Blessed

6 I’m Not Letting Go

7 I Choose Christ

8 Peace That Covers All The Pain

9 Redemption’s Holy Lamb

10 Lord, Send Your Angels

11 A Life That’s Good

Please help Karen, Susan and the rest of the group 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 .

You can follow the group on FaceBook or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KarenPeckNR .

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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News & Scoops


Rene Jones Wins USAGEM Gospel Entertainer Of The Year

The 12th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 21, 2015 at Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. This yearly event is sponsored by the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians.
Mending Fences opened the show with the upbeat song “Get Up In Jesus’ Name”.

The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show along with segment co-hosts Melanie Walker, Russ & Linda Murphy, Tommie & Dwayne Lewis, Mona Faith & Tank Tackett, Sheila Berry & Bruce Walker, and Southern Faith.

Rene Jones was the big award winner of the evening, garnering awards for Gospel Entertainer and Male Vocalist Of The Year. He also won the Video and Song Of The Year award for “Thank God For Mama”, a single he recorded with Joanne Cash Yates, and written by gospel music legend, Joel Hemphill. Another accolade was with his wife. Rene and Edie Jones garnered the Duo Of The Year award for the first time.

The Female Vocalist Of The Year Award went to Sandi Kay Shupe for the second time, and pianist Bud Rawls was the first time winner of the Musician Of The Year Award. Mending Fences, comprised of singers and musicians from the Nashville Cowboy Church, won the Vocal Group Of The Year for the first time.

Roy Fox was the recipient of the Comedian Of The Year and The Reed Brothers took home the award for New Artist Of The Year. Ann Hartmann once again garnered the Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award.

The two and one-half hour show was intertwined with song performances and award presentations. There were several highlights during the show including a performance by Debbie Bennett and Peggy Inks. Their vocal collaboration tribute to Loretta Lynn and performance of “God Bless America Again” earned a standing ovation from the audience.

Another vocal collaboration that caught attention from the audience was a performance by Jim Sheldon & Rachel Taylor. They performed their chart-topping single, “New Again". The Gardners honored legendary gospel songwriter and their longtime friend, Carroll McGruder by performing McGruder’s penned upbeat song “It’s Too Good To Be True”. McGruder passed away earlier this year.

One of the emotional highlights of the show was The Fox Brothers’ acknowledgement of USAGEM artists and members who have passed away during the past year. Jimmy Jack Whitaker’s performance of “He’s Already Made It” was impeccably performed with only his vocal and acoustic guitar. Ed Suey, James Burns, Cheryl Jackson, Thelmarie Johnson, and Sladen Evans were deservingly honored and are truly missed.

A special performance by 9-11 first responder from the New York Fire Department, Frank Pizarro was a definite highlight. He performed a very moving song titled “He’s The Closest Thing To A Hero”. Pizarro is best known for his singing of the National Anthem during national sporting including the final baseball game of this year’s World Series games.

During the show, Randy & Wendi Pierce performed a gospel classic Rusty Goodman song “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” and Teresa Johnson performed a moving rendition of the Andre Crouch penned song “My Tribute”.

Other great performers on the show were Melanie Walker, Shelton Bissell, Glenn & Dottie Tubb, Rockin’ Reggie Vinson, Bev McCann, Ann Hartmann, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, and NYU Testament. The show finale was comprised of all of the artists, crew, and cast members performing onstage together. The song “Meet Me At The Pearly Gates” was written and directed by Daniel Johnson. Featured ensemble performers were Charlene Harrison, Cross Pointe, and Sandi Kay Shupe.

Some of the presenters on the show included; Cross Pointe, Brenda Ivey Robertson, Mariah Neff, Charlene Harrison, Marty Merchant, The Reed Brothers, Laura Mathy, Johnny Mack, Lisa Montgomery, David Smith, Margaret Anne Smith, Jeff Wisely, Cherie Brennan, and Julian & Bonnie George.





Below is a full list of this year’s USAGEM award winners:

Gospel Entertainer Of The Year - Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year - Sandi Kay Shupe
Male Vocalist Of The Year - Rene Jones
Vocal Group Of The Year - Mending Fences
Musician Of The Year - Bud Rawls
Duo Of The Year - Rene & Edie Jones
Singer/Songwriter Of The Year - Ann Hartmann
Comedian Of The Year - Roy Fox
New Artist Of The Year - The Reed Brothers
Video Of The Year - “Thank God For Mama” Rene Jones & Joanne Cash Yates
Song Of The Year - “Thank God For Mama” Rene Jones & Joanne Cash Yates
Christian Country Crown Jewel - The Fox Brothers
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel - Mending Fences
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel - Rockin’ Reggie Vinson
Black Gospel Crown Jewel - Charlene Harrison
Bluegrass Crown Jewel - Sandi Kay & New Hickory
Diamond Award - Michael & Ann Gardner
Emerald Award - Tammy Vice
Pearl Award - Ray & Laura Lewis
Ruby Award - Julian & Bonnie George
Sapphire Award - Lavonne Ritzema
Servant’s Heart Award - Mariah Neff
Non-Performing Member Award - Dwayne Lewis
Media Award - Perry Edge, Double E Promotions
Radio Servant’s Award - Mona Faith
Film & TV Award - Melanie Walker
Film & TV Award - Jim Sheldon
USAGEM President’s Award - Sandi Kay Shupe

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - December 7, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
17
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
1(5)
2
5
26
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
1
3
3
12
Happy Rhythm Booth Brothers
3
4
2
12
Jesus Changed Everything Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2
5
7
21
Living In Harmony Triumpnant
2
6
9
6
I Am Blessed Karen Peck & New River
6
7
10
13
As We Speak Greater Vision
7
8
18
7
I'm Gonna Say It Eighth Day
8
9
6
17
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
2
10
20
5
Waiting For You to Get Home Browders
10
11
15
10
What the Bible Says Collingsworth Family
10
12
24
4
Victory In Jesus Gold City
12
13
4
26
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
1(6)
14
32
4
He Won't Leave You There Jason Crabb
14
15
14
19
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
5
16
34
12
The Sweetest Words He Ever Said Mylon Hayes Family
10
17
29
15
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
5
18
8
25
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
1
19
19
19
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
2
20
28
4
Those Who Know Me Know Tribute
20
21
**
6
Ready to Sail Erwins
21
22
26
15
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
5
23
23
11
I'll Take It to the Grace Mark Trammell Quartet
19
24
11
10
Bring It All to Jesus Pruitt Family
6
25
13
8
I Lived to Tell About It Lore Family
13
26
17
8
We Might As Well Make It On Home Littles
17
27
27
16
Weep No More Canton Junction
5
28
30
4
Lovestruck Zane & Donna King
28
29
38
10
He's My Guide Taylors
29
30
*
1
I'll Fly Away Home Blackwood Brothers
30
31
22
24
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
6
32
21
11
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
21
33
12
25
I Have a Home McKameys
4
34
*
1
Again & Again Dunaways
34
35
25
14
Welcome Home Joseph Habedank
9
36
16
10
Soul On Fire Browns
10
37
33
5
Beyond the Blue Down East Boys
33
38
*
1
The People In the Line Talleys
38
39
36
4
Shoutin' Sounds Guardians
26
40
**
4
Here For Now, But Not For Long Ricky Atkinson & Compassion
38
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Who Is God To You?

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).

I have a wonderful family and love being there for them whenever they need me. I have three awesome daughters. We’re seldom all together at the same time anymore, but when we are, we enjoy each other’s company. We laugh a lot. Sometimes, we even cry a little. I try to share stories with them about my childhood. It’s hard for them to imagine that I haven’t always had the “Mom wisdom” that I have now. They know me as Mom, but I like for them to know about who I was before that, because it helps them to know me a little better. There’s great satisfaction in just enjoying each other’s company. In those times, no one is giving advice or voicing opinions about anything. We just love being together. Sometimes, we don’t even have to say anything; it’s just pure and simple contentment being with the ones that we cherish.

How do you view the heavenly Father? What kind of relationship do you have with Him? Have you ever walked out in a garden on a beautiful spring day and talked to God, the Creator of it all? All at once, His presence surrounds you like the warmth of the sunshine. Have you ever strolled down a country lane, enjoying the crispness of the cool air, kicking the beautiful fall leaves out from under your feet and chatting with your best Friend? Have you ever been so lonely that your heart ached and you just closed your eyes and thanked Him for being such a loving companion?Then gently and quietly without saying anything, He just wraps His arms around you. You feel as if you’ve been swaddled in a nice warm blanket and your heart aches a little bit less. How wonderful to just make up your own love song and sing to the Creator who puts the music inside of us to begin with.

He’s not just a God who sits up in heaven waiting to answer prayers or someone who’s there when tears are falling on your pillow. He desires to be so much more than that to you. How wonderful it is to know Him as a personal Savior, friend, and companion. We were created to have fellowship with Him. It’s so gratifying to know Him in the kind of relationship that causes us to realize that, yes, He is the One who answers prayer and tells us to ask Him for whatever we need. Yet, how sweet it is just to lean back against Him and enjoy His presence without asking for anything. What a beautiful beginning, or ending, to a perfect day.

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News & Scoops


Chris Golden Shares Golden Moment On Ryman Stage

Nashville, Tenn (December 2, 2015) Chris Golden, former member of the Oak Ridge Boys playing guitar, mandolin, harmonica and filling in on keyboards and drums was on stage at the Ryman Auditorium to do his part in helping support the "Annual Christmas 4 Kids” held on Monday, November 23rd. He was playing with Restless Heart filling in for their drummer.

They played for the hometown crowd along with Marshall Tucker Band, Shenandoah, and Craig Wayne Boyd. Restless Heart asked him to come down front from behind the drums to do a song for the kids. He was performing "Thank God For Kids” and explained that he had a special place in his heart for the song because his Dad, William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys, made the song famous.

The performance had special meaning for Chris as he commented,"I was delighted to be there. I know we are here to help make wishes come true for kids, but a wish had already come true for this kid (me) that night, because I was standing in the middle of the Ryman stage getting ready to sing. I have performed at the Ryman and on the Opry many times, but that was my singing debut there and a dream come true. Dad was only in town for 12 hours but came down to see me with Restless Heart. Halfway through the song I motioned for him to come up and join us and the crowd went wild. It was a golden moment indeed. We were together again on stage.”

Christmas 4 Kids is a local event each year where over 100 entertainers buses gather and lineup for open house tours. Many stars are there to meet and greet. The concert is held a few weeks prior and proceeds from it go to the neediest children in the area. Each child gets a chaperone, they line the buses up like a freight train and take the kids on a caravan ride around Nashville. They are then dropped at the front door of Wal-Mart, with a chaperone, given a Titans coat and about 150 dollars or more to buy whatever they want. Find out more about them at http://www.christmas4kids.org/ .

You can view the performance on the link below:

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

Chris is still doing solo Gospel shows, as well as a few Christmas shows. He is filling his calendar with booking dates for next year. He has a single out with The Freemans called "A Different Light” which goes to #47 on the charts in January.

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard Magazine stated of Chris, "For a select few individuals, making music seems as natural as breathing. Chris Golden is one of those gifted souls. A skilled multi-instrumentalist and intuitive songwriter with a voice like warm honey, Golden’s passion for music shines on every track of his latest project.”

If you would like to interview Chris Golden contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity .

You can learn more about Chris by viewing his web-page at http://www.chrisgolden.net/ .

Follow him on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/Chris-Golden-48874828200/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thechrisgolden .

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Monthly Articles

Behind the Songs

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Glory To God In The Highest

Back in 1992, I was living in Nashville and singing Tenor for the Speer Family. We performed about 225 concerts that year. When December rolled around, we took our annual Christmas break from the road. I always looked forward to staying home for a while and not traveling for a week or two. But on this particular Christmas break, I had a very good friend getting married in Oklahoma City, on December 19th. So in stead of kicking back and taking a time out from the road, I got in my car, and drove to Oklahoma.

During that long drive back home, I was playing a cassette tape that I had bought at Quartet Convention back in October. The tape was ONE MORE HALLELUJAH, by the Original Hinsons. Song number 2 on side 1, was a new song written by Larry Hinson, titled Joy Comes In The Morning. Although it was a new song, the Hinsons turned the last chorus into an old time Convention Style barn burner, as only they could do. It had been many years since I had heard any artist attempt to perform a song in that style.

Now, like I said, it was December, and Christmas was on my mind, but this up-tempo Convention style singing was also on my mind. I started thinking about it, and I could not remember ever hearing a Christmas song performed that way. Although I had already written about 500 songs by that point, I had never written a Christmas song. So now I had a challenge before me. How could I write a Christmas song and turn it into a Convention style song at the same time?

As I drove a little further down Interstate 40 toward the Tennessee state line, I began to think about the first Christmas song that was ever heard. It was sung by Angels to Shepherds in the field. The lyrics were simple. They simply said GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TO MEN. Since we will never know what the melody of that first song sounded like until we get to heaven, I began singing that lyric with a simple melody that I made up myself. And then I started hearing how the other lyrics and counterpoint harmonies would fit around that melody.

By the time I reached the Mississippi River, I had two verses and a chorus written in my head. I stopped and made sure it got written down quick.
I knew that I was having a lot of fun singing it to myself, but I thought it was just a novelty song, that no one else would ever be interested in singing.

I was getting ready to sign a new publishing deal with Centergy Music in January, and I needed some new songs to bring with me. So, Glory To God In The Highest was the first one I submitted to them.
I really didn't expect to get much reaction from it at all, but to my surprise, they loved it. After we made the demo, they began to pitch it to various artists. And again to my surprise, there was interest in recording it. The first group to release it was Don DeGrate and Strong Tower, on Homeland Records. At about the same time, the Mike Speck Trio recorded it and sent it out to radio as a single. I was working on a solo project to sell on the road with the Speers, and I recorded a version of my own, singing all the parts.

But then I was amazed when Homeland Records gave me a copy of the new Inspirations project, and Glory To God In The Highest was on their new album as well. Then an even bigger shock came, when not one, but several of the major Choral companies produced octavos of this little Convention Christmas song. It was a hit!

Within just a few years it was recorded by the Booth Brothers, Skyline Boys, again by the Inspirations on another recording for a new record label, along with many custom cuts. Then the unthinkable happened. I thought that for sure, the song had breathed it's last note, when the phone rang. It was Ben Speer telling me that Bill Gaither was looking for an uptempo song for the Old Friends Quartet, with George Younce, Jake Hess, Wesley Pritchard, and Ernie Haase, for a new Christmas Video. Well, to make a long story longer, they recorded it on a Country Christmas Gaither Homcoming. Then the Old Friends Quartet released it, yet again, as a radio single.

When Ernie Haase formed the Signature Sound Quartet, he decided to hang on to this little song. They have performed it on nearly every concert they've done for the last 12 years. They have it recorded on several videos and CDs. And it has almost become a Signature song for the Signature Quartet, pun intended.

Every year since then, I have found a new recording of that little song, that I thoughT no one would ever like. It just goes to show, when God has a special gift for you, just except it and say THANK YOU!

Until next time . . . Merry Christmas

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Through the Looking Glass

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Jesus TOOK the Wheel!

Trying to drive in the glaring westerly sun on the annoying construction-coned southbound lanes of the North East Extension's Pennsylvania Turnpike, is just about as irritating as reading this l-o-n-g drag-on opening sentence. But I did it on Sunday, and I feel very accomplished. Each time my eyes would start to drift into the shaded eyelid half moon stare, my body would jolt with a surge of adrenaline. "Time to stop...", I said out loud, to no one, but me. "If I can just find a safe place to stop, I'll put my head back for a few minutes and I'll be fine."

And that's what I did. At the rest area. For about two hours.

This type of exhaustion follows every time there's an out-pouring of God moments at a thirty-six hour marathon called a women's retreat. And this time was no exception. About one hundred and eighty women gathered at the beautiful Tuscarora Inn near the Delaware River in Mt. Bethel, PA to experience a hopeful encounter with Jesus and their girlfriends. Some came as far as Maine, Connecticut, Ohio and mostly from Jersey, NYC and Pennsylvania. I came from a history of speaking for over two hundred retreats in about a decade. But this one was particularly special on many fronts.

Women weren't expecting to laugh so much. That seemed to be the eternal conversation starter. Women didn't expect that laughter would do its healing as much as it did. This was talked about over and over. Women enjoyed the fact that their fallible and imperfect speaker was relevant and real, and not so super-sized spiritually, but walking this same journey as they. I heard this over and over. Women, who at first fought as to whether to even attend, thanked me because they just weren't expecting this kind of thing.

What "IS" this kind of thing? The Church of the Lutheran Brethren Women's Retreat covered a vast array of denominations. I mean, it wasn't just CLB women who attended. Like a smorgasbord of culture and beliefs, there were some that came just to have fun. Perfect. They're exactly who I prayed would come. And this "kind of thing" was setting the atmosphere so the Holy Spirit would show up.

The topic and message of the weekend, as invasive as it can get, was called "Serving from the Second Chair". It was my fourth time presenting this message. But again, I felt the inward pangs of conviction and scrutiny, "How can I lead from the second chair, when it seems all I do is war against being first or wanting to be first in everything?"

One young woman named Rebecca reminded me. "Sue, I didn't want to come. I struggled to make it to the first session. But I stayed. I made myself stay. And now I realize that God had something miraculous for me to experience."

So, we wipe away tears and we store up the laughter, and praise God for an encounter that will probably go down as an all-time fave. Many women found Jesus as their Savior. Young women poured their hearts out to God. And the seasoned saints were reminded that our God is real. We laughed, we had spontaneous dance (like a Go-Go girl!) and we begged our heavenly Father to hold us accountable to Him and to each other. One woman expressed, "I really liked the weekend. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I'm still learning about this God stuff."

I don't know how everyone drove home that afternoon without passing out! But thankfully, it looks like we all made it home safely. As I awoke from the power nap off of 476, I laughed to myself as I saw signs of bone-tired effects. My hands were still on the steering wheel! I popped them off with a firecracker release and raised them to the air and said out loud, "Dear...God! I even try to drive in my sleep!"


Thank you, Darci. You blessed me.

Bless you, Rebecca. Go with God!

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Daily Devotion

Living “In” Peace

There have been many times in my ministry that I have prayed with someone facing an extremely difficult situation that they would sense the peace of God that passes understanding. Not long ago, I began to think, is this peace of God something transient or permanent? Is it something I experience as needed or is it a place in which I can live? As I explored that thought I looked carefully at Philippians 4:4-6 where Paul references this peace. I was particularly drawn to the verses preceding verse 6 and realized that the peace he speaks of, while certainly extended to us in our hour of need, is actually a place where we can live. So, what are the requisites for living “in” peace? Here’s a quick look.

1. Rejoice - Verse 4 says “rejoice.” It means to be glad, be joyful, happy; to be calmly happy. Not in what’s going on around you, but in the Lord who lives within you. Truth is, no matter what we face in life, we are victorious!
2. Be Patient (vs 5) – Paul speaks of our moderation. He’s speaking of our patience, which is defined as “bearing pains or trials calmly, without complaint, manifesting forbearance under provocation.” This should be known by all men. In other words, our reaction to the issues of life should be vastly different from those who don’t know Christ.
3. Don’t Worry (vs 6)– Be careful for nothing, don’t be anxious. While I would guess that the writers had no spiritual intent behind their lyrics, there is a great deal of truth to the words: “Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note, don’t worry, be happy”.
4. Pray with Thanksgiving (vs 6) – We usually pray when the situation gets out of our control. And we should! But, do we pray with thanksgiving? Sometimes, my first response can more closely resemble a complaint. Lord, why am I here? Why is this happening? What we need to do is pray with thanksgiving, with gratitude.

If we develop a lifestyle consistent with these qualities, the result will be a peace, a state of tranquility, a calmness of heart that surpasses our ability to comprehend. It is a peace that will guard (protect) our hearts and minds. This means one’s emotions (fear, anger, sorrow) and our unfounded thoughts (the sky is falling!) will be kept in check.

I had the privilege of being pastor to a gentleman whose first name was Ed. When he came to our church he had just finished successful treatment for lung cancer. If you ever asked him how he was doing, the reply was always the same: “I have more to be thankful for than I do to complain about.” A few years later, following a morning service, Ed asked if I would stop by his house one day that week. During the course of that visit he shared that a checkup the previous week revealed that his cancer had returned. As is often the case, it had come back aggressively and over the next few months, Ed’s health deteriorated rather quickly. Yet, even as the cancer began to spread throughout his body, a few things remained constant: He was always filled with the joy of the Lord, bore the pains of this illness without complaint, was never anxious about the situation, and always was thankful for the many blessings of life. The result was a very real, noticeable peace of God about him.

I’ll never forget the last visit I made to Ed. I knelt by his weakened body, came close to his ear, and said, “Ed, this is Preacher Jack. I just came by to check and see how you are doing.” With a small, frail voice he said, “Preacher, I’ve got more to be thankful for than I do to complain about.” Thanks Ed for showing me what it means to live “in” the peace of God.

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Written: 12/02/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


News & Scoops

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Changes In Store for Kingsmen and Anchormen

Asheville, NC- Ray Reese of The Kingsmen Quartet has announced that Chris Jenkins, who has occupied the tenor position for nearly 4 years, will be resigning his position with the quartet, effective Dec. 14th.

Ray states, “We have thoroughly enjoyed the time that Chris has been a member of the Kingsmen and we will miss him. We do, however, completely understand that Chris has made a decision to have more time with his son. He goes with our blessings and prayers that God will continue to lead and guide his life.

Jenkins states, “Performing with the Kingsmen since March of 2012 has been an exciting opportunity. I’ve always loved Ray Dean and the Kingsmen since childhood. I count it an honor to have been a part of the Kingsmen. As a member of the group, I’ve met so many fine people and made lots of friends all across America. At this time I feel the need to make a change in order to be with my 6 year old son, Ryan, as often as possible.”

Chris would like his friends to know as of the start of 2016, he will be filling the tenor vocalist position of the Anchormen from Asheboro, North Carolina. “I am equally as excited to be joining a group much closer to home and whose quartet singing I also grew up loving. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to stand alongside Phillip Hughes, Terry Carter, and Will Lane to present the Gospel across the U.S. with The Anchormen”, says Chris.

Chris is filling the position created by the departure of tenor vocalist, Derrick Boyd, who has felt led to stay home and be a caretaker for a family member on a full-time basis.

Anchormen owner Tim Bullins states, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Chris on board with the Anchormen. We have been acquaintances for several years and are looking forward to a tremendous future. Although we are we are saddened with the departure of Derrick, we completely understand and support his decision. He and his wife Phyllis will always hold a special place in our hearts.”

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Jerry Salley - Gospel From My Grassroots


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

Jerry Salley is no stranger to the gospel music community. He has written songs for several gospel artists, as well as songs for other genres. Several, if not all, of the songs on GOSPEL FROM MY GRASSROOTS are songs that others have recorded and you may recognize. There are 13 tracks on this album, all in which Jerry either wrote or co-wrote. HOW HIGH IS THAT MOUNTAIN kicks things off in true Bluegrass style, followed by EVERY SCAR. Some may remember The Talleys recording this one a couple years ago. It is a great story song, as are most of Salley's songs.

Next is IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW (but who you know) and SAVING GRACE, a song that deals with memory loss. Going back to Calvary, Salley takes us on a journey dealing with the cross on the right of Christ then leads us into THE PREACHER AND THE STRANGER. This song should be familiar or at least sound familiar. It is a story about a preacher and the man who killed his son, but told in a much more elaborate and heart tugging way. Keep the tissue close! JUST DRINK THE WATER, ALL DRESSED UP, MOUNTAIN VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH (say that one 10 times fast) and SEND THE ANGELS DOWN all follow. HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT gets a guest vocal with Steven Curtis Chapman and the album rounds off with YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HOME and I WANT TO THANK YOU, a song that was made popular by Karen Peck and New River. One should probably own this album just for the number of great songs written by Jerry Salley. The bluegrass style compliments each of these tunes. Album is available to purchase on iTunes or on JerrySalley.com



Song List:

1. How High Is That Mountain
2. Every Scar
3. It's Not What You Know
4. Saving Grace
5. The Cross on the Right
6. The Preacher and the Stranger
7. Just Drink the Water
8. All Dressed Up
9. Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church
10. Send the Angels Down
11. His Strength Is Perfect
12. You Don't Have to Go Home
13. I Want to Thank You

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Next Generation

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Jaquita Lindsey

When I first joined the Kingsmen nearly four years ago, I began hearing of this trio our mutual record company had just signed, called 11th Hour. The more I began to take notice of them and hear them on the radio, it became clear what a special bunch this was. Not long after, we were scheduled to appear together in Oak Grove, LA. Upon setting up my merchandise booth, I met their new alto vocalist, in the neighboring booth. We talked about groups like the Kingsmen, Gold City, Perrys, and southern gospel in general. 30 minutes later we had covered what seemed like the entire history of those Southern Gospel groups that we both grew up loving. The trio gave a spirit filled performance and brought the house down with their latest radio single that night. I understood then, that they had that "something" that was propelling them to the forefront of gospel music.

Before joining 11th Hour, this Camden, Arkansas native was employed for nearly nine years as a stylist at Hair-club. She is no stranger to ministry. Growing up, her parents, Ed and Joanie Lindsey, pastored several churches and evangelized, singing along side her brother and dad, she later became a worship leader. Although doing hair has been a passion, she always dreamed of landing a job singing Southern Gospel. God answered that prayer and brought her to where she is today.

Aside from her love of this great music and the industry, she is a seasoned vocalist and it's very evident she handles her craft very seriously and with great precision. Above all, she's a great individual with a bubbly personality and loved by many of her peers in Southern Gospel. She's what I believe is one of the next great altos and female vocalists in gospel music and will no doubt be mentioned with great first name altos such as Connie, Sheri, and Libbi. Jaquita is without question the next generation of Southern Gospel. It's my pleasure to present an in depth conversation with Jaquita Lindsey!

Chris - How did you first discover Southern Gospel?
Jaquita- Growing up, my dad promoted Southern Gospel music in our area. I grew up loving groups such as the Perrys, Kingsmen, Gold City, Wilburns and Cathedrals

CJ- What is playing right now in your car or iPod?
JL- I am a HUGE Third Day fan. I frequently listen to their albums in my car. Also, I've been on an old school Kingsmen kick on YouTube! Tim Surrett scolded me for using the term "old" concerning him, ha!



CJ- Who are some of your musical mentors/heroes?
JL- Libbi Stuffle has always been a hero of mine. Her enduring efforts to keep going, after all that she has been through, has always been inspiring to me.

CJ- If you could make your own all-star quartet, trio, or duo, who would the members be?
JL- What an interesting thought! I would choose Mike Bowling or Joseph Habedank for my lead. If I don't choose my best friend Nicole Watts Jenkins as my soprano, I would never hear the end of it haha. And myself on alto, of course.

CJ- Top album every SG fan should have.
JL- The most recent that I have heard would have to be that of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Happy People. It's a great cd!

CJ- Where have you always wanted to perform and why do you hope to get to someday?
JL- The Opry! My grandfather listened in every week. It would have made him very proud to know that I had the opportunity to sing on that stage.

CJ- What is the most interesting fact about you?
JL- The thing that most people do not know is that I am a hairdresser. That explains my awesome hair! smile

CJ- How do you feel about the direction of Southern Gospel music? What would you change if you could?
JL- (This is a loaded question!) I see a progression with some of the groups. The music is a little more "out of the box" than it has always been. I think it is great! Unfortunately, we have a generation coming up that is not being taught the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus. The music needs to be appealing so that will hear the positive lyrics. Who doesn't like a tune to put “pep” in their step?

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Christian Fiction Queen: Chasing Mona Lisa

By: Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2046-9

About the book:

One enigmatic smile. Two passionate protectors. And a relentlessly ticking clock.

August 1944. Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country and steal countless pieces of irreplaceable art. In fact, Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all -- the Mona Lisa -- as a postwar bargaining chip.

But the woman with the mysterious smile has some very determined protectors. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action and intrigue, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh Swiss chateau, the race is on -- and the runners are playing for keeps.

Review:

Eric Hofstadler and Gabi Mueller, two Swiss nationals working for the American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) based in neutral Switzerland, are sent into occupied France to bring supplies, money, and instructions to the cash-strapped and freedom-hungry resistance. Paris, the famed City of Lights, is a powder keg waiting to explode. After four years of Nazi rule, the scent of freedom is in the air as the Allies begin their advance across Europe following the D-Day invasion toward the heart of Nazi Germany. But freedom is not without a price, and Eric and Gabi quickly discover that with the scent of freedom in the air resistance groups with vastly opposing ideologies have already begun jockeying for political power in a post-German government. And while France is in turmoil, heady with the promise of freedom, opportunistic Nazis such as Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring and his lackeys seek to profit by the confusion and secure their own postwar futures by stealing the nation's most priceless treasures. With France's beloved Mona Lisa in Goring's sights, Eric and Gabi are thrust into a deadly game pitting them against Nazis and their own supposed allies in their quest to bring da Vinci's lady with the enigmatic smile home.

I loved Goyer and Yorkey's previous collaboration, The Swiss Courier, which introduced Gabi and her quest to become an OSS operative. I'm passionate about the history of this time period, and The Swiss Courier was a standout offering in a veritable sea of World War II-era fiction for its tightly plotted, suspenseful, and well-researched storyline. While enjoyable, Chasing Mona Lisa falls a bit short of its predecessor. The same research and feel for the time period are present, but the tightly plotted action sequences and razor-sharp plot focus that made The Swiss Courier so memorable are lacking. In large part I think this is due to the fact that the actual portion of the novel devoted to "chasing the Mona Lisa" only takes up a little more than half of the book, with the first half of the novel devoted to Eric and Gabi experiencing the liberation of Paris. While I enjoyed the snapshot of wartime Paris and the struggles faced by resistance fighters, I felt like this novel almost delivers two distinctly different books rather than fleshing out one storyline in greater depth.

That said, I have to give this writing team credit for delivering a type of fiction too rarely seen in my experience in the CBA market -- action heavy (rather than romance heavy) historical fiction. This is a novel that pulls no punches, never shying away from sequences of intense action and peril. The depictions of violence, while never gratuitous or overly explicit, provide a healthy dose of realism in this fiction market -- this was war, after all. I really appreciated the glimpse Goyer and Yorkey provided into the stresses and deprivations of occupied Paris -- the push/pull between Communist and Gaullist resistance fighters, the ever-present Nazi threat, provides enough meat for a novel alone sans the art theft angle. I also loved the all-too-brief glimpse into the lengths taken to protect France's national art treasures -- another fascinating premise that could have been explored in even greater depth.

Goyer and Yorkey have proven their mettle as a writing team, and their unique brand of historical action/suspense-centric fiction is a breath of fresh air in a market saturated with less intense offerings. With a more focused storyline, I can't wait to see what the team delivers next, because with their brand of adrenaline-laced historical thrillers they have have the potential to really own this marketplace niche.

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CCM United - We Will Stand


Producer: Michael Omartian & Dan Posthuma
Label: Capitol Christian Music Group/Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.ccmunited.com

How do you review a LIVE PROJECT that features many of the absolute best songs, performances and artists in CCM from the last 40 years. Take a look at the list above and read each title and artist…now do it again. An unbelievable stellar cast of singers, songwriters, artists, songs and they were all captured LIVE for this amazing project earlier this year. I was so privileged and honored to be in the audience for the taping of this monumental event, along with so many others in the music industry who have or had played a part of these artists careers and the songs life. It was just a precious time and so many memories invaded my mind, since I have been involved in the industry for the last 35 years. I remember when the majority of these songs and the artists were brand new and being played on the radio and in concert for the first time. This project proves to me the power of the song, and the saying IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SONG. You cannot put together a better compilation of songs than what this project is for the CCM world. As far as the performances of the artists, it is a live project so you will see and hear some flaws, but the experience and the songs drive the project. You will want this CD and DVD for your collection. It is a must have for any and all music lovers of any genres. These are songs that truly will be some of the HYMNS of tomorrow!

Now go back and read the songs and artists again…then go get the project and spend some time listening and watching an incredible legacy live!

I give it a 5 star….maybe even a 10 star if I could!



Song List:

BLESSINGS-LAURA STORY
SING YOUR PRAISE TO THE LORD-AMY GRANT
HOW MAJESTIC IS YOUR NAME-SANDI PATTY
GREAT IS THE LORD-MICHAEL W. SMITH
A LOVE SONG-LOVE SONG WITH PHIL KEAGGY
TRUMPET OF JESUS-IMPERIALS
PRAISE THE LORD-IMPERIALS WITH STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN & MICHAEL W. SMITH
I AM-MARK SCHULTZ
YOU ARE GOD ALONE-PHILLIPS, CRAIG AND DEAN
ON MY KNEES-JACI VELASQUEZ
FUTURE GENERATIONS-4-HIM
BASICS OF LIFE-4-HIM
WATERCOLOR PONIES-WAYNE WATSON
REDEEMER-NICOLE C. MULLEN
MY TRIBUTE-EVIE
HOW BEAUTIFUL-EVIE
PEOPLE NEED THE LORD-STEVE GREEN
MARY DID YOU KNOW-MICHAEL ENGLISH
ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE-SANDI PATTY & WAYNE WATSON
AMEN-LARNELLE HARRIS
I’VE JUST SEEN JESUS-LARNELLE HARRIS & SANDI PATTY
WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM-SANDI PATTY
UNDIVIDED-FIRST CALL
I AM ON THE ROCK-PETRA
RISE AGAIN-DALLAS HOLM & STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
HE’S ALIVE-DON FRANCISCO
WE ARE THE REASON-DAVID MEECE
HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD-MARK HARRIS
IN CHRIST ALONE-STEVE GREEN
GIVE THANKS-DON MOEN
INDESCRIBABLE-LAURA STORY
GOD OF WONDERS-TRAVIS COTTRELL
REVLEATIONS ONG-PHILLIPS, CRAIG AND DEAN
I WILL BE HERE-STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
GOD’S NOT DEAD-NEWSBOYS
THY WORD-AMY GRANT
EL SHADDAI-AMY GRANT-SANDI PATTY
BREATHE-MICHAEL W. SMITH
FOR THE SAKE OF THE CALL-STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
WE BELIEVE-NEWSBOYS
FRIENDS-MICHAEL W. SMITH
WE WILL STAND-RUSS TAFF
AWESOME GOD-CCM UNITED

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Mark Bishop & Forget the Sea - Forget the Sea


Producer: Jeff Collins
Label: Sonlite Records/Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.forgetthesea.com

Many will remember award winning vocalist and songwriter Mark Bishop from his days traveling with his father and brother as The Bishops. Since the groups retirement almost 15 years ago, Mark has kept busy writing and as a successful soloist. Now, Mark is back with his daughters Courtney Isaacs and Haley Bishop as well as John Isaacs on percussion, Josh Rison on guitar, Chris Withrow on bass and Russell Funk on keys. The band has a unique sound to them while combining old and new favorites as well as fresh new material.

The project kicks off with "You Love Me Anyway" and is a sweet reminder that no matter what we do or are going thru Christ loves us despite. It's a great, sweet beginning to this project. "Baptize Me in the Rain" is a fun, fast-paced song with a country flavor that showcases Mark's signature vocal style.

"I Will Sing" features the family harmony of Mark, Courtney and Haley and is a great, strong trio number. The vocals definitely have that family feel to them. Other highlights include "I Will Sing", "You Are You Are, " "Sometimes God Whispers," and the closing song, "Ordinary Average Autumn"

If you are a fan of country, folk and gospel music, you will love Mark Bishop and Forget the Sea. Their sound is unique yet seasoned, and their songs are fresh but remain true to their roots. Grab a copy of this new group and go catch them in concert! You'll be glad you did!



Song List:

You Love Me Anyway
Baptize Me In The Rain
Take To The Sky
The Son Is Shining
I Will Sing
Pick Me Up And Carry Me
You Are, You Are
Tinderbox
Sometimes God Whispers
Everything I Give
Ordinary Average Autumn

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Gordon Mote - Singing with Inspiration

Deon sits down with Gordon Mote and talks about his new release!

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Artists

The Littles

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year!

Our Thanksgiving was filled with tons of laughter, wonderful moments with our families, food, and more food. To top it all off, Bradley and I found out that our little bundle of joy, set to arrive in April, will be a little baby boy! We, along with our families, are thrilled to be welcoming this little baby into the world and covet your prayers for us as we try our best to train him up in the Lord.

Nowadays the “reveal” is a pretty big deal, so we decided to join in the fun. The day after Thanksgiving we got our families together for pizza and cupcakes. Everyone received a cupcake but only one contained icing in the color of the baby’s gender. We instructed the person that bit into blue or pink to yell it out. What a sweet moment we all were able to share as my mom got the cupcake and yelled, “IT’S A BOY!” I made my mom and my mother-in-love the little keepsake ornament pictured below!



The next few weeks will be busy for our family as I’m sure it will be for everyone. We just kicked off our holiday season today with our first Christmas concert. I always love our Christmas concerts because they give me quite a bit of time to stop and reflect on the birth of our Savior. Emmanuel, God with us. What a wonderful thought! I hope you will take some time to think on the fact that Love came to this Earth for you and I for the sole purpose to rescue us and set us free from our sin. It can become familiar to us if we let it, but let’s all fight that this season. The birth of the Savior is the sweetest gift God has ever sent to this Earth.

I’m also excited about these concerts because I will get to sing songs from my very first solo album titled, “Christmas Dreams.” In fact, it just came in the mail this past week. It is always hard to pick out songs for an album, and especially hard when you love Christmas music as much as I do. I think you all will love the collection of songs – some traditional songs that we all know and love, mixed with a few other new Christmas tunes that I know you’ll grow to love. It’s classic Christmas feel from beginning to end! If you would like a copy, you can get one at our website, http://www.thelittlesmusic.com, and click on the store.

My prayer for everyone is that this holiday season will bring a fresh sense of God’s presence in your lives. And if you get the chance, try and find someone you can bless over these next few weeks. I promise that blessing will really be yours!

Merry Christmas, friends!

Rebecca Little Burke
The Littles

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Artists

Pruitt Family

The Pruitt Family’s 25 Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! How good it feels to be in the Christmas season again! We are so excited and cannot wait to share with you the Christmas fun that we have in store.

Today is the kick-off of our 25 Days of Christmas! Every day leading up to Christmas, we will be sharing a little sneak peek into our home, by posting a new video and blog post to our website! From activities, recipes, parties, and more- we can’t wait to share our favorite time of the year with you! To receive notifications for “The Pruitt Family’s 25 Days of Christmas,” please visit our website, http://www.pruittfamilyministries.com/blog, and join our mailing list! Posts will also be shared daily to Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so be sure to find Pruitt Family Ministries!

For our first post, we will be sharing each of our favorite Christmas memories! See the video below, and Merry Christmas!

Mark, Tina, Brooke, & Lexi
The Pruitt Family

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/jMg_CUDqtw0

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Let’s Cancel Christmas

Isaiah 9:5 For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.
I love Christmas with all the twinkling, sparkling, glittering lights bouncing off of the beautiful green, red and gold decorations. But wait a minute! What is that big orange ball staring at me with a carved face and yellow lights that are shining through? Oh, it’s just a jack-o-lantern. And what is that sitting on top of that turkey platter? Oh, it’s just a witch’s hat adorning the head of the black cat.

I’m not being facetious. It’s true! We bundle all of these days together. With the exception of all the promotions for buying and spending, Christmas is the least recognized for the true meaning behind it. We went into a popular named store during the month of August and the signs of Halloween,

Thanksgiving and Christmas were all displayed on the shelves. I believe the world calls it “marketing.” Merchants are trying to beat their competitors in the battle for big bucks which are made from the Christmas spending by all of us foolish Americans. We have turned this wonderful, warm, memory-filled day into a gift buying and spending frenzy.

Yes, I love Christmas. But why do I love Christmas? Is it because of the above mentioned scripture or is it because of all this commercialism placed around it and the unending desire of men for more, more, more?

Christmas and Easter are two of our yearly holidays that revolve around our Christ. Those two holidays are Christian celebrations that remind us of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to the world which was given on the first Christmas morning. It is distressing that there are employees in certain businesses from all around our country who aren’t even allowed to greet us with a “Merry Christmas” because of the acknowledgment of Jesus Christ. Nativity scenes have been ordered off of certain properties that are considered government owned. Any sign that resembles the reason we celebrate Christmas is being removed from the face of America.

Now do you understand the reason for my title, “Let’s Cancel Christmas”? If it’s not about Christ, then we shouldn’t celebrate. Whoever heard of a birthday party where the guest of honor had not been invited or acknowledged?

The gift God gave is eternal and it was for everyone. No one is excluded. It cost Heaven the best it had, but it was free for everyone. It fits everyone and you won’t have to exchange it. It is guaranteed for eternity and carries the fringe benefits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. What a gift! Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Okay, we won’t cancel Christmas, but I do pray that each of us will stop and reflect upon the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

Father, at this season let the souls of men find joy and peace in Your name.

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Wilburn & Wilburn - Shoulders


Producer: Ben Isaacs, Jonathan Wilburn & Jordan Wilburn
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.wilburn2.com

I truly enjoyed listening to Shoulders, the brand new release from WIlburn & Wilburn. "This Wouldn’t Be The Same Song" starts this awesome new recording from the father & son dynamic duo. Without Jesus in their lives as well as our own, this wouldn’t be the same song! I love the next song, as I can totally relate to its message. "It’s What He’s Done" delivers hope and peace in knowing that we’re not measured up by what we’ve done but by what He’s done. One of my favorite lines from this lyric is “His grace is so amazing, God’s love is still enough, it’s not we you do, it’s what He’s done!”

I have always loved this next song, "Love Without End." What a perfect song for these guys. Next up is another country ballad reminding us that "Sin Is No Match for Grace." I love that the writer included the power of grandma's prayers against the enemy.

"You Asked Him To Leave" is just WOW! So much truth is spoken in this song. How can people blame God for the craziness in our world today when in fact, it’s all because the world asked Him to leave. What a great message! "Prayer Is All I Need" is another song with a fantastic message. With thousands and thousands of hurting people searching for answers and reaching for hope in whatever they can find, this song is a wonderful reminder that everything looks brighter, and life is always better when we talk to God.

"Living Proof" is another good ole’ country, toe tapping tune. It’s been said that all sermons have been preached and all songs have been sung. This is a wonderful new twist on a message that we have all heard over and over again. Great song! Next up is the title cut to this project "Shoulders." This song spoke straight to my heart. The lyrics paint a beautiful picture of how our lives and the lives of others could very well be the shoulders someone else uses to stand upon. I know there have been times I’ve had to stand upon a few shoulders in my life. What an encouraging song.

The next song is a message of great hope for those of us praying for loved ones & expecting miracles that perhaps many have given up on, "Where The Love of God Is Gonna Go." I love it! Finishing out this great project is a familiar song, "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference." I love their rendition of this classic tune. No matter who delivers this message, the Cross is what makes the difference for us all.

I have no doubt this recording will be playing in CD players for a long time! Great job fellas!

My favorite picks are:
It’s What He’s Done
You Asked Him To Leave
Shoulders
Where The Love of God is Gonna Go



Song List:

This Wouldn't Be The Same Song
It's What He's Done
Love Without End Amen
Sin Is No Match For Grace
You Asked Him To Leave
Prayer Is All I Need
Living Proof
Shoulders
Where The Love Of God Is Gonna Go
The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference

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Ones-to-Watch 2016

Welcome to AbsolutelyGospel.com's annual feature Ones-To-Watch: 10 Artists Poised to Take Over Your MP3 Player. Every time about this year, those in the music industry are inundated with “buzz” artists - those artists that look to take the music world by storm with their new (and sometimes no-so-new) approach to faith-based music. Here are 10 artists that we feel are going to win over the hearts of music fans in 2016 in one way or another. At this point - these are the artists that we feel are the “ones to watch” for next year.

Mark Bishop & Forget the Sea
From: Waco, Kentucky
Website: http://www.forgetthesea.com

Comprised of newcomers and Christian music veterans, Forget The Sea is a new band with a sincere heart for ministry, dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with a lost and hurting world. Inspired by the Appalachian, Folk and Gospel music roots of eastern Kentucky where the founding members call home, the band mixes old and new sounds to create a new music fused with acoustic energy, rousing percussion and tight family harmony. Forget The Sea truly delivers a musical worship experience for all ages.

Lore Family
From: Portsmouth, Ohio
Website: http://www.thelorefamilyministries.com

Jim Brady has become a staple in Southern Gospel music due to his tenure with the Booth Brothers where he has won numerous awards including multiple AGM Songwriter of the Year titles. He is rejoining his wife Melissa on the road starting in January of 2015 with good friend Tim Parton. The group has already received a ton of buzz and is surely set to take the Gospel music world by storm this coming year! Look for their Daywind Records debut release in the early part of the year.


Goodman Revival
From: Nashville, Tennessee
Website: http://www.goodmanrevival.com

In the world of southern gospel music few names carry a more substantial legacy than Goodman. Creativity, authenticity and a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ have long been the cornerstones of the family's sound and messages. They remain the foundation for the next chapter in the group's illustrious history with the launch of Goodman Revival. Tanya Goodman Sykes, her husband, acclaimed producer Michael Sykes, and friend Johnny Minick, a gospel music veteran who performed for years with the Goodmans, once again propel the family name into the spotlight.

Pruitt Family
From: Athens, Georgia
Website: http://www.pruittfamilyministries.comom

Pruitt Family Ministries was established in April of 2013. This energized group consists of Mark Pruitt, his wife Tina Pruitt, and their two girls Brooke Pruitt and Alexis Pruitt. With tight family harmonies, they are second to none! Their mission is to share the message of the grace of Jesus Christ through testimony and song! The group recently scored their first ever Top 10 hit with the fan favorite single "Bring It All to Jesus."

Amber Nelon Thompson
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Website: http://www.thenelons.com

Amber Nelon Thompson is one to watch despite being a tenured veteran of Gospel music all while only being in her 20s. Amber released her debut solo recording, Just Sing, this year with Daywind Records and has already landed several award wins, including this year's Absolutely Gospel Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The future is bright for this budding singer/songwriter. Be listening for her current single, a stunning duet with Michael English on the Christian music classic "Another Time, Another Place."

The Littles
From: Monroe, North Carolina
Website: http://www.jacklittleministries.org

The Littles, of Monroe, NC, are quickly becoming a favorite among family groups in Christian music. Their progressive style of gospel music built around great arrangements, close family harmony, and strong vocals is sure to minister to audiences of all ages. The past year has seen the Lord open new ministry opportunities while expanding the group's reach and schedule. Additionally, the Littles have been greatly blessed with several industry achievements including an NQC main stage appearance. Whether in a church service, revival services, or on a concert stage, the Littles are certain to encourage believers in their walk with Christ and challenge unbelievers to come to Him.

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Janice Crow

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Living Under the Table

It's amazing what you can learn crawling around under a table.....or so I recall. I hadn't thought of that in years until the other day when I was trying to remove the extender leaf from my dining room table. I hadn't seen the world from that point of view in a very long time.

Saturday mornings when I was a kid were not necessarily for sleeping in or running with the neighborhood kids. For me it was a time for Sky King, The Lone Ranger and the Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Mom, however, had a slightly different itinerary for me. She thought it was a time for chores. Oh, well, nice try anyway.

I'm not sure how I inherited the task of dusting the furniture, but that was my job....every Saturday morning. Of course, she did allow the TV to be on as background noise, so I could hear galloping hooves, firing guns and a musical score that let me know something big was happening! Oh, to be able to stop and watch Roy Rogers!

One day in the course of my furniture duties, I crawled under the dining room table to dust the legs of the table and six chairs. Interesting. I found it quite cozy, so I pulled all the chairs in under the table and decided to "reside" there for a while. What a perfect hideaway.... to appear to be doing what I was told, yet all the while watching my Saturday morning shows through a lace tablecloth filter. Mom was occupied in the kitchen and didn't notice for a time, but then eventually caught on to my shenanigans and put a stop to it.

Strange as it may sound, that little escapade was enough to make me long to hide away under the table again. So my kid sister and I would take a bed sheet or a blanket and drape it over the chairs to create a little tent down there where we played with our dolls, made up stories, colored in our coloring books or whatever our mostly carefree hearts wanted to do that day.

One day, however, while I was in my "kid cave", company came and stayed....and stayed....and stayed. I hadn't come out initially, because I was sure they would be gone soon, but the longer they stayed the more embarrassing it would have been to crawl out from under the table. I wasn't a tiny child anymore....after all, I was probably going on nine. I was getting thirsty. I could use a snack. I need to use the bathroom. Time seemed to drag by and suddenly that cozy little hideaway was feeling more like a prison and I wanted OUT. All I could think was, "How much longer are they gonna stay?" It seemed like an eternity until they headed for the front door and I could make my escape. What happened? My cozy, private den suddenly didn't seem so inviting.

As crazy as all that sounds, I used to think of that every time I heard the scripture in Matthew where Jesus gave what seemed like a harsh rebuke to a Canaanite woman: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs", and her astounding reply, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their master's table." I tried to envision in my childish way what that woman would have felt like trapped under the table like I had been.

There have been times that I felt when I prayed as though I was begging for crumbs....that I was not worthy of the slightest notice of God and, whether I said it or not, felt like, "Lord, if you have any grace left over, can you send it my way?"

Satan has a way of taking advantage of those times when life has you beaten down and makes you feel as though you're the last person on earth God wants to hear from. The truth is, none of us were meant to live under the table or beneath our privilege as children of God. His word tells us in Hebrews that we are "to come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need", and in Acts that "God is no respecter of persons"..... what He's done for others He will do for you and me.

So, don't be shy....come on out from under the table....and take your place with the children of God.

Janice

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CHRISTMAS

December. Crisp breezes. Howling winds. Snow. End of the year. CHRISTMAS! Just seeing the word makes me happy! I love this Season! Hustle & Bustle! The best music of the year! Joy. People smiling! Lights twinkling! Gift giving and receiving! Happiness! CHRISTMAS! Family & Friends gathering to Celebrate! Laughter! Excitement!

Eating yummy food. Children giggling! CHRISTMAS!

Reading and remembering why we rejoice! A baby was born to give us life! A Savior! Christ The Lord! The Greatest Story Ever Told! He came to us! The perfect present! Wrapped in swaddling clothes. Lying in a manger...

Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father! The Prince of Peace!! JESUS! CHRISTMAS!

Can somebody say "AMEN?"

Blessings!

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Jim Sheldon

Merry Christmas! = God Came Down!

“In the beginning God” The first phrase of The Bible establishes God only existed. From there God reveals His eternal plan. The Almighty God of all creation who gave us the ability to choose to love & obey or sin & rebel.

Then at His appointed time “God Came Down” in the flesh. Jesus, the babe in the manger, the Son of God, God of Heaven came to earth. As beautiful & joyous the first Christmas was. The reason and meaning for Christmas is suddenly God came to earth on that Christmas morning. So Jesus would die on the cross for our sins and rise again. One day soon, suddenly He’ll come again, without warning.

Then all the redeemed will spend eternity around the throne of Jesus Christ, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

I pray all of my fellow servants of Jesus Christ experience the Real meaning of Christmas like never before.

Merry Christmas!!

“The Positive Cowboy”
Jim Sheldon
Putting God First Ministry

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Worship and Christmas

What better time to begin a pursuit of the Living God in worship than the Holiday Season? One easily recognizes the amazing act of God’s gift to humanity in the form of a tiny baby, Jesus Christ. Even before God’s precious gift of His Son he blessed humanity with the gift of Himself.

In ancient Israel the Lord God (Yahweh) revealed Himself to His people in an age where humanity worshiped false gods, even unknown gods. In this world filled with uncertainty of how to please the gods and confusion in how to offer them receivable worship Creator God reveals Himself and clearly articulates His expectations for acceptable worship.

If God had not first revealed Himself to us we would be lost. This Christmas season as we thank God for the gift of His Son may we also thank Him for initiating a way for humanity to know Him through personal revelation. May our hearts be filled with gratitude as we, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:2

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The Talleys - After All This Time


Producer: Roger Talley & Lauren Talley
Label: Horizon Records/Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.thetalleys.com

The Talleys have a rich history from humble beginnings as kids and later growing their musical talents with such greats as the Song Masters, Hopper Brothers & Connie and the Cathedrals. After a few years away from the stage during the early/mid-90’s, the family came back together with Roger and Debra, along with their daughter, Lauren; and they’ve been blazing trails ever since. After all this time, they’ve managed stay just as relevant since the original group started. This latest release is one of their finest offerings they’ve ever made and this recording will no doubt, yield some fantastic offerings for radio and concerts.

The recording starts out with the bluegrass/country feel of the title song, “AFTER ALL THIS TIME”, which features all three members of the Talleys, before Lauren belts out the joyous anthem, “THERE IS COMING A DAY”. The funk feel of “THERE’S NEVER BEEN A MOUNTAIN” follows and will no doubt be a concert favorite for the Talleys.

The tempo finally slows down for “THIS THING CALLED GRACE”. Debra and Lauren share the lead on this stand-out track and is one of the highlights of the recording, as is the re-make of the Talleys hit from the 1980’s, “NAAMAN”. While I am still quite partial to the original version with Kirk Talley, this is an excellent remake and Lauren does a superb job making it her own before she turns in a stellar performance on what is probably my favorite song on this recording, “JESUS’ BLOOD IS ENOUGH”. I love how this song reminds us that no matter what we face, or how great the sin, His blood is enough. While it may never make it to radio, it’s a great song!

The uptempo, “MY HOPE IS IN THE LORD” is an invigorating “Southern Style” song that lots of people will thoroughly enjoy before the tempo slows back down for the unique, “BUT I NEED YOU MORE”, which many people will relate the tune back to the classic Elvis song, “Love Me Tender”. Featuring Debra, this song is a highlight of the recording, as is the honest, real-life tune, “THE PEOPLE IN THE LINE”, which features Lauren. Along similar lines is Roger’s feature, “SOMEBODY’S STORY”.

The tempo picks back up as the Talleys bring back the popular Mike Payne/Ronnie Hinson penned, “WHO BUT GOD”. Many may remember this popular tune from the mid-80s by the Paynes and Gold City, and Lauren does a spectacular job making the song her own.

The recording closes out with a more traditional feel with a blended fusion of two classic hymns, “I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY/BLESSED ASSURANCE”.

The Talleys have always put out top quality music. Each recording they release has had its own distinct personality…and like most personalities, some you like better than others! This is one personality that I really liked! Filled with songs to inspire and uplift, challenge and cause us to pause, rejoice and celebrate…this is one of the finest works in their career as it truly showcases them at their finest!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – After All This Time**
2 – There is Coming a Day**
3 – There’s Never Been a Mountain
4 – This Thing Called Grace**
5 – Naaman**
6 – Jesus’ Blood is Enough**
7 – My Hope is in the Lord**
8 – But I Need You More
9 – The People in the Line**
10-Somebody’s Story
11-Who But God?**
12-I Love to Tell the Story/Blessed Assurance

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Up The Ladder

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The Goulds

Deon talks with The Goulds in this new feature!

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2015 Christmas Music Guide

We at AGM are true lovers of the holiday gift-buying season and the wonderful Christian holiday of Christmas. And being fans of the holiday - we are therefore required to love all things Christmas music. We're going to help you sift through all of this year's holiday offerings, and hopefully you can find that one (or more if you so please) seasonal recording to make your holiday the best it possibly can be! These aren't all Southern Gospel releases - but there may be a few here that you might find enjoyable as well!

The Browders - Merry Christmas
(Independent Release)
For fans of: country based Southern Gospel similar to the likes of the Crabb Family, Bowling Family, or The Freemans
Great to have on while: cooking the Christmas dinner!

This is the first holiday release from The Browders. The group sticks to their musical guns on this release which is a nice blending of traditional Christmas music and originals from the pen of Matthew Browder. Fans of The Browders brand of Gospel music will love this release!


MercyMe - It's Christmas (Fair Trade Music)
For fans of: radio friendly pop/rock like Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, or Third Day.
Great to have on while: driving around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.

MercyMe is no stranger to Christian music, and It's Christmas is a smashing follow-up to the band's very popular first Christmas record. There's a lot to like on this record – particularly "Hold On Christmas" and "Our Lullaby."

Gaither Vocal Band - Christmas Collection (Gaither Music Group)
For fans of: big vocal ensembles and more progressive Southern Gospel quartets like Ernie Haase & Signature Sound or Brian Free & Assurance
Great to have on while: relaxing with the family in front of a cozy fire!

This release is a hodgepodge of Christmas favorites from past Gaither Vocal Band releases and a handful of new cuts by the current group. Adam Crabb has never sounded better, and this should be a must own for diehard GVB fans.

Laura Story - God With Us (Fair Trade)
For fans of: inspirational and worship leaning music from the likes of Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli, or Kari Jobe.
Great to have on while: the kids are building the first snowman of the season.

The voice and pen behind hit songs "Blessings" and "Indescribable" is releasing her first Christmas recording that features some really neat arrangements and upbeat originals. Laura's take on the Andrew Peterson classic “Behold the Lamb of God” is worth the price of the recording alone.

TaRanda Greene - Spirit of Christmas (StowTown Records)
For fans of: big voiced divas with impressive chops
Great to have on while: opening presents on the big day!

TaRanda's impressive vocals are front and center on this new Christmas recording. Fans of TaRanda's golden pipes will love what she's bringing to the party this year – particularly her versions of "O Holy Night," "Jesus, What a Wonderful Child," and "I Wonder As I Wander."


Kenny Rogers - Once Again It's Christmas (Warner Brothers)
For fans of: traditional country and Rogers' own past releases.
Great to have on while: baking cookies with the family!

Kenny's back with his latest Christmas offering which is also an extension of his annual Christmas tour. This release features some of Country music's biggest names including Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jim Brickman, and Alison Krauss. Fans of Rogers won't want to miss this release.

Chris Tomlin - Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship (Sixsteps Records)
For fans of: modern worship leaders like Matt Redman, Matt Maher, and Hillsong United.
Great to have on while: mingling at your annual Christmas get-together!

Tomlin's second Christmas album feels like a direct sequel to his first Christmas record. It's a live worship experience centered around the advent, and Tomlin does a superb job. Special guest Lauren Daigle shows up for the show-stopping new song "Noel." This is a must own for fans of worship music.

Bill & Gloria Gaither - Christmas Favorites (Gaither Music Group)
For fans of: the Gaither Homecoming series and concerts.
Great to have on while: the kids are building the first snowman of the season.

This Gaither annual Christmas release delivers much like past releases. It's really a collection of songs from various Christmas live recordings released in the Gaither brand over the years. This year's release features music from Gaither Vocal Band, Lynda Randle, Larry Ford, and Amber Nelon Thompson to name a few!



LeAnn Rimes - Today Is Christmas (Independent)
For fans of: modern female country singers like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Trisha Yearwood.
Great to have on while: taking your sweetheart out on a Christmas date!

LeAnn Rimes' latest Christmas release features some original numbers co-written by Rimes as well as a duet on "Celebrate Me Home" with famed pop vocalist Gavin DeGraw. Her medley entitled "Joy" is definitely an album highlight as well.

Keith & Kristyn Getty - Joy: An Irish Christmas Live (Getty Music)
For fans of: modern hymns and Irish folk music
Great to have on while: wrapping those last minute gifts!

The Gettys are known for being modern hymn writers ("In Christ Alone"), and their unique Christmas tour comes to life in this live CD/DVD combo. You will love the instrumental work done by their band – particularly the show stopping "Sleigh Ride/Christmas Eve Reel" and "Carol of the Bells/Young Tom Ennis Jig." Don't miss out on this release!

Rebecca Burke - Christmas Dreams (Independent Release)
For fans of: Southern Gospel style Christmas
Great to have on while: taking a mid-day stroll through the snow.

Rebecca Burke (of up and coming group The Littles) is making her solo debut on a Christmas release. Although strongly tied to her family group, The Littles, this project allows Rebecca to explore several styles of music, which she doesn't normally venture into, but certainly shows her ability and range.

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The Church Hymnal - “Only Give Me Jesus”

Each year passes by so quickly when we get multiple years behind us. It seems like no time at all that we were standing in our churches on Easter morning and singing, “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today…” And now, within just a few days, we’ll be celebrating the Birth of Jesus on Christmas morning. Try to explain to a child just how quickly Christmas Day will come, and they will think it a foolish thought, for to a child waiting the time to open presents, it seems like Christmas will NEVER arrive.

I have many wonderful memories of Mom and Dad shopping for Christmas when I was young, and none of these memories involve walking through a mall with my coat under my arm, or even shopping at home online. The memories I cherish of shopping for Christmas was when Dad would drive our family to the downtown section of our neighboring city in early December.

There was nothing like walking from store to store while snow was falling gently on the streets and sidewalks all around. There were many shoppers passing one another on the sidewalks, and rarely did you hear anyone grumble of the crowded stores, or of the snow falling outside.

Christmas music sounded through outdoor speakers throughout all of downtown, and it was easy to hear cheerful greetings as many total strangers would wish one another “Merry Christmas” to those passing by.

Many families would stop in front of the different stores just to view the colorful Christmas window displays that offered an array of items for buying. But to go inside the department stores and see everything up close was even better. As a child back then, my favorite sections of one particular department store were, of course, the candy counters and large toy section – with Lionel trains running.

For the adults, however, were many choices offered in gift-giving. Each shopper was looking for that special gift that could be said it was “one-of-a-kind.” That special gift must be something appreciated by the recipient each day of the coming year. Or, the special gift shoppers look for might be one that reflects the recipient’s personality.

There is also another side to gift-giving, and that is what the recipient might want or like for Christmas. Sometimes buying for others can be a real chore, such as it was when my siblings and I would experience when buying any gift for our Dad. Dad lived to be 98-years-old, and still worked at a local grocery store at the time of his passing. He never had any special likes or hobbies, other than eating bologna and cheese sandwiches daily. Oh, and also sleeping!

Mom lived to be 95, and one day – a few years before she and Dad went to be with the Lord (they passed eight months apart) – she ventured to rummage through Dad’s unopened gifts while he was still at work. Mom discovered Dad had 35 shirts still in the plastic wrappers, as well as 17 sweaters that had never been opened. Mom was swift to point this out when Dad returned home from work, so she added rather emphatically, “Wear these new things!”

Many times one might ask another relative, “What is it you want for Christmas?” The other person might hear, “I don’t need anything, so don’t worry about me.” Gift-giving is what we do, and we want to give the very best. In all of life’s hustle and bustle during the Christmas season, do we ever consider seeking God to inquire what He would like from each one of us? After all, it IS Jesus’ birthday we are celebrating.

WHAT can you give the One who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) and One who knows the number of stars in the sky, as well as their names (Psalm 147:4)? Just from these two verses alone, it would appear God has everything He would ever need. Think again!

1: He wants YOU, and He wants everyone living on this planet. The “love text” of the Bible reveals this when we read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He wants to redeem everyone from a life of sin, and what an incredible Christmas it would be if some wayward soul would completely surrender to Him at this time. It’s TIME to come home!

2: He wants your FAITHFULNESS. We discovered when we came to Christ, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). We also learned, “O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer” (Psalm 31:23). Then in Hebrews 10:23 are words of steadfastness, for we are admonished, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” It is not enough to expect God to be faithful. He wants OUR faithfulness too.

3: We are to give Him GLORY, WORSHIP, and PRAISE. We’re reminded in Psalm 29:2 to “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” And when I read 1 Peter 2:9, I’m always reminded of the late Reverend Houston R. Morehead, former General Overseer of our denomination, when he would quote: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Incidentally, giving praise to God is NOT just a “Sunday thing.” This is something the Lord needs every day.

4: We are to TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS. “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42). Notice this Scripture of instruction says “in every house,” which also included everyone’s own house. It is in our own home where we are first to LIVE and SHARE Jesus – even before sharing Christ with others in our city.

We know that first Christmas Day was long ago, but Jesus is no longer an infant in the lowly manger, just as He is not in a borrowed tomb. As the Easter song (“HE LIVES”) referred to earlier describes Jesus as still living today, this King of Kings also deserves the best of everything we can give Him.

To learn more of what you can give Him, just open your Bible – as well as your heart in prayer. You’ll discover there are many other things He does not have from you; those things you alone can give. Granted, millions of other Christians around this world will give Him devotion, worship, and praise, BUT yours is special to Him; not only at Christmastime, but throughout the entire year.

Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you what I need for Christmas – as well as the 364 days of each year that follows. There is an old song found in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal that tells what I need every day. Johnson Oatman, Jr. & Adger M. Pace tell of the same in their song found near the back (page 374) of this hymnal.

“ONLY GIVE ME JESUS” is my heart’s cry, as it was for these songwriters. You might have never heard this song, so I encourage you to search the title on YouTube and listen to The Ministers Trio (comprised of Bennie S. Triplett, Don Aultman, and Roosevelt Miller) as they worship through the singing of this song.

The songwriters began this song by saying, “Trav’ling down life’s pilgrim way, This my pray’r from day to day, Lord let come to me what may, ONLY GIVE ME BLESSED JESUS.” The chorus of this 5-verse song then adds, “Give me JESUS night and day, Give me JESUS all the way, I will bear both toil and care; Only give me blessed JESUS.”

Just like my Dad had in his bedroom some years ago, I also have an abundance of shirts and sweaters in my bedroom. I have many KJV Bibles found in my library. I have neckties galore, and I have many after shaves and colognes sitting on the dresser, chest of drawers, and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. I was never good at any sports - EVER, so I have no sweatshirts cheering on any special team.

On and on I could go in telling what Christmas gifts I have received over the years, but suffice it to say I have need of just One: JESUS. I received Him into my heart on October 17, 1957, and this old-time salvation never gets old. I need HIM daily.

“Merry CHRISTmas to one and all!

–– Bill

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Historic Proportions

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1964: A Year That Forever Changed Gospel Music

It may be hard to believe, but 2016 is just around the corner. A year of change, opportunity, tragedy, challenge, and triumph lies ahead. We've all heard the phrases, "The only thing constant is change," and "Familiarity breeds contempt". These statements are true of life in general and they are certainly true in southern gospel music. Every once in a while a series of changes occur that one would wonder how life would have been had these changes not taken place. Such can be said for the year 1964. It brought so many earthshaking changes in gospel music to the point that it would never be the same. As we review these remarkable moments in our music history, may we be reminded that new changes and challenges can always be embraced.

1964 began with a brand new quartet in the gospel music world, The Imperials. Jake Hess selected the cream of the crop for his new group, tapping pianist Henry Slaughter, former Weatherfords bass singer Armond Morales, former Oak Ridge baritone Gary McSpadden, and former promising Speer vocalist Sherrill Nielsen to join him in this new venture. Hess was frowned upon by many in the industry for hand-picking members of other prominent groups for his new quartet, but the talent of this new force in gospel music could not be held back. Not only did the Imperials eventually supersede the success of many of their peers, but also laid the groundwork for Contemporary Christian music.

Meanwhile, Hovie Lister welcomed a new lead singer aboard the Statesmen bus. The departure of Hess's distinctive voice truly marked the end of an era for Hovie and the guys, but it quickly made fans aware of one of the greatest lead vocalists to ever set foot on the gospel stage, Jack Toney.

The Speer Family must have been concerned for the year ahead, as they faced their first full year of engagements without Mom and Dad Speer. To further complicate matters, tenor vocalist Sherrill Nielsen had just departed for the Imperials. Nielsen was very briefly replaced by Jerry Redd, who was subsequently replaced by Charles Yates. This new version of the Speers embraced a very different vocal styling than previously, employing tighter and more intricate harmony arrangements. Mom and Dad accompanied the group to select appearances, but the younger lineup quickly proved to their audiences that the future indeed remained bright under the watchful eyes of Brock and Ben.

1964 was also the year that the mountains gave birth. Bryson City, NC, school teacher Martin Cook began inviting many of his students to his house for singing sessions that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Among these young talents were Archie Watkins, Jack Laws, Ronnie Hutchins, along with local bass singer Dean Robinson. The new quartet soon began accepting local engagements, and the Inspirations Quartet was born.

Just a few mountains west, a young mixed trio from Dawson Springs, Kentucky, emerged seemingly from nowhere with two new albums released on Warner Brothers Records. That group was The Gospel Echoes, which consisted of Buck Rambo, Dottie Rambo, and Shirley Bivens. The following year, the group added Buck and Dottie's 12 year old daughter Reba to the group, and changed their name to the Singing Rambos. With Dottie Rambo came one of the greatest songwriting catalogs perhaps in any field of music. The sound brought by these artists was raw, homespun, and set apart from any other artist of the day. They delivered testimonies in their concerts, and had the ability to turn a typical run-of-the-mill concert into a worship service. While some were turned off by this approach, far more stayed for their performances than left. Before long, The Inspirations and The Rambos had taken America by storm.

Most gospel groups had employed the medium of television by the late 1950s, but very few groups had achieved national scale exposure during that era. With the advent of the Gospel Singing Caravan and Bob Poole's Gospel Favorites in the early 60s, the industry realized the impact of a weekly multi-artist television program. The Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen formed Singing Time in Dixie. Joined by the Speer Family, Rebels Quartet, Oak Ridge Boys, and Stamps Quartet, the show enjoyed immense success for about three years, airing on over 100 markets. Meanwhile, some industry outsiders were struggling to receive needed television and concert exposure from their peers, so they simply decided to begin their own television program. The Florida Boys and Dixie Echoes joined with The Happy Goodmans and The Couriers, and the Gospel Singing Jubilee was on the air. The Jubilee set the standard for all gospel television programs to come, remaining on the air until the early 1980s. Before long, the groups that previously wouldn't offer the Jubilee artists guest slots on their programs were clammoring to enter the sound stage singing "Jubilee, jubilee, you're invited to this happy jubilee!"

As 1964 wound down, George Younce turned in his notice to the Blue Ridge Quartet and joined the Cathedral Trio, headline artists at Rex Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio, thereby changing their name to the Cathedral Quartet. George Younce, Glen Payne, Danny Koker, and Bobby Clark laid the groundwork for what would be gospel music's most beloved quartet during the 80s and 90s. Koker and Clark would eventually leave the quartet, and quite a few years ahead of George and Glen would be filled with struggle and disappointment, but by the end of their 35 year career, The Cathedrals had built a gospel music dynasty.

The word "change" is a dreaded word at times, and the year 1964 brought the kind of changes that could have stopped many of gospel music's finest dead in their tracks, yet their music continued. It brought refreshing new figures to the public eye that were so dynamic that they could not be ignored. Some veteran artists took uncertain, unsteady steps into the unknown that eventually paid off in dividends. Most of all, gospel music moved from entertainment into evangelism, where it has been ever since. Each year is truly a unique one, but in the life of gospel music, 1964 stands out as truly special.

Once again, I thank you all for your questions and kind words in regard to this column. You can email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I would love to hear from you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and see you next time!

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Daily Devotion

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I Hate Flies

I'm going to admit something. I HATE flies.

The other week, our youngest daughter came to me and said "Just so you know, there's a fly in the kitchen."
I grabbed one of my old ball caps and headed to the kitchen. Yes, she was right.. A fly was in the kitchen.

I stood there and watched and waited for that pesky varmint to land. He must've known that I was on a mission! As I began "the swing", I said "Haha, I've Got You Now!"

See, I have been known to grab a swatter in each hand and begin the HUNT! I won't stop till I have killed every fly!

See, I'm relentless.

We have an enemy that's relentless too. He won't stop until the day we die. He hates our Father and to get to Him, he attacks US; God's children.

He will never take a vacation and he will use anything and anyBODY to accomplish his plan. Sadly, the devil has said to MANY followers of Jesus; "I've GOT You now!"

However, we have a Father that has already defeated our enemy! He gives us that same power to resist and DEFEAT the devil.

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

We must draw closer to God. Through seeking Him and His word in our hearts. Get Him in your daily life!

Believe and walk in the truth of God's word.

Be relentless in your pursuit of God.

Prayer starter: "Father, I need you. I need your strength and your wisdom. I need you to give me the determination to resist the enemy. He's a liar. YOU ARE TRUTH. Help me to walk in your truth. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


Jim Sheldon Homecoming Huge Success

Stanford, Kentucky (November 30, 2015) It all started Thursday, November 12th in what was supposed to be just another Gospel concert as Jim Sheldon celebrated his annual Homecoming. Jim, known as The Positive Cowboy from his part on the Music City Show and the renowned Blackwood Brothers Quartet, from Memphis, Tennessee put on a remarkable program.

What started as "just another” soon developed into an experience to be remembered. The energy and excitement was reminiscent of those old fashioned All Night Singings made popular back in the day that the Blackwoods and Statesmen would hold crowds attention until way in the night.

Jim Sheldon commented, "Wow what a great night! The house was full and the spirit of the Lord was in the House. Billy Blackwood and the Boys did an awesome job as usual.”

This third generation of Blackwood Brothers Quartets performed at the First Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky. The quartet, now in its 81st year of performances -- was hosted by Jim Sheldon, "The Positive Cowboy," who organized the concert. Sheldon is a resident of nearby Stanford, KY, and he donated more than 20 percent of gifts from the love offering taken at the concert to the Sunshine Childrens Services of Kentucky. Co-sponsors of the gospel concert included South District Baptist Association, Mercer Baptist Association, Lincoln County Baptist Association and Central Baptist Association.

The highlight of the concert and the closing song was Jim, The Positive Cowboy and the Blackwood Brothers teaming up for the last song of the night, "I'm Redeemed". This song is on Sheldon's latest release of the Season 4 Vol 3 of the Music City Show Hymns. You will not want to miss the next concert. If you would like to find any of the songs that they sang at the Homecoming you can find them all on iTunes or on either of their websites.

In other news for The Positive Cowboy, Jim received the USAGEM TV and Film Award in Nashville,Tennessee for his role on the Music City Show.

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 .

Follow Jim on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Sheldon-The-Positive-Cowboy/340250229319822?fref=ts and Twitter at https://twitter.com/JimSheldonmusic .

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

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News & Scoops


Christmas Dreams – Rebecca Little Burke’s First Solo CD Released

Monroe, NC (November 30, 2015)The Littles are pleased to announce that Rebecca’s first solo project Christmas Dreams is now available. This CD is a wonderful combination of inspiring songs celebrating the birth of our Savior and some of your favorite songs of the season.

Although strongly tied to her family group, The Littles, this project allows Rebecca to explore several styles of music, which she doesn't normally venture into, but certainly shows her ability and range.

Rebecca stated, ”I am so excited to release my first solo album, and can't think of any other type of music to make a debut with - Christmas. I love everything about Christmas - the lights, the food, the fellowship with family, and most of all, celebrating the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season. I hope this album will bring about wonderful Christmas memories as you are making new ones with those you are blessed to be surrounded by. Most importantly, it is my desire that this album helps to set your sights on the only reason to celebrate, and that is the hope found in the coming of the one and only Messiah. Merry Christmas, friends!"

"Christmas Dreams" is sure to treat you to some of your favorite songs of the season. Go to the link below to hear clips of songs from "Christmas Dreams”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbE_Vnr3Sv8 .

Visit http://www.jacklittleministries.org/#!store/c11f7 now to order your copy.

The complete song list on the CD includes:

1. Christmas Dreams: Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood

2. O Holy Night: Public Domain

3. Jingle Bells: Public Domain

4. The First Noel: Public Domain

5. Baby Jesus Is Born: Randy Handley, Cam King

6. Sleigh Ride/Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish/George Wyle, Edward Pola

7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane

8. Love Came For Me: Shannon Wexelberg

9. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas: John Rox

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

To learn more about the Littles go to http://www.jacklittleministries.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thelittlesmusic .

You can book the Littles for your church or concert through the Davis Artist Agency at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - November 30, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
16
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
1(4)
2
4
11
Jesus Changed Everything Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2
3
5
11
Happy Rhythm Booth Brothers
3
4
2
25
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
1(6)
5
3
25
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
1
6
6
16
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
2
7
7
20
Living In Harmony Triumphant
2
8
8
24
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
1
9
9
5
I Am Blessed Karen Peck & New River
9
10
10
12
As We Speak Greater Vision
10
11
12
9
Bring It All to Jesus Pruitt Family
6
12
13
24
I Have a Home McKameys
4
13
14
7
I Lived to Tell About It Lore Family
13
14
15
18
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
5
15
16
9
What the Bible Says Collingsworth Family
10
16
11
9
Soul On Fire Browns
10
17
17
7
We Might As Well Make It On Home Littles
17
18
18
6
I'm Gonna Say It Eighth Day
18
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18
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
2
20
21
4
Waiting For You to Get Home Browders
20
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10
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
21
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Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
6
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24
10
I'll Take It To the Grave Mark Trammell Quartet
19
24
25
3
Victory In Jesus Gold City
24
25
26
13
Welcome Home Joseph Habedank
9
26
20
14
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
5
27
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15
Weep No More Canton Junction
5
28
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3
Those Who Know Me Know Tribute
27
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30
14
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
5
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3
Lovestruck Zane & Donna King
30
31
27
14
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
14
32
32
3
He Won't Leave You There Jason Crabb
32
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4
Beyond the Blue Down East Boys
33
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11
The Sweetest Words He Ever Said Mylon Hayes Family
10
35
35
6
I'll Fly Away Home Blackwood Brothers
24
36
37
3
Shoutin' Sounds Guardians
26
37
38
2
He Still Saves Brian Free & Assurance
38
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39
9
He's My Guide Taylors
32
39
40
21
He Can See My Tomorrow Mark Bishop
17
40
36
24
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
1
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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Lions, Bears, Giants, and Kingdoms

I Samuel 17:34-35

Life is a progression. Even scripture states in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we are changed from glory to glory. There are peaks and valleys, and a lot of flat plains of monotony in between. Yet, it all weaves together to bring us to our various and unique places of destiny.

When I think of David, I see the monarch and the majestic king he became, flanked by the tapestry and accouterments of his kingdom—a great king, legislating laws, and dispensing commands carried out by loyal subjects; a focused king with the weight of his known world upon his shoulders. Being the king of Israel was a job he was anointed to do, even as a young lad, but he didn't play the role until he was a grown man.

As a lad, he may have been anointed to do a job, but he wasn't adequate for its responsibility until sometime later. Anointing and adequacy don't always coincide; neither do competency and capability. Adequacy and capability come with growth and experience, while anointing and competency are God-given graces that extend one's natural abilities into realms of supernatural accomplishment, once those abilities have been made mature through the process known as “life.”

Before there was a kingdom to rule, there was a bear to defeat, a lion to conquer, and a giant to bring down to size. God was merciful to David, in that he didn't throw him into the mire of kingdom administration without first testing and maturing his abilities in the smaller fires of more routine struggles. David learned lessons at every level of conflict and contention that later became manifestations of wisdom at higher levels of performance.

David learned from fighting the bear that troubles are often not announced ahead of time. In recounting the story once to King Saul, David said, "There came a bear ..." No invite. No notice. He just showed up to inflict harm. Any problem just "come your way" lately?

David learned from the lion that you finish what you start. Scriptures initially indicate David only engaged the lion to the point of making the lion release its captured prey. The Bible states the lion "turned on David." It was then David had to destroy the ferocious beast. Leaving the enemy in a position to return, attack, and inflict pain is something that even the most experienced warrior must be warned of occasionally.

David learned from fighting Goliath that regardless of the size of the challenge, the battle is the Lord's, and He is our defender and ultimate protector.

In God's eyes, the kingdom was as much David's on the day of his anointing, as it was the day he first put on the crown. God loved David enough, however, to delay the coronation until he was anointed and ready. The combination brought him to his destiny and made him a great king. Imagine what it will do for you.

Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


An Update From Rory - braver than me

I am fiercely protective of my wife.
Any man would be. With all she’s going through, I only want her to be seen in a good light. So, though I’m only an amateur with a camera, I try to use my lens and words to lift Joey up.
Like any woman, my wife is self-conscious about what cancer has done to her. Who she sees in the mirror these days looks like someone else… not the woman that she feels like she is inside. And it hurts her deeply. Read the rest here: http://thislifeilive.com/braver-than-me/

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Daily Devotion

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What’s Your Vision Like?

Hey, how’s your VISION? Well, some people are blessed with PERFECT VISION, and the rest of us, have to wear glasses. But, no matter if your eyes are 20/20 or something less, there’re some things that can’t be seen by the HUMAN EYE. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

EYE SIGHT is a miracle of God. It didn’t EVOLVE, it was wonderfully designed by God and I’m so thankful to be able to see. Oh, but we can’t see EVERYTHING that’s going on around us. In our High School Physics Class we all learned that somethings can only be seen through a biology lab telescope. And, that’s the same in the Spiritual Realm as well. That’s why the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 1:18, "I pray that the EYES of your HEART are OPENED, so you can SEE, what God has called you to do,". And, he went on to tell the Corthinians, "Don’t just fix your eyes on things that are SEEN, but on things that are UNSEEN. For what we can SEE only lasts for a time, but what we CAN’T SEE lasts forever." (2 Cor. 4:18)

So, whether you can SEE it or NOT, YOU’RE NOT ALONE TODAY. You’re SURROUNDED by a GREAT, INVISIBLE CLOUD giving you God’s supernatural strength.

It’s Pastor Phil, hoping you can SEE THE LIGHT with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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Thankful

This Devotion by Paula Hill was so timely, I wanted to repeat it and share again today.

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4).

Each of us has our list of things for which we are thankful. First and foremost on my list is the wonderful salvation that I have in Christ Jesus.What greater gift could there ever be that could compare to Jesus dying on the cross? He shed His blood that we might be cleansed from all sin and unrighteousness. Knowing God has prepared a home for us in heaven is an awesome fact. It’s almost incomprehensible, but it’s true. Spiritual blessings are beyond description.

How many times though do we get up from our place of rest each morning and get so busy with life that we don’t even stop to think about all the little things that make life so awesome? You see, most of our problems come from our blessings.Think about it: cars, computers, dishwashers, phones, etc.When any of them break down, they sure do not seem like blessings, but I don’t want to do away with any of them.You probably don’t either. However, it’s often the “little” blessings and pleasures that we find joy in, and yet, too often, take for granted.These are the blessings that keep us grounded during the times when ev- erything seems to be in turmoil.That’s when we have to reach out and take hold of all the “miracle moments” that pass us by every day.We forget to look for them.We’re so accustomed to looking for something bad to happen that we forget to find the good things.

What are they? Let me tell you just a few of the things for which I am thankful. I love going to sleep each night snuggled on the arm of my sweet husband. I love the ceiling fan blowing on high speed. I keep it that way year round. I snuggle down and pull the covers all the way up to my eyes. I love watching children.They always draw my attention, no matter where I find myself.Their laughter is contagious, and their curiosity brings up some pretty hilarious questions. I am reminded that in them, there is still some innocence left in this old world of ours. I love to feel the breezes blowing through the trees and hear the rustling of the leaves and branches. I love waterfalls. I love hearing the words, “You were right, Babe,” and “I love you, Mom.” I even appreciate being able to go to the grocery store, because I know many who aren’t able to get out and go. On any given day, a bowl of pinto beans, cornbread, and a big slice of onion just does me good. And, oh my, the word “Nana” from one little voice makes my heart jump with joy. Little arms wrapped around my legs, and the cry of “Don’t weave me, don’t weave me, Nana.” Maybe they’re not such little blessings after all. So what’s on your list?

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, help me so that I don’t let the miracle of a blessing pass by me today without reaching out and taking hold of it. I’m so blessed. My little blessings are big gifts from You.And, I don’t ever want to take that for granted.Thank You!
Amen.

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Daily Devotion

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Broken Crayons Still Color

I read a great quote a few weeks ago.. "Broken Crayons, Still Color."

Wow. What a thought.

I remember as a kid, coloring in school, Sunday school and even at home with my box of crayons. I was always doodling and coloring something.

Yea, I preferred the new crayons to the slightly used crayons but eventually my favorite crayons BECAME slightly used and broke.

I know so many people who feel broken. They feel empty by the hardships of life and they believe that God won't use them anymore. They believe that their broken heart can't be mended. They are convinced that they can't be repaired. They think that God won't "color" with them anymore. But I know that a "broken crayon, STILL colors."

God wants to use you and can STILL use you, if you'll allow Him.

Psalm 147:3 "He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds."

Will you give Him your broken heart? You can trust Him.

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

God can use you to color a beautiful masterpiece. A masterpiece of His grace.

Prayer starter: "Father, I sometimes feel broken and unusable. I know that You can heal me and use me. I ask that RIGHT NOW. Use me for Your glory, so that I can help someone else. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


Tune-in Alert for the Chuck Wagon Gang

Ken Harding, President of New Haven Records is announcing the following:


After you've eaten' all the turkey and leftovers this weekend please tune in this Saturday night at 7pm on NPT (Nashville Public Television, channel 8 on Comcast) and watch the Chuck Wagon Gang's documentary "America's Gospel Singers….The Legacy Lives On". Shaye and Melissa will be on part of the broadcast here in the Nashville studio. This is the first airing here in Nashville…tell your friends and families to tune in.

Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ken

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News & Scoops


Michael Howard Leaving Soul’d Out Quartet

Michael Howard just played his final concert with Soul’d Out Quartet on November 22nd, 2015. Michael has been the piano player for 7 1/2 years. He began playing for the group at age 19.

Matt Rankin stated, "He has been a vital part of the growth of this quartet. Michael is not only a tremendous talent, but he is also a fine Christian young man with a servant's heart. He is also one of the funniest individuals I've ever met. Michael will surely be missed, not only by his friends and fans on the road but definitely his Soul'd Out family as well."

Michael will begin a new chapter in his life, working at his home church with the music program at Florence Baptist Temple in Burlington, Kentucky.

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Browders Release New Christmas CD Just In Time For The Holidays

Hiltons, Virginia (November 24, 2015) Christmastime always brings a special feeling along with special music. Around this time of the year joyous Christmas music is heard on the radio, cell phones and CD players. The Browders have added their own style and feel to some of the most beautiful Christmas music ever heard.

Some of the songs include a 'Christmas Carol Medley' with songs featuring "Caroling, Caroling/Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland”, the old Bluegrass tune "Children, Go Where I Send Thee”, the World War II Classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas”, and a new song penned by group member Tommy Browder, "The Greatest Gift Of All”. Six other songs just as inspiring complete this new album. The Album includes not only the traditional songs we love to hear at Christmas but several original songs that will become some of your favorites in the years to come.

Matthew Browder commented, "The Browders love Christmas music and we have been blessed with the reminder of the message these songs carry. Singing of the birth of our Savior is pure joy.”

Produced by John Darin Rowsey and the Browders, this CD offers some colorful background vocals by Katelanne and Gracelynn Bowling on "Celebrate”, a tune penned by David and Matthew Browder.

The CD debuts today and is available at http://thebrowders.com/merry-christmas.php .

In addition to this new Christmas CD, the Browders are in the midst of an exciting Christmas Tour. The schedule is as listed below:

The Browders Merry Christmas Tour

Nov 29th 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Dynamic Life Praise Worship Center 1600 John Marshall Hwy Front Royal, VA

Dec 4th, 2015 (Fri) 6:00 PM New Family Worship Center 1601 Harrisonville Avenue Portsmouth, OH

Dec 6th, 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Cathedral of Life 5375 Jaycox Road North Ridgeville, OH

Dec 10th, 2015 (Thu) 7:00 PM

Fairview Christian Community Church 120 Black Oak Road Princeton, WV

Dec 11th, 2015 (Fri) 7:00 PM Browders Chapel 538 Browders Chapel Road Hiltons, VA

Dec 13th, 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Rock Hill Church 4115 Price Road Gainesville, GA

Hosted by the Pruitt Family

Dec 28th, 2015 (Mon) -- Dec 30th, 2015 (Wed) (Times to be announced) Dollywood

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd Pigeon Forge, TN

In other news about the Browders their latest radio single "Waiting For You To Get Home” has moved up to #21 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and opens at #27 on the Singing News Monthly Chart.

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

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com .

Follow the Browders on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends and 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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Daily Devotion

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The Choice to Rejoice

I've always enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. More importantly, I like giving thanks. Not just on one day in November, but the other 364 days of the year. It's a choice with me.

I choose to align myself with the will of God as revealed in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything giving thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

I choose to join with all nature in jubilant praise to the God of creation as prompted in Psalm 96:12, "Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them: let all the trees in the forest sing for joy."

I choose to add my voice with those of the angelic host who cry out, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come" as written in Revelation 4:8.

I choose to adjust my attitude, ascend to a higher altitude, and acclimate to a better atmosphere.  

I won't sing the blues, settle for boredom, or sign up to be belligerent.

I don't give in to complaining, participate in criticizing, or make room for chronic consternation.

I give no place to doubting, have no time for debating, and even less time for dissatisfaction.

I refuse to be envious, I strive to be energetic, and welcome the opportunity to be encouraging.

I purpose to be focused, pray to be faithful, and plan to have fun.

I'll not participate in grumbling, griping, and groaning.

I'm hilariously happy, honestly hopeful, and headed for heaven.

I'm identified with Jesus, inspired by His Word, and ignited by the Holy Spirit.

My life will be joyful and jubilant.

I will be kind.

I'll be loving.

I'll extend mercy.

I refuse negligence.

I always prefer optimism.

I will practice praise.

I'm on a quest to please the King.

I want a repentant heart.

I want a singing soul.

I desire a triumphant testimony.

I choose to be understanding of others.

I will always value my fellow man.

I purpose to be a worshiper and not a worrier.

I will “X” negativity (really had to stretch to get that one).

I will yield to God's plan, priorities and purposes for my family.

And ... I plan to enjoy the zenith of God's overcoming power and presence in all I do.

I've made my choice ...

How about you?



Tim Hill

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - November 23, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
15
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
2
3
24
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
1(6)
3
4
24
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
1
4
11
10
Jesus Changed Everything Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
5
5
10
Happy Rhythm Booth Brothers
5
6
9
15
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
2
7
6
19
Living In Harmony Triumphant
2
8
2
23
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
1
9
20
4
I Am Blessed Karen Peck & New River
9
10
19
11
As We Speak Greater Vision
10
11
16
8
Soul On Fire Browns
10
12
8
8
Bring It All to Jesus Pruitt Family
6
13
14
23
I Have a Home McKameys
4
14
21
6
I Lived to Tell About It Lore Family
13
15
18
17
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
5
16
15
8
What the Bible Says Collingsworth Family
10
17
31
6
We Might As Well Make It On Home Littles
17
18
34
5
I'm Gonna Say It Eighth Day
18
19
7
17
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
2
20
23
13
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
5
21
38
3
Waiting For You to Get Home Browders
21
22
22
9
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
22
23
39
22
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
6
24
25
9
I'll Take It To the Grave Mark Trammell Quartet
19
25
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2
Victory In Jesus Gold City
25
26
28
12
Welcome Home Joseph Habedank
9
27
13
13
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
14
28
36
14
Weep No More Canton Junction
5
29
27
2
Those Who Know Me Know Tribute
27
30
17
13
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
5
31
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2
Lovestruck Zane & Donna King
31
32
37
2
He Won't Leave You There Jason Crabb
32
33
40
3
Beyond the Blue Down East Boys
33
34
10
10
The Sweetest Words He Ever Said Mylon Hayes Family
10
35
24
5
I'll Fly Away Home Blackwood Brothers
24
36
12
23
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
1
37
26
2
Shoutin' Sounds Guardians
26
38
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1
He Still Saves Brian Free & Assurance
38
39
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8
He's My Guide Taylors
32
40
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20
He Can See My Tomorrow Mark Bishop
17
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

When Life Gets Hard – Part 3

Why?

For what reason or cause, what is the purpose? Why? I am certain that each of us have, at some point, asked that simple one word question…Why? Lord, why did this happen? What was the reason that this transpired? As we saw last week, Corrie Ten Boom found that God had a plan for even the fleas that she and her sister encountered in the barracks at Ravensbruck. Why all the fleas? It was to keep the guards out so they could conduct Bible studies unhindered.

Many times in life the Lord’s “plan” isn’t always made clear. It’s in those times we must give thought to His “purpose”. As he concludes verse 28 of Romans 8, Paul declares an important truth about dealing with the hardships of life when he writes, “……to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Don’t miss this! For “the called”, those who have obtained eternal salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, He has an overarching purpose: that you and I would be conformed to the image of His son (verse 29), that our lives would take on the form of Jesus, and that we would be Christ-like. Unfortunately, this process of conformity to the image of Christ doesn’t take place on the mountain tops of life. It happens in the valleys, the low places, the dark spots, in the hard places of life.

I was reminded of this as we vacationed in California a few years ago. As we made our way north from the Los Angeles area the highway we traveled took us through a barren, mountainous region. After several miles of climbing that particular range of hills we began our decent. Before long, we could see to the base of the mountain. The contrast was astonishing. To our left, right, and rear was mostly rocky, brown earth with sparse vegetation. Before us, in the valley below, were acres of lush, green vineyard. Instantly I was reminded of a statement I once heard a prominent pastor make after having encountered a similar scene. He said, “It is in the valleys of life that the fruit is borne, not on the mountain tops.” You see, it’s in the valleys that we grow in our understanding of His sufficiency. It’s in those times that we feel alone, we sense His ever abiding presence in our lives. Only in the hard spots do we experience His unending grace for the hour before us. It’s in our times of need, we experience His vast supply. In the dark places the Christ-like qualities Paul speaks of in Galatians 5 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control) are brought forth in our lives.

Here’s the thing about valleys: you will have to walk through some and there will be a hill to climb to exit, but a mountain top awaits you. And, while this present valley may not make the next one more pleasant, it will make you stronger and better prepared to journey through it. Most importantly, valleys have a purpose: they make us more like Him!

It’s In the Valley We Grow (by Jane Eggleston)

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe.
It’s then I have to remember
That it’s in the valleys I grow.



If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.
I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow.
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.
I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do.
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.
My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross.
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.
Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it’s in the valleys I grow.
Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.
Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know.
The mountain tops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow!

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Daily Devotion

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Life In A Pressure Cooker

Hey, how do you handle PRESSURE? Not everyone handles it the same, but everyone will have to deal with PRESSURE at one time or another. Some people just BITE THEIR NAILS, some FALL APART while others DON’T PANIC, because they know it’s an unavoidable part of life. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Years ago my Mother had a PRESSURE COOKER. I watched it on the stove just SPUTTER and SPEWED STEAM as it cooked what Mom had put inside. Whatever was in there, there was NO ESCAPE and the PRESSURE did it’s job. And, that’s the way it is with the PRESSURE we go through in this life, but God’s plan is not only to to free from PRESSURE but to make it to our benefit.

King David said in Psalm 118:5 says, "Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and SET ME FREE." And the Apostle Paul said in 2 Cor. 10:8, "The PRESSURE triggered something totally unexpected: an OUTPOURING of God’s GENEROUS GIFTS."

So, if you feel like you’re in the PRESSURE COOKER of LIFE TODAY, and the Devil’s TURNING UP THE HEAT, just remember, like the Three Hebrew Teenagers, you’re not in the FIRE ALONE.

It’s Pastor Phil, taking the LIP OFF the PRESSURE COOKER of life with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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Inside Information

Did you know if you are born-again, you have inside information in you?

The Word asks the question in I Corinthians 2:11; who knows the mind of God other than the very Spirit of God? The Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit knows all things. He only speaks what the Father speaks. He teaches us, leads and guides us into all truth and tells us of things to come. How exciting! He is called to help and to counsel us and lives inside you!

Again, inside information! Now, there is no way I could exhaust all that the Holy Spirit does in this short devotional. However, I do want to remind you of one thing today; if you have made Jesus the Savior and Lord of your life, you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you! (Jn. 14:17) (I Cor. 2:12)
This means today, right now, you can listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit inside of you. He can influence your decisions, if you let him. He can lead you somewhere or stop you in your tracks!(Acts 21:4)

My husband and I have gone to Storage Auctions as a hobby. Yes, just like the ones you see on TV (without the drama). We resell items we accumulate to raise money for missions and for our personal bills. Before we get out of the car, we join hands and ask the Holy Spirit to nudge us for the units we should buy and to keep us from wasting any money with units not worth our time. We ask that our competitors become tongue tied when they attempt to bid against us for a unit we are supposed to have. Let me tell you, it pays to listen to the Spirit of God in all things! Now this situation may seem trivial to you, but when we give to missions, to people in need, or are able to pay a bill so we can focus on ministry to others –it’s not trivial at all!

The Holy Spirit leads me while in communist nations, taking bibles to the secret-church as well as leading me daily here in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Holy Spirit wants to lead YOU today so you can be fruitful! He has inside information so, talk to him and listen!

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Daily Devotion

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Crossing The Border

His lord said to him, "Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. Matthew 25:23 (NkJV).

A few weeks ago we sang in Canada. We always enjoy heading North seeing the beautiful country and looking forward to being with friends that we see only once a year. The only part of the trip that makes us bit nervous is crossing the border. Most of the time it's never a problem. However, depending on where you cross and what kind of a day the agent there is having could determine how long you will be detained.

As we approached the crossing point, we gathered everyone's passport to present to the agent. Upon presenting them we held our breath as we answered a few questions. We were relieved to hear the words, "You're all set have a good trip." We breathed a collective sigh of relief and we headed for the church.

Jesus said the He is the way, the truth and the light. He went onto say that no man comes to the Father except through the Son.

One day very soon we will stand before Him face to face. All who have accepted Jesus Christ and His shed blood on Calvary will be granted access to the heavenly Kingdom. When I finally hear Him say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord, I will breath a sigh of relief knowing that pain and suffering will be in the past and that I will live forever with family and friends and most of all Jesus Christ, the one who made it possible!

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Daily Devotion

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Temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

During a time of morning devotions, while praying and “discussing” with God how I didn’t understand so many things that happen, this scripture was brought to my mind. I wondered what in the world it had to do with what I was praying about.Then, all of a sudden, I felt as if a new revelation had come to me about what this scripture meant.Always before, when I have read it I thought only about the temptations of the flesh.You know, “real sins”—the ones preachers preach about and parents warn their children to avoid: lust, pride, idolatry, envy, and jealousy.These are things that are obvious to us as we go through the Scripture and read about how wrong they are.These are the things everybody can see acted out in our lives.They eventually show up whether we want them to or not.

I realize that I am not tempted to do all those obvious things. I didn’t grow up in a family where anyone smoked, or drank, or did anything else I can name. I never heard my parents say a curse word.We weren’t even allowed to call anyone “stupid.” That was like a bad word to my father. So, these things don’t often even enter my realm of thinking. But, what about tempta- tions of the spirit and of the mind? Some strongholds can take root in our hearts and find their way deep into our spirits— such as being tempted with bitterness over things not being fair, being hurt at being done wrong, or seeing others done wrong.

This can lead to disappointment, disillusionment, and anger. How could things happen the way they do sometimes?
God knew we would be tempted from time to time to do wrong. But, He also knew we would be tempted to think wrong and to feel wrong about too many situations and circumstances. He is never surprised by that. I have been in those places way too often, and it is hard to find my way out. But instead of feeling that I have the right to be there, or feeling justified in being there, I choose to remember that Jesus already took that upon Himself for me. So, I can allow that to be my place of peace and rest from the worry of it all.What a relief!

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, forgive me for all the times I’ve been in the wrong frame of mind. I don’t want to be deceived into thinking it’s any less
of a temptation than the more obvious things. I need Your help to overcome. I want to live in the freedom of Your peace and Your overcoming power. Help me not to let these temptations get me down.You won’t allow anything that can’t be
taken care of by Your spirit.
Amen.


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News & Scoops


“Jesus Is In The House” Is A First For 11th Hour

Nashville, Tenn (November 18, 2015) Award winning Gospel Trio 11th Hour has always had good success in radio airplay. With over five top 20 hits that big #1 song has always evaded them.... until now.

After spending six weeks at the #1 spot on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart, 11th Hour is excited to learn that "Jesus Is In The House” is #1 for the month of January 2016 on the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart. The song is from their CD titled Picture This.

Crossroads Music President, Chris White commented, "11th Hour really deserves this accomplishment. They work as hard as anyone in the business. Hard working people are usually successful and this is just an example of that effort. Congrats to them and our great Marketing team.”

Amber Eppinette, owner and vocalist for 11th Hour stated, "We are so excited to get our first #1 song on radio with "Jesus Is In The House”. It is a great song with such a wonderful message. Thank you to all the DJs for playing this song. Thank you to all of the fans who have requested this song to be played, and mostly THANK YOU to our Savior for blessing the ministry of 11th Hour.”

Adding a wonderful testimony to the power of this song Amber continues, "There was recently a lady we know very well that became seriously ill and was put on a ventilator for a while. I had the privilege of face timing this lady and singing 'Jesus Is In The House' to her. She didn't respond but cried when I sang. Not too long after that, through prayers and God's healing hand... She was taken off the ventilator. The doctor told her to speak and the first words out of her mouth were, Jesus Is In The House.”

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If you would like to learn more about 11th Hour you can go to http://11thhourgospelgroup.com, or catch them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/11thhourgospelgroup .

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Daily Devotion

When Life Gets Hard – Part 2

So, It’s All Good?

“Hey, it’s all good”. Have you ever heard someone respond to some circumstance or situation that had taken place with that phrase? While still heard today, that particular cliché seems to have had its “heyday” in the mid 90’s. It meant it’s alright, everything’s ok/good, or it doesn’t matter. Anytime I’ve heard this I’ve always thought (probably even said), no, everything is not good. Sickness, the death of loved ones, loss of a job, financial stress, physical abuse, being talked about, made fun of…….these are not good things!

Consider the Apostle Paul as he was being stoned in Acts 14. Do you believe that he thought having large rocks hammer his body, being dragged outside the city and left for dead was a “good” thing? I certainly don’t think that being stoned would be a good thing! In fact, many of the circumstances Paul faced would not have been categorized as good. Yet, Paul knew something that we too must grasp if we are going to press on when life gets hard. Namely, “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28) Paul is saying that we serve a God who specializes in taking all things and using them for our good, our benefit.

Have I faced things that I don’t understand? Yes. Will there be other things that I face that make no sense? There will. Must I endure other trials and hardships? No doubt. Are there more valleys ahead for me, hills to be climbed? Absolutely, even until my journey is finished! So, the most important question how will I face them? Will it be with fear, trembling, worry and anxiety? Or will it be with faith in His promises and trust in His plan for my life? With a firm belief that my Lord is working all things for my good!

In her book, A Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom talks about the flea infested women’s barracks at Ravensbruck. She recalls that in their first hours there her sister Betsy reminded her that the Bible says we are to give thanks in everything. Corrie’s reply was that she didn’t think she could give thanks for the fleas. Sometime later Corrie recounts that she came into the barracks and was greeted by Betsy who excitedly began to tell her she had discovered why they didn’t have inspections; why they had been able to hold Bible studies unhindered. As it turned out, the guards would not enter the barracks because of….drum roll please….. the fleas! Corrie writes, "My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered Betsie's bowed head, remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for."

Is it all good? No. But our Lord is taking all the circumstances and situations of our lives and using them for our good. Ultimately to fulfill His purpose in our lives. We’ll talk about that next week. Until then, don’t fear the fleas!

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Artists

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What I’m Thankful For…....

Here is a list that we came across and it got us to thinking. Maybe it will do the same for you. Compare it to yours.

I’m Thankful for:

The wife that says “it’s hotdogs tonight” because she’s at home with me and not with someone else.

The husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato because it means he’s at home and not out carousing.

The teenager who is complaining about washing the dishes. It means that she is at home and not on the streets.

The taxes I pay because it means I have a job.

The mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

The clothes that fit a little to snug because it means that I have enough to eat.

My shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

The lawn that needs mowing, the windows that need cleaning, the gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government because it means I have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.

For the lady behind me that can’t sing on pitch because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of dirty laundry and ironing because it means I have something to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles because it means that I have been capable of working hard

For the alarm that goes off early in the morning because it means that I’m alive.

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Daily Devotion

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Mr. McBeevee, Doubting Thomas, and Me

“Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29 KJV).

"When asked to believe something impossible is when you have to choose to believe in someone or not."—Andy Taylor

I wish that statement was original with me. I'd love to claim it. It's actually not even a verse of scripture. I got it from a scene from the old Andy Griffith Show.

I had to become a grown man and dad to appreciate many of Andy Taylor's Mayberry dilemmas and his homegrown way of dealing with them. The episode where Opie met County Lineman, Mr. McBeevee (accentuated by his tin helmet and jangling utility belt), is a lesson in child-rearing not to be missed.

Surely you remember it, don't you?

There really was a Mr. McBeevee, but Opie's description of him seemed far-fetched and totally imaginary to those who had never met Mr. McBeevee. Barney suggested immediate intervention. Aunt Bea was more than worried, and for a while Andy thought that only a spanking could bring the boy back to reality.

Andy was ultimately moved by Opie's undeterred resolve and chose to believe what Opie said, because he believed in who Opie was.

Now, let's get back to the Bible.

Thomas, the Lord’s disciple, would have had a hard time with the McBeevee story, as well. He couldn't even believe it when he heard about the Lord’s appearance following the Resurrection. Thomas wanted to see proof of the pierced hands and riven side or he could not believe.

Have you ever faced a time when your belief system was stretched to the max? How did you respond when what you heard didn't match logic and even worse, it was in conflict with your emotions? It's at that point you have to trust the character of the one telling the story and relaying the facts.

Astonishingly, there are still people who don't believe that a man ever walked on the moon.

More amazing is the fact that some don't believe in the wonderful love of an awesome God, who sent His only begotten Son. The truth is He really did, whether you believe it or not.

Amazingly for Thomas, Jesus revealed His own scars and made a believer out of him. Fortunately for Opie, Andy was willing to look beyond the preposterous description of a wonder-struck child and anchor his trust in the character of the honest son he knew Opie to be.

Thankfully for me, I chose to see hope in a man who wore a crown of thorns, dispensed grace from a wooden cross, and then left a stony tomb empty of everything except the promise of eternal life.

I'm with you, Andy ... it's true.

When asked to believe in something impossible, you really do have to choose to believe in someone or not.

I believe in Calvary, because I believe in Jesus.
I believe in resurrection, because I believe in Jesus.
I believe in heaven, because I believe in Jesus.
I believe in eternal life, because I believe in Jesus.

"Blessed is he who has seen and believed, but more blessed is he who has believed though he has not seen" (John 20:29, KJV, paraphrased).

Tim Hill

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - November 16, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
1(2)
2
5
22
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
1
3
8
23
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
1(6)
4
3
23
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
1
5
7
9
Happy Rhythm Booth Brothers
5
6
16
18
Living In Harmony Triumphant
2
7
2
16
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
2
8
6
7
Bring It All to Jesus Pruitt Family
6
9
12
14
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
2
10
15
9
The Sweetest Words He Ever Said Mylon Hayes Family
10
11
11
9
Jesus Changed Everything Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
7
12
29
22
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
1
13
20
12
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
14
14
4
22
I Have a Home McKameys
4
15
10
7
What the Bible Says Collingsworth Family
10
16
28
7
Soul On Fire Browns
10
17
22
12
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
5
18
19
16
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
5
19
17
10
As We Speak Greater Vision
11
20
21
3
I Am Blessed Karen Peck & New River
20
21
13
5
I Lived to Tell About It Lore Family
13
22
30
8
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
22
23
33
12
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
5
24
26
4
I'll Fly Away Home Blackwood Brothers
24
25
25
8
I'll Take It To the Grave Mark Trammell Quartet
19
26
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1
Shoutin' Sounds Guardians
26
27
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1
Those Who Know Me Know Tribute
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Welcome Home Joseph Habedank
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The Sweetest Song I Know Goodman Revival
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Lead Me to the Rock Hyssongs
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We Might As Well Make It On Home Littles
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Shout Williamsons
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Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
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I'm Gonna Say It Eighth Day
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Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
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Weep No More Canton Junction
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He Won't Leave You There Jason Crabb
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Waiting For You to Get Home Browders
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Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
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Beyond the Blue Down East Boys
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On chart the longest
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Daily Devotion

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Have you ever felt like you’re between a ROCK and a HARD PLACE? That cliche’ may sound funny, but it’s all about making a HARD DECISION when there’s no easy way out. Because, no matter which way you choose, your decision could make one person HAPPY and another UNHAPPY. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Well, life is FULL of DECISIONS everyday and in every way. And you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration if you’ll determine, ahead of time, the bases of your decision making. While some decisions are EASY, some will drive you CRAZY. And, to add to your concern, you’ll also feel the PRESSURE from those on BOTH SIDES who’ll be effected by your choice.

But, God’s Word helps us have a SOLID BASES in our DECISIONS. Deuteronomy 30:19 says "I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSINGS and CURSINGS. So, CHOOSE LIFE, so that YOU and YOUR CHILDREN may LIVE". Hey, did you get that last part about your children? God says, CHOOSE to NOT ENABLE them to do WRONG, but BLESS them when they do RIGHT.


Well, the SOLID ROCK is Jesus and He’ll help you out of a HARD PLACE if you make your DECISIONS TODAY based on God’s Word.


It’s Pastor Phil, making the RIGHT DECISION with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Dean Newkirk - Hope Found


Producer: Kevin Ward, Michael Sykes, Lari Goss, Dean Newkirk
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.deannewkirk.com

Dean Newkirk is a name I’ve only recently become familiar with. He’s an excellent singer and has managed to surround himself with a producing “dream team” with Kevin Ward, Michael Sykes and the late, Lari Goss. Filled with strong songs, excellent arrangements and a potpourri of styles, it’s hard to pigeon hole Newkirk into one specific musical style. Just when you think you know his style, he switches on you. His vocal tones remind of Michael Lord (LordSong), and he is pleasing to ear. While for some vocalists, a variety of styles and sounds works for them, for Newkirk, if he can find his musical niche, I believe he could stand out as a soloist.

The recording starts off with the lively, “OH WHAT JOY” before moving to the country flavor of “LIVIN’ FORGIVEN”.

The tempo slows down for the string and brass infused, “YOU LOVE ME ANYWAY” before moving on to the bluesy, “DRAW ME NEARER”, which was penned by Dean, as was the novelty tune, “HAPPY CAMPER”.

Dean is joined by Country Act, Restless Heart on the country feel of “STEADY LOVE” before things slow down for “WHEN WE ARE ON OUR KNEES”, penned by two tremendous writers, Wayne Haun and Rebecca Peck.

Dean breathes new life into the classic Gaither tune, “PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE FAMILY” and is one of the highlights of recording, as is the CCM classic, “UNDIVIDED”, which features a stellar duet with Katy Peach and Lari Goss’ impeccable orchestrations.

“THE CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING” reminds us that the church’s real work lies outside the church walls and is a highlight of the recording, as is Dean’s rendition of one of my all-time favorite Lanny Wolfe tunes, “WHATEVER IT TAKES”.

The recording closes out with the song, “ALL GOOD THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU”. Performing with the Voices of Lee in an acapella arrangement, Dean closes out the recording perfectly.

I found a lot to enjoy about this recording, and as soloist, there definitely needs to be variety, but some of the styles here just didn’t work for me. No doubt, this is a solid recording and he definitely should be proud of this effort. I look forward to hearing more from Newkirk in the future and challenge everyone to keep your eyes and ears open for him, as I hope there is more to come!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Oh What Joy
2 – Livin’ Forgiven**
3 – You Love Me Anyway
4 – Draw Me Nearer
5 – Happy Camper
6 – Steady Love**
7 – When We Are on Our Knees
8 – Plenty of Room in the Family**
9 – Undivided**
10-The Church Has Left the Building**
11-Whatever it Takes**
12-All Good Things Will Be Added Unto You

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Mylon Hayes Family - Devoted


Producer: Roger Talley & Mylon Hayes
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.themylonhayesfamily.com

Since their inception about 3 years ago, I’ve been a big fan of the Mylon Hayes Family. This family totally embodies what the late Howard Hayes (Mylon’s dad) started many years ago. I consider the Mylon Hayes Family to be the modern version of the Speer Family, which is a high honor in my eyes and ears. As the title implies, this family is devoted to the preservation of our music and devoted to the call God has placed upon them. They do so with class and dignity, and they certainly do our genre proud!

The recording starts off with an a cappella rendition of the Fanny Crosby penned, “PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM” before things get kicked into high gear with brass infused, “ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY”. The tempo slows down for a beautiful medley aptly titled, “LOVE MEDLEY”, which features “The Way That He Loves”, “The Wonder of it All” and “The Love of God”. This is a true highlight of the recording and features some wonderful “family” harmony.

“AT THE FOOT OF CALVARY’S CROSS” offers a country feel and features an excellent performance by Conner, while “HE’S ALL I NEED”, featuring Bailey, has a slight jazz feel to it. The tempo picks back up for “THE COMING OF THE LORD”, which is Southern Gospel through and through. This would be an excellent single release as well.

Mylon turns in a stellar performance on the power ballad, “GRACE HAPPENED HERE”. A slight departure from their normal style, this highly orchestrated ballad is a highlight of the recording. This recording also features another highly orchestrated power ballad entitled, “WHAT AN ANCHOR”, which is also excellently executed. In both cases, the orchestrations do not overpower the vocals and they add value to the overall performance of the songs. Classy move on their part!

Kennedy steps up to sing the jazzy, “I CHOOSE TO STAND” before Wendy sings the tender, “DEVOTED TO YOU”.

Convention style singing is the Hayes Family’s calling card, and they don’t disappoint with one of my all-time favorites, “IT’S JUST LIKE HEAVEN”. Keeping in convention mode, “I’LL TAKE IT LIKE IT IS” is a new song featuring a classic feel and is a highlight of the recording.

Wendy closes out the recording with one of the strongest songs on the recording, “IT’S NOT A PROBLEM FOR THE ANSWER”. Featuring her velvety smooth voice, the song is right up her alley and would be an excellent contender for single release.

This is their best recording to date. Featuring songs from great writers such as Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck, Rodney Griffin, Sandy Blythe, and others, coupled with excellent arrangements and vocal delivery, the group went to great measures to ensure an impeccable recording. They went outside their norm with arrangements, and also included excellent orchestral arrangements from Cody McVey (which bares striking resemblances to the late, great Lari Goss). I applaud their efforts and the end result was one of the finest releases for 2015.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Praise Him, Praise Him
2 – One More Opportunity**
3 – Love Medley**
4 – At the Foot of Calvary’s Cross**
5 – He’s All I Need
6 – The Coming of the Lord**
7 – Grace Happened Here**
8 – I Choose to Stand
9 – Devoted to You
10-It’s Just Like Heaven**
11-What an Anchor
12-I’ll Take it Like it Is**
13-It’s not a Problem for the Answer**

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Gordon Mote - Hymns & Songs of Inspiration


Producer: Gordon Mote, Wayne Haun & Phil Johnson
Label: New Haven Records
Website: http://www.gordonmote.com

Award winning producer and musician Gordon Mote's new release, Hymns and Songs of Inspiration features some of the most timeless and beloved songs of the church as well as some more modern worship songs. Gordon has taken what seems familiar to many and made it seem fresh and new; yet the sacredness of many of these songs we love is still there.

The project opens with the popular "Holy Spirit." This sets the tone for the whole project. You feel as if you've just heard the opening anthem in Sunday morning's church service. Gordon delivers this flawlessly and effortlessly yet with conviction! The project continues on and flows so beautifully with such songs as "Power in the Blood," "Great is Thy Faithfulness," and "Amazing Grace".

The popular modern "Because He Lives (Amen) is another favorite on the project and shows Gordon's versatility as an artist. "O the Blood" also is another hit. While I'm not used to hearing a male voice cover this song, Gordon does a great job and it's one of his best. He makes it all his own! "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" features the popular Voices of Lee and is a stellar performance on the project.

Gordon wrote "Only Jesus Can Heal This Hurting World" and included it on the project, and it's definitely a stand out song and so timely for our world today! The project closes with the sacred "Just As I Am," and it's the perfect way to end such a worshipful project.

Gordon Mote is a talented guy. His vocal ability is perhaps often overshadowed by his producer skills and piano playing, but he is a great vocalist and his passion for the songs of the church shines through in this great project. Grab a copy today!



Song List:

Holy Spirit
Amazing Grace
O, The Blood
Tis So Sweet
When We All Get To Heaven
I Surrender All
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Because He Lives (Amen)
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Power In The Blood
Only Jesus Can Heal This Hurting World
Just As I Am

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Bowling Family - Moments Like These


Producer: Mike Bowling
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.bowlingfamilyonline.com

Mike and Kelly Bowling have been singing and making music for a long time. Most fans remember Mike from his days with The Hinsons and then The Perrys where he met Kelly who was singing with her family, The Crabb Family. Now with a family of their own Mike, Kelly and their oldest daughter Hope are back with a new project that has some powerful songs and great family harmony.

The 10 song project kicks off with "Praise God He is Alive" and features Mike. You'll be clappin' and singing along to this sure to be concert favorite number! Hope's first single, "One Glorious Moment of Faith," written by Kyla Rowland is definitely a stand out song and performance from the young singer. Hope has a rich alto sound much like that of her aunt, Terah Crabb Penhollow. Hope delivers this song with definite conviction and does it well. The future is bright for Hope.

Mike has a new song on the project that is one of his best vocal deliveries ever. "I Was There" is a country-flavored tender song filled with hope that He (Jesus) is always with us! Great song and great delivery from Mike. Kelly shines best on the final song off the project, "Our First Hallelujah There." Her voice is so clear, and her soprano range is showed off in a nice, pleasing to the ear tone as she delivers this beautiful ballad! Kelly is, perhaps, one of the most underrated vocalists. She has a sincerity and passion about her many lack.

The group brings back the old song "I've Got my Foot on the Rock" and makes it all their own. It's another favorite on the project for sure. Hope is also featured on the ballad "God is Always Good," and this is another great song of encouragement and hope. She does a wonderful job on the song!

The Bowling Family are some of the sweetest, most genuine people in gospel music. They make good music, love their fans and know how to minister. This project is one of if not their best to date. Pick up a copy today!



Song List:

Praise God He Is Alive
One Glorious Moment Of Faith
I Was There
Mourning To Dancing
I Believe He's Alive
Even When You're Asking Why
I've Got My Foot On The Rock
God Is Always Good
God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour
Our First Hallelujah There

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Steve Ladd - In Conversation

Deon talks with popular soloist Steve Ladd this month!


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Daily Devotion

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The List

Recently Soul'd Out sang with "Bros. 4" in 3 concerts in Mississippi.

Brandon Wilson; who sings with Bros. 4 is a minister. He and I were talking about the Ashley Madison Scandal. We discussed how the scandal had affected many families and the Church as a whole.

He said he had read and heard so many judgemental comments, that he wanted to address some issues.

He said during his sermon, he made a "list" on a huge dry erase board on the church platform.

He wrote words like; Adultery, Fornication, Killing, Stealing, Drunkenness, Homosexuality and Drug Abuse.

Oh, I've had people tell me: "Bryan, I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING like THAT." Referring to some of the sins on the above list.

He then made another "list" with words like; Lying, Pride, Gossip, Backbiting, Robbing God, Covetness, Unforgiveness, Hating others, Causing Strife and Putting other things before God.

Now, answer to yourself honestly..

How many sins are YOU guilty of from "List 2"? For me, everyone. I even admit that I'm guilty of a couple sins from the first list.

He looked at the congregation and said "We ALL are on one of those lists."

Brandon said after the invitation was given, the church's altars were full. He even took a red cloth (representing the Blood Of Jesus) and erased the Lists! People were set free that morning.

You might be on one OR both of those lists. But friend, the Blood of Jesus can remove you from that list! Allow His blood to make you white as snow.

Prayer starter:"Father, I ask you to forgive me for the wrongs and sins I've committed against You and your Word. Make me new. I thank you in Jesus name. Amen."

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Daily Devotion

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Who Is God To You?

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).

I have a wonderful family and love being there for them whenever they need me. I have three awesome daughters. We’re seldom all together at the same time anymore, but when we are, we enjoy each other’s company.We laugh a lot. Sometimes, we even cry a little. I try to share stories with them about my childhood. It’s hard for them to imagine that I haven’t always had the “Mom wisdom” that I have now.They know me as Mom, but I like for them to know about who I was before that, because it helps them to know me a little better.There’s great satisfaction in just enjoying each other’s company. In those times, no one is giving advice or voicing opinions about anything.We just love being together. Sometimes, we don’t even have to say anything; it’s just pure and simple contentment being with the ones that we cherish.

How do you view the heavenly Father? What kind of relationship do you have with Him? Have you ever walked out in a garden on a beautiful spring day and talked to God, the Creator of it all? All at once, His presence surrounds you like the warmth of the sunshine. Have you ever strolled down a country lane, enjoying the crispness of the cool air, kicking the beautiful fall leaves out from under your feet and chatting with your best Friend? Have you ever been so lonely that your heart ached and you just closed your eyes and thanked Him for being such a loving companion? Then gently and quietly without saying anything, He just wraps His arms around you.You feel as if you’ve been swaddled in a nice warm blanket and your heart aches a little bit less. How wonderful to just make up your own love song and sing to the Creator who puts the music inside of us to begin with.

He’s not just a God who sits up in heaven waiting to answer prayers or someone who’s there when tears are falling on your pillow. He desires to be so much more than that to you. How wonderful it is to know Him as a personal Savior, friend, and companion. We were created to have fellowship with Him. It’s so gratifying to know Him in the kind of relationship that causes us to realize that, yes, He is the One who answers prayer and tells us to ask Him for whatever we need.Yet, how sweet it is just to lean back against Him and enjoy His presence without asking for anything. What a beautiful beginning, or ending, to a perfect day.

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Daily Devotion

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I’ve Got You Now

I'm going to admit something. I HATE flies.

The other week, our youngest daughter came to me and said "Just so you know, there's a fly in the kitchen."
I grabbed one of my old ball caps and headed to the kitchen. Yes, she was right.. A fly was in the kitchen.

I stood there and watched and waited for that pesky varmint to land. He must've known that I was on a mission! As I began "the swing", I said "Haha, I've Got You Now!"

See, I have been known to grab a swatter in each hand and begin the HUNT! I won't stop till I have killed every fly!

See, I'm relentless.

We have an enemy that's relentless too. He won't stop until the day we die. He hates our Father and to get to Him, he attacks US; God's children.

He will never take a vacation and he will use anything and anyBODY to accomplish his plan. Sadly, the devil has said to MANY followers of Jesus; "I've GOT You now!"

However, we have a Father that has already defeated our enemy! He gives us that same power to resist and DEFEAT the devil.

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

We must draw closer to God. Through seeking Him and His word in our hearts. Get Him in your daily life!

Believe and walk in the truth of God's word.

Be relentless in your pursuit of God.

Prayer starter: "Father, I need you. I need your strength and your wisdom. I need you to give me the determination to resist the enemy. He's a liar. YOU ARE TRUTH. Help me to walk in your truth. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


Jerrel Don Brashear Passes Away

Jarrel Don Brashear, age 74, of Russellville, passed into glory on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Russellville. He was born March 9, 1941 in Russellville. He was a member of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Marie (Patrick) Brashear and his father and mother, the Rev. Thomas and Imo (Stamps) Brashear. He is survived by his sister, Lawanda (Brashear) Brown of Tuttle, Oklahoma; his son and daughter in-law, Michael and Cathy Brashear of Castalian Springs, Tennessee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Martin Gureasko of New Castle, Delaware and Angela and Phillip Jackson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Brashear (Geraldine) of Twenty Nine Palms, California, Zachary Gureasko of Nashville, Tennessee, Morgan Worley (Brad) of Clarksville, Tennessee, Elizabeth Gureasko of New Castle Delaware, Cade Brashear of Oceanside, California, Carson Brashear of Castalian Springs, Tennessee and Sarah Grace Jackson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and three great–grandchildren, Julian and Olivia Worley and Eva Brashear.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Shinn Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Darrell Barnes and the Rev. Bert Herzog. Burial will be in St. Joe Cemetery near Atkins, by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 on Monday evening at the funeral home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at http://www.shinnfuneral.com.

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News & Scoops


The Freemans Win Three Diamond Awards

Nashville, TN (November 11, 2015) Gospel family group, The Freemans was honored with three awards last week in Pigeon Forge at the SGN Scoops Diamond Award Show. They won Christian Country Group of the Year, Gospel Music Today Video/DVD of the Year (Big Merlin Productions – Caylon Freeman and Adam Wagner) and Chris Freeman was named Christian Country Female Artist of the Year.

"I was truly not expecting to win Female Artist and it was such a great honor, however I was thrilled to see my family win Group of the Year and my son for his hard work on the video”, shares Chris.

Caylon adds, "To be honored for this award was two-fold, first being a win for my family who work hard each week traveling, and second being a win for myself, Adam Wagner, and the Big Merlin Production team. We all feel blessed to be a part of blazing the new trails in our industry.”

The Freemans have been playing music over three decades with over 25 projects to date. Their tight family harmony and live band have quickly made them a favorite with Gospel, country and music lovers around the world as they travel performing numerous dates in churches, fairs, festivals and concert halls every year.

They have graced such stages as The Grand Ole Opry, Silver Dollar City Park and Showboat and National Quartet Convention as well as been a part of the Gaither Video Series and traveled with World Vision. They have had a multitude of number one songs and garnered numerous awards and accolades such as CC Song of the Year, Best Concept Video and Group of the Year. Earlier this year the Freemans won Music Video of the Year for Where I've Been at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

In 2006, Chris Hawkins Freeman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame alongside Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin among many other music legends. They host annual Legends on the Sea cruises each year with a variety of destinations to the Bahamas, Mexico and Alaska.

Tune in to Nashville Country Revival each week on TCT Direct TV 377 and Heartland Network to catch Darrell Freeman hosting some of the best in Christian/Positive Country music videos.

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

To learn more about the Freemans go to http://www.the-freemans.com .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans or Twitter at https://twitter.com/thefreemansfans .

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News & Scoops


Christian Country Duo Zach and Rodney Release Video Honoring Veterans

Trinity, North Carolina (November 11, 2015) Dynamic Christian Country Duo, Zach and Rodney are at it again. Completing and releasing a brand new concept video in honor of our veterans. Released today, Veterans Day, this video tells the story of what it is like for our veterans to dedicate their lives everyday to preserving our freedoms.

"Worth Dying For” is a song adapted from their latest album Back 2 Back Country which was perfect for a Concept Video. The message of this great song comes through loud and clear as you see Zach Mashburn and Rodney Hedrick pouring every ounce of strength they have into this video. Their dedication shines through in this video.

Rodney stated, "Zach and I decided to make this patriotic music video "Worth Dying For" in honor of our troops and their families to release on Veterans Day. We owe so much to our veterans for all of their sacrifice to preserve our freedoms and this is our small part in doing just that.”

You can view this exciting video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN3Xy4_da-0

Writers for the song "Where I Live Is Worth Dying For” are Rodney Hedrick, Mark Narmore, True Witness Publishing, Christian Taylor Music, Oven Music BMI.

Video credits:

Rodney Hedrick – singer, guitar

Zach Mashburn – singer, guitar

Randolph County Honor Guard

Lane Mashburn – Young Man Recruit

Wendel Hedrick – Recruiter

Deana Hedrick – Widow

Video Produced by Evidential Productions

Editing – Billy Brown

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Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/zachandrodneyministries or Twitter at https://twitter.com/ZachandRodney .

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News & Scoops


Scott Bandy, Son of Susan & Deon Unthank, Passes Away

Scott Bandy passed away early this morning in his hometown of Southaven, Mississippi. Scott was the son and step-son, respectively, of AbsolutelyGospel.com's Susan and Deon Unthank and the brother of Chris Unthank and Amy Marie Zika.

Scott had an active role in the Gospel music community for many years. He was the sound engineer for several Gospel mainstays throughout the years, most notably The Imperials and Sunday Edition. In addition, he served on staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com for years as both a writer and sales manager.

Scott's past with addiction and depression gave him a unique platform for ministry as well. Many were reached for Christ through his ministry as a writer, actor, and volunteer with Teen Challenge Ministries in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

"Words can not express how we as a family feel about the loss of our brother and son," mentioned Chris Unthank, Editor-in-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "Scott's past was something he never shied away from. He was upfront about the many demons he battled on a daily basis. We find peace in knowing that not only is he finally free from the bondages of this life, but that he finally can see his Redeemer face to face."

"We are thankful for the many prayers of friends, family, and industry professionals during this time of grief for our family," mentioned Deon Unthank, Scott's step-father. "Our heart is gladdened today knowing that he was greeted at the gates of Heaven by my wife and his mother, Susan. We know she is so very happy to have him home once and for all."

Scott is survived by his wife, Heather Bandy, and her two children, Jade and Jacob Chappell as well as his father, Randall (Patricia) Bandy, step-father Deon (Pamela) Unthank, brother Aaron (Teri) Unthank, sister Leslie (Warren) Cook, sister Amy (Mike) Zika, brother Chris (Noel) Unthank, grandfather Kenneth Favre, aunts, uncles, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by AbsolutelyGospel.com founder and his mother Susan Unthank.

The memorial service for Scott Bandy will be this Saturday, November 14th at 4:00 pm at Victory Church in Southaven, MS. Visitation will begin at 3:00 pm with the family.
Prayers are appreciated for the Bandy/Unthank family during this time. Cards of Condolence can be sent to Absolutely Gospel Music, 660 Forest Lane, Cleveland, TN 37312.
Prayers are appreciated for the Bandy/Unthank family during this time.

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Daily Devotion

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Sermons That Get in the Way of the Message

“If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me" (John 12:32).

Even with 15 pages of notes, all I needed was seven minutes to preach my first sermon. Now, after almost 38 years of preaching, I seldom use any notes and I have no problem clocking in at 45 minutes most of the time.

That first sermon was a rough start for a 16-year-old, but it certainly has a permanent place in my memory. Nervously, I stumbled through some lame opening remarks that had no significance and then said, "Let's stand for prayer." I'd seen my father do that before he began his sermons and I thought it was appropriate. Unfortunately, an old man in the crowd of 12 people thought I said, "I need some air." He then proceeded to walk behind me, stepped upon a metal folding chair, and reached for a chain attached to a ceiling fan. When the blades began spinning around, the resulting breeze blew my precious 15 pages across the stage.

Two little grandmas jumped up and helped collect them. In a jumbled discombobulation, they slapped them back on the pulpit for me. What they said next was classic. "That ought to help, Sonny."

It helped all right. It helped mark my memory for the rest of my life.

The subject of the sermon?

It was called "The Real Thing," and it was about striving for authentic Christianity. And to think, I covered that subject in just seven minutes.

Years of experience helps one to hone a craft and develop a style. I hope I'm better at presentation and a little more in command of myself now.

Styles can be flexible depending on where you are speaking, but one thing must remain constant—the message must be clear.

Many preachers could be good thespians and could make a living in theater. A good public speaker understands the importance of reading a room and holding people's attention with voice inflections, gestures, and funny anecdotes. However, too many audiences walk away remembering the messenger rather than the message.

For me, I must remember that sermons should point people to Jesus. Otherwise, they become rambling speeches that can seem eternal in length, but have no eternal relevance to lost souls.

Jesus must not get lost in my gestures and His grace must never be dwarfed by my efforts at proper hermeneutics and homiletics. My expository preaching shouldn't be empty meanderings and my theological exegesis must not leave people in a fog.

Jesus said himself, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me."

So here's the bottom line: our sermons must never get in the way of the message.

Enough said.  



Tim Hill

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Daily Devotion

When Life Gets Hard – Part 1

Everything’s Going To Be Alright

One does not have to live very long to understand that life is not always a “bed of roses”. You do not have to look far to see people who are struggling with the issues of life. Family, finances, unemployment, illness, death...the list goes on! This includes believers who, as I remind you, are not immune from the hardships of life. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Certainly there is a great amount of truth in that statement for everyone. Yet as child of God we need not settle for, nor rely upon, a philosophical approach to dealing with the hardships of life. No, as a Christian it’s vital to understand that our methodology, our means of dealing with and understanding the trials of life, finds its basis not in the philosophies of man but in the principles and promises contained in the Word of God.

The Apostle Paul clearly understood this. He was a great man of God who knew what it was like to deal with the ups and downs of life. He understood what it was to face extreme hardship, suffer loss and even face death. Yet, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, looking back over some the valleys of his life, he pinned one of the foundational truths for life for the Christian. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rms 8:28 NKJV)

Paul said “We know”. That means he was confident, assured, settled on the fact that for all who love the Lord…..everything was going to be alright. Now he does not make this assertion based on knowledge he had gained from reading some book. The word “know” literally means “having learned”. So Paul, through life experience, learned this truth: God is in control and it all works out. Even after being beaten to the point of death, imprisoned and constantly maligned for his faith, Paul proclaimed “WE KNOW” that in the final analysis, everything is going to be alright!

You may very well be facing one of the dark places of life, one of those times where the questions far outnumber the answers. My friend take a deep breath, trust in and find refuge in the assurance of knowing that your God is for you. He’s working for your good. We will dig deeper but until then remember, everything is going to be alright!

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High Road - Worry

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - November 9, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
3
13
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
1
2
16
15
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
2
3
2
22
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
1
4
15
21
I Have a Home McKameys
4
5
19
21
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
1
6
13
6
Bring It All to Jesus Pruitt Family
6
7
12
8
Happy Rhythm Booth Brothers
7
8
1
22
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
1(6)
9
20
12
Weep No More Canton Junction
5
10
26
6
What the Bible Says Collingsworth Family
10
11
8
8
Jesus Changed Everything Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
7
12
4
13
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
2
13
31
4
I Lived to Tell About It Lore Family
13
14
21
10
Welcome Home Joseph Habedank
9
15
27
8
The Sweetest Words He Ever Said Mylon Hayes Family
15
16
6
17
Living In Harmony Triumphant
2
17
11
9
As We Speak Greater Vision
11
18
23
4
We Might As Well Make It On Home Littles
18
19
5
15
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
5
20
34
11
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
20
21
36
2
I Am Blessed Karen Peck & New River
21
22
7
11
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
5
23
17
26
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
1
24
9
20
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
6
25
33
7
I'll Take It To the Grave Mark Trammell Quartet
19
26
40
3
I'll Fly Away Home Blackwood Brothers
26
27
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14
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
8
28
10
6
Soul On Fire Browns
10
29
18
21
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
1
30
25
7
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
25
31
14
9
That's a Hallelujah Legacy Five
9
32
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9
The Sweetest Song I Know Goodman Revival
21
33
24
11
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
5
34
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1
Beyond the Blue Down East Boys
34
35
28
4
More Than Enough Tim Livingston
28
36
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1
Waiting For You to Get Home Browders
36
37
39
3
I'm Gonna Say It Eighth Day
37
38
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1
Lovestruck Zane & Donna King
38
39
30
28
Shout Williamsons
3
40
32
7
He's My Guide Taylors
32
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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News & Scoops


Jim Sheldon Announces 2015 Homecoming

Stanford, Kentucky (November 6, 2015) Jim Sheldon, The Positive Cowboy on the Music City Show, is pleased to announce his 4th Annual Homecoming. The event will take place on Thursday, November 12th in Danville, Kentucky at First Baptist, Danville at 7:00 PM.

Jim's special guests for this years Homecoming are The Blackwood Brothers. This group is always a favorite at any concert they appear and have a long history in Southern Gospel Music.

The church is located at 1570 North Danville Bypass, Danville, Kentucky, 40422. For more information about the event you can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 .

Follow Jim on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Sheldon-The-Positive-Cowboy/340250229319822?fref=ts and Twitter at https://twitter.com/JimSheldonmusic

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

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The Pruitt Family Signs Publicity Agreement

Athens, Georgia (November 6, 2015) AG Publicity is excited to announce an extensive publicity agreement with the Pruitt Family.

AG Publicity President, Deon Unthank commented, "We welcome the opportunity to work with select up and coming artists. When we see a young group like the Pruitt Family we begin to see where they can go and what they can be. Considering they have been singing together as a family for only a little over two years, they have made giant strides in an industry that does not readily accept new groups to higher levels of the genre. We expect some exciting things in the near future for the Pruitt Family.”

Their first major release to radio, "Bring It All to Jesus” from their new album Sweet Southern Joy has quickly risen to #13 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and #19 on the Singing News Monthly Chart.

Mark Pruitt was born with Cerebral Palsy, but he nor the family have ever let that little fact hold them back from anything God has called them to do, and His blessing on their lives and ministry is apparent.

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

You can learn more about the Pruitt Family by going to their website at http://pruittfamilyministries.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PruittFamilyMinistries .

To book the Pruitt Family E-mail them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 678-316-9616 .

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Partying With Grandma

With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:16 (NIV).

A few days ago my wife Linda and I hosted a surprise 90th birthday party for my grandmother. All four of her children and a few grandchildren flew in from around the country to be in attendance.

The look of shock on grandma's face as she walked through our front door as everyone said "surprise" was priceless.

Throughout the evening we enjoyed cake, stories and lots of laughter.

As the festivities drew to a close, I couldn't help but recall some of the hardships and challenges that she has faced throughout her life, and yet through it all she remained and still remains faithful.

As the last car pulled out of our driveway and I watched tail lights disappear into the night, I was reminded of our text and I said a prayer of thankfulness thanking God for being so good not only to Grandma but to the rest of our family as well.

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Woman to Woman

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Pam sits down with Debra Talley of The Talleys in this month's issue of Woman to Woman!


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News & Scoops


Paul Roark Passes Away

Taken from the Roarks FaceBook page:

Heaven gained another angel and the world lost a man like no other, as Paul Roark, 75, went Home Wednesday, November 4 at 5 p.m.

Paul served the Lord his entire life, singing Gospel music for 42 years. He began his ministry with the Maranatha Singers and later formed The Roarks with his wife of 57 years Jetta and sons Travis and Shane. The ministry Paul lead grew, as the family formed a record company, Chapel Valley in Sharps Chapel, Tenn.

As Jetta says, “God broke the mold when he made Paul.” To honor the man of God Paul was and the legacy he leaves behind, his family invites friends to a Celebration of Life at the Sharps Chapel Community Center on Saturday, November 7 from 2-5 p.m.

The community center is located at 1550 Sharps Chapel Road, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the Sharps Chapel Children’s Christmas Fund. Donations can be sent to Sharps Chapel Elementary School at 1550 Sharps Chapel Rd., ATTN. Angela Mills. Make checks payable to Angela Mills.

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Pray For Joey Tonight

Joey's sisters have asked that all believers have a special time of prayer tonight for her.

"It’s our belief that where one or more are gathered in His name, and praying simultaneously, miracles can happen. Joey+Rory fans are Prayer Warriors and we arecalling on each of you to pray from wherever you are this Thursday evening, November 5th at 8 pm CST…. Joey’s Prayer, ‘Pray for a miracle….and even more so, for peace with His decision." Thank you! Joey’s sisters, Jody, Julie, Jessie and (Julie)

Please help by sharing this post with your family and friends in all social media sites. Go here for more information. http://thislifeilive.com/for-better-or-worse/

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Daily Devotion

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“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in
Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4).

Each of us has our list of things for which we are thankful. First and foremost on my list is the wonderful salvation that I have in Christ Jesus.What greater gift could there ever be that could compare to Jesus dying on the cross? He shed His blood that we might be cleansed from all sin and unrighteousness. Knowing God has prepared a home for us in heaven is an awesome fact. It’s almost incomprehensible, but it’s true. Spiritual blessings are beyond description.

How many times though do we get up from our place of rest each morning and get so busy with life that we don’t even stop to think about all the little things that make life so awesome? You see, most of our problems come from our blessings.Think about it: cars, computers, dishwashers, phones, etc.When any of them break down, they sure do not seem like blessings, but I don’t want to do away with any of them.You probably don’t ei- ther. However, it’s often the “little” blessings and pleasures that we find joy in, and yet, too often, take for granted.These are the blessings that keep us grounded during the times when ev- erything seems to be in turmoil.That’s when we have to reach out and take hold of all the “miracle moments” that pass us by every day.We forget to look for them.We’re so accustomed to looking for something bad to happen that we forget to find the good things.
What are they? Let me tell you just a few of the things for which I am thankful. I love going to sleep each night snuggled on the arm of my sweet husband. I love the ceiling fan blowing

on high speed. I keep it that way year round. I snuggle down and pull the covers all the way up to my eyes. I love watching children.They always draw my attention, no matter where I find myself.Their laughter is contagious, and their curiosity brings up some pretty hilarious questions. I am reminded that in them, there is still some innocence left in this old world of ours. I love to feel the breezes blowing through the trees and hear the rustling of the leaves and branches. I love waterfalls. I love hearing the words, “You were right, Babe,” and “I love you, Mom.” I even appreciate being able to go to the grocery store, because I know many who aren’t able to get out and go. On any given day, a bowl of pinto beans, cornbread, and a big slice of onion just does me good. And, oh my, the word “Nana” from one little voice makes my heart jump with joy. Little arms wrapped around my legs, and the cry of “Don’t weave me, don’t weave me, Nana.” Maybe they’re not such little blessings after all. So what’s on your list?

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News & Scoops


Browders Release Stirring New Video Dedicated To Servicemen

Hiltons, VA (November 4, 2015) Award winning Gospel group, the Browders, is known for releasing great songs, many of which go to the #1 spot on the radio charts. In addition to their radio success, the Browders were among the first in the Southern Gospel genre to have successful Concept Videos.

Well, they've done it again. They have just released their new video Waiting For You To Get Home, a song from their current album Time Machine.

Making this video even more special is the fact that they are dedicating it to the memory of all the Soldiers who have gone home and are waiting for us to get there. The video was shown at the National Quartet Convention this year and was met with a huge response.

Matthew Browder commented, "We are soooo excited about the release of our new video, Waiting For You To Get Home. This song and video is a picture of hope. I was honored to write this song with a dear friend. He is no stranger to the music industry. Phil Cross is a visionary. It was his idea for The Browders to start doing concept videos. This is one video you don't want to miss! I would like to personally thank all the cast and everyone involved with Waiting For You To Get Home.”



Speaking of the song, one radio DJ commented to the Browders "As I sit here listening to your new song from the Time Machine album, I'm wondering could there be yet another #1 Song on this project? I'm thinking yes! 'Waiting For You To Get Home' is the type of song that does special things, like it could become a signature type song or even Song of the Year. This masterfully written song pulls at your heart. The dynamics, orchestration and simplicity of the message is something everyone can relate to." Mike Farley, Music Director WAGO/WGXM

The video will be "live” at 3:00PM today. You can view the video by using the following link: https://youtu.be/6A2Xf9HvTC0 .



The Browder's newest radio single is also the song of the same title.

Credits:

"Waiting For You To Get Home” - song title of video

Producer & Director - Patrick Tohill

Burton Ludwig III - Lead Guitar

Matt Blevins - Drummer

Tommy Browder - Acoustics Guitar

Sonya Browder - Piano

David Browder - Bass Guitar

Matt Browder - Vocalist

Young Johnny - Sam DeBord

Young Dad /Old Dad - Mark Thomas

Older Johnny - Jared Sullivan

Not only is this song available as a soul stirring video, but it is also having a fabulous debut in radio with the #1 New Release on the heels of the Browders song "Time Machine” hitting #1 on several radio charts.

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

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com .

Follow the Browders on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends and 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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Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley Releases First Bluegrass Gospel Album

Nashville, Tennessee (November 3, 2015) Once in a while songwriters miss their calling and try to be singers as well as writers. Not so with Jerry Salley. With his new Bluegrass Gospel album Gospel From My Grassroots, Jerry proves to be not only the ultimate songwriter, but also a prolific singer. With all of the love and expression any singer could produce, Jerry treats these tunes with masterful performance.

Jerry has had some major hits with his songwriting in Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, as well as Contemporary Christian genres. Turning to his roots this new CD features his Country/Bluegrass talents.

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career in Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music. Showing his bluegrass roots, and with his five-year-old granddaughter gracing the cover, Gospel From My Grassroots is Jerry’s first all Bluegrass Gospel album. It shines with 13 original, heartfelt tunes that range from the energetic, up-tempo song “How High Is That Mountain,” to the brand new finger-snapping a cappella song, “Just Drink The Water.”

Jerry breathes new life into these self-penned songs, most of which have been previously recorded by Bluegrass and Gospel greats. Guest vocalist Steven Curtis Chapman sings with Jerry on an acoustic, stripped-down translation of their co-written Gospel classic, “His Strength Is Perfect,” and IBMA Female Vocalist Of The Year, Dale Ann Bradley, lends her warm angelic voice to “Send The Angels Down,” a song that she previously recorded. The project also includes Jerry’s original versions of “It’s Not What You Know” and “You Don’t Have To Go Home,” which have been recorded multiple times in the Bluegrass and Gospel worlds, and “I Want To Thank You,” a #1 song for Karen Peck and New River .



The fifth song on the album, “Cross On The Right” features Jerry with friends Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Bradley Walker and is the initial focus track for radio from the album, although Jerry invites you to play any and ALL of your favorite tunes!

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

To learn more about Jerry Salley you can go to http://www.jerrysalley.com or his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/jerry.salley.7 .

To book Jerry at your church, event, or concert contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 931- 450-4220.

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Pruitt Family

Meet The Pruitt Family

Who is the Pruitt Family? –Our most frequently asked questions, answered!

We are family singing group consisting of Mom, Tina Pruitt, Dad, Mark Pruitt, and two daughters, Brooke and Lexi Pruitt. So far, God has already done so many wonderful things through our ministry- from taking our song “Bring It All to Jesus,” to top 20 in the national charts, to allowing us to travel all over the United States sharing our testimonies and songs, and reaching the lost for Christ. As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions. So we’ve compiled a short list of our most frequently asked questions, and are answering them today for YOU!

Where are you from?
We’re from Jefferson, a small town in Northeast Georgia.

Why is Mark on crutches? Was he in an accident?
Mark was born with cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen at birth. His parents were told He’d never walk, however God performed a miracle when he was 7 years old, and that’s when he took his first step. He now has the opportunity to share his story with hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people every week.

Do you write your own music?
As of right now, we have not recorded any of our own music. All of our songs have been given to us from songwriters. One of the things we enjoy most when recording a new CD, is listening to all the songs that have been sent to us, and choosing our favorite ones. It can also be tough, because we get so many good songs! As Mama always says, “God didn’t make us the writers, just the deliverers.”

How long have you been singing, and how did you get started?
We started singing in April of 2013. We were asked by a local church to come and help them with their revival. So we went and sung, and from that, we began to get calls from other churches wanting us to do the same. God allowed this trend to continue, and soon enough we had bought a sound system and began working on our first CD. We continue to be amazed at how God opens doors for our ministry.

Do the girls go to school?
Both girls were homeschooled, however Brooke was able to graduate early through an online program when she was in 10th grade. Lexi is in 5th grade now, and is enjoying what we like to call “Roadschooling.”

How old are Brooke and Lexi?
Brooke is 17, and Lexi is 10.

Where do you go to church?
We attend The Grove in Maysville, Georgia. We are honored to have had them mentor us to be leaders before God opened this door to ministry. It’s always such a joy to be with our church family when we are in town, and are able to attend.

How far do you travel to sing?
We have tried very hard not to put boundaries on our ministry. Any time the Lord has opened the door, He has also made a way for us to go. We accept bookings all across the United States.

To learn more about The Pruitt Family, to book us for your event, to purchase our any of our latest CDs, or to see our upcoming schedule of events, visit our website at http://www.pruittfamilyministries.com.
Don’t forget to find us on each of these Social Media Outlets:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pruittfamilyministries
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pruittfamilyministries/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePruittFM
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOab8kVEMm570pg_ZazaoPQ
Bands In Town: http://www.bandsintown.com/PruittFamilyMinistries?came_from=203

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