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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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AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

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Written: 06/05/2015 | Category: | Comments: 0


Announcements

Concerts

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

Benefiting the Marcelly's Dream Project

Featuring:


The Isaacs & The Browders

August 20th, 2015



7 PM EST / Doors open 6PM EST

Location:


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

Ticket prices:



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

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

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


Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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Artists

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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


The Williamsons Take On New Role As Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow the group on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons and Twitter at https://twitter.com/WilliamsonsSG

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Written: 07/06/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

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

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

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 6, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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

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Daily Devotion

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What Is My Purpose?

What Is My Purpose?

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

“Why am I here?”

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

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

How do we bring glory to God?

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

How in the world do we produce fruit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Timing Is Everything

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


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


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


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


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

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News & Scoops


Tim Livingston To Be Special Guest On ‘Gospel Greats’

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

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

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

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

In other news about Tim Livingston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Written: 07/03/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Top Off Your Gas Tank

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

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Perfect Or Not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lizzy Long - Blueberry Pie


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

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



Song List:

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

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Ain’t Nobody Got Away With Nothin’ Yet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janice

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Bilderback Family - Full Circle


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

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

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

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

I give the project a solid 4 stars.



Song List:

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

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The Wonder of Worship: For Our Benefit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Sheldon

Redeem The Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Sheldon – The Positive Cowboy

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Trey Ivey - Timeless


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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King's Heralds

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We Survived

This past month was quite an adventure for us. We found ourselves doing several dates out West and also in the Mid-West.

As we were heading East to Colorado from Wyoming we noticed a wall of thunderheads starting to build in front of us. As our journey progressed we noticed that the size and color of these clouds were also changing. What started out looking like giant white cotton balls in the sky were now looking angry and dark which gave us cause for concern.

By the time reached the Colorado state line we were in a full fledged thunderstorm with high winds, hard driving rain and flash floods. After what seems like an eternity we finally arrived at our hotel and got checked in our rooms. Later on that evening we discovered that there were several tornados in our area about 30 miles Northwest of where we were staying. Thankfully The Lord kept His hand of protection on us and we made all of our dates.

While in Colorado, we had the privilege of being the featured group at The Rocky Mountain Quartet Convention. We had a wonderful time making new friends and seeing old ones. We are looking forward visiting them again soon. A special thanks to John Moyers for making it such a special night for us.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Our next trip will take us Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. Pray for safe travel , our concerts and also for our families who are the ones who make a tremendous sacrifice to keep this ministry going.

Check out our schedule at http://www.theheralds.org and come out and see us when we are in your area.

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Who Redefined Marriage?

Just a few days ago, a landmark decision was handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States, that allows same sex marriages to be recognized in all 50 states. This was a decision that deeply divided the Court. Strongly worded dissensions were written by the opposing Justices. And the outcry from the Christian community has been one of shock and disbelief. We have asked how anyone could possibly think it would be correct to redefine a 4000 year old institution such as marriage?

My question is, can we really blame the five justices on the Supreme Court who voted in favor of this, as being the people who redefined marriage?

At one time in this country, and not too many years ago, the "normal" or at least "most common" home situation in America, was a family where the husband and wife parented their offspring, together. Although divorce existed, it was much more uncommon than it is today. And it certainly was a rare occurrence among Christian families. But somehow, over the years, what was becoming acceptable in the non-christian families, creeped it's way deeper and deeper into the church. The family unit of a married man and woman raising their children together to adulthood, has now become less common than Christian "broken homes".

Before I go any further with this, I must let you know that if I point a finger at anyone, I have three more pointing back at myself, and a thumb that tries to cover those three pointing back at me. I too have been divorced. Two of my teenage children chose to remain with their mother and our youngest child chose to live with me. This was certainly not the family life that I had planned when I got married in 1992. And yet, it became a reality in my life. Marriage and Family, was most certainly redefined for me in the summer of 2010. It was, and I believe always will be, the most devastating tragedy in my life.

Just last night in my home church, the preacher asked a group of approximately 40 teenagers who were seated on the right side of the sanctuary, how many of them did not have a father in their life. I was shocked that over 50% of the hands were raised. Their Father's are not even a part of their lives. I'm wondering now, how many hands would have been raised if the question had been "how many of you have a father in your life, but he does not live with you?". I'm sure that even more hands would have been raised. Among those kids who said they have no father in their life, I learned after the service was over, that several of those teenagers didn't have a mother in their life either. The definition of Traditional Marriage has already been obliterated in the young lives of those teenagers.

I began to look at the staff at my own church. I found that only two staff members who are living in a "First Marriage" with children from that union. Everyone else has been touched by divorce. Today in our churches, "single parent" homes, and "blended families" are now the norm.

So when did "Traditional Marriage" that includes "Till Death Do Us Part", really get redefined? Here in Montgomery Alabama, divorces are on sale, every day of the week. Billboards advertise all over town, "Divorce -$199.00". And Christians have quietly set by and watched as divorce has become common, even in our own church pews. We have not stayed on our faces before God praying for deliverance from this attack on Traditional Marriage. We've stood by and watched as divorce has been made quick and easy. If it has gone this far in the church, can we really be shocked that non-believers would see no problem with "same sex" marriage?

God has forgiven me for my sins. I am now remarried, something I thought I would never do in this lifetime. My wife's first husband died, and she has a daughter from that union. We now have a "Blended Family". I really don't like that term. We are a family, who God's mercy and grace has healed from divorce and death.

I believe that the redefinition of Traditional Marriage happened when Christians accepted the a definition as "the union of one man and one woman". We began leaving off the rest of what the Bible says about it.

The Bible states that a marriage is "the union of one man and one woman, joined together by God, until they are parted by death". But the world and the church, unfortunately, accepted a lesser definition of this Biblical institution, a long time before the "same sex" issue arose. I think that when we accepted this "redefinition", it left the door wide open for it to be redefined over and over again. The recent decision of the Supreme Court will most likely not be the last redefinition we see.

The United States Government started issuing Marriage Licenses in 1913. That's when they got involved. The truth about the Supreme Court's recent decision really has nothing to do with what marriage is or is not. Marriage is what it is, what it has been from the time God created it, and what it will always be. The only thing that has changed with the Court's decision is what the U.S. Government will now recognize as a "Marriage". There is now a movement to have the Government only recognize "Civil Unions". All the benefits of a Government recognized "Marriage" would then be applied to "Civil Unions". That may be what needs to happen at this point, if the term "Marriage" is to retain any of it's value. Christians could then call it by it's Biblical definition, and unbelievers would be free to call it by what ever scale they choose to define it.

Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  ‘Songs That Ask Relevant Questions’

Not everyone shares the great “love” for Lucy as much as most of America did in the 1950s – or even now through TV reruns 60 years later. Many, however, do still like the zany comedic character once played by television actress, Lucille Ball, on her 1950s show, “I Love Lucy.”

Regardless if she is liked or disliked, one cannot overlook what some call ‘funny moments in TV history’ made popular by this wacky redhead. One such moment was aired on May 5, 1952 when “Lucy Ricardo” used her maiden name of “Miss McGillicuddy” to audition as a wannabe TV pitch girl for a live commercial of a bottled product known as “Vitameatavegamin.”

During the many times of rehearsal, “Miss McGillicuddy” looked toward the TV camera and repeated the sales pitch that begins with, “Hello friends. I'm your Vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, rundown, listless?... Are you unpopular?...” She continued rehearsing the entire pitch by telling of the alleged benefits of the bottled product, all the while tasting it repeatedly.

While I do not endorse drinking of alcohol-based products of any kind, this particular elixir commercial does serve as a reminder of the type of questions often asked by those who pitch products on TV.

Pitching of products is nothing new. We’ve heard of sales pitches all our lives, whether through unscrupulous men who stood at the back of horse-drawn wagons hawking their bottles of elixir to an unsuspecting public long ago, or through more modern techniques seen on TV infomercials today. The bottom line of all marketing plans, great or small, is to persuade the American public to buy the product.

There are also other types of ‘pitches’ made to the American public today. We, as Christians, are well-acquainted with the many “social pitches” through indecent ideas, perversions, and despicable ways of life. These ‘pitches’ are made by select groups who make it a practice to fight against God and Christians everywhere.

Despite the many ‘pitches’ we hear and questions asked us each day, followers of Southern Gospel music do not find it at all unusual that there are also Gospel songs that question our thinking. Who in our music field is not acquainted with Vep Ellis’ thought-provoking song that asks, “Do You Know My JESUS?,” or Bennie S. Triplett’s song that seeks to know, “How About Your Heart?”

Found within the pages of many hymnals are songs that ask such things as “Does JESUS Care?,” “Am I A Soldier of the Cross?,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” Convention songs found in another hymnal ask such things as, “Have You Heard about That City?” and “Will You Meet Me in Heaven?”

The “old Red Back book” Church Hymnal is not without songs asking important spiritual questions. We’re familiar with most of these songs, but do we really pay attention to the questions asked? Of the 410 pages of song in this hymnal, at least 22 titles ask pointed questions regarding Christian life and our relationship with God. Songs emphasizing my point include:

*** “TELL IT TO JESUS ALONE” (page 129) – Many questions abound within the four verses of this song, and those asked are serious. Still, I can’t help but read each verse in the manner that a pitchman might ask. Songwriters J. E. Rankin & E. S. Lorenz begin this song by asking, “Are you weary, are you heavy hearted? Tell it to JESUS, tell it to JESUS; Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to JESUS alone.” In fact, ALL the questions asked in this song are answered with “Tell it to JESUS alone.”

*** “WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL THERE?” (page 358) – This 1930 song written by James Rowe & Homer F. Morris speaks of the glorious time in Heaven that saints of God will experience. The writers illustrate Heaven in such a way as to make each one long to go there. The verses lead us to one main question, with the chorus asking, “Won’t it be wonderful there, having no burdens to bear? Joyously singing with heart-bells all ringing, O, won’t it be wonderful there?” (see 1 Corinthians 2:9)

*** “WHERE COULD I GO?” (page 345) – This 1940 song speaks of our need to trust in God as our only source of help. Songwriter J. B. Coats tells of Christians living in “this old sinful world, hardly a comfort can afford…” Another verse questions, “when my soul needs manna from above…” The answer is also found in the chorus: “WHERE could I go? O where could I go? Seeking a refuge for my soul? Needing a Friend to save me in the end, WHERE could I go –– but to the Lord?” (see Proverbs 3:5, 6)

*** “GOT ANY RIVERS TO CROSS?” (page 410) – This song, written by Oscar C. Eliason, is short, but speaks volumes. The words have for many years encouraged Christians to trust in God. The songwriter asks, “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? Got any mountains you can’t tunnel thru? GOD specializes in things tho’t impossible, and He can do what no other pow’r can do.” (see Matthew 19:26)

Other topics are covered in this “old red Back book” hymnal, but the list of songs that ask questions would not be complete without including songs of salvation.

*** “ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?” (page 177) – E. A. Hoffman begins this song by asking, “Have YOU been to JESUS for the cleansing pow’r? Are YOU washed in the Blood of the Lamb? Are YOU fully trusting in His grace this hour, Are YOU washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”

I join the songwriter in also asking, “Are YOU walking daily by the Savior’s side?” and “When the bridegroom cometh will YOUR robes be white? Pure and white in the Blood of the Lamb? Will YOUR soul be ready for the mansion bright? And be washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”

*** “WHERE SHALL I BE?” (page 405) – For many years, this song was sung during altar calls, and it also needs to be shared today. There are many questions found in the verses, but I highlight words of the chorus only. “O where shall I be when the last trumpet sounds? O where shall I be when it sounds so loud? When it sounds so loud as to wake up the dead? O where shall I be when it sounds?”

Not long ago a minister boarded an airplane, and there he found a 14-year-old girl with Down Syndrome seated next to the window of the row where he was to sit. Just after he was seated next to her, the girl turned to him and asked three unusual questions: “Do you smoke?” – “Did you brush your teeth today?” – and “Do you love JESUS?”

The minister answered each question in a gentle manner, with the answer to the first question being, “No, I don’t smoke.” At her second question, he answered he had brushed his teeth that day. Her last question meant a lot, for he then answered softly, “I’m a preacher, so yes, I do love JESUS with all my heart.”

Shortly after this conversation, a businessman came to be seated in the aisle seat next to the preacher. Almost immediately, the girl prompted the minister to ask the man the same questions. He reluctantly asked the man if he smoked. The man answered he does not smoke.

The girl then nudged the minister to ask if the man had brushed his teeth that day. He REALLY didn’t want to ask such a question, but after much urging of the girl, he gently asked the man the question. The stranger was puzzled by it all, but he responded by saying he had brushed his teeth that day.

Lastly, the girl prompted the preacher to ask if the man loves the Lord. The minister knew he must ask that question, so without hesitation, he turned to the businessman and asked, “Do you love JESUS?”

The man sighed and then answered, “I used to. In fact, I got up this morning and told God I’m so sorry I let my life get where it is today. I’ve gotten far away from God, so I said to Him, ‘If You still love me, and if You still care about me, speak to me somehow today.’”

The good news is even before the plane left the ground to head toward the passengers’ destination, the preacher had prayed with the businessman and the man gave his heart to the Lord.

How did this come about? The preacher sitting in the middle seat was only the middleman, for it was the 14-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was passionate about her relationship with the Lord, and she wanted to share JESUS with others. Because of her fervor in serving the Lord, and due to her obedience to Him, this businessman arrived at his destination a new creature in Christ.

Questions of many different kinds have been asked in this writing, but the greatest of any you’ll find are those asked by JESUS. Questions like:
*** “Lovest thou Me?” (John 21:17)
*** “Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
*** “Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

MANY more questions were asked by JESUS, but the one asked in Mark 8:36 cannot be omitted. He asked, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

We’re all ‘pitched’ many questions in life. Salespeople ‘pitch’ their products. Politicians broadcast their spiel without apology. Social activists are bold to share their agenda, that of attempting to force down the throats of every Christian their sinful ways and ungodly lifestyles for all to see.

Despite ALL the many ‘pitches’ we hear each day, may we as Christians live so close to JESUS that others will ask us the question the jailor presented to Paul and Silas: “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

Christians do not have products to ‘pitch,’ but rather a Savior to share. I hope you’ll prayerfully keep in mind the words of JESUS when He said: “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Why not begin by sharing God’s Love with the closest one to you?

–– Bill

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This Is How I See It

Bill is an old high school classmate of mine. He is a fine man, but we have some major disagreements. He is a very liberal Democrat and I am a very conservative Republican. During our same-sex marriage discussions yesterday he made this statement, " I've told my children, as time passes and more old farts my age kick the bucket, these types of social injustices will fade". This is not to Bill, but to those who call themselves Christian today.

At first I blinked at this comment, but then it wouldn't let me go. If this is true, and it probably is, what a failure we have been. A failure as a nation, a failure as a church, and failures as parents and grandparents.

We have failed to pass down to our children the very fiber this nation was built on. Yes, the word Bible is not mentioned in the Constitution, but you would have to be in complete denial to not see that the Constitution was written with the precepts of the Bible in mind. You could never have read the other writings of our Founding Fathers and think they weren't following the morals of the Bible when writing this great document.

As parents and grandparents or as Bill says "old farts" we have failed to pass on to our children the very fundamentals that have made this country great. It saddens me that as I look back I see most all of these changes in society has taken place in my lifetime. My generation has dropped the ball. My generation has been so concerned about "me" having a good time, about "me" getting ahead in life, about "me" getting a new car or house or seeing the latest movie, that we have forgotten to teach our children the very morals we were taught. We have forgotten one little word that impacts not just this life, but the lives of our children, grandchildren and theirs and theirs and theirs. That little word is SIN.

The church has been so good at teaching Grace and Love that they have lost the fact that God is a jealous God. His Grace and Love do not eliminate his judgment or discipline. God instilled morals in our beings for our own protection. We as a people have managed to dull those morals so much that they no longer impact our judgments.

Some people seem to think that the sins of the government have no impact on the future of this nation. Just look at the history of Israel and you will see differently. The sins of the government are the actions of the leadership and citizens of the country. It's the actions or lack of actions of this country that has lost a whole generation to the understanding and values of our morals as directed by the Word of God.
The same Word of God that our founders relied on when writing this Constitution.

The #lovewins was floating all over the internet and on television right after the Court decision. Really??? We are chastised from the other side of the aisle to show LOVE. Just what kind of love are we supposed to show? We heard stories of men who love women and beat them every night. Is that the love their talking about? We hear horror stories of women who love their children, but abandon them for drugs or men. Is that the kind of love their talking about.

Just what kind of love is it that your house is on fire and doesn't tell your family to get out quick? What kind of love is it that sees your son or daughter trapped in a car on fire and doesn't try your best to get that child out of the car before they are burn to death? Even a family pet will give its life trying to save its owner if he thinks his owner is in danger. What kind of love sees other human beings, family members, friends and loved ones in danger of losing their lives, yet does nothing to save them.

We are called hatemongers, homophobics, mean, angry and out to destroy the happiness of gay people.
Let me tell you what I hate. First, I hate that homosexuals have taken a great word meaning joyously happy and turned it into a word for perverted sex. Second I hate that society has embraced what the Bible calls sin and calls it an alternate lifestyle. Then I hate that the beloved institution of the Church has ignored it's doctrine of thousands of years to turn a blind eye to this problem. Now I hate that five people in black robes have taken it upon themselves to legislate law and change the centuries old definition of marriage.

What I don't hate is anyone who is a homosexual. I have several good friends that are homosexuals.
I have made it known to them that I do not agree with their lifestyle, but that I still care for them and believe that they are living in sin. I hate the sin of homosexuality, because it has destroyed lives and bodies. I hate what homosexuality and the same-sex marriage fight has done to divide our nation.

I do love homosexuals enough to tell them that the lifestyle they are living in is sin. I love them enough to tell them that there is an eternal price for staying in that lifestyle. I do not want to see them go to hell for eternity.

I guess the question is, even though we know that our warnings are going to go unheeded, and we'll be called bad names and attacked for our position, do we not still sound the siren? Do we not still sound the alarm when a person is in a burning building? YES we do!!!!!!

One last thing, it's time the church started doing her job. Pastors stop sugar coating the message you are charged to give. The time is shorter than ever to get our work done.

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Marcia Henry - Blooming Again

Jennifer talks with songwriter Marcia Henry this month!

One of my favorite songwriters is the lovely Marcia Henry. She is perhaps one of the most prolific songwriters of our time, and she has a way with words that very few writers have. Her songs are sung all across the country every night by groups, soloists and churches. Marcia is an incredible woman of God and it was an honor to chat with her recently.

Jennifer Wilkerson: Tell us how you got started in gospel music?

Marcia Henry: I grew up in a Christian musical family. Daddy played guitar and mandolin, sang, and led the singing at our church. Mama played piano and sang. My sister and I started singing and playing (me, piano) at an early age. I started playing in church at 11. We were big Hinson, Goodmans, Hemplhills, Rambos fans and went to concerts regularly. My dream was to play for a group like that one day. I was always interested in reading the liner notes on the albums and finding out who wrote the songs. It's apparent to me now that my influences were all singer/songwriter groups. After high school I worked for Opryland for three years while attending college. In my early 20's I started Latter Rain and began writing songs after a rededication to the Lord. We sang a few more of my songs each time and people began showing interest in them. Jeff Treece and his family group, Cedar Ridge recorded a couple and the first one, "Lord of Lords, King of Kings", charted # 13. Cedar Ridge introduced me to Chris White and Kevin McManus and we started recording on the Charity label. Ronny Hinson was working in publishing there at the time and he expressed interest in my songs. Talk about a dream come true!! He became my mentor and friend and poured his wisdom and gift into me. I owe so much to him.

JW: Did you always have aspirations to be a songwriter?

MH: I always loved writing....poems, creative writing, book reports, etc. I never tried songwriting until 1983 when I rededicated.

JW: What was your first "big" hit song?

MH: Probably "Beautiful Valley" by Down East Boys. But my biggest all time is "Roses Will Bloom Again".

JW: Out of all the songs you've written, do you have a favorite or which one means the most to you personally and why?

MH: “Roses Will Bloom Again”, definitely. It was written for Sheri Easter after she shared her desire for a story song. That phrase was common in our home. The second verse talks about a man and his wife, Rose. It wasn't written about my parents; many people think it was. However it was actually prophetic in my familly's case. Mama passed away tragically at age 58. Her name was Rosa LaVerne and she and daddy were married roughly 40 years when she died. Jeff and Sheri sang it at the funeral and as I sat there listening I realized that God truly knows everything past, present, and future. He told me that at that moment, Roses was just for me and my loved ones.

JW: How do you keep coming up with fresh, new songs?

MH: Ronny always told me that the more you write, the more you write. He also taught me that you can get ideas anytime, anywhere, from any source. That trained me early to be tuned into my surroundings....always. This made me adventurous in trying to use different words and ways of expression. When I stay in rhythm I produce. The most important reason is keeping my relationship with Jesus burning and fresh. The songs flow easily if that is right. Also my cowriters amaze me and getting together with them often brings fresh ideas.

JW: Does Latter Rain ever get together and sing?

MH: Latter Rain does dates on occasion and that's a part of my music that I really enjoy. We never broke up, cause it's family. My sister, Wylene, sings. My daughters, London and Morgan sing, and my son, Roman, plays bass and sings. Tim, my husband, plays drums.

JW: Do you have any songs that were total flops or that have been rejected? Any cool songwriting stories you can share?

MH: This is sort of interesting. I wrote Beautiful Valley and The Down East Boys recorded it in the early 90s. It was a top five. Ronny Hinson was working with me during those years. He loved the song but helped me see that I could make one of the verses better. I rewrote that verse and it was much better and that is the version Latter Rain recorded. It's a standard in our set. DEB recorded it before they knew about the rewrite. The Lord has used both versions! Thread of Hope got cut four times: Hoppers, Perry Sisters, Latter Rain, Jeff and Sheri. The hit was by Jeff and Sheri.

JW: You were a part of Kathy Crabb Hannah's first ladies retreat and will be part of the next one in July. Can you share, from your perspective, what took place on the mountain and what the retreat is about?

MH: Miracle on the Mountain.....wow! It was electric to say the least. Kathy gave us complete freedom to follow our hearts and minister freely to the women. She cast the vision and it was very easy to follow. Her heart is deeply moved with compassion for hurting, broken, struggling women and she started these retreats out of that love. The worship, the preaching, and the felllowship left us all changed. I can't wait for July.

JW: Any advice or words of encouragement for new songwriters?

MH. Be teachable and listen to those you admire. Learn the craft and take advantage of educational opportunities as much as possible. My friend, Sue Smith, holds the Write About Jesus Workshop every fall in St Charles, Missouri. It's anointed and chock full of all things songwriting.


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Getting to Know The Hyssongs

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Richard Hyssong of The Hyssongs and chat to find out more about their ministry. I hope that this article will help you to get acquainted with them. Enjoy our conversation.

Carol Lawson: Tell me about the background of The Hyssongs, where you are from, how you got started, how long together, etc.?

Richard Hyssong: The Hyssongs is a family group based out of Rockport, Maine. Our family started singing Labor Day of 1996 when we were invited to sing at a Bible Conference in Northern Maine. Even though our family was musical, we had never sung together as a group. We bought sound tracks from a local Christian Book Store and quickly learned some songs. Before we knew it, we were at the Bible Conference singing our new songs. By the time we got back home, we have several messages on our telephones from Pastors that attended that weekend conference inviting our family to sing at their churches. That was the beginning of our journey, and we are still going strong today, traveling and singing in 250 different venues per year.

CL: What are the family connections? How is everyone related?

RH: As mentioned, we are a family group that consists of my dad, Dell Hyssong, who is the Manager of the group and sings baritone and plays trumpet. He served as a pastor for 25 years before going joining the group in the full time music ministry. My mom, Susan Hyssong, sings alto, plays the piano and is the group’s secretary. They have been married for 39 years. They met in College while majoring in music. They have one child; and that’s me, Richard. I sing lead, play the trombone and market the group and promote to radio. My wife Kelly serves as our Product Manager. Kelly and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage this October. We have two children Makayla, 6 years old and Richard IV, 3 years old.

This is definitely a family on a mission. Our family is so blessed to be able to travel and minister together.

CL: What about a funny road story? I know you have many.

RH: As is the case with every touring group, it is hard to narrow down a funny story, in fact our family laughs all of the time when asked this question. We started tossing stories around, like the numerous times Richard says the wrong name of the town we are in, or when he knocked over a huge flower arrangement during a sold out concert, that was placed in that spot by the family who had just had a funeral the day prior. However one story that we have NEVER EVER told anyone or in any interview before, is this one. While attending our first NQC, we were approached to do a TV interview. We are always honored to do interviews, but back then we were really just starting and so excited, we didn’t really hear which station only what time we were supposed to be at that particular booth. Susan and Richard assumed that they mentioned one of the major Christian networks attending that year. The time came and we walked over to that booth for our interview. I walked up to one of the staff members to check-in and the lady looked at her clipboard and told me that we were not on the list. I assured her that she was mistaken, and that YES we had been told to be there at that time. There were several staff members in the booth and while she was trying to figure out what the issue was, a guy that we haven’t seen in years came over to us. He had just started working for this network. As he approached us, he asked what the problem was and I told him that apparently their network made a mistake. Our friend said don’t worry about it and brought us to the couch where the interviews were being held. The Booth Brothers who were scheduled were told to wait 15 minutes while they hooked us up with microphones and sat us down next to the host (sorry Michael and Ronnie). We finished the interview and signed all the paper work. We were so thrilled about the possible exposure, and so happy, until we turned around. In the next booth over was a different TV station booth, on a lesser known network. The man was staring at his watch, and pacing back and forth. Then it hit us, I bet we are at the wrong booth! Needless to say, we never said a word and yes, we got on both shows!!

CL: What should people expect when they come to see The Hyssongs in concert?

RH: When attending a concert by our family, expect high energy, a few songs with our trumpet and trombone, and to laugh and cry. We always sing some of our charting songs, new songs, and also some familiar ones as well.

CL: What do The Hyssongs want the people to leave from their concert with?

RH: Our family wants people to leave with changed hearts and lives, ready to go out and live for the Lord. Although we want people to enjoy our concert and have a good time, our goal is to minister and make a difference in people’s lives.

CL: Latest project, chart song and awards? \

RH: We are on the Chapel Valley Music Group Inspire Label. We have recorded there for the last 10 years. Our family has been blessed to have a supportive recording company.

Over the years, we have recorded more than 20 albums. Our newest project entitled Believe was released in May, 2015. Our family also released a book in 2015 entitled Makayla’s Heart; Moment By Moment. This is a story about our daughter. She was born with over 20 tumors in her heart and masses of brain tumors as well. The doctors told us that she wouldn’t survive, but if she did, she would never walk, talk or be like other children. Today, all 20 plus tumors in her heart are completely gone and she is doing great….Praise The Lord!

We are so blessed and thankful that radio has embraced our music. Songs that have done very well for our family in the charts include "Still Blessed," "I Was Blind But Now I See," "Thinking About Going Home," "Is It Just Me," "Oh What A Name," "God’s In Control," and "Jesus Stepped In," just to name a few. In the last year, we charted on the Absolutely Gospel weekly chart. We want to always record and sing songs that minister to others. If we hear a song that has touches our life, then we know that it will touch others as well. Each week, we receive emails, letters, and Facebook posts from folks letting us know how a particular song has helped them. Recently, we received a call from a lady that let us know that the words and message of one particular song off our new project had helped her get through a very difficult week.

In 2014 we were awarded Favorite New Trio and in 2015 nominated as a Top 10 Favorite Trio in the Singing News Fan Awards. God is truly blessing our ministry and people are being blessed all across the areas we travel to.

CL: What big events, sings, cruises, are The Hyssongs doing this year?

RH: This year we will be performing at Bill Bailey’s Winter Convention, Silver Dollar City, National Quartet Convention and Dollywood. We are part of the annual Christmas In The Smokies sing in Pigeon Forge, as well as Singing At Sea cruise, Sonshine cruise and Starting Experience Of A Liftetime Events (http://www.experienceofalifetimetours.com). We are honored to be involved in many large southern gospel events each year. Promoters have started to use our family more and more, and the audiences have been so good to our family.

CL: Do you have a website? How do people get your booking info?

RH: Our website is http://www.thehyssongs.com and you can check out all of the information regarding our family as well as our tour schedule. If you are interested in having us for a concert, contact The Dominion Agency, Michael Davis handles bookings for our family. They can be reached by going to http://www.dominionagency.com or by calling Michael at (828) 454-5900. We would love to come and minister to you.

CL: Looking ahead for The Hyssongs?

RH: Our goals since we started in 1996 have never changed. We want to share Jesus Christ through music. As a family, we always strive for excellence and want to meet people’s needs. We pray that we always stay relevant and current. Our presentation may vary but our message has, and will always stay the same!

In the future, like the past, we want to put Christ first in our ministry and lives. We’ve been scheduled for a lot of churches and promoted events, been interviewed for several radio and television programs, and we look forward to seeing many friends and gospel music fans across the US and Canada. Our family wants to stay true to our calling, and like it says in 2nd Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

CL: Final thought before we close this interview?

RH: Yes, just this random thought, we believe that this ministry is a calling of God. We continue because we want to be obedient to God and we love what He has called us to do. God has led us every step of the way.

CL: Richard, thanks for taking the time to chat. I will keep The Hyssongs in my prayers.

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Jeff & Sheri Easter - Small Town


Producer: Jeff Easter, Madison Easter, Sheri Easter, and Greg Ritchie
Label: Spring Hill Music Group
Website: http://www.jeffandsherieaster.com

Celebrating 30 years of music and marriage, Jeff and Sheri Easter,who've had a string of hits the past 3 decades are back with a powerhouse project with some great, fresh new songs by some of the industry's best writers. Jeff and Sheri's signature country flavored sound is prevalent through the entire project.

The opening number,"Small Town Smeone (Lunch)" featuring Sheri is a neat song that takes the story of five loaves and two fish and how Jesus took that and fed five-thousand and it applies it to our daily lives- often we feel like we have nothing to offer. Neat song and sure to be a Sheri Easter staple!

Jeff Easter shines on "This Side of the Road" a song written just for him by Kenna West, Sue C. Smith and Jason Cox and talks about his relationship with his Grandfather and the men who helped shape him.

Jeff and Sheri's daughter Morgan is featured on "Someone's Listening" and it is a beautiful song that Morgan delivers beautifully. It's been fun to hear her voice mature and grow.

"Jesus Loves You" is perhaps one of the best cuts on the entire project and features a choir. This, I believe is a first for Jeff and Sheri but the song is definitely a stand out and an encouragement to many who are hurting and struggling. It features Sheri who also co-wrote it. This song is the groups first single off the project and will probably be another "Thread of Hope" or "Roses Will Bloom Again" Signature song for the family.

Son Madison Easter, who up until recently traveled with his family, joins his Dad, Jeff on the song "My Wave" Michael English can also be heard singing background vocals on this.

Morgan again steps up for "When the Harvest Comes" written by Sheri. This song is special for this project in that Jeff and Sheri were both from rich musical family's and now are passing that same torch onto their children and grandchildren.

"I Love You" is a sweet love song that completes this special anniversary project for Jeff and Sheri and is definitely the icing on the cake for this project!

If you're a Jeff and Sheri fan and have followed their music for a while you will want to grab a copy of this recording. If you're new to their music, this is a great project to check out. You'll love their country flavored, family style sound!



Song List:

Small Town Someone (Lunch)
This Side of the Dirt
Someone's Listenin'
Jesus Loves You
Light
More Than Enough
Like You're Still Here
When the Harvest Comes
I Love You
Hallelujah Coming From the Valley
My Wave

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Christian Fiction Queen


Christian Fiction Queen: Sushi For One

By: Camy Tang
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-27398-1

About the book:

Lex Sakai's family is big, nosy, and marraige-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single female cousin in the clan.

Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn't seem to have a single quality on her list. It's only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

Review:

Just a heads up - the back cover copy for this novel doesn't even begin to do it justice.

Volleyball fanatic Lex Sakai is single and just fine with that until she inherits the infamous family title of "Oldest Single Female Cousin" and her Grandma issues an ultimatum. She threatens to pull funding for the beloved girls volleyball team Lex coaches unless she buckles down and finds a boyfriend in time for her cousin's wedding in four months. Armed with her "Ephesians list" - requirements a guy has to meet in order to be "dateable" - Lex embarks on her quest to find a boyfriend and satisfy Grandma. Then job-wise she takes a significant pay cut, Grandma sabotages her efforts to land outside team sponsors so she can avoid the whole "dating" thing, and Aiden, the one man she's sure she should write off as unsuitable, keeps intruding on her life in unexpected ways. When her carefully constructed life comes apart at the seams, Lex is forced to re-evaluate who she's really been trusting with her future - herself or the Lord?

Probably one of the best ways to describe Sushi for One? is to think My Big Fat Greek Wedding, change the "Greek" to "Asian-American," throw in a deftly handled spiritual thread, and voila! - you have the recipe for a great chick-lit novel. Camy Tang delivers all of the humor, outrageous mishaps, witty dialogue, romance, and great food fans of the chick lit genre could wish for in spades. Lex is a wonderfully prickly, sassy heroine with a take-no-prisoners attitude towards life that masks heartbreaking hurts and fears. It's a great stroke on Tang's part to write the novel in third person instead of the first person point of view generally found in chick lit novels. While most of the novel is told from Lex's view point, the use of third person allows Tang to pepper the novel with scenes from Aiden's perspective, which walk the delicate line of being incredibly sweet without being sappy - it's wonderful to watch him fight his attraction to Lex even as he longs to be the one to break through her emotional barriers. The family dynamic is also one of the novel's greatest strengths. Lex doesn't come from the typically Christian background found in most CBA fiction - she and her best friends, also her cousins, (Trish, Venus, and Jennifer) are the only Christians in a mostly Buddhist family. Tang does a fantastic job of showing Lex negotiate the line between living her faith and being a witness and respecting her heritage and a family that doesn't understand her beliefs.

Sushi for One? is the hilarious, often poignant story of a woman who learns to cede control of her life and allow herself to be held in the arms of the God who loves her, whose plans for her life, romantic and otherwise, are far greater and more fulfilling than she could have ever dreamed. Camy Tang's debut novel shines with life and energy. I can't wait to read more.

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I Changed How I Pray

Ephesians 6:18
"And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying FOR ALL THE SAINTS.”

I studied this verse for years, not knowing really why Paul, even in his hardship and imprisonment, would say such a thing. For surely, wasn’t Paul a “saint”? And wasn’t Paul in the toughest place in his life when he said this? Of course he was. But rather than asking for believers to pray for his release or for comfort from God to detox the stress in his life, he instead instructed others to “..pray in the spirit on all occasions….and be alert….and keep on praying for all the saints.”

This one verse has revolutionized how I approach my prayer life. For years, I would (of course) pray for my needs, my kids, my husband, my ministry, my my my…..everything. And for years, I saw the hand of God be slow to answering many of those prayers. Some of our prayers are not prayers at all. They are need lists, rant lists and “to do” lists, as if God is some kind of cosmic bellboy.

Lee Brace of the Navigators says, “Prayers in the Bible are primarily for praying and interceding for the believers. When Christ is lifted up through believers, He draws people to Himself.”

I thought about this for quite some time. Except for Jesus teaching us “how” to pray the Lord’s Prayer, there are few scriptures that tell us how we should pray. So, for a few months I did just what Paul said to do - Pray FOR ALL THE SAINTS, that they would be equipped for duty for the cause of Christ, to fight and resist the devil and his tactics, and that by this, those around them would be drawn to Him.. I prayed and listed missionaries, pastors and ministry leaders right and left. I prayed and singled out specific Christians around the world who are on the front lines; those who literally have to choose between life and death everyday.

Can I honestly tell you? Some of the very prayers that I had prayed for years have now been answered. That’s right. I’m telling you the truth. It’s as if God heard me, because I was interceding for His children; the ones who are spreading truth around the world. I quit praying for my needs, and made it about the needs of others. And all the while I had my focus on scripturally-sound prayers and petition, God has been answering my first prayers.

Here’s an example: Instead of praying for my son, his new job and his relationship with Christ, I’ve been praying, (1) “Lord, thank you for the co-workers and bosses that surround my son everyday. Bless you, God, for raising up the strong Christians at his work, to be an influence on my son.” (2) “I praise you Father for my daughter. I ask in Jesus’ Name, for a strong, Christ-like man to come into her life; the one you have prepared her heart for. May you strengthen him right now, whoever and wherever he is.”

Both prayers mention my kids, but both prayers do more than just ask God for personal reasons. I’m asking God to “equip” the saints around them, to be a hedge of protection, to bring living breathing life to the Christians that my children come in contact with every day, as a guide and spiritual influence. I never prayed like this before. And I also have to say, I’ve never seen such miraculous moves of God in my adult kids’ lives - either, ever.

On this Day of Prayer, be mindful of “how” you pray. Write it down. Ask God to “equip the saints”, to do the work of the Lord. Be ready FOR CHANGE when you change how you pray.

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Next Generation

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Andrew Goldman

It's been just over a year since the multi-award winning family, The Perrys announced their next generation lead vocalist, Andrew Goldman. Folks may recognize him from his work with male quartet, Union Street. He’s been gaining recognition for a few years with his tone, powerhouse vocal ability and range, but this is not his "first rodeo". Andrew has a strong background in music, having TWO bachelor’s degrees in music, and currently working on his Master’s in Business Administration. He credits his college vocal instructor Cynthia Retana as helping to shape his voice and technique. "She broadened my horizon of different styles of music, and for that, I am grateful." He now has the honor of working alongside her at Oakland City University.

But, let's back up a bit; back to the beginning. Like most young southern gospel artists, Andrew grew up around this great music. His father started singing with the Conquerors Quartet from Evansville, IN when he was six months old. "I began kicking my feet to the Cathedrals, Greater Vision, The Kingsmen, Gold City and Perfect Heart shortly after." Of those early introductions to southern gospel artists, Andrew says he has so many favorite albums. "I spent many hours working on harmony as a child listening to albums such as Greater Vision’s "20 Inspirational Favorites", and the Cathedrals' "20 Favorites". I literally wore these two albums out as a child." After his dad left the Conquerors in 2001, 5 years later Andrew stepped into the same position his dad once held. In 2008, his dad rejoined the group and he had the privilege of standing next to him for nearly four years. "I cherish those moments everyday", he adds.

His biggest musical heroes are his parents. They are both some of the most talented singers I know, and have been my biggest supporters and teachers. "My wife, Rebecca is my rock. She sacrifices so much for me to do what I get to do, and she supports my ministry 110%. I could not ask for a better helpmate." He and Rebecca celebrated one year of marriage on June 21st. Not only are his family supporters of this dynamic vocalist, he names several individuals you might recognize as cheer leaders along the way. Ernie Haase has been one of his biggest encouragers. "He’s constantly reminding me to stay strong and press on." Lastly, he says his most recent mentors are the leaders of the Perrys, Tracy and Libbi Stuffle. He admits he didn't discover the Perrys until he was in high school, but quickly fell in love with their message and their songs. Little did he know that he would have the opportunity to travel and sing with them. "Seeing the struggles they face everyday, and their perseverance to continue on is a blessing to me. They live everyday undefeated."

Speaking of his dream job of singing with "God's Little People", respectively, he mentions some of his favorite venues to perform at thus far. Like most Southern Gospel newcomers, many dream about singing on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. Andrew was no different. "I’ve had the opportunity a few times now, and it’s surreal. I also enjoy singing in my hometown in Evansville, IN. The Perrys have been there twice since I have started. There’s no greater feeling than singing to friends and family that have watched me grow up in Gospel Music.

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Daily Devotion

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Complain-er or Pray-er

A few years ago, I was wearing my hair differently and at the end of a concert, a lady walked up to me and said, "I sure enjoyed your singing tonight." I thanked her and before I could say anything else, she proceeded to say, "Yeah, I sure did. I just wish you would comb your hair.". Now, what I WANTED to say (but didn't, because J.C Hutson taught me better) was this: "Lady, there are people dying everyday and going to Hell, and you are worried about my hair."

I think we need to concern ourselves with things that matter and stop concerning ourselves with things that don't.

We often times find ourselves complaining about everything.

Do you know someone who complains all the time? You cannot make them happy. They will FIND something to complain about.

I spoke about such things a few weeks at a concert in Arizona. A gentleman came up to share a story with me.

His church located in Jackson, MO has went through a "church split." The Senior Minister and other members of the congregation left. The remaining members wanted to spend their time complaining about the preaching, music and how "certain types of people were making their way in." That church now is averaging 50-65 members. The other church, (who left) has a new building and 500+ every Sunday.

Here is a list of the some of the most heard "Church" complaints:

1) "I don't like all those NEW songs!" - When I first heard Praise and Worship music, (I admit) I wasn't crazy about it, but I learned to LOVE it. There are some new songs that are not my favorites.., but I also realize "Amazing Grace" and "Power in the Blood" were at one time NEW songs. A blend of new and old songs IMO is the best mix.

2) "I don't like what the Preacher said!" - Do you know WHY we often times don't like what the Preacher says? Because he speaks against what comes natural to us; SIN! And guess what? God doesn't want sin on our life!!!!

Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us...
5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."[a] 7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13"Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

God uses His word, to help us grow, to challenge us and to make us better. He loves us. He wants us to be the people we were called and created to be.

3) "Why did they move the communion table/organ/Sunday school plaque?" - Will it really make an ETERNAL difference if any of these are moved? No, It won't. But some churches will have 10 meetings to discuss such things. When there needs to be meetings on "How can we introduce people to Christ?"

4) "That new couple is sitting in OUR seat."-I know that "church people" sit in the same seat every Sunday, but if a new person or family comes in and can't find a seat, get up and give them YOUR seat. If they leave because there wasn't an empty seat, and dies without Christ, who do you think will answer for that? YOU.

5) "There are too many kids in here!"- The youth is NOT the church of tomorrow, but the church of TODAY! Without youth, and people to carry on the work of the church, it will die. Churches with dynamic youth programs, are growing! Churches expect to make an impact on kids who play million dollar video games everyday, with paper cut out's of the 12 disciples. That is like giving a wiffle-ball bat to a major league baseball player. Activities that are fun, yet teaching about Christ can be and MUST be done.

6) "That's NOT the way we USED to do (church) it!" - The message of the gospel NEVER changes. But the PACKAGE that it comes in, HAS to. The use of media and sermon topics that relate to LIFE issues, must be done to reach this generation. No matter the budget, things can be done with excellence. The mindset of "Well, it's good enough for church" has to be changed! We should have the attitude that EVERYTHING we do for God, be done with excellence.

If you are one of the "complain-ers, why not be a "pray-er"?

Pray for your Church, Pastor and your church Leadership.. Instead of complaining to everyone after Sunday service about how things are "not getting done", why not volunteer to help out? Then you can be a "do-er!"

If we would spend the same energy "on OUR knees" as we do "on OUR phone" complaining, OUR churches would be stronger, and we would too. Prayer changes things and it also changes US.

Life is short. Let's encourage one another and hold each other up in prayer. As a friend of mine says.."We are running thisace together."

VBryanhutson2015

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News & Scoops


Keith Erwin weds Lindsey Barefield

StowTown Records is happy to announce the recent marriage of The Erwins' lead singer, Keith, to Lindsey Barefield.

The wedding, which took place June 13 at the Unity Baptist Church in Ripley, MS, was attended by over 300 close friends and family. Keith's dad, Evangelist Dennis Erwin, along with Lindsey's uncle, Bro. Ronnie Barefield, officiated the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony was also available via "Live Stream" and is archived with over 21,000 views thus far: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/63701973.

During the service, Keith surprised Lindsey with an emotional solo rendition of the Steven Curtis Chapman song, "I Will Be Here".

"Lindsey and I had the PERFECT DAY surrounded by our closest friends and family,” Keith expressed about the special ceremony, which he hopes symbolized the way they want to live their lives. “We know that God was given the Glory for it all and we can't wait to start serving the Lord on the road as husband and wife."
After graduating from Ole Miss, Lindsey was a Middle School Special Education teacher for the last four years. However, she now plans to be on the bus full-time with The Erwins and may also work on her Masters Degree while traveling.

Meanwhile, Keith has been singing with the group since 2011 following his decision to turn down several college basketball scholarships in order to join the family ministry.

One of Southern Gospel's fastest-rising Mixed Groups, The Erwins from Edgewood, TX, released their debut StowTown Records album, Ready To Sail, earlier this year.

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News & Scoops


Crabb Family Legacy Available Digitally For The First Time Ever

Syntax Creative is Excited to Announce Partnership with The Crabb Family

The Crabb Family, one of the most celebrated family groups to ever grace a stage, has partnered with Syntax Creative to offer, for the first time, its entire catalog at digital service providers such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. The Crabb Family’s legacy of musical excellence includes 15 No. 1 songs, multiple Grammy nominations, 11 GMA Dove Awards and numerous other awards and accolades reflecting the power of God's word through music.

Previously, most of the celebrated family’s music was available only on CD’s and cassettes. Some titles were available digitally. However, this marks the first time the entire Crabb Family discography is being offered digitally.

“We are excited to work with Timothy and his team at Syntax. It’s wonderful to be able to release this entire catalog of songs, some music that has been locked away in a vault or only available at our concerts,” Jason Crabb said. “So many times we get asked if we have a song that is no longer available because someone has lost a CD or cassette. Now, they can rest assured that everything will be available at their favorite digital service provider.”

“The Crabb Family has toured and recorded professionally for over two decades. Many of the songs and projects that formed the foundation of their musical legacy have been unavailable in digital format until now,” Timothy Trudeau, CEO of Syntax Creative, said. “Today, we are excited to announce that we’re changing that.”

Here’s a list of the titles available through this deal at your favorite digital service provider:

The Crabb Family Still Holdin On 1996
The Crabb Family Yesterday, Today & Forever 1997
The Crabb Family Prayer In Motion 1998
The Crabb Family Live In Nashville 1998
The Crabb Family Crabb Grass 1999
The Crabb Family Pray 2000
The Crabb Family Live From Kentucky 2000
The Crabb Family Living Out The Dream 2001
The Crabb Family Best of The Crabb Family 2003
The Crabb Family Merry Christmas 2003
The Crabb Family A Crabb Collection 2003
The Crabb Family The Walk 2003
The Crabb Family Driven 2004
The Crabb Family Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle 2005
The Crabb Family The Locket 2005
The Crabb Family Blur the Lines 2006
The Crabb Family Letting Go 2007
Jason Crabb Favorites 2008

The Crabb Family has always infused a variety of styles and influences into their musical offerings. This multiple Grammy-nominated and 11 time GMA Dove Award-winning family reached a worldwide audience through television and concert appearances. What started from their small country church in rural Kentucky, to the bright lights of the big city at Carnegie Hall and everywhere in between, The Crabb Family has blazed a trail all its own, leaving a legacy of musical excellence and impacting countless lives throughout its career. Jason Crabb's Through the Fire Ministries, LLC, is the proprietor of The Crabb Family discography and is making the entire catalog available now in digital format. To learn more, visit: http://thecrabbfamily.com.

Syntax Creative is one of the top independent digital distributors, design firms and marketing agencies, representing more than 100 record labels. Their impressive list of clientele includes Central South, Crossroads Label Group, Answers In Genesis, Pinecastle Records, Canon Press, Humble Beast, Collision Records among others. To learn more, visit: http://syntaxcreative.com.

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Daily Devotion

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The Heartbeat of the Father’s Son

Some time ago, I heard the story of a young athletic stunt man, who, after many daring feats, sadly lost his life in an accidental fall from a ladder at the end of a train. Being an organ donor, his heart was received by a man 20 years older, who, by his own admission, had never strongly considered the need to exercise and eat healthy. He had been kept alive for 159 days when the donated heart was deemed a match for the transplant.

Immediately, the recipient began to recover and vowed he would live a life worthy of such a gift as was provided through the passing of this much younger man. He became an athlete himself, and was eventually granted permission to meet the donor’s family.

When the moment finally came to meet the young man’s father, the grateful recipient noticed he was holding a stethoscope in his hand. As they approached one another, the father of the courageous lad asked permission to place the stethoscope against the chest of the carrier of his son’s heart. Reaching toward him, he said: "I've been thinking about this for a long time, and I wondered if you would permit me to place this stethoscope against your chest. You see, I just want to hear the heartbeat of my son one more time."

After hearing that moving story, I pondered …
"If our Heavenly Father had a celestial stethoscope in His hands and held it close to my life, I wonder what He would hear?"

Would He hear the heartbeat of His Son, Jesus, in me? Would be hear the beat of His heart for hurting and hungry people when He listened for my pulse?

The heart of Jesus always beats with compassion for the lost and mercy for the hopeless. May it be so with my life. When people hear me speak or sing, may they be moved with the same compassion that identified Jesus Christ as the Friend of Sinners, the Champion of the Lonely, and the Healer of the Hurting.

May the Father’s Son's heartbeat be heard in us today.


Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Jason Crabb To Release ‘Whatever The Road’ Sept 18th With Reunion Records

Franklin, Tenn - 29 June 2015 – GRAMMY® winner and 21-time Dove Award winning artist Jason Crabb is set to release his new album, Whatever The Road, on September 18. This is Crabb’s fifth solo album of his career and his first with new label home Reunion Records, a division of Provident Label Group/Sony Music.

Produced by Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, Whatever The Road showcases Crabb as the vocal powerhouse that long-time fans and peers have come to expect, paired with a fresh adult contemporary and pop sound. Broadening his range more than ever before, the ten songs found on Whatever The Road take the listener through themes of God’s love never letting go, of celebrating freedom and redemption, and of resting in the promise that “He [God] is with you in the valley of despair, He won’t leave you there.”

Along with being a multi-faceted vocalist and musician, Jason Crabb is also an author, actor, and TV host. He has been touted by Nashville writer Robert K. Oermann as “one of the greatest male voices of any generation,” and according to Billboard, “Few artists can move among genres as easily as Jason Crabb.”

To promote his new album, Crabb is on tour throughout the summer and fall. To find a city near you, please visit his tour page.

Whatever The Road song listing:
Never Gonna Let Me Go
Chance For A Miracle
He Knows What He’s Doing
If I Shout
He Won’t Leave You There
Home
This Life For You
It's A Good Life
Opened Up My Eyes
Mysterious Ways

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News & Scoops


Update On Luke White Arrangements

June 29, 2015 (Nashville, TN) It is with deep sadness that StowTown Records and partner IMC Management announces the passing of Luke White on Sunday, June 28.
Luke, who recently battled a serious case of bacterial double pneumonia, was a beloved agent and representative for artists and made a resounding impact on many lives throughout the gospel industry before and during his tenure at IMC/StowTown.
“Luke White had a way of making everyone around him laugh and have fun, but he also made them feel special,” said Landon Beene, owner of IMC Management and partner of StowTown Records. “He had more of an impact off stage with people than many do on stage displaying God's love. He was one of a kind, a personal friend, and he'll be missed.”

A Southern Gospel performer and musician, Luke also led a successful ministry with his sister Olivia and also spent time on the road with several notable groups including Aaron and Amanda Crabb, The Greenes and more recently, TaRanda Greene.

“He was the face and voice of IMC to many of us who booked events and cruises,” said Dale Grimes, a longtime gospel music fan. “It still hurts and is a shock, but we're just grateful we do not mourn like those who have no hope. Many of those powerful gospel lyrics have even more meaning today.”
Luke's Homegoing Celebration will be held at North Pointe Church, located at 5225 High Point Road in Kernersville, NC. Visitation will take place Wednesday, July 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm. The funeral begins at noon Thursday, July 2.

“There was no greater fan of Southern Gospel music than Luke White. He never wanted to be in the spotlight, but he encouraged and pushed others into it,” added Wayne Haun, co-founder of StowTown Records. “He was the wind beneath several pairs of wings. This industry will truly miss him, and I will miss him because he was my good friend.”

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News & Scoops


Luke White Passes Away

Southern Gospel performer and musician Luke White passed away this afternoon, Sunday, July 28, 2015. Luke contracted bacterial pneumonia and died from complications from that illness. He was 30 years old.

In addition to his ministry with his sister Olivia, Luke also spent time on the road with Aaron & Amanda Crabb and other notable groups.

We will post more information on Luke and his memorial service as we receive it.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - June 29, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
13
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(7)
2
3
9
He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
3
7
19
Battle Cry Kingsmen
2
4
9
11
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
5
5
23
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
6
6
9
Time Machine Browders
6
7
10
9
Shout Williamsons
7
8
11
14
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
9
2
21
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
10
4
14
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
11
8
15
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
12
13
15
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
13
14
13
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
13
14
17
6
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
14
15
25
8
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
16
16
16
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
17
27
5
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
17
18
19
17
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
19
15
19
I Will Rise Tribute
8
20
28
3
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
20
21
18
26
Glorybound Whisnants
7
22
12
12
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
23
26
3
Place In the Choir Browns
23
24
32
5
Somebody Prays Guardians
24
25
23
12
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
26
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1
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
26
27
21
7
I Want the World to See (Jesus In Me) Taylors
21
28
38
2
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
28
29
31
18
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
30
34
2
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
30
31
**
7
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
26
32
35
2
I Have a Home McKameys
32
33
33
13
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
34
22
7
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
35
29
13
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
17
36
37
2
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
36
37
30
14
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
38
36
6
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
27
39
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2
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
39
40
24
11
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
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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Have You Had Your Spiritual Wheaties Today?

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant (never be off your guard, be ready every moment to resist the devil. Awake); Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (Amplified Version)

Psalm 147:15,18 “…His Word runneth very swiftly.” “…He sendeth out His Word…”
II Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord Run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong (to fasten upon, strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify) in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (blameless, complete) toward Him.”

Even though we do have an enemy, we don’t need to fear. For greater is He who is in me! The devil comes as a roaring lion – he’s a poser. He’s not even a real lion! He walks about, but God’s Word, the living, two-edged sword, Runs, God’s eyes Run! I also am strengthened, as I wait on God, to Run and I won’t get weary!

In Daniel 7:25 it tells us that the enemy will “wear out” the saints. But Isaiah 40:31 says that the Lord shall renew my strength! Also in II Corinthians 4:16 it tells me, “…But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. And Col. 3:10 tells me that I am renewed in knowledge after the image of God. And in Acts 3:19, that times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord!

Therefore, according to I Peter 4:12 we aren’t to be shocked or surprised when we encounter hard testing that is like walking through fire. Rejoice! It shows that God’s glorious spirit is in you!

Yes we have a real enemy, but we have a real God who is looking for opportunities to show Himself strong on our behalf! His Spirit rests, rules and abides in you. Allow Him to increase and you to decrease today. Stay disciplined in your thoughts, emotions and attitude. Ask God to create in you a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within you. For He is your Master, your owner, you’ve been bought with a price, He’s your Savior, the joy and the strength of your life!

My prayer for you today is that you would walk in the strength that He has given you today and do not live in fear.

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Daily Devotion

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The Dashboard Of Life

Have you ever noticed the SPEED-O-METER in your car indicates that it’s capable of going 120 MPH but, the speed limit will only allow you to go 70 AT THE MOST? So, why would they make a car to go faster than than the law allows. Well, I found out, the hard way, that just because YOU CAN, doesn’t mean YOU SHOULD. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

It seems like everyone is in a HURRY these days and I guess that’s why it’s called the HUMAN RACE. I don’t know where everyone’s going, but there’re going there FAST. And, it’s the same with LIFE. The DASHBOARD of LIFE is always before us, SHOWING US, of what we’re capable of, but also, we know what the LAW REQUIRES. I guess that’s the best definition of TEMPTATION I can think of.

If you’ve ever had the HORRIBLE FEELING of seeing flashing red lights in your rear view mirror you know there’s a price to be paid for BREAKING the LAW. Paul the Apostle said in 1 Cor. 6:12, "There’s a lot of things I CAN DO, but I know I SHOULDN’T. So, I’m NOT YIELDING to the TEMPTATION to DO THEM!"

So, if you’re TEMPTED TODAY to have a LEAD FOOT in life, just remember, God may have given you the ability, but there’s a PRICE you’ll pay for doing WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T.

It’s Pastor Phil, on CRUISE CONTROL, with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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Press On

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (KJV).

The other day I witnessed something that I've heard about but had never seen. Golfers playing in a rainstorm. I know it sounds hard to believe but there they were in the midst of a down poor hitting the ball down the fairway completely drenched from head to toe, laughing and having a great time! The first thought that crossed my mind was "that's ridiculous " and was immediately followed by a sense of admiration at their dedication to the game in such adverse conditions. In spite of the fact that the pop up shower that had obviously caught them off guard they continued to press on down the fairway toward their goal. What a great lesson about how to live life!

I had a friend who's name was Al. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was very successful in life and he had a lot of friends. He had a saying that he lived by. He would always look at you and say "press on!"
The last time I spoke with him, he was in the hospital. The last words he ever said to me as I was leaving his room were those two powerful words that I have never forgotten!

In our verse for today the apostle Paul encourages us to keep pressing toward our goal! The storms will come but we must keep our eyes on the prize and keep moving forward to the day when we will hear Jesus say "Well done thou good and faithful servant. Until then "Press On."

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News & Scoops


David and Tamela Mann Host WalMart Stage At Essence Festival

GRAMMY®-Award nominated vocalist TAMELA MANN and her husband, DAVID MANN, the multi-faceted, 2011 NAACP Award winning actor and comedian, will be appearing at the Essence Festival on July 5 in New Orleans, La. This annual festival is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.

Catch the talented powerhouse duo hosting the Wal-Mart stage on July 5. The stage will present a wide variety of musical performances during the festival weekend.

David and Tamela Mann are available for phone interviews and interviews at the festival.

Who: David and Tamela Mann, Tillymann Music Group founders, Grammy® Award nominated, NAACP Image Award-winning vocalist and NAACP Image Award-winning actor
What: David and Tamela Mann Host the Wal-Mart Stage at the Essence Festival
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Where: New Orleans, LA

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Written: 06/26/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Christy Sutherland Gets a Little “Nitty Gritty”

Rising Christian Music Female Vocalist to Share Stage with Legendary Band

June 26, 2015 - Christy Sutherland, an emerging Christian music artist, will be sharing the stage with the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's 241 Event in Oklahoma City, OK. The 2014 event raised $640,000 last year for cancer research.

“I’m honored to be a part of this wonderful event for such a great cause," says Sutherland. "Everyone knows someone touched by cancer. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is doing what it takes to bring us one step closer to hopefully eradicating the disease in the future."

Christy Sutherland is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actress and motivational speaker.

For booking information, go to http://www.christysutherland.net.

For more information on the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, go to http://www.omrf.org.

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Daily Devotion

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Have You Forgotten?

Pray For Them

As I sit here in the beau­ti­ful state of Wash­ing­ton, I can’t help but pray for the many Chris­tians who are being per­se­cuted in restricted nations around the world.

My heart is stirred for the many who are in prison and they are there only because they believe in the Holy Bible.

Hav­ing been many times to closed nations, I have met, first hand, many men and women who have been tor­tured for their faith in Christ.

I have met the chil­dren of mar­tyrs who have no home, I have held lit­tle ones who would face cer­tain death if it weren’t for my friends who res­cued them in the name of Jesus and gave them a place to stay!

I have been to the vil­lages and seen the scars of men, some miss­ing limbs, some hav­ing lost their sight. I have even seen where some have scars where bul­lets have gone though their bod­ies, yet mirac­u­lously escaped with their fam­i­lies as their homes were set on fire by their tor­men­tors. Their only crime: they pro­fess Jesus to be Lord of their lives.

Yet, God raises up peo­ple, even in the mid­dle of the night, to pray and to give so they can be saved; Chris­tians just like you.

If you believe in Jesus, then you are part of the body of Christ. When one feels suf­fer­ing, we all should rush to aid them. Just as if we stubbed our toe, our whole body would respond to hold it and bring relief to the pain. (I Corinthi­ans 12:12)

Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)

Con­tinue to remem­ber those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mis­treated as if you your­selves were suffering.

I think of the early church and Paul as he requested prayer while per­se­cuted in prison for his faith:

2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 3:1–2 (NIV)

As for other mat­ters, broth­ers and sis­ters, pray for us that the mes­sage of the Lord may spread rapidly and be hon­ored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be deliv­ered from wicked and evil peo­ple, for not every­one has faith.

I encour­age you to pray! Explore and pray over the peo­ple who are rep­re­sented in this map. Edu­cate your­self beyond your own coun­try. (Map pro­vided by VOM). These are our broth­ers and sis­ters in the Lord who need YOU!

As I am get­ting ready to visit some of our per­se­cuted broth­ers and sis­ters, please also pray toward what you can give. I will be tak­ing gifts to them funded by SDM. (Sarah DeLane Ministries)

Many who have been arrested feel as though the whole world has for­got­ten them. They are in closed nations where their national media and gov­ern­ment deny there is even a problem.

Will you remem­ber them in prayer?

Please pray with me, right now, that our broth­ers and sis­ters who are being per­se­cuted and tor­mented will find peace in the mid­dle of their night­mare. Pray that the Word of God will spread and that they will “be deliv­ered from wicked and evil people”.

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Sneed Family Adding New Member

Glasgow, Kentucky, (June 25, 2015) There seems to be a lot of jubilation in the Sneed Family camp as the recent news of a new member has been announced. The name has not been released yet, but as soon as they know another press release will be forth coming.

No this is not another singer or musician and this one cannot be fired from the position about to be held. Of course the new addition is a brand new baby. Caleb and Amanda Cowan will be presenting the Sneed Family with their first GRANDCHILD!!!!!

There is a big smile on Caleb's face and there is a special glow about Amanda. Neither of those compare to the almost boastful pleasure seen on the face of Grandfather-to-be Jeff Sneed, while future Grandmother Pam Sneed is just keeping her cool until the big day arrives.

On June 19th Caleb and Amanda commented, "As of tonight, I believe the "secret" we have been trying to keep for several weeks now is officially out! It looks like in January of 2016 we will welcome our first baby into our little family! Our hearts are overjoyed! For this child we have both prayed for a while now, and we couldn't feel more blessed or excited! We ask each of you to please help us pray for a healthy baby! Love you all so much!!”

In other Sneed Family news, the big Loretta Lynn concert is being brought to you by the Sneed Family on Friday, July 10th @7:00PM cst. at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, Ky. For tickets call 270-361-2101 or purchase online at plaza .org. Better hurry because there are only 46 tickets left.

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

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

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

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Mark Hoggard Joins The Harvesters Quartet

Nashville, TN- The Harvesters Quartet is excited to announce that Mark Hoggard will be joining the quartet as the new bass vocalist. Mark previously sang with his Father for approximately 25 years in The Laymen Quartet. Mark also continued to keep The Laymen Quartet on the road after his dad passed in 2004 until he decided to come off the road to spend more time with his family. He returned to the traveling on a limited basis after approximately 5 years to help The Harvesters on a fill-in basis which resulted in a permanent position. Mark states “I’m enjoying singing again with a great group of men that share the Gospel of Christ, ministering to people and making new friends everywhere we sing”

Mark comes to The Harvesters filling the vacancy left by 13 year veteran bass singer Jim Collins who retired recently. Danny Parker of The Harvesters states, ”We are excited to have Mark as a member of The Harvesters Quartet. He will be taking over the duties of our stage sound along with singing bass. Mark is not just an awesome bass singer but he is an accomplished song writer as well. We are looking forward to recording and staging some of his songs in the future.”

Mark is married to Amanda with an anniversary date of September 3, 1988. They have 2 children, a daughter Briana and a son Trey. Briana and her husband Kevin are expecting their first child in December and excited would be an understatement for them. Trey just graduated from high school and will begin college at Chowan University this fall. Mark resides in Colerain, NC which is located in the north eastern part of North Carolina.

The Harvesters ask you to help us in welcoming Mark and his family to The Harvesters family. We would also like to invite you to come out and enjoy this new season of music and ministry for The Harvesters. More updates will be available in the near future at http://www.harvestersquartet.com

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Mercy’s Well Welcomes Jake Wood

Nashville, TN (June 23, 2015) – Mercy's Well is excited to announce the addition of new lead singer, Jake Wood, to their line up.

Though only 22 years old, Wood is a strong and experienced lead singer. He's been singing for many years in various local ministries, but this will be his first full-time position in Christian music. He makes his home in Trinity, NC, yet, hails originally from the north, in Chatham, Pennsylvania.

Brad Strider (group owner and tenor singer) shares, “When we began our search for just the right fit for our team, we received inquiries from Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia and all stops in between. I had no idea the perfect fit was less than thirty miles away! He’s been on the road with us for three weeks now and we are so thrilled to have Jake as a part of Mercy’s Well. Everyone’s going to love him!”

The group's current single "I'll Trade This Valley For A Mountain," is moving up the Gospel music charts. Their next single, "TODAY," which is the title cut of their new album, is slated to release in July.

To learn more about Mercy's Well, visit mercyswell.com. Like them on FACEBOOK here or follow them on TWITTER @mercys_well.

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Butler Music Group Announces More Changes

Nashville, TN, (June 24, 2015) Les Butler recently announced changes to his ministry. Below is an open letter from Les explaining these changes.

From the desk of Les Butler…

About a year and a half ago, I resigned as Publisher of Singing News Magazine. At that same time, I also resigned from all management within Salem Communications including the Solid Gospel Radio Network. At the end of some meetings, we agreed to continue our business relationship on limited bases. I continued to host their network syndicated shows (Front Porch Fellowship and The Old Country Church), as well as host weekends on Solid Gospel. I also continued to write a monthly article in the Singing News.

Effective June 30, I will cease my radio and print duties with Salem. My last weekend on the air will be June 27 and 28. My last article in the Singing News has already been published.

I first want to say how blessed I have been to be a part of their Southern Gospel properties. Never in a million years would I have ever dreamed that I would be a part of Singing News Magazine or Solid Gospel Radio Network. I want to sincerely thank Jim Cumbee, Mike Miller, and Greg Anderson for these opportunities.

This year marked my 37th continuous year on the air in Southern Gospel Music. To say that it's going to be weird NOT to go to a studio to produce a radio show is an understatement! Radio will ALWAYS be a part of who I am and what I do.

My first interviews in the 70s were with icons I eventually called friends like Rusty Goodman, Brock Speer, Kenny Hinson, James Blackwood, and more. Over my 37 years on the air, I guess I’ve interviewed every artist that could conceivably come to mind. I’ve been in their homes, and they’ve been in mine. I have been the national radio host of Home-going services and huge events. I have been the Solid Gospel NQC/Roundtable co-host or host for 16 consecutive years. I have written, produced, and hosted national radio specials for the Gaither Vocal Band, Martins, Oak Ridge Boys, Greater Vision, and dozens of others. Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that I am easily the most blessed man on the planet!

I am forever thankful for the way God is blessing my companies, Butler Music Group and Family Music Group. To be honest with you, I stand in awe of what God has done and what he is doing!

Finally, I want to personally thank every single person I have worked with during my Salem years. To the artists, thank you for allowing me to bring your story and your music to the world! Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel Music is so much more than a business or a way in which God allows me to make my living. For me, it’s ministry. This has always been, and will continue to be, God's work. By the way, He's coming back! We better tell folks about Jesus while we can!



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Daily Devotion

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Incognito

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets”
(Matthew 7:12).

It always amazed me that Superman, also known as Clark Kent, was able to protect his “super hero” identity with just one pair of dark-rimmed glasses. It must have been easier imagining him doing that back in the 1950s than it is now. Being anonymous and going “incognito” these days requires much more imagination and creativity.

I was amused recently at a funny story someone told me about listening to their iPod while on an airplane.You know where I’m going with this already, don’t you?You guessed it. They were singing so loudly everyone was looking and laugh- ing. With the earphones on, they couldn’t hear themselves singing, so they thought no one else could either.The technology of our times is amazing, isn’t it? Even talking to someone “face-to-face” seems primitive anymore. With texting, emails, “tweeting,” and so on, one can express themself openly, honestly, and anonymously without much caution or care.

It’s amazing how brave we can become when we are “incognito.” One problem I see with much of the technology avail- able to us now is that it’s much easier to be outspoken and just outright mean when you are not looking someone in the eyes, especially if we can remain anonymous when we are belittling or tearing someone down. It’s just too easy to forget how it feels to be the one on the receiving end of such actions.

I want to always be reminded that God expects me to think before I do or say something hurtful to another. How would I feel if I were on the other side? The Word of God speaks often about loving one another and putting others first.Think about it the next time before you react so quickly.Would you want someone to be hateful to your daughter if she were the waitress in that restaurant? Would you want a customer to call the manager over to the checkout counter to complain about the young man who wouldn’t break the rules for you, if he were your son? Probably not. I know I wouldn’t.

Don’t just use this scripture when it works for your benefit. It’s easy to do that. I hear people quote this who don’t even know they’re really quoting theWord of God. Let it become a forethought and not an afterthought.Try to secretly bless some- one instead of “blasting” someone.You’ll feel so much better about the outcome.

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, today remind me that everything I say affects the way I make another person feel. It really does matter whether I react in a positive or a negative way. Remind me to consider how I would feel if I were in another’s position. Remind me to be like You.

Amen.

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The Bowling Family Announces Annual Music Fest & Talent Search

Hendersonville, Tenn (June 24, 2015) Award winning Southern Gospel artist, The Bowling Family, announces their First Annual Music Fest and Talent Search hosted by the City of London, Kentucky and the London Tourist Commission in conjunction with Global Promotions. The exciting two day event will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 and Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of London, 804 West 6th Street, London, Kentucky.

The Bowling Family is thrilled to have Adam Crabb, Gold City Quartet, Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The McKameys, Primitive Quartet, and comedian Aaron Wilburn performing.

The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith To Believe, garnered a record four number one songs, as well as the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards 2008 Song of the Year (Your Cries Have Awoken The Master). Their current project Safe After The Storm has produced two number one songs.

Mike Bowling notes, "This has been a lifelong dream to have an annual event in my hometown. This gives us an opportunity to bring the best talent in the industry to London, KY and to also show off this great community to gospel music lovers nationwide.”

The first annual Music Fest will feature a Talent Search in conjunction with Daywind Records to be held Friday morning at the London Community Center at 9:00 AM.

The Friday night concert includes Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant Quartet, Aaron Wilburn and The Bowlings. The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

The Saturday night concert includes Adam Crabb, Gold City, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Aaron Wilburn, and The Bowlings. The concert to begins at 6:00 PM.

A Saturday Matinee is scheduled for 1:00 PM and will feature The McKameys and the Primative Quartet.

You can learn more about The Bowling Family by visiting http://www.bowlingsonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bowling-Family/ .

To book The Bowling Family contact Beckie with the Beckie Simmons Agency by E-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500 .

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Daily Devotion

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Time

In southeast Indiana where I was born and raised, we never recognized "Springing Forward" and "Falling Back."
While the rest of the surround areas honored it, we stayed the same.

We used the expressions "Fast Time" and "Slow Time" to distinguish if an area "sprung forward" or stayed the same. I'm sure to the outsider that didn't have a clue about "Slow Time or Fast Time" expression, that was really confusing!

There are times that time does seem sloooow...... When we're visiting with a strange family member or when it seems a bad day will never end..
Then there are times that time seems to be fast! When we are enjoying an activity and wishing the moment would never end.

Truth is- we all have the same amount of time. Time is a precious thing. It's valuable for sure.

We make excuses like "I just don't HAVE TIME to exercise." "I'd be more involved in church if I HAD TIME."

Truth is we all are given the same amount of time. We simply abuse it and often don't use it wisely.

We must MAKE time to do what really matters. Make time to spend with our family, to pray, to read God's word and devotions and to witness to others.

See this TIME (life) that we have goes by SO FAST.

John 4:14 "you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."

Make the most of your TIME. Enjoy and do your best to share each moment loving those close to you and living for Jesus.

Prayer starter: "Father, I know TIME is going by so FAST. Help me to live every moment for you and to enjoy every second they I have. Sharing your blessings and your love. In Jesus name, amen."

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How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

"Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).

I find it interesting that the first three letters of the word, “diet,” spell D-I-E, and when I restrict myself to one, sometimes I feel as if I'm going to. However, that discussion is for another time.

In this familiar passage, Paul cites an example of a runner in training as he prepared for a race. The runner shackled himself with heavy metal weights that made walking and running cumbersome. It was a primitive form of resistance training that had great effect and yielded positive results. After months of running with the weights attached to his ankles and legs, a sudden freedom was experienced once the heaviness was removed prior to the actual race. The newfound freedom made for a faster runner.

In this life, running can become drudgery and almost impossible when we are burdened down with the heavy weight of care, concern, and condemnation. Others consistently run past us and seem to make great strides in their walk with Jesus, while we are struggling to just inch our way to the finish line. This results in unnecessary labor and frustration.

Paul makes it clear, though, that there is a remedy and that we ourselves have a role to play in the answer. When he writes, "Let us lay aside every weight," the implication is clear that you and I have a choice in the matter. We don't have to try and run with the weights attached. We can be free once the weights are removed.

Remove the weights through confession and commitment.

Remove the weights through surrender and trust.

Remove the weights through dedication and determination.

Remove the weights though prayer and worship.

Running without the weights is a most enjoyable race. Try it today.

Tim Hill

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Mark Davidson of Chosen Quartet is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of June 21 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Jordan's Bridge, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Balos Family and The Bowling Family. An article from Gospel Music Quarterly magazine written by Doug Anderson is the subject of this week's News Notes. In the News this week is Tracy Stuffle, Zach and Rodney and Landon Villines. The show features singing by The Greesons, exclusive concert video of Chosen Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Oklahoma City, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Abundance Quartet, recorded in Broken Arrow, OK.

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

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Written: 06/22/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Ashley DeRamus Foundation Supports The Race For Research Event

Ashley DeRamus Foundation Supports The Race For Research Event


Hoover, Ala (June 22, 2015) The green flag will drop on the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation Race For Research road rally on July 6th at the Darlington Speedway in Darlington, South Carolina. The Race For Research is a three-day, family-friendly road rally that will make "pit stops” at several NASCAR venues and race shops and conclude at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina on July 8. Third generation NASCAR driver, David Ragan and his wife Jacquelyn, are returning as honorary co-chairs of the event. Like Ashley DeRamus, David’s older brother, Adam, is an adult with Down syndrome.

After leaving the Darlington Speedway, the rally participants will navigate their way to U.S. Legends Cars in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Teams answer scavenger hunt questions and capture memories as they meet racing legends and current drivers. From there, it is on to zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. The first day concludes in Lexington, North Carolina.

Day two begins at the Childress Winery, a popular stop from the 2014 Race for Research. Other stops include Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Day three begins at JR Motorsports with stops at Performance and Training (PIT) and Michael Waltrip Racing. The day will end with an awards ceremony and celebration of the teams, sponsors and the Down syndrome community.

Ashley DeRamus, National Down Syndrome Society’s NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year Award recipient, is a proponent of the Race for Research, which raises money to fund for Down syndrome cognition research.

"I want to encourage my fans to get involved with the Race For Research and help to spread the word on the work the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is conducting,” said Ashley. "You can visit the event website to make a donation, support a team, or start your own team.”

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation has funded over $12 million dollars in grants igniting research leading to several clinical trials for pharmaceutical treatments to aid in cognition and behavioral deficits in individuals with Down syndrome.

More information on the rally can be found at http://www.lumindraceforresearch.org .

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

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

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About Ashley Deramus Foundation

The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .



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Back Home To Film A Powerful Music Video

(And They Are Inviting YOU to Participate)

Nashville, TN (June 19th, 2015) - Award winning duo Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne), from South Pittsburg, TN has a powerful event in the works. On Wednesday, June 24th they will be filming what some feel is one of the most important concept videos for those in ministry and their churches. The video focuses on the pastoral role.

Joining Back Home on the video will be Scott Fowler of Legacy Five and Dr. Tim Hill, Director of Missions for the Church of God. It will be filmed at the North Cleveland Church of God/Dixon Chapel in Cleveland, TN.

Scott Fowler expresses, "My dad was a bi-vocational pastor. I am very excited because I know this song and video will encourage pastors." Scott is also a featured guest vocalist on the duos newest CD, 1 Name.

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

There will be crowd shots starting at 10:00 AM EST at the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, TN. Back Home, along with Scott Fowler, and Dr. Hill would LOVE to have you come and participate in this monumental day. If you are interested, be there around 9:45 AM EST wearing what you would wear to your Sunday morning church service. For more information visit, backhomesings.com or go to their Facebook page.

To host Back Home at your church or ministry event contact Sophia Davis of the Adoration Agency at http://www.adorationagency.com or call 615-590-7453.

To learn more about Back Home, visit backhomesings.com.
Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/BackJLHome.
Follow them on Twitter at @backjlhome.

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An Open Letter From The Rambo Family

Dear Friends,

There's never an easy way to share difficult news but you all have been a part of so many joys, tears, valleys and triumphs with our family over the years and I wanted to ask for your prayers as we walk through this challenge. My dad, Buck Rambo, has been fighting a private battle with cancer over the last several months. Throughout the diagnosis, doctor's visits, radiation and chemotherapy, dad has been and remains a fighter. He knows the Great Physician and has experienced healing many times in his life. He is truly an inspiration to us all.
 
His precious wife Mae is such a kind, loving and faithful caregiver. She and Dad will be coming back home to Nashville from his treatments in Florida at the end of this month. Please believe with us for complete healing, wisdom, strength, favor and everything extra that is necessary to accommodate him at this time.

Please lift up all our family as we walk by faith through this difficult season. Jesus is guiding each step of the way.

Lovingly,

Buck Rambo Family

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - June 22, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
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Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
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He Is Mine Eighth Day
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Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
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Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
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Time Machine Browders
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Battle Cry Kingsmen
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Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
9
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10
Power of the Cross Gold City
9
10
11
8
Shout Williamsons
10
11
8
13
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
12
7
11
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
13
15
14
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
14
14
12
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
7
15
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I Will Rise Tribute
8
16
13
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God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
17
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Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
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Glorybound Whisnants
7
19
28
16
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
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14
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
21
29
6
I Want the World to See (Jesus Lives In Me) Taylors
21
22
20
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He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
23
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11
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
24
23
10
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
25
24
7
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
24
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35
2
Place In the Choir Browns
26
27
32
4
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
27
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2
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
28
29
25
12
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
17
30
26
13
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
31
31
17
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
32
40
4
Somebody Prays Guardians
32
33
27
12
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
34
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
34
35
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1
I Have a Home McKameys
35
36
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5
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
27
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He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
37
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One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
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That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
40
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Dig a Little Deeper Canton Junction
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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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Risky Business - The Challenge Of True faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

While traveling to a closed nation, I learned God is not looking for just young people, or people who seem to have it all together. He is looking for those who are not ashamed of His name or His Kingdom. He is searching for those who will proactively promote the hearing of the Gospel. Those who are not afraid to tell someone, Jesus loves them and God wants a relationship with them.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” — 2 Timothy 4:2,5

What do I mean? Let me share with you an experience I had while taking Bibles into a closed nation.

With a team of believers, I successfully crossed the border (which is another story unto itself), with thousands of gospel tracts and Bibles. The nation we were entering is very hostile to the gospel and to believe in Jesus is illegal. Regardless of this, revival has come! You see there are many believers in this closed nation, but they only get a bible if a foreigner is willing to bring the books across the border. If the nationals were found with one, it would mean a minimum of three years in prison–a risk many are willing to take.

That night, we went to meet our contact with the secret church. We took a taxi, walked down an alleyway, traipsed up three staircases – all the while dodging in and out of hallways, as not to be seen by neighbors who would report you to the authorities. They told me I would be meeting with one of the main contacts/suppliers in the area. Our contact supplied Bibles and gospel materials to traveling Evangelists. I half expected our contact to be a young, energetic man to have gained such a reputation. We made it to the address we were given, rapped lightly on the wooden door… and then the door opened.

To my amazement, my eyes met with an 80 year old lady! Not very tall in stature, her back bent in her old age, her eyes were barely visible from the wrinkles on her face, but she was strong for Christ!

To protect her identity, lets call her “Emma”. We entered Emma’s small one room flat. As we quickly unloaded our precious cargo, Emma would raise both hands in praise to God. She held one book tightly to her chest and kissed it. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she held a huge smile on her face. Her eyes dancing in pure delight! The WORD had arrived!

Unbeknownst to us, the police had stopped two teams that tried to come into that same city previously and all their Bibles were confiscated. Therefore, you can imagine the joy that Emma experienced when she received the much-­‐needed books.

In that tiny room, you could feel the love of God just pouring out from her and by just being in her presence you could feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit. She grabbed my hand and held it close to her most of the time. While I knew just a little of her language, I told her that
I loved her then sang Jesus Loves Me. When I finished singing she nodded in approval and said back to me, “Jesus Loves YOU!”

After we finished unpacking the 14 large bags of Bibles and gospel tracks, Emma asked us to sit down. She bowed her head in prayer and began to pray out loud in her language. As we all prayed, once again, you could sense the anointing flowing out of this precious handmaiden of God.

Before we left, Emma showed us a home video she had taken of the flood damage in her nation. This flood affected hundreds of millions of people (nearly the population of the United States). Emma and her team of evangelists took advantage of the disaster and decided good could come out of this terrible tragedy. They loaded up three trucks with fresh drinking water, blankets, and clothes and hidden in the back of each truck were boxes of Bibles! They went to the heart of the disaster with a mega phone and preached the gospel! Many are saved today because of Emma’s determination!

You see Emma and her co-­‐workers had already spent at least four years in a third-­‐world prison for their faith in Jesus Christ. They knew first-­‐hand what the trying of their faith meant. However, she wasn’t the least bit daunted from obeying the great commission in the nation they lived in. The gospel is the gospel, not matter where you are. Her knowledge that Jesus is coming back soon, and having read, “If you love me, keep my commandments” from the Word was all the motivation she needed. You couldn’t tell her she was too old. She wouldn’t once say, “it’s time for me to sit back and leave it to the younger ones”. You couldn’t have told her she was too poor, or that she would be arrested again—this would not stop her. None of this mattered to her. She knew, as long as there was breath in her body, God wanted to use her to expand His Kingdom and to, somehow, bring Him Glory.

God honors that kind of faith. For without faith it is impossible to please God. She chose to do what God had told her and to trust Him with the consequences.

And here’s the kicker! The consequences God left for her?

She had donated so many clothes to her needy neighbors; the province (the same authorities who arrested her before) gave her “The Humanitarian of the Year Award”. Of course, they weren’t aware that our beloved Emma was also giving with each cup of water, the LIVING WATER! They each received a brand new “illegal” Bible! Isn’t that just like our God?

What excuses have we used lately to diminish our Godly influence on others? How are we a witness for the hurting in our neighborhoods? Let’s ask God today to show us what we can do.

Ask Him to allow people to cross your path today who you could tell the gospel to. It’s so simple! Let’s do all we can to win the lost! This is God’s desire, that none should perish, but all should have eternal life. Someone told you about Him—now pass it on! ;-­‐)

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Daily Devotion

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

Plug Into The Power

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV).

Not long ago, I came into our kitchen one morning to fix breakfast. After scrambling a couple of eggs, I decided to have some toast as well. After popping the toast in the toaster I waited and waited and waited some more. "This is taking longer than usual," I muttered to myself as I eased to the other side of the kitchen to investigate. What I found made me chuckle. Somehow, without me realizing it, the power cord had become unplugged from the outlet. Without power the toaster was incapable of making toast.

I hate to admit it but sometimes in my christian life, I have gotten unplugged from my power source without realizing it. It's when everything starts getting a little tense that I realize that if I'm not plugged into the power I will be totally incapable of doing the things Christ has asked me to do. Christ said," Without me you can do nothing. Through prayer and study of Gods word we can make sure that we are plugged into the power. Only then can we be effective in showing the world the power of the awesome God we serve.

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Daily Devotion

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Doing Good

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

I’ve read it so many times: Do good; share.Why has it never dawned on me that “doing good” is listed as a sacrifice? We all know what the word means, but let me give you some synonyms for the word: give, release, relinquish, resign, free, give up, offer up. I’ve referenced this scripture in numerous translations and these same two words are used together in each one— “do good and sacrifice.”

The enlightenment of this scripture to my heart has been very liberating for me. Doing good is sometimes a sacrifice. No wonder there is often a struggle when we are asked to do something good for someone.The mere word VDFULÀFHV is a clue that it’s not always easy.

In Luke 10, we read the story of the Good Samaritan.As he was traveling, he came upon a stranger who had been robbed and thrown into the ditch to die.Two others had already passed by and turned their heads, because they didn’t know him.Why should they have felt obligated anyway? But, when the Samaritan saw this stranger, he had compassion on him. “So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him” (v. 34). He didn’t just leave him there for one night either, but he paid the bill and told the manager to keep him there until he was well. On his way back through town, he promised to pay all that would be spent on him.

It always seems there are“do-gooders”and“not-so-do-gooders.” Haven’t you thought that it just comes easy and natural for some people to do good? Well, maybe it doesn’t. Oh sure, there are some good things that are easier to do than others.That’s a fact, and some people seem to choose all the easy deeds right up front and leave the difficult ones for someone else.

I’m sure it was a sacrifice for the Samaritan to take time out of his busy schedule to stop. For all he knew this could backfire on him.After all, the robbers could possibly still be in the area. On the other hand, at some point in his life, he might need to be shown the same generosity.
Maybe the man whom he helped wouldn’t do the same for him or anybody else for that matter. He may not have even said, “Thank you.” That’s beside the point. It doesn’t really matter.The point is, God is pleased with the sacrifice that it takes to do good.

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News & Scoops


Freedom’s Crossing Relocate Their Ministry To Tennessee

Cleveland, Tenn (June 18,2015) It took God’s timing for everything to fall perfectly into place. Freedom's Crossing believes a new season has begun for their family and ministry in Tennessee. Late last year, Adam and Rebecca felt the Lord shifting them into a transition period. After a lot of prayer, they felt led to make a trip to Tennessee. After a week in Cleveland, the door opened wide and they knew in their hearts that only God could have worked it out in such a perfect way.

Rebecca Reynolds stated, "We're so excited to be in Tennessee! We have talked and prayed about moving for a while now. It is a central location for traveling full time with our ministry and also a great place to raise a family. We traveled from Virginia to explore our options in the Cleveland area and an opportunity presented itself with a house, so we signed the papers, packed up and came home to Tennessee."

"Although we do miss all of our family in Virginia terribly, having some family and friends here in Cleveland make the move easier for sure. We definitely plan to visit Virginia as much as possible and of course, our family there will be making plenty of Tennessee visits as well” Adam Reynolds said.

Adam grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and lived there his whole life while Rebecca actually lived in Cleveland, Tennessee as a child. Her family moved from Florida for ministry reasons as well, and some of her family still lives in the Cleveland area. When Adam & Rebecca married in 2005, Rebecca then moved to Virginia. In 2008, their baby girl, Jeslynn, was born. She is now 7 and has an amazing voice. Their family has grown again with the birth of their son, Zayden, in December of last year.

Adam and Rebecca are excited about what God is doing in their family and ministry. They look forward to seeing what God has in store!

You can learn more about Freedom's Crossing by going to http://www.freedomscrossing.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/freedomscrossing .

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Daily Devotion

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What To Do When You Are Hurt

We have all been hurt. We have all been betrayed. We have experienced the pain of being hurt by someone that was very close to us.

It seems that those offenses are the worst.

What do we do when we are hurt by a fellow Christian? Sometimes we are hurt unintentionally or intentionally.

If we are in this “Army of the Lord” together how can fellow soldiers hurt us? How can someone whom we loved and depended on, hurt us?

The Military definition for “Friendly Fire” is “an incident where friendly forces fire on their own troops or vehicles by mistake.”

Sin not only hurts us, but hurts those around us. Sometimes we are in the “line of fire”, when the “fallout” of sin finds it victims. The offender never meant to hurt us, but we are hurt none the less. What should be our response? We should realize that we are all human and sinful creatures.

When my life fell apart years ago, I know I hurt a lot of people. It was never my intention, but people were devastated by my actions. I went to as many as I could and asked their forgiveness. Some extended forgiveness and some didn’t.

I know Christians who have been hurt by other believers so deeply that they stop going to church and even worse, stop serving God.

If that happens, we must look and examine where we placed OUR trust. Was our trust in the Man/Woman or God?

What happens when someone PURPOSELY hurts you?

Psalm 41:9 “Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.”

It’s like you are caught in an ambush!

One of my pet peeves is when we feel like we’re helping God. We get the attitude: “I’m going to do God a favor by helping God punish him/her.” Read this carefully: GOD DOESN’T NEED OUR HELP IN THIS AREA. If someone hurts/offends you, LET GOD HANDLE THEM. His judgment is perfect and always timely.

The enemy also uses Christians to do his work. They get blinded by the “father of lies” and they unknowingly allow themselves to be used to destroy fellow believers.

Some people are just mean. Point blank. It wasn’t the enemy; it was just them being “ugly.”

Psalm 25:3 “No one who trusts in you (God) will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.”

I don’t have all the answers but I know if place our trust or build our relationships on the shoulders of men and women-we will be hurt. We are imperfect, sinful creatures. As long as we are in this flesh and living in this sinful world, we will make mistakes.

“If you put your trust in man, you WILL be hurt.”-JC Hutson

We must put our trust and hope in God.

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.”

If someone has hurt you, forgive them. Even if they don’t ask, forgive them.

Luke 17:4 “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

God never said “Follow my followers.”- He DID say, “Follow Me.”

Prayer starter: "Father, I have been hurt and I know that I gave hurt people. Forgive me for those whom I have hurt and help me to make it right. Help me also to forgive those who have hurt me. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


The Isaacs To Honor Jim Ed Brown In Opry Appearance

Nashville, Tenn (June 17,2015) The Isaacs are frequent performers at the Grand Ole Opry, but tonight takes on a very special meaning as they perform "The Three Bells” on the Opry stage. As a result of the success of the Isaacs re-recording of the song they are set to perform it tonight at the Opry as a tribute to Jim Ed Brown, who passed away just last Thursday, June 11th.

Very popular Gospel artists, The Isaacs, recently covered the classic Country tune "The Thee Bells” made popular by Country and Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown in the late 50s. The song has been a huge hit in the personal appearances of the Isaacs and especially at the Gaither Homecoming Concerts

The Isaacs sang the time-honored hymn "It Is Well” at the Memorial service for Jim Ed Brown held at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday, June 15th. As covered by the newspaper, The Tennessean, other performers paying tribute to Mr. Brown included the Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, the Gatlin Brothers, and Lady Antebellum, and others, along with several speakers who shared their memories.

Lily Isaacs stated, "It was a great honor to be a part of the home going service of our dear friend Jim Ed Brown . He will be missed by all. He was an amazing human being. We are grateful that we got to know him."

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Daily Devotion

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Yet Will I Trust the Lord!

The title of this devotion is the same as one of the first songs I had published. I don't know of anyone who ever recorded it. Can't blame them. It's not crafted well, but it does have a lot of spirit. I do appreciate my denomination including it in the annual songbook for the "y'all come on up" choirs we used to have. (Sorry, you'd have to be raised "oldtime Pentecost" to appreciate that remark.)

I wrote it when I was 18. What do most kids even know about faith at that age? I should probably do a re-write on it now that I'm past 50. I think it would "sing" differently today.

Since then, I've met Pastor Solomon. I met him at his wife's funeral and couldn't help but notice 10 graves lined beside hers. All of them had been decorated that day with fresh flowers. I discovered the Solomons had parented 11 children, and all but one had died in an accidental or tragic way. In his late 70s, this elderly pastor would now say farewell to his wife of over 50 years.

Assisted by his only remaining daughter, he stepped from the limousine provided by the funeral home. After gaining his composure, he surveyed the graves for what seemed like an hour. Then I heard it. At first, he spoke in a quiet tone, but then he repeated it with volume. "Though God slay me, yet will I trust Him."

After that, he continued pastoring a church until just before his own home-going. How I wish I had known him before attempting to write about trust.

My "trust" song would have been better if I had already been acquainted with David and Betty. I was their pastor when David lost his life. A man who took pride in always providing for his wife and aging parents had been brought to the depths of despair. I never knew how depression could cripple a man until I watched his scenario unfold. Lost job. Lost hope. Lost life. The funeral was over, and family and friends had returned to home and routine. Betty returned to her minimum wage job at the fabric store. Only a few weeks had passed when she stopped me as I entered the sanctuary one Sunday.

Placing an envelope in my hand, she said, "Put this in the plate today, Pastor." "What is it, Betty?" I asked. Her response stunned me. I asked her again. Her answer was the same. "It is my ‘praise offering’!"

I couldn't believe it. She had been through hell and back in the previous 30 days and came through with a "praise offering" as a souvenir. Astonished, I walked into the sanctuary, looked into the faces of some I knew would have quit over a flat tire. I lifted up her praise offering and commenced to use her story to build faith in others.

Yeah, I really need to re-write that song. I've helped raise three girls since then. I've stayed in the homes of faithful missionaries, stood by hundreds of hospital beds, and spoken at many funerals. Yep, it would be a lot better song now. I've had my own chronic illness to endure since then. Oh, don't worry. It's not threatening, just aggravating. Mostly a vision and fatigue issue, but it has taught me that nobody is immune to trouble and sickness, regardless of what others may tell you. Somewhere on this journey, trust kicked in, and I've learned God does not stop being who He is when I am weak and seeing double; or when an old preacher counts the graves of his family, or when husbands jump off the edge of depression. Grace is still sufficient, mercy is endless, and hope endures.

My song? Well, my intention was good and my theology was right. It just lacked one key ingredient—experience.



Tim Hill



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Weekly Chart

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Monday - June 15, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
11
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(5)
2
2
21
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
3
3
19
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
4
5
7
He Is Mine Eighth Day
4
5
4
17
Battle Cry Kingsmen
2
6
7
7
Time Machine Browders
6
7
9
10
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
8
6
12
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
9
19
12
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
9
10
18
9
Power of the Cross Gold City
10
11
14
7
Shout Williamsons
11
12
13
13
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
12
13
10
14
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
14
11
11
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
7
15
8
13
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
16
20
17
I Will Rise Tribute
8
17
12
30
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
18
25
10
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
19
22
4
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
19
20
16
5
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
21
24
13
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
22
15
24
Glorybound Whisnants
7
23
21
9
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
24
29
6
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
24
25
17
11
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
17
26
28
12
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
27
35
11
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
27
28
37
15
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
29
27
5
I Want the World to See (Jesus Lives In Me) Taylors
27
30
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1
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
30
31
23
16
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
32
32
3
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
32
33
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1
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
33
34
36
3
Living In Harmony Triumphant
34
35
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1
Place In the Choir Browns
35
36
31
17
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
37
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1
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
37
38
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1
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
38
39
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1
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
39
40
38
3
Somebody Prays Guardians
38
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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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Snyder Family Band - Wherever I Wander


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Crossroads
Website: http://www.snyderfamilyband.com

The Snyder Family Band has been recording together as a trio since 2010. The whole family frequently appears together including mom and little brother, father Bud on the bass and siblings Samantha and Zeb on their own instruments round out this family. The sound of this group seems to be a very mixed bag. Which seems to work well for them. You'll hear traditional bluegrass and gospel mixed with blues and other influences. The album starts off with NEW RIVER RAPIDS, a back and forth between the mandolin and fiddle. Many of the tracks on this recording are simply instrumental. The instruments and sounds are very professional sounding. You can tell they spend a lot of time practicing. It is very much a mainly instrumental project, but when there are vocals they stand out a little more. WHEREVER I WANDER is probably one of the stand out tracks that most people will relate to. It's definitely a modern gospel bluegrass tune. Vocals sound very good with definite tones from Samantha and Zeb. I was actually taken back when I first heard the vocals. For being so young these kids are well on their way. Give this entire cd a listen and be sure and check this family out soon! I know they will be on the stage this year in Branson at Silver Dollar City.



Song List:

New River Rapids
Wherever I Wander
After You’ve Gone
A Whaler’s Song
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
The Keeper
The Peach Truck
Swamp Music
Trick Shot
Hittin’ the Highway
Highway Call

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Loretta Lynn - Hymns & Gospel Favorites


Producer: Information not provided
Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.lorettalynn.com

If you are a country music fan then you have probably heard the name Loretta Lynn. Loretta has had a career in country music that spans more than 50 years. Her voice is one of the most recognizable voices. She has won many awards, honors and recognitions over the years. Loretta was born a coal-miner’s daughter on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, KY. Her popular song “Coal Miners Daughter” and also a book and movie, tells her story. At age 83, Loretta is still traveling today doing concerts and recording new projects.

Loretta’s latest released project entitled Loretta Lynn – Hymns and Gospel Favorites includes fourteen gospel hymns and favorites and comes from the Gaither Gospel Series. Many of these songs are familiar and have been sung for many years in churches, revivals and concerts. If you grab your red back hymnal, you will be able to sing along to most of these without missing a word, however, most of these songs you already know so you really don’t need for a book.

Starting off the project is In The Sweet By And By, which is a great peppy, toe tapping song to kick it off. How Great Thou Art, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, The Old Rugged Cross and Just A Little Talk With Jesus are all great and nicely done by her. Who Says God Is Dead is a song that Loretta wrote and she does a great job on it.

One of my favorites on this project is If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again. Other great songs on this project include In The Garden, I Feel Like Traveling On, When They Ring Those Golden Bells, I Believe, and Where No One Stands Alone. Another favorite of mine is Old Camp Meetin’ Time, which has a great banjo introduction, grab your tambourine and join in. Finishing up this project is Softly and Tenderly.

This is a 4 star recording. If you are a country music or country gospel fan, you will find this CD will be one for your collection.



Song List:

1 – In The Sweet By and By
2 – How Great Thou Art
3 – Just A Closer Walk With Thee
4 – Who Says God Is Dead
5 – The Old Rugged Cross
6 – Just A Little Talk With Jesus
7 – If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
8 – In The Garden
9 – I Feel Like Traveling On
10- I Believe
11 – When They Ring Those Golden Bells
12- Old Camp Meetin’ Time
13- Where No One Stands Alone
14 – Softly And Tenderly

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Doug Anderson - On His Own

Doug talks with Deon about his new transition as a solo artist.

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Daily Devotion

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Roadside Assistance

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

So, when help FINALLY arrives and the JUMPER CABLES are connected, a SURGE of POWER hits your battery and ONCE AGAIN you’re OFF and RUNNING.
Well, I guess you know what I’m getting at. You’ve got a BATTERY inside you too. A BATTERY that can run out of POWER because of WORRY, DOUBT, FEAR and ANXIETY can SAP your strength.
But, King David said in Psalm 120:1 “CALL on the LORD in distress and He WILL answer!” He’ll CONNECT you to His POWER SOURCE like Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives POWER to the faint and to them that have NO MIGHT He gives STRENGTH.”

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

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

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Water In The Desert

He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs. Psalms 107:15 (NIV).

Traveling out West as much as I do allows me to see some pretty incredible scenery and admire God's handiwork. Recently, I was traveling a stretch of Interstate that took me through, what is usually a hot brown sandy dusty desert with very little signs of life as far as the eye can see in every direction. However this time it was different, very different. The rain that had fallen the night before bringing with it cooler temperatures. What I saw was astounding! The beautiful bright flowers blooming in pools of water in the middle of the desert amidst a carpet of green was a welcome change. If I had not it with my own eyes I would not have believed the desert could be so beautiful!

You may going through a desert experience of your own. Maybe you have been in a dry dusty place for a while with no visible signs of life as far as the eye can see. You are feeling tired, hurt and angry wondering ,"God are you ever going to show up?" If that's you my friend just hang on, the rain is on the way, and when it does you will truly see the beauty of God in the midst of your desert and realize that He was there all the time.

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Grand Ole Opry Star Jim Ed Brown Passes Away

Jim Ed Brown, a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years and a newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday, June 11th at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN after battling cancer.

Mr. Brown scored major country hits as a solo artist, as a duet singer, and as a member of The Browns with sisters Maxine and Bonnie. The Browns’ 1959 crossover smash “The Three Bells” topped Billboard’s country chart for ten consecutive weeks, and it spent four weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre singles chart.

“If you listen to The Browns, it’s a very pretty sound,” Mr. Brown said earlier this year, in an interview with Peter Cooper of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “It was sibling harmony, a sound that was very pleasing. I’ve never heard anybody that could come close to that particular sound. It couldn’t be imitated.”

James Edward Brown was born April 1, 1934, in Sparkman, Arkansas. He spent the first decade of his life on a farm, without electricity or running water. On Saturday nights, the family would tune a battery operated radio to WSM-AM (650) and listen to the Grand Ole Opry. As a teenager, Jim Ed would mimic the vocal styles of Opry stars - his Hank Snow impersonation was particularly effective - and in 1952 Maxine entered him into a talent competition at KLRA radio in Little Rock.

He didn’t win the contest, but was asked back to appear on the station’s Barnyard Frolic show. Soon, he invited Maxine to sing with him on the Frolic, and their harmonies impressed touring musician Wayne Raney, who championed Jim Ed and Maxine to record labels. In 1954, they signed with Abbott Records and recorded their first Top 10 country hit, the Jim Ed-and Maxine-penned “Looking Back to See.” Bonnie Brown soon joined her siblings, and the duo became a trio.

As The Browns, Jim Ed, Maxine, and Bonnie notched Top Twenty country hits with “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow,” “I Take the Chance,” “Just As Long As You Love Me,” “Money,” “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing,” “Would You Care,” and “Beyond the Shadow.” But in 1959 the trio was pondering retirement. Mr. Brown’s service in the U.S. Army and the sisters’ family lives had distracted musical attentions, and Mr. Brown was running his father’s sawmill. The Browns—who by then were signed to RCA Records—told producer Chet Atkins that they were thinking of quitting the music business, but Atkins asked them to come to Nashville and record again.

“Chet asked if there was anything we wanted to do that we hadn’t recorded,” Mr. Brown said. “We told him about a song called ‘The Three Bells’ that we sang coming from Pine Bluff to Nashville. We recorded it, and after the session Chet said, ‘You kids may think you’re about to retire, but I think you’ve just recorded the biggest song we’ve ever done.’”

Mr. Brown was driving a truck in Arkansas in 1959 when he parked, walked into a drive-in to buy a Coca-Cola, and heard “The Three Bells” playing on the radio. The song resonated with country and pop audiences, impressed and inspired the Beatles, and ensured that Mr. Brown need not spend his life at the sawmill. The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, on the strength of “The Three Bells” and follow-ups including “Scarlet Ribbons (for Her Hair),” “The Old Lamplighter” and “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” But in 1967, Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire. Mr. Brown stayed in Nashville as a solo artist on RCA, and he recorded his signature solo song in 1967 with “Pop a Top,” a No. 3 country single that was later revived by Alan Jackson on Jackson’s Under the Influence album.

From 1967 through 1974, Mr. Brown also reached the Top Ten of the country charts with singles “Morning,” “Southern Loving,” “Sometime Sunshine” and “It’s That Time of Night.” In 1976, he began recording duets with Helen Cornelius, logging a No. 1 country hit with “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You.” With Cornelius, Mr. Brown won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award and reached country’s Top 10 with “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye,” “If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight,” “Lying in Love with You,” Fools,” and “Morning Comes Too Early.”

Mr. Brown’s easygoing manner made him an effective host on the Opry and on numerous television programs. He helmed shows including the syndicated Nashville on the Road and The Country Place and The Nashville Network’s You Can Be a Star and Going Our Way. In 2003, he began hosting syndicated radio program, Country Music Greats Radio Show.

In September 2014, Mr. Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. While he was undergoing treatments, Plowboy Records released In Style Again, Mr. Brown’s first solo effort in 40 years. Fellow Opry stars Vince Gill and Sharon and Cheryl White joined him on the critically acclaimed album. In March 2015, Mr. Brown and The Browns were elected along with Grady Martin and The Oak Ridge Boys as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“Fame is fleeting, hit records change every week, award show winners and nominees change every year, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be forever,” Mr. Brown said, in response to receiving country music’s highest honor. The Browns’ official induction will come in October, but CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young visited Mr. Brown in the hospital on June 4 to present him with a medallion commemorating his Hall of Fame membership.

Mr. Brown died at peace with himself and with his place in country music.

“I’ve always loved to sing,” he said. “My grandmother nicknamed me ‘Jaybird,’ because I’d go around singing all the time. I’ve gone through some hard times, but some good times, too. If push comes to shove, I’ll do it again.”

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News & Scoops


MEDIA ALERT - Three Bridges On Gospel Music Showcase

This week on Gospel Music Showcase, host Guy Penrod welcomes Three Bridges to the program.
Don't miss this exciting show, Saturday, June 13th at 4:30pm ET/3:30pm CT only on the Daystar Television Network.

Here is a link to the show promo: https://youtu.be/WU7JPypDwiA
Here is a link to a "behind the scenes" with Three Bridges from Daystar's greenroom: https://youtu.be/J8OUDVyTJ9A

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Daily Devotion

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Little Strength

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name”
(Revelation 3:8).

Recently, one morning, I was having one of those times in prayer where I was wrestling with many things. I found myself struggling with issues related to my attitude and feelings about life in general.A lot of “stuff ” was on my mind. On this particular day, I was feeling weak and powerless to control those feelings. I hate to be in that place with myself. It’s a place where I will never be comfortable.

I took my Bible and went to the porch swing on our deck. I sat down and began to enjoy the warmth of the radiating sun- shine on my face along with the cool breeze blowing under the canopy of the swing.The breeze was a reminder that a new season was just around the corner.The heat of summer would quickly give place to a more enjoyable and moderate climate.

I don’t know about you, but when I need encouragement, I don’t often go to the Book of Revelation to find it. But, as I opened my Bible, there it was.Two words in particular seemed to leap off the page in my direction.The words “little strength” seemed to describe me perfectly. I had enough strength to know that I needed to change my attitude and my feelings, but not enough strength to do anything about it on my own.When it comes to strength, I desire to be a giant in faith. I want to be a constant example to those around me of one who has a Christ- like mind and attitude.
I’m embarrassed to even reveal this to anyone. How can I, knowing what I know, and being a Christian for as long as I can remember, even allow this kind of thing to be in control? I

I don’t dare even dream that I will ever reach “superhero” status anytime soon — and probably never. Maybe, I will always, from time to time, find myself having a “little strength.” However, somehow I don’t think I’m alone in this. How many times have you felt like all you had was a “little strength.” I’m just glad to know that when we feel so weak, our heavenly Father has enough strength to carry us through. When we find ourselves completely overwhelmed with “stuff,” He steps in and gives us what we need to overcome.

Ultimately, even this little trip out to the deck was ordered by the Lord. Just as I felt the beauty and refreshing breezes of nature surround me, I was made to remember that my little season will change. He will renew my strength, and the “stuff ” will all come into perspective in just a little while. So, I don’t know how long it will be before I have to make another trip back to the swing, but I’m sure He’ll be there to meet me again.

Paula’s Prayer
O God, thank You that when I am weak,You are strong.Thank You that I don’t have to depend on my own strength to get through every day. Thanks for Your renewing power each and every moment in all situations. I give You praise for that today.

Amen.

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Daily Devotion

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Open Mic

Our youngest daughter: Bailey, and I were coming home from her Orthondonist appointment recently and we had the local Christian radio station on.

The DJ had just given away a CD as a prize to the "4th caller to correctly answer this trivia question. "

He introduced a song and it began to play.

Bailey and I just looked at each other for a moment and smiled as we realized the DJ left the radio station studio Mic on. We could hear him talking underneath the song that was playing.

Now, we couldn't understand what he was saying, but we could just hear bits and pieces and it was comical to us.

What if during an ordinary mundane day, someone left an "Open Mic" on us? We would be oblivious to hundreds of people hearing us at work, on our way to the Store or talking to other people.

Would we be embarrassed at what other people were hearing us say? Would we be ashamed by how our spouse or children would react at our words?

Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

We're all guilty of saying something that we shouldn't.

Years ago, I was driving and I had called a friend and left a message on his voicemail. The next morning, I saw him and a big smile was on his face. He said "Hey, I got your message. And..I heard when you yelled at the driver that apparently cut in front of you." I cringed! Wondering what my friend had heard. Yeah, he admitted that the language I used was pretty offensive.

Here's the thing.. Our spouse, children and friends may not hear what we say, but God certainly does.

Does it not bother us that God hears our unwholesome language? It should. Here we are His blessed children and we use words that are foul, cruel or profane.

We need to get a grip on our tongue! Muzzle that thing!

Proverbs 13:3 "The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."

Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."

Prayer starter: "Father, please forgive me for my language. I have allowed words that are not pleasing to you to come out of my mouth. I want to glorify you with my speech and most importantly, my life. Help me to talk the way you want me to talk. In Jesus name, Amen."


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Daily Devotion

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There Is Life After the Flood

It's not meant to be taken lightly, and it's certainly not an "Oh, by the way" sentence or thought. The Bible states in Genesis 9:28 that "Noah lived 350 years after the flood.”

Look at it again, and consider all that is inherent in that statement.

"Noah lived!”

The flood didn't drown everything.

Noah laughed ... and cried.
He worked ... and rested.
He planted ... and reaped.
He saw his family to safety and watched his grandchildren grow.
He stepped upon dry land, saw nature restored, and admired a beautiful rainbow.

He lived.

Noah was a busy man of action. Note all the verbs connected to his life.

In Genesis 6:8, he "found grace.”
In Genesis 7:5, Noah "did all he was told.”
In Genesis 7:7, he "went into the ark.”
In Genesis 8:6, Noah "opened the window of the ark.”
In Genesis 8:18, he "went forth out of the ark.”
In Genesis 8:20, Noah "built an altar.”
In Genesis 9:20, he "planted a vineyard.”

But most of all, according to Genesis 9:28, He "lived after the flood.”

And ... you will too.

Indeed, life goes on.

The rain will stop.
The sun will shine.
The waters will recede.
And you will live.



Tim Hill


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News & Scoops


Jeff & Sheri Easter Celebrate 30 Years of Music and Marriage

All-New Recording Commemorates
Their Lives from a Small Town to the National Spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—June 8th, 2015—GRAMMY® nominees and multi-award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter have just recorded an all-new release, Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage (Spring Hill Music), which will hit the street on June 23rd, coinciding with their June celebration of 30 years of marriage.

The recording, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters. Small Town captures the warm, country-influenced musical style the group is known for and covers faith and family topics that have been important to Jeff and Sheri since they started the group three decades ago.

“Kenna Turner West, Sue Smith and Jason Cox wrote ‘This Side of the Dirt’ specifically for Jeff,” explains Sheri. “They created a beautiful story about him and the men who shaped him. Jeff remembers sitting on the front porch with his Grandpa Sechrist, who owned a junkyard. They would listen to the Osborne Brothers’ Favorite Hymns album, and they loved this style of music. That junkyard was an incredible teacher for Jeff, and it honed his skills as a mechanic. His daddy always shared that love of fixing things that are broken, and it crossed over into his preaching and singing. Encouraging folks to live better every day on this side of the dirt is a wonderful way to help fix a broken world.”

Another way the Easter Family is encouraging people offstage these days is by caretaking. Jeff and Sheri’s daughter and group member Morgan addressed this with the song “Someone's Listening.”

“On weekdays I am a caregiver for my grandma,” says Morgan. “It is sometimes hard to sing about God's faithfulness while witnessing during the week what seems to be ‘unfair,’ as a godly woman is confined to her bed with no means of communicating because of a crippling disease. I am learning how to walk with grace through struggles and hardships, and I am discovering through these real-life doubts and questions that songs I sing, like ‘Someone’s Listening,’ can be a lifeline for folks who are hurting.”

The group’s debut single from the new release, “Jesus Loves You,” is also a song for those who are hurting. “After hearing a discouraging news report one night, I was thinking that the reason we hurt one another is because we do not recognize our own value,” Sheri recalls. “We sometimes forget we are loved, and we forget we are important. I simply wanted to remind our audiences that no matter what they are facing, no matter how hard it seems, God still loves them with a love that never ends.”

The song marks the first time in the group’s history that they have included a choir of vocals and added a full string section to one of their songs.

Well-known for including love songs on their albums, it was fitting for Jeff and Sheri to record “I Love You” on the new release. Jeff's uncle Edd (The Easter Brothers) sang this song to him backstage. Edd had written “I Love You” for his wife, Ann; and he sings it every morning when they wake up and every evening when they go to bed to remind her of his love for her always. Jeff loved the song, knew that its message is the way he feels about Sheri and recorded it for this anniversary recording.

Continuing the family dynamics of this special collection, Morgan paid tribute to the family’s rich history with “When the Harvest Comes,” written by Sheri as a celebration of the musical heritage that she and Jeff received from their respective families—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers—and also as a representation of what she and Jeff want to leave to their children. Jeff and Sheri’s son and group member, Madison Easter, asked to join his father for a verse of the song “My Wave,” creating a special moment for the two of them, who were also joined by longtime family friend Michael English, featured on background vocals.

Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage will be available online and at retailers everywhere and will be distribued by Capitol Christian Distribution. The new release will be highlighted in Homecoming Magazine, and the group’s family legacy is captured with the cover story of this month’s Singing News Magazine. Jeff & Sheri will be featured on SiriusXM’s “Daniel Britt & Friends,” tonight at 7 p.m. EDT; Thursday, June 11th, at 10 p.m. EDT; and Saturday, June 13th, at noon EDT. They will talk about the new recording on the one-hour gospel music radio show, where they visited on air with Gospel Music Hall of Famers Bill Gaither and Mark Lowry. The radio show is available to nearly 40 million satellite subscribers throughout the U.S. and Canada on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's enLighten (Channel 65).
For further information, visit http://www.jeffandsheriester.com or Twitter.com/@JSEaster or http://www.facebook.com/jeffandsherieaster.

Song Listing:
Small Town Someone
This Side of the Dirt
Someone’s Listening
Jesus Loves You
The Light
More Than Enough
Like You’re Still Here
When the Harvest Comes
I Love You
Hallelujah Coming from the Valley
My Wave

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News & Scoops


RFD-TV’s The Music City Show Wins “Favorite Television Show” Award

Nashville, Tenn (June 8, 2015) Highly acclaimed RFD-TV's The Music City Show has been proclaimed the winner of the Favorite TV Show award at the Christian Voice Magazine 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

Produced by Scott Godsey and Associate Producer Bev McCann, the show features top artists from both Gospel and Country music genres who perform Gospel songs. Now in it's fourth season, The Music City Show is gaining in popularity every time it airs on television.

Producer Scott Godsey commented, "We have the best crew in Christian TV with Tim Lovelace as host, show regular the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon, and house band - the Blue Jean Band. Thank you to Christian Voice magazine for honoring us with this Award.”

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

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Behind the Songs

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Three:Sixteen

The most well known verse in the Bible is probably John 3:16. Most every Christian can quote it from memory and many unbelievers are even familiar with it.
If you had to pick just one verse to sum up the Gospel message, I suppose that would be the one.

One day I was thinking, that if "John" 3:16 was so powerful, I wonder what some of the other "3:16" versed in the Bible have to say. So I looked them up and here is some of what I found.


2 Timothy 3:16 gives a great summation of what the Bible is.  "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness . . ."

Here are a few of those God-breathed verses that I found, of teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Teaching
Acts 3:16 -  By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

2 Corinthians 3:16 -  But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Luke 3:16 - John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Matthew 3:16 -  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

Ephesians 3:16 - I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

1st Timothy 3:16 - Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh,was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,was preached among the nations,was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

2nd Thessalonians 3:16 - Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.


Rebuking
Revelation 3:16 -  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.



Correcting
1 Peter 3:16 - keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

James 3:16 -  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.



Training
1 John 3:16 -  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 Corinthians 3:16 - Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

Colossians 3:16- Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.


As songwriters, we are always looking for the next idea for a song. So here is a thought. If you have a favorite scripture like 1st John 1:9, or Romans 8:28, try looking up all the other 1:9 and 8:28 verses that you can find. It might amaze you where the path will lead you.

Until next time, keep on writing . . .


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Moving Song About Prayer is Available from Phil Cross

(Chattanooga, TN) Southern Gospel Times would like to congratulate Phil Cross on his latest song. "All I Can Do Is Pray" is a new moving song about prayer written by Phil Cross and Donny Henderson.

The vocal arrangement is by Phil Cross and the music and orchestration is by Cody McVey. Rodney Brooks is currently teaching this new song to the choir at Atlanta First Baptist, the church home of Dr. Charles Stanley.

Phil Cross has spent over three decades in Christian Music. He is a Dove Award winner and has received numerous awards as a songwriter and artist. His songs have risen to the very top of the charts both as a writer and artist. Phil currently is active as a songwriter, mentor, producer, and promoter of other artists.

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Changes for Phillip Hughes (Resigns from The Harvesters Quartet and Rejoins the Anchormen)

Nashville, TN- Choice Promotions Media announces a new personal change that is occurring effective immediately. Choice Promotions company owner Eric Melton comments further “We are making this announcement pertaining to this change as both artists that this effects are represented by Choice Promotions.

Phillip Hughes who has occupied the tenor vocal position for the last 5 years with the Harvesters Quartet has resigned his position with the quartet. Phillip will be filling the lead vocalist position once again with the ever popular Anchormen of Asheboro North Carolina. Phillip was a vital member of The Anchormen when he joined the group in 1997 and remained for four years at the lead position. Hughes states “I have appreciated the time that I have spent with the Harvesters. I have grown in so many ways during my five years with Danny and the guys. God began dealing with my heart a few months back that He was opening a new opportunity and while the Harvesters were taking some time off, I was asked to come fill in with The Anchormen. I knew from that moment that God had arranged for me to return to the Anchormen on a full time basis. I am seeing great things occurring as The ministry of the Anchormen continues in this new chapter”.

Phillip replaces the departing lead vocalist Jamie Caldwell. Jamie had recently notified The Anchormen that he had accepted a Pastorate of a thriving church in Georgia. Danny Parker owner of the Harvesters says “Phillip has been a wonderful asset to the quartet. His vocal talents, arranging abilities, stage presence and sound system knowledge will be greatly missed. While he will be missed with The Harvesters Quartet, we would like to wish him much success with his future endeavors.” The Harvesters are currently in the process of filing the vacated tenor position and will be making that announcement in the near future.

Hughes joins Tenor Derrick Boyd, Baritone Terry Carter and Bass Will Lane and this combination brings a fresh quartet dynamic with the new lineup. Anchormen owner Tim Bullins states “I am delighted to make this announcement with the addition of Phillip making his return to the Anchormen. Philip was outstanding when he joined us the first time in 1997 but since then with his years singing with The Melody Masters, The Kingsmen and the Harvesters he is even more outstanding now. I am looking forward to all of the areas that we travel to, in fans hearing the new Anchormen lineup.”

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News & Scoops


Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records



Nashville, Tenn. (June 8, 2015)--In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records.

The deal comes on the heels of Tammy's first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Despite her new arrival to Bluegrass, Tammy Jones Robinette is definitely not new to the world of music, having already built an incredibly successful career as a top Southern Gospel artist and songwriter. Last year, she celebrated two back to back #1s and was named "Favorite Female Vocalist" at the 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

However, raised in Middlesboro, KY, smack dab in the middle of the Bible and Bluegrass belt, Tammy's love for Bluegrass was nurtured right along with her faith. Her father played mandolin and was a huge Bluegrass fan. During her formative years, her home was filled with the music of artists like Bill Monroe, Lester Flatts & Earl Scruggs and Jim & Jesse, which had a huge influence on her music.

Like all true Creatives, Tammy Jones Robinette has learned to trust her muse and fearlessly follows where it leads. Throughout the years, her love for Bluegrass was calling, but it wasn't until recently that her muse finally demanded she honor these roots.

Rather than viewing it as a risk to her already successful career, Tammy Jones Robinette sees it as not only an opportunity to spread her wings as an artist, but to introduce her legions of fans to Bluegrass.

“Because of my raising, Gospel and Bluegrass music have always kind of gone together…sort of like peanut butter and jelly,” laughs Tammy. “Separate from one another, they are quite wonderful on their own, but together, mmmm…they can be supremely delicious!” she explains. “When I started looking at it, I realized there were many Bluegrass artists that perform Gospel music, but relatively few Gospel artists that have done the reverse, so I decided to trust my instincts and go for it. I’m so glad I did."

Bluegrass fans can find out more about Tammy online at http://www.TammyJonesRobinetteandTheDrive.com.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - June 8, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
10
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(4)
2
3
20
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
1(3)
3
2
18
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
4
4
16
Battle Cry Kingsmen
2
5
5
6
He Is Mine Eighth Day
5
6
7
11
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
7
8
6
Tim Machine Browders
7
8
10
12
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
7
9
11
9
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
10
10
12
13
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
11
13
10
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
7
12
6
29
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(5)
13
14
12
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
14
15
6
Shout Williamsons
14
15
9
23
Glorybound Whisnants
7
16
16
4
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
16
17
17
10
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
17
18
18
8
Power of the Cross Gold City
10
19
19
11
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
10
20
21
16
I Will Rise Tribute
8
21
22
8
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
22
23
3
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
22
23
20
15
Ordinary People Old Paths
12
24
24
12
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
25
25
9
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
18
26
26
16
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
16
27
27
4
I Want the World to See (Jesus Lives In Me) Taylors
27
28
30
11
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
29
31
5
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
25
30
32
4
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
27
31
29
16
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
32
33
2
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
32
33
28
20
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
34
34
6
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
26
35
36
10
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
32
36
39
2
Living In Harmony Triumphant
36
37
35
14
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
16
38
38
2
Somebody Pray Guardians
38
39
37
2
Lighten Up Allegiance
37
40
40
2
Blessed Are Those Who've Never Seen Carroll Roberson
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Road Work

Gala­tians 5:7

“Ye did run well; who did hin­der you that ye should not obey the truth?”

Many begin well, but many don’t end well.

The word “hin­der” in this verse lit­er­ally means, “who broke up the road on which you were trav­el­ing so well?”

1. Iden­tify The Problem

Who are your main influencers?

Who we allow to speak into our lives can make or break us. Who we allow to influ­ence our behav­ior and our atti­tudes directly impacts our walk.

Proverbs 11:14 says that vic­tory comes in the mul­ti­tude of counselors.

The advice taken from unwise coun­sel­lors can impede our purpose.

Good inten­tions are often sab­o­taged by wrong actions. When we sur­round our­selves with Godly coun­sel, and apply it, we can see success!

Proverbs 15:22 tells us, With­out coun­sel pur­poses (inten­tions) are dis­ap­pointed (lit­er­ally bro­ken up, frus­trated). But in the mul­ti­tude of coun­sel­lors they are established.

Be inten­tional about who influ­ences you. Pay atten­tion to those you spend the most time with. You can be a Godly influ­ence on many, but if you digest a steady diet of fool­ish­ness, you will see the effects in your own life. It’s much eas­ier to catch sick­ness than health; fool­ish­ness then wisdom.

2. Trust God To Restore!

Through God’s Word, He can begin the road work that is needed in your life to con­tinue the jour­ney that you are on.

Psalm 1 tells us that when we delight in His Word and med­i­tate on it day and night, we are grounded and we will pros­per.

The word pros­per not only means to be prof­itable or effec­tive, but it also means to push for­ward. God’s Word will help us to push for­ward on our jour­ney. Don’t give up!

Pray for Godly coun­sel­lors in your life, pray that God would guide you to the right Pas­tor to learn of. Pray for courage to choose the right friends; those who encour­age you in your walk with God. Have friends who you can ask, “What has God been teach­ing you lately?”, peo­ple who can hold you account­able accord­ing to God’s Word.

The Word renews our minds. Puts us in the right pat­tern of thought. God gives us hope every step of the way.

God doesn’t leave us when we’ve failed. He offers us grace in the time we need it. He offers restora­tion when it seems as if every­thing has been destroyed in our lives. If we will trust Him and take Him at His Word, we will not eas­ily be derailed.

Psalm 119:165

Great peace have they which love thy law; and noth­ing shall offend them.”

Offend means tot­tered, weak, ruin, or waver. God’s Word will keep you at peace and offer strength for your road.

When things come to cause ruin in your life you can be like the 1970’s toy, the Wee­bles — They wee­ble, wob­ble, but don’t fall down, but bet­ter than that you won’t even waver.

So be encour­aged today to lis­ten to the right voice and be a right voice in the lives of others.

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Music Previews

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Shane Dunlap - Heaven In Your Heart

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Music Previews

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Bowling Family - One Glorious Moment

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Music Previews

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Jeff & Sheri Easter - Jesus Loves You

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Michael English - Wake Up the Dawn

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Steve Ladd - Not Guilty

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High Road - Don’t Weep For Me

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Daily Devotion

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Can I Borrow Your Car Keys?

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

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

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

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

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

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News & Scoops


Michael English Signs Extensive Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, Tenn (June 5, 2015) AG Publicity is pleased to announce they have come to a publicity agreement with Grammy Award Winner and 13 Time Dove Award Winner recording artist Michael English.

As a Christian music artist, Michael English has sold a tremendous amount of recordings, had an array of number one hits on the radio charts, as well as winning nearly every Dove Award known to man, including "Artist of the Year” and "Best Male Vocalist” during the course of his career.

Deon Unthank, President of AG Publicity stated "I have admired Michael's singing since I first heard him sing "I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy” at a concert in St. Louis, MO when he was with the Singing Americans. Michael English has long been one of the premiere male vocalists in Gospel music. Pam and I are honored to have the opportunity to work with him in such an important part of his ministry. We look forward to telling the world about his future accomplishments and new music.”

Michael commented "I am excited to team up with AG Publicity. I have known Deon Unthank and his family for many years. They are some of the hardest working people in Gospel Music. Deon and his wife Pamela labor tirelessly for their clients recognition. I am looking forward to working together with them.”

You can learn more about Michael English at http://www.michaelenglishmusic.com/ or by going to https://www.facebook.com/michaelenglishmusic/timeline .

You can contact Michael on Twitter at https://twitter.com/menglish001 .

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

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

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Daily Devotion

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Dealing With Distractions

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

Being on the road 225 days in any given year means that I have eaten in A LOT of restaurants. Not long ago I walked into a busy restaurant. After being seated, the waitress came over to take my drink order. I ordered my usual, water with lemon. “Alrighty, one water and lemon coming right up,” she said with a smile as she disappeared into the kitchen leaving me alone to look over the menu. I sat there, for what seemed to be an eternity, before she returned with only her order pad in hand. “Ok sweetie,” she said smacking her gum “what’ll it be?” “ I’ll have the soup and salad ,” I replied. “Great,!” was her chipper reply, “I’ll get it right out.” As she turned to go back into the kitchen she stopped, “Anything to drink?” “Yes,” I replied. “water with lemon please.” ‘Oh that’s right,” she said “I am so sorry.” A few minutes later she returned with my soup and salad. “Anything else I can get for you?” she asked as she set the food down on the table. “ “Water with lemon,” I replied with a smile. “Oh my goodness,” she exclaimed as her face began to turn red with embarrassment. “I can’t believe I forgot that!” “It has been so crazy in here today I guess I just got distracted!” “That’s ok I said with a smile I’ve had those days myself.”

We’ve all had those kinds of days haven’t we? Days where it seems nothing goes like we’ve planned. Days where we are pulled in every direction imaginable and as a result we fail to accomplish the things that we know must be done. It’s the distractions in life that the enemy puts in our path that prevent us from moving forward, leaving us feeling tired, hollow and empty. They can also prevent us from advancing God’s Kingdom.

Did you know that Jesus dealt with distractions as well? After his baptism, He had been in the wilderness for 40 days when the devil shows up and begins to temp Him. We read about Christ’s last temptation in Matthew 4:8-11. “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the Kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you, “he said, “If you will bow down and worship me.” In other words, the devil is saying, Jesus, If you will worship me you won’t have to suffer and die. You won’t have to be humiliated. Just do what I’m asking and I’ll give you everything as far as your eyes can see. Talk about a distraction! Did he let Satan’s offer sway Him? Absolutely not! Christ knew His mission, He knew what He came to this earth to do. With all the resolve He could muster He said, “Away for me, Satan For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Verse 11 says, Then the devil left Him, and the angels came and attended Him.

May God give us the same resolve that Christ had to keep focusing on our mission and not be sidetracked or sidelined by the enemies distractions.












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News & Scoops


AGM Festival Takes New Turn For This Year

Nashville, Tenn (June 3, 2015) Absolutely Gospel Music is announcing a new turn for this year's AGM Festival. Normally held each year in the middle of July for a week long series, this year it will be a couple of one night concerts in different areas of the state.

Due to some unforeseen complications and of no fault of the facility, River of Life in Smyrna, TN will not be able to host the Festival this year.

Understandably, there were no other facilities available for a week long concert series on such short notice, so AGM decided to turn a stumbling block into a stepping stone. This year, the first concert will be held in conjunction with the Marcelly's Dream Mission Project in which a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit this spectacular mission program.

AGM CEO, Deon Unthank stated, "Change is inevitable, but sometimes change lets you see that you've been stuck in a rut. If you drive into a rut at it's beginning when it's small, you don't even realize that you are in a rut. That's where we may have been, so this change is something that is going to be very good for AGM. This is letting us help the Marcelly's Dream Mission as well as restructure and still continue to promote the music we love.”

This first concert will be Thursday, August 20th at the South Cleveland Church of God, in Cleveland, TN, where Rev. Chris Moody is Pastor. Featured artists will be The Isaacs and The Browders, two favorites from past AGM events.

The second concert will be announced soon.

For this year the concert will be called the AGM World Missions Benefit Concert .


Details for 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


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

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Daily Devotion

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A Failing Spirit

“Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hearYour lovingkindness in the morning, for inYou do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul toYou” (Psalm 143:7-9).

Maybe you feel about David like I do. I love that he is referred to as “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). When reading through the Psalms, somehow it’s easy to get this idealistic picture in our minds that David was perfect. But, he also made some bad decisions that brought him problems. Here, we find him hiding in a cave, surrounded by his enemies. He was feeling forsaken and alone, and it seemed as if no one cared about him. Even God seemed to turn a deaf ear to his cries. How many times, like David, have you prayed and cried out to God because of a failing spirit? Perhaps, you were crying out because of a situation or circumstance beyond your control.

At times, I’m sure that we can all relate to David in our spiritual walk with the Lord. Often, when we look around, it seems that refuge has failed us. We are overwhelmed and overcome with the emotions of trying to make it through each day. Maybe your spirit is failing because of sickness or discour- agement. It could be that someone has hurt you in a way you never thought you could be hurt. Perhaps, you have just come to a place or time in your life when you feel your most useful or creative days are behind. Even though there are joys in each new season of life, there are also things we have to leave behind that we would love to keep. Some things we can’t bring with us into the future.At some point, we leave behind children, parents, and our youth, and maybe a spouse who was lost through death or even the tragedy of divorce. Some of us grieve over shattered dreams that long ago we had to release. Perhaps, like me, you can say about many things, “I just didn’t sign up for this.”

We should all be encouraged though, because just as the heavenly Father delivered David from all his troubles and distresses, He will surely deliver us. The last few chapters of Psalms are devoted to giving praise to God for His greatness and His power. He is our sustainer, deliverer, and strong tower. We can run to Him and be safe. He not only brings us ful- fillment, but rich and abundant joy. Psalm 94:19 says, “In the multitude of my anxieties [or my failing spirit] within me,Your comforts delight my soul.” He is the sustainer of our spirit.

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Artists

King's Heralds

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Out In The Wild, Wild West

This month we have been enjoying the beautiful scenery of the wild wild west. By the time this month is over we will have visited California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. The huge snow capped mountains and wide raging rivers are all a testament to the awesome power of our Creator!

We have been blessed to see many decisions for the Lord this past month as well. It’s always a joy to know that God is continuing to use us to reach the hearts of people with the Gospel. Nearly every day we hear stories and testimonies of how the King’s Heralds music has impacted peoples lives and for that we are truly grateful. Our prayer is that He will continue to use us and the music to do so.

Last month we had a great time singing in Fresno, California with Wilbur Daniels and the Chordsmen Quartet. Wilbur is a gospel music legend in California and we had a wonderful time with him and the group. If you ever have a chance to hear them, by all means do it. Wilbur sing’s one of the best renditions of “The Lighthouse” we have ever heard and plays a pretty mean mandolin as well. Thank you to all of the pastors and promoters who have opened up your doors to our ministry. Together, with God’s help, we are impacting the Kingdom of God!

Please come out and see us when we are in your neck of the woods. You can check out our schedule by logging onto http://www.theheralds.org.


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THE WILLIAMSONS Announce Their FIRST Homecoming Concert

Weleetka, OK (June 3, 2015) Multi-award nominated Southern Gospel artist, The Williamsons, are announcing their first Homecoming Concert, complete with a dinner available. This exciting event will take place Saturday, June 20th at the Union Valley Church, just south of Ada, Oklahoma. The Williamsons are thrilled to have the Freemans and 11th Hour performing.

Formed as a family group back in 1969 as the Williamson Family, but in 1998 Donnie Williamson and his sister Tennie, changed the name of the group to the Homesteaders, and then in 2010 Donnie returned the group back to the family name of The Williamsons.

Donnie Williamson, manager and Baritone for the group stated, "Of course none of the other current members of the group were even born in 1969.” Continuing he added "We have a rich heritage in Gospel music and I think it just time to have a big Homecoming with a great concert featuring some of our good friends.”

The big Homecoming Concert will be an all-day event starting with a 2:00 PM Matinee featuring The Williamsons, with Faiths Journey, Ava Kasich, Lineage of David and preaching by Les Butler.

At 4:00PM there will be an old fashioned Supper offered together with the artists made by the church ladies for a cost of $6.

Rounding out the evening will be a dynamic 6:00PM Evening Concert featuring The Williamsons, 11th Hour, and The Freemans.

THE EVENT IS FREE - A LOVE OFFERING WILL BE RECEIVED.

For more information about the concert: http://tinyurl.com/williamsonshomecoming .

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

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

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News & Scoops


Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Releases Happy People Garnering Rave Reviews From Media And Fans

June 3, 2015 (Nashville, TN)...StowTown Records' popular quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, is thrilled to announce the release of Happy People. The new project has continued to remain in the Top 10 of SoundScan since its release in early May.

Group founder and longtime tenor, Ernie Haase, says he hopes the album motivates and inspires people all over the world, “I hope to inspire others with our music to not only be 'Happy People' but to get in the game and follow their dreams no matter how small their beginnings.”

EHSS recently showcased Happy People with an hour-long “takeover” at Solid Gospel, visiting with host deejay Gregg Hutchins who played several selections from the new project during his live morning show. Later in the day, the group performed in front of a live audience at Sirius XM's theater inside Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The quartet hosted a one-hour taping for Sirius XM's EnLighten Channel. The show is currently being featured on EnLighten.

"I grew up in the small town of Newburgh, IN, and I spent each night listening to my little AM radio. That radio and it’s programs was my lifeline to the whole world,” added Haase, co-founder of StowTown Records. “So, after all these years, to be able to host/perform on a radio show for Sirius XM Radio was beyond cool for me.”

The group took questions from fans via Facebook and Twitter and performed several selections from Happy People. Performances included the upbeat title track, “Happy People”, along with “Thank You For Saving Me” and "Jesus Changed Everything”.
In addition, the group had a touching dedication and performance of “A Soldier Fighting To Go Home”. The song, originally written by David Pike and later co-written by Joel Lindsay, won the 2011 Singing News/Solid Gospel Songwriters contest.

“We performed some new material from our CD entitled Happy People and it was received very well from the studio audience that day,” said Haase. “I hope the listeners via Sirius XM satellite radio will enjoy it half as much as I did performing it that day along with Doug, Devin, Paul and Wayne. I loved ever minute of the session… I am Happy People!"

Happy People is now available online and at bookstores everywhere.

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Tune-in Alert For RFD-TV’s Music City Show

Special Guest Tim Lovelace


Nashville, Tenn (June 3, 2015) Season four of The Music City Show is off to a spectacular start! You won't want to miss the second episode of this season, featuring none other than the zany host of the show, Tim Lovelace.

Tim states, "I absolutely love hosting The Music City Show, and I had a great time on this episode doing some brand new comedy songs with the phenomenal Blue Jean Band. I appreciate producer Scott Godsey giving me the liberty to be my crazy self."

Joining Tim Lovelace will be Show regular The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon.

Tune in this Thursday night at 8/7 PM Central on RFD-TV!


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GMA Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Lowry, Releases ‘How We Love’

RECENT GMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, MARK LOWRY RELEASES HOW WE LOVE

NASHVILLE, TN - Those who know Mark Lowry best will attest that the comedic genius is a rather complex individual. Long-time friend and producer Kevin Williams recently stated, “Mark is funny, serious, simple, complex, in the moment and in the future, all at the same time.” Mark would attribute this complexity to his ADHD diagnosis, but those who know him well simply attest that Mark just loves life and all the complexities that come with living life to the fullest and making each day count.

This desire can be heard throughout the songs included on Mark’s latest recording, How We Love. The recording marks the first release for the singer, songwriter, storyteller, author and humorist in two years and is filled with songs which he hopes will connect with audience of all ages “whether they are in diapers or depends, I believe there is something included for everyone,” Mark says with a big chuckle.

The desire to return to the recording studio was spawned from a retreat the Mary Did You Know lyricist hosted at his home with a number of songwriters and special friends. “I host this every year, and there were a lot of people there, just sharing,” Mark states. “Then Cynthia Clawson sat down at the piano and started singing this incredible lyric that was written by Beth Nielsen Chapman. As Cynthia sang, ‘Life has taught me this, everyday is new and if anything is true, all that matters when we’re thru is how we love.’ Honestly, I was moved to tears. I remember the air leaving the room and I got that feeling I get when I know I am hearing a great song. So I decided right then that it was time to go back into the studio. I had my first song. A great recording always starts with a great song, and this is a great song!”

Another great song included on the recording came from another prolific songwriter and friend, entitled Come As You Are. “Reba (Rambo McGuire) sent me a new song she had written with Chip Davis and Marcia Henry, and I just loved it. It’s like a new version of the classic ‘Just As I Am’. It simply says ‘whosoever will, can drink until we’re filled, let down your guard, come as you are.’ I love that message. Jesus accepts us just as we are.”

A personal favorite Mark says audiences seem to connect with instantaneously is a tune entitled Old People. Co-written by Jimmy Yeary and wife, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, as well as Ben Hayslip, Old People was one Mark knew he had to record. “You know, music is like food. Everyone has different tastes, but I just knew this one would be one everyone would love. I used to hear long-time Cathedrals’ bass singer George Younce say all the time, ‘I love old people,’ and everyone just laughed. Now that I am getting older, I find that I really do love old people. When I first heard this song, I was over at Jimmy and Sonya’s house having dinner, and of course, they have written so many great songs for folks like Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride, and when I asked them if I could record this song they said, ‘Sure, if Carrie Underwood doesn’t want it.’ So I’m glad Carrie passed so I could record it. I guess you could say I stole it from her,” Mark laughs.

In addition to the many songwriter friends who contributed to the recording, How We Love was produced by Kevin Williams, long-time band member for the Gaither Vocal Band, as well as Gaither Vocal Band pianist, Matthew Holt, who produced the a cappella arrangement of the classic hymn, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, which features touring mates, The Martins. The recording also includes the vocal talents of long-time friends The Sisters (Amber Balltzglier, Heather Ruppe Bennett and Kim Ruppe Sheffield), as well as multi-Grammy award winning bluegrass group, Dailey & Vincent, who are featured on the Loretta Lynn-penned song, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.

From the upbeat remake of the Pharrell Williams’ Happy, to the moving I Thirst, written years ago by Mark’s mother, Bev Lowry, How We Love captures the funny yet serious, simple yet complex, traditional yet creative essence of a man who has dedicated more than three decades of his life to making people laugh, cry and think. “When you decide to produce a recording, you have to look for songs that have meat on the bones,” Mark shares. “You have about three minutes to tell a story, so it’s important that each song says something important. Let’s face it, I’m too lazy to write songs so I have to rely upon my friends to find me good songs. I want to sing songs that make people smile, yet also make them really think, and I am very pleased with the end result How We Love.”

In support of How We Love, Mark will be featured in select dates throughout the summer and fall with touring partners, The Martins and talented pianist, Stan Whitmire, including an eight-city West Coast tour during the month of June. Complete information regarding all eight West Coast Tour dates is available online at http://www.imcconcerts.com. Additional information regarding Mark Lowry is available at http://www.marklowry.com.

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