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Oak Ridge Boys - Rock of Ages


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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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


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AGM World Missions Benefit Concert

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


Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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Artists

Three Bridges

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House of Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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Daily Devotion

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No Vacancy

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8 NIV).

Many years ago my husband and I were traveling from our home in Virginia to another city to minister.We traveled until late that night, and we were very sleepy and tired.We drove as far as Bristol,Tennessee, and decided to stop. In those days, we never thought about the car races that take place in Bristol.

It’s big business.We began looking to find a lodging place. Every hotel we passed said,“No Vacancy.” Mile after mile and hotel after hotel, we encountered the same thing. We finally found a place, but it was certainly not the kind of place where we desired to spend the night. I felt very uncomfortable throughout the night because of the surroundings and the occasional insect I spotted around the room. I hoped and prayed that these other little guests were afraid of heights. God forbid that they would decide to sleep in the bed instead of in the bathroom or a corner of the room. I can handle less than functional air conditioners or “out-of-date” furnishings, but I have a problem with insects in a hotel room. It was probably someone in similar circumstances who came up with the term “roach motel.”

Spiritually, it is easy sometimes to let oppression, depres- sion, discouragement, and other ungodly things find a lodging place in our minds. We can become so busy with everyday life that we don’t guard the entrance of our minds and end up al- lowing detrimental things to find a lodging place. It happens to
all of us from time to time, and when it does, we must realize that it must not become permanent.These things can’t be al- lowed to stay for long.They must not find a fixed lodging place. If we fail to put out the “No Vacancy” sign, then these things will intrude and find a place to stay for the night. If negative “insects” are permitted to stay very long, their presence will soon become the accepted norm.The longer we allow a thing to be present, the easier it is to accept. We find it too much trouble to kick it out and find a healthy replacement.

God’s Word encourages us to think about things that are pure, good, and right. It may be hard to do sometimes, but if we refuse to entertain the undesirable occupants, then God will help us remove them and replace them with things that are pleasing to Him.

Paula’s Prayer
Father, I pray today that You will help me to always be on guard my mind. I know without You it’s impossible. But please take residence in my thoughts today. I desire that Your Holy Spirit will keep my heart and mind pure before You.
Amen.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 31, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
16
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
1
2
4
11
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
2
3
1
18
He Is Mine Eighth Day
1
4
3
15
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
3
5
5
12
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
4
6
13
6
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
6
7
7
18
Time Machine Browders
1(4)
8
10
18
Shout Williamsons
3
9
8
22
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
10
6
11
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
6
11
31
2
Weep No More Canton Junction
11
12
23
5
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
12
13
20
22
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
8
14
24
11
I Have a Home McKameys
14
15
27
24
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
16
16
7
Living In Harmony Triumphant
16
17
9
20
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
18
19
5
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
18
19
11
14
Somebody Prays Guardians
4
20
29
3
Just Three Little Words Primitive Quartet
20
21
28
3
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
21
22
26
15
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
14
23
36
16
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
23
24
18
10
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
15
25
12
30
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
26
*
1
It's Not Long Until Forever Inspirations
26
27
37
3
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
27
28
33
3
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
28
29
25
8
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
25
30
22
25
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
8
31
14
21
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
14
32
*
1
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
32
33
38
21
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
34
*
1
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
34
35
21
26
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
10
36
40
2
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
36
37
35
17
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
38
*
1
Here For Now, But Not For Long Ricky Atkinson & Compassion
38
39
39
11
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
40
*
1
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
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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News & Scoops


Sherry Anne Set To Release Debut Christmas Album

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) Sept 1, 2015 - Singer/Songwriter Sherry Anne was at Mansion Entertainment recording studios in July tracking songs for her upcoming Christmas project produced by Tony Griffith of The Griffith Family.

Hailing from upstate New York, Sherry Anne is no stranger to Nashville as she was in the Mansion Studios last year working with the award winning producer and Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Inductee, Nick Bruno, on her third album, 'A Closer Walk'. Sherry Anne's latest radio release, “To Be Forgiven”, is being released to radio this month via Mansion Entertainment's radio department.

Born with a bilateral hearing and speech impairment, Sherry Anne has overcome many childhood obstacles and challenges to be become a Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Fitness Trainer, speaker, writer and actress-- appearing in both Clancy and The Perfect Gift. While recording her Christmas CD, Sherry Anne was invited to sing and share her story of overcoming on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) along with special guests, Jim Brady Trio and Judy Nelon of The Judy Nelon Group. Sherry Anne has made previous television appearances on 100 Huntley Street (Crossroads TV, Ontario, Canada) and her concept videos have aired on the popular music oriented show Nashville Country Revival hosted by Darrell Freeman.

During her recent Nashville trip Sherry Anne also made an impromptu performance on stage with The Hoppers at the The James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival in Lawrenceburg, TN. She has appeared at venues across the nation such as National Quartet Convention along with opening for a host of artists such The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, The Martins, Sara Groves, Gordon Mote, and appeared on Lynda Randle's televised Feed the Children Christmas Special with The Wilmington Celebration Choir.

The new Christmas project is scheduled for release in October, 2015. For more information visit http://www.sherryanne.com

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News & Scoops


The Griffith Family, New Album Release Set, New Tour Dates

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 2nd, 2015 - The new self-titled, debut album by The Griffith Family is set to release on September 18th, 2015 by Mansion Entertainment through its Sony RED distribution relationship. The new 10 song project already contains one Singing News charting single from the group, "I'm Here Because Jesus Went There", and the release of the album's second radio single, "Doin' Somethin' For You", will coincide with the release of the full album later this month.

The Griffith Family, comprised of the husband and wife team of Tony and Julie Griffith and vocalist Amber Smith, have a full time touring schedule with recent invitations being extended to perform at major events such as the South Carolina Songfest in Spartanburg, SC (Sept. 4-5) and the Showstreet Palace Theater at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN (October 18-19). Mansion label manager John Mathis commented, "Southern Gospel Music is still one of the few select genres where the artist excels as much or more by having great presence and performance in their live appearances. That can still bring more long term benefits for an artist than most marketing campaigns.

We're really fortunate to have some artists on board here at Mansion Entertainment like The Griffith Family. This group is experiencing an explosive response and following in their appearances and tour schedule just from what they're doing every time they stand on a stage. The Griffith Family has a style that appeals to people's musical tastes but they have way of sharing that is appealing to their hearts."

For more information regarding The Griffith Family's new release and tour schedule visit GriffithFamilyMusic.com.

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News & Scoops


Tune-In Alert Karen Peck and New River On Sirius XM

Nashville, Tennessee (September 2, 2015) You won't want to miss this time of exclusive live performance with Karen Peck and New River coming to EnLighten Sirius XM.

Join Karen Peck and New River, performing in the Sirius studio, this Saturday, September 5th at 1 PM Eastern time. Karen sings songs off her latest album, Pray Now, and she even throws in a few of their all-time favorites.

Karen Peck and New River are one of the most popular artists in Southern Gospel Music. Tune-in and you will understand just why everyone loves Karen Peck and New River.

Don't miss it! Rebroadcasts: September 6th at 6 PM EDT, September 8th at 11 AM EDT, and September 9th at 11 PM EDT.

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

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

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com .

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

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

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News & Scoops


Sneed Family Presents Bus Tour With Two Great Concerts In Amish Country

Glasgow, Kentucky (September 2, 2015) In a unique concert series the Sneed Family will be taking a very large bus filled with Gospel Music fans to the great state of Pennsylvania, right in the middle of Amish Country. All this is happening April 19 – 23, 2016.

Just think if you could go back in time for just a short while and then return to your normal life. With a trip to the Amish Country you can experience the slower paced life and enjoy two great Gospel concerts at night. The trip will be phenomenal, meeting new friends and letting your hair down with old friends. The food will be terrific enjoying the home cooking of those amazing Amish cooks, and the sights will be extraordinary, so have your camera ready.

The concerts will feature the Sneed Family, HIGHROAD, Tony Gore, JP Miller, and the Hyssongs.

Jeff Sneed of the Sneed Family says, "Come on and join us for a relaxing trip with unique surroundings, great food and shopping and two wonderful concerts with the best Gospel music you will ever hear.

Also on the schedule is the Annual Loretta Lynn Music Festival held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee coming September 12 and 13, 2015. The concert will feature The Sneed Family, Angie Primm, Goodman Revival, Karen Peck and New River, the McKameys, the Freemans, and a host of other talent. Eddie Deitz will be conducting the Sunday morning Chapel service at 10:00.

Learn more about the facts of this journey by going to http://www.experienceofalifetimetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Lancaster-Tour-Brochure.pdf .

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/home.htm .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/sneedfamily and Twitter at https://twitter.com/sneedmusic .

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

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Monthly Articles

Janice Crow

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When The Wheels Fall Off

I've been in the legal field more years than I'd like to count. I've spent plenty of time tracking down witnesses and experts who can prove or disprove a theory of what actually occurred in a particular accident. "Accident reconstruction" is a whole broad subdivision of expertise associated with personal injury litigation. Frankly, it's pretty amazing to watch someone measure skid marks, make calculations of weight, speed, velocity, trajectory and who knows what else to come up with a viable explanation of how an accident occurred. Sometimes, though, the explanation is pretty simple.....the wheels simply fell off.

It happens more often that you would think, the wheels suddenly detaching from a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver may lose complete control. Even if he is fortunate enough not to collide with something, he is particularly susceptible to roll over. Strange as it sounds, the driver of a heavy truck trailer may actually be unaware for several minutes or even hours that a wheel has separated from the vehicle. That's hard to believe.

They say there are three major events that may be associated with the wheels falling off. First, there may be a fatigue fracture in the axle, the central shaft around which the wheels rotate. I realize there are different types of axles....but work with me here. There can also be a separation at the hub. The third most common event is simply a fastening failure.....the wheels just weren't attached as securely as the driver thought.

Have you ever felt that way.....like right in the middle of life the wheels are coming off? You've been going along, full tilt, through life when suddenly anything that can go wrong does. Maybe illness and then loss of a job....a stack of bills you can't pay....troublesome relationships, wayward children...uncertainty on every hand. It's in those moments you can't tell which is bigger, the knot in your stomach or the one in your throat.

You would think as Christians the answer would be simple....take it all to God....but often we don't. Christ is supposed to be the center of it all. We revolve around Him...not the other way around...yet we let stress and fatigue wear us down to the breaking point and our relationship with Him suffers.

When all seems against us, we're certain no one cares or understands so it's tempting to separate from the hub.... stay away from church and that nucleus of believers that could stand with us, lift us up and walk us through the tough times.

At those times we discover just how strong....or weak....our faith actually is. Maybe we haven't latched on to the Lord as tightly as we thought we had. It's time for some major adjustments before we find ourselves losing control and just rolling over to discouragement.

You know, sometimes God uses those "wheels off" times to show us he's in charge of it all anyway. A God who can personally take the wheels off the Egyptians' chariots (Exodus 14:24-25) so they can't pursue the children of Israel, is certainly capable of putting the wheels back on in my life....better adjusted, better balanced and road ready.

Janice

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Artists

King's Heralds

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Vacation Is Over

We have been off the road for the past few weeks enjoying a much needed vacation and time with our families. However, all good things must come to an end. We will be heading to New York this month as well as hopefully into the studio to do vocals on a couple of new CD's.

Last month we had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ken Channel and all of the wonderful folks at the Virginia Gospel Music Association. We were there for a few days and made a bunch of new friends. We are looking forward to going back next year. The food was great, the singing by all of the groups that participated this year was outstanding and the fellowship was superb!

Please keep the group in your prayers. Pray for safe travel and souls for our labor. Also pray for our families who make quite a sacrifice so that we can answer the call that God has placed on our lives. We count it a privilege and an honor to serve our Lord in this fashion. Pray that we will continue to keep our eyes on Jesus as we continue to move forward.

Take some time and visit our website at http://www.theheralds.org and check out our schedule. We would love to see you when we come to your town! Until next time keep looking up!

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Daily Devotion

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The Recipe

I enjoy cooking on the days that I'm home. I love trying new recipes that my family might love!

However, I have found that if there are TOO many ingredients..I usually stray away from the dish. Why? Am I lazy and want "the easy way"? Maybe. But I still am on the lookout for NEW recipes.

I found a recipe in God's Word recently.

A recipe that God designed.

2 Chronicles 7:14 "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

1) If my people who are CALLED by MY name, WILL HUMBLE themselves.
Romans 12:16 "Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited."

Humbling ourselves BEFORE God is exalting Him above everything and everyone else.

2) Pray. Prayer will change you. It connects us and God.

3) Seek my FACE.
Notice it DOES'NT say, "Seek my hand." See, we usually want God to DO things for us. We want His hand, HE wants us to just seek HIM.

4) Turn From Your Wicked Ways.
Repent. Turn from our way to His ways.

5) Then I (God) Will Hear From Heaven, I Will Forgive Their Sin and HEAL Their Land.

Seems like some pretty simple steps. Huh?

They are SIMPLE, yet PROFOUND. So, Why do we struggle with it? Cause, we want to do this salvation/living for God THING.. OUR way.

However, we must follow the guidelines that God Almighty laid out for us.

Are you following His guidelines? Do you try and substitute or skip a step and wonder why God doesn't seem to be moving in your life?

Prayer Starter: "Father, I've been guilty of not always following your recipe for life. I want you to have your healing and restoration. Allow Your Holy Spirit to renew me! In Jesus name."

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Artists and Puppets

I was introduced to Gospel Music in the "Glory Days" of the 1960's, when the groups like the Statesmen, Blackwood Brothers, were all the rage. It was also an era when the Traditional sound of the Gospel quartets was changing with new artists like The Happy Goodmans, The Rambos, the Oak Ridge Boys and The Imperials. Though I was just a child at the time, I fell in love with all of it, the Traditional and New. But one thing that all these groups had in common was the fact that they were true "Artists".

My definition of a true music Artist is this: Someone who can take a song, with just a piano or guitar, or even a cappella, and create an unmistakable moment of excellence.

Back in the days when I first fell in love with this music, true Artists were abounding in the industry. I've seen Dottie Rambo stand at a podium and sing a she wrote a cappella, and leave the audience spellbound by her performance. The Statesmen, with Hovie at the piano could create just as much excitement as the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Watching and hearing Nancy Harmon, with nothing else but a Hammond B3 organ, is a moment forever imprinted in my memory. And when these artists added additional musicians, such as Kenny Parker on piano with the Rambos, Ricky Goodman on Drums (a gospel music "no no" at the time) along Rusty, Sam and Bobby Goodman on guitars, the artistry simply soared to new levels. They were all creating "Original" music out of their very soul.

Then as time moved on, record productions got bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and even bigger still, almost to the point of the absurd! The records became more about the production techniques than the artistry of the singers. Great songs were not needed to create these moments. The moments were created by the talent of a skilled orchestrator, and the singers seemed to just be along for the ride.

As finances made it increasingly more difficult for groups to carry full bands, the singers started opting to sing to the fully orchestrated tracks that appeared on their albums. The lush arrangements were created by producers and arrangers in the studio, and the singers were simply became the "puppets" who performed it.

I started noticing something in the 1980's, as more and more groups began to produce "budget albums" to sell on their product tables. These Budget projects were usually made without the assistance of expensive producers and arrangers, and were not distributed in retail by their record labels. Instead, the singers chose and arranged the songs themselves. These "budget albums" made it abundantly clear who true artists were, and who the puppets were. Some of the groups produced some very good music when left to their own devices. Others however, exposed their lack of talent when it came to writing and arranging. Trying to harmonize a simple three chord song proved to be a difficult task for some. It became obvious who needed professional help of arrangers and producers in order to create a memorable moment, and who didn't.

Today, many so called "Artist" walk on stage with no musicians, and sing to tracks alone, usually with the vocals already on the track! I know this may destroy your image of your favorite Bass Singer who hits that low note so perfect every time, but folks, some of those low notes were sung over two years ago in the studio and the singer on stage is just mouthing it! In some cases, it might not even be his voice on the track. I've seen tenors do the same thing for that high ending.

Several groups today neither write nor arrange their own material, and without their expensively produced track, they wouldn't be able to hold the attention of an audience for more than a verse or two of one song.

Then there are some singers who will take advantage of the tracks, but at some point in the program, go to the piano, or pick up a guitar, or just sing an acappela song, to prove that they actually can still do it. I love when that happens. The Browders and Greater Vision are great examples of this type of performance. Then there are still people out there like The Issacs, The Inspirations, who you never see turn on a pre-recorded track. Artists like these are now the exception to the rule rather than the standard. Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a Blue Grass group come out and perform an entire set with TRACKS? That almost seems silly to think about it. But yet we accept it completely with more Traditional Southern Gospel artist.

You may want to take a look at the next CD you purchase. Did anyone in the group contribute to creating it? Did they participate in the writing, arranging, or production in any other way than just singing what someone told them to sing? And when you buy a ticket to see them perform, do they ever turn everything off, and just sing with an instrument they know how to play themselves?
If they electricity went out in the building, would they still be able to hold your attention with their talent, or anointing? Are they true Artists, or just a Puppet who is at the mercy of whatever strings their Producer is pulling?

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Ashley DeRamus Makes A Life Changing Journey To India

Hoover, Alabama (September 1, 2015) Most recently, Ashley DeRamus was named Advocate of the Year 2015 by Down Syndrome International. She traveled to India August 7-22, 2015 spending time traveling and visiting with children before accepting her award on the 21st.

While a trip to India is exciting with visits to landmark places such as the Taj Mahal and receiving an international award is thrilling for anyone Ashley and her traveling companions were transformed by their interaction with the citizens of the poorest part of the country.

Ashley and her companions saw the best and the worst India has to offer. From a dying man lying on the side of a road with only a shirt who was saved by her staff and others to the love of a mother whose baby with Down syndrome is sick and needs help.

Ashley stated, "Thank God for blessing me with Down syndrome so that I can be who I am, a Down syndrome advocate so that I can give hope to others. To meet all the wonderful people of India who have touched my heart the children who l came to love so much and my new friends from around the world.”

Ashley was deeply moved by the plight of many in India. The hearts of those with her were touched as well. Her mother Connie DeRamus, Kim Whitlock who is a director of the foundation, Gary Kannegiesser is the executive director of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation and business manager of Ashley by Design as well as Video Journalist, Mick Richards who went to document the trip.

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Three Bridges Announces Contest Winners

Nashville, Tennessee (Sept 1, 2015) We have the winners to open for Three Bridges at the West Birmingham Homecoming. It wasn't easy, but all the "Likes”, "Comments” and "Shares” from the Three Bridges FaceBook page have been counted.

The solo winner is Jesse Fuson from Haleyville, AL and the group winner is Spoken For Trio from Prattville, AL. They will both open for Three Bridges at the West Birmingham Homecoming to be held at Adamsville Church of God, Adamsville, AL on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Elliot McCoy of Three Bridges commented, "The contest was a great success and we thank all who participated by either posting a video or by liking, commenting, and sharing the videos of the contestants. More than 1500 different people liked, commented or shared over the past 3 weeks and we heard some great talent.”

On a side note Three Bridges picked up over 500 LIKES during the contest as well. It's all about getting more of the Gospel to more people.

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The Music City Show’s “Positive Cowboy” Jim Sheldon Celebrates New CD With A Party

Nashville, Tennessee (September 1,2015) RFD-TV's Highly popular 'The Music City Show' is the place you will commonly find the Positive Cowboy. Jim Sheldon proudly wears that name as he sings positive Gospel songs and wears his signature wide brimmed Cowboy hat. The CD is titled 'Positively Free In Jesus' fitting his personality and image.

With new success on the popular TV show comes a new CD, jam-packed with great new songs written by some fantastic writers and even one penned by Jim himself.

Jim, trying to keep his excitement downstated, "When you have a new CD that you feel the presence of Godon every song, it's really hard not to be excited. Since some other great Christian Country artists were in town, I thought I would invite them to join me..... and they did. We had cake and punch and just mingled like everyone had known each other for years. It was a good time of celebrating and being thankful for what God has allowed me to do.”

Joining the Positive Cowboy in hiscelebration were people like T. Graham Brown, Chris Golden, Marty Rabon, producer Scott Godsey, Tommy Brandt, Chuck Day, and a host of other Christian Country artists.

In addition to performing as a regular on The Music City Show, Jim can be seen as he travels the country singing and sharing the message of what God has done to change his life and put his feet on the right path.

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Danny Riddle - Crying Out to Me


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.dannyriddle.com

I must admit I had never heard of Danny Riddle nor did I know anything about him prior to doing this review. In doing some research, I have found out a few things to help me get familiar with him. He is from Central Florida and over the years has recorded quite a few projects.

His style is County gospel with some southern gospel sounds. He has a smooth tenor voice and is backed with a choir on his selections. He is a songwriter and writes most of his music. On this project, 11 of the 13 selections were written by Danny. Each song has a message and is an easy listen.

Starting off the project is "Wayfaring Stranger," a familiar song that has been recorded by many over the years. A peppy, upbeat one is "I’m Going Up" which tells about meeting Jesus in the sky and there’s A Better Home waiting for us that Jesus has gone to prepare. A great reminder, "If God Be For Us" says who can be against us and we have nothing to fear with Him on our side, and "My Father’s Love" makes us want to sing and praise Him.

The title cut, "Crying Out To Me," tells that He sees our pains and agony but no one loves us like He does. That is a great message we all need to hear every day. "Ready Or Not" tells us that He is coming soon, so we need to be born again.

Other songs include "Book Of Life," "You’re A Big Shot," "Seasons Of Friendship" and "Won’t Be Lonely Anymore" which reminds us He is our one true friend that is always there. "Put Your Hand In Mine" reminds us that we need follow Him and He will provide for us. Finishing up this project is "Thank You For Being A Friend," another familiar tune.

Again, great messages are found all in these songs. This is a 3 star recording. If you like the country style, you will find this CD an easy listen and one for your collection.



Song List:

1 – Wayfaring Stranger
2 – I’m Going Up
3 – Crying Out To Me
4 – If God Be For Us
5 – My Father’s Love
6 – There’s A Better Home
7 – Book Of Life
8 – Ready Or Not
9 – You’re A Big Shot
10 - Seasons Of Friendship
11 – Won’t Be Lonely Anymore
12 - Put Your Hand In Mine
13 – Thank You For Being A Friend

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Tim’s Tales

I have such great memories of my childhood and I am so lucky to be able to say that. When I think back and try to find the “greatest moments” it is literally impossible, but I have realized something. The joy that was had during the time/event is far surpassed by the joy of remembering it. I can remember go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, trips to amusement parks, family vacations and so much more. And when I think back on those times I don’t remember the exact details but I do remember the joy of spending time with my family and friends. That is where the joy comes from.

Today, we as a society seem to be busier than ever. So busy, that I wonder if people today are missing the true joy that comes from family, friends and the relationships that are formed when we spend time together. They seem to be wrapped up in all of the electronic and online stuff that fills our world.

Having Jesus in our life is all about a personal relationship. We can’t text Him, email Him or instagram Him, we must speak to Him personally from our heart. Only then does He hear our prayers. I am so thankful that we have a God who chooses to communicate with us on a personal level. One who knows everything about us and loves us anyway. You see as Christians we are viewed through the blood that was shed on Calvary – the blood that washes away our sins. That blood was given freely and personally to each and every one of us by Christ’s sacrifice. Yet today we seem to struggle finding the time to give Him even a little of our personal attention.

Don’t get me wrong, I too like this new technology, but we should never forget that personal interaction with one another is where true relationships and memories are made. This fall let’s do some of the “old time” things – ice cream late at night, chasing fireflies, playing hide & seek, and sitting on the porch with evening approaching while listening to the crickets, and yes, giving our Lord some personal time where He can talk to us and we can listen. Let’s experience true joy this fall. Oh, the memories we will make!


Scripture

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
John 14:1 (NIV)

If ever there was a loving statement this is it! Jesus tells us not to worry, just trust in God the Father and in Him. He didn’t say to worry some, He said don’t worry at all. What a freeing statement and gift if we can only truly do this and trust Him. You see, Christ knows that our Heavenly Father is in control of everything. This doesn’t mean that He will change everything to make it an easy and rosy life, but what it does mean is that God is here with us, guiding, providing and going with us through everything – good and bad.

Let’s take this promise to heart, as we should. Let’s lay all of our concerns and troubles at the foot of the cross, in the hands of The Almighty. Only then can we live a life of true peace no matter what comes our way.

See ya on The Road!

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Jim Sheldon

Choose God’s Path

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

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

22 years ago I totally surrendered my entire life to Jesus Christ. I sacrificed, trained and took advantage of every opportunity to singing gospel music. Always seeking to stretch and grow the abilities God has given me. A lot of frustration, disappointment and many times wanting to quit where included.

Then over 4 years ago, I realized I was trying to do all this for God. That’s why the failures happened. Then God helped me understand; that God’s not about what we accomplish for Him. He wants the most intimate relationship, this side of Heaven, with us.

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Sheldon/Putting God First Ministry

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His Heart Quartet - Sailing Safely In


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.hisheartquartet.com

Sailing Safely In is the newest release from His Heart Quartet. This project is made up of some great ole classic tunes as well as some great new lyrics that I’m sure will soon become favorites to their singing audiences everywhere. This compilation has a very traditional quartet feel, accompanied with great vocal harmony as well as instrumentation. When you hit play and the CD begins to spin, your feet are sure to start tapping along to their upbeat song GO TO THE WELL. A great message of hope and what takes place in our lives when we drink of that living water is what this song talks about.

Up next is their rendition to every quartet lover, GLORY ROAD. Their next selection is BOTTOM OF THE BASKET, which reminds us that we can never go wrong when we place our trust in God to supply our every need. SAILING SAFELY IN is a beautifully written song, and the orchestration makes it even more enjoyable to the ear. Oh my goodness, I just love hearing that Dobro plucking away in JESUS IS IN MY BOAT. Everyone listening to this CD will recognize the next tune, I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS. Another familiar tune, NOT THE GREAT I WAS, will surely have you singing along.

There’s not enough I can say about GOD WILL HEAR YOUR PRAYER. I absolutely love this selection. Everyone needs to be reminded that no matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or what you’re going through, simply call out to Him; He will hear you! There’s a great classic quartet sound to SWEET FOREVER. Then when you come up to their rendition of WHO AM I, you’re sure to hit that repeat button a time or two. I did. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this entire project but my favorite song would have to be I LOVE THIS LAND. I’m so glad these guys chose to add this great patriotic song to their line up. There’s never been a more crucial time as Christians in America for when we need to stand up and fight for our rights. Way to go guys!



Song List:

* Indicates my personal favorites

Go To The Well
Glory Road
Bottom Of The Basket
Sailing Safely In *
Jesus Is In My Boat *
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Not The Great I Was
God Will Hear Your Prayer
Sweet Forever
Who Am I *
I Love This Land *

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Testify

Now, I know I'm telling my age...but I remember as a kid we had "testimony service". People would stand up and tell something great God had done for them that week! I always enjoyed hearing them. Some would just say "my testimony tonight is..." and they would start singing a song. 

One that jumps out to me is "When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus, and ALL He has done for me.  My soul cries out Hallelujah!! Praise God for saving me!!" Other saints of God would join in and sing too!  Before long a joyous spirit would break out in the church and everyone was participating.

It's hard to be depressed and sad when you remember ALL that God has done for you! The scripture says in Psalm 105:1(KJV)
“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.”

‭‭Tell what He has done! Praise Him!!! He dwells in the middle of our praise! You want God to show up?  Praise Him!!
Psalm 35:18(KJV)

“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.”

I will testify of the goodness of Jesus!  He's been SO good to me.

I challenge you to "testify" of His goodness! Speak with boldness and declare what God has done for you! I guarantee you will feel better! The good always outweighs the bad when God is in the equation!!

Can somebody say "Amen?" Blessings!

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Four Blood Moons Soundtrack


Producer: Ricardo Sanchez
Label: Difference Media
Website: http://www.fourbloodmoonsmovie.com

Very thought provoking easy listening soundtrack that goes along with the popular movie FOUR BLOOD MOONS from John Hagee Ministries that hit theatres and DVD this year with strong critical success. This soundtrack is definitely not a Southern Gospel project, but it is a light CCM-easy pop project full of tunes that go along with the theme of Christ’s returning that the docu-drama so wonderfully delves into. The CD has a mixture of several top CCM artists such as The Newsboys, Matt Kearney, JJ Weeks Band, Consumed by Fire and then other songs by artists such as the ever popular Canton Junction and newcomers, Keila Alvarado, V. Rose and others. The original music by many of the newer artists was composed and produced specifically for the film by Grammy nominated Ricardo Sanchez, who also has an amazing song on the project, called Your Kingdom. I have several favorite songs that I loved…of course Canton Junction does an amazing job and performance on Weep No More ( I could listen to that song over and over and over again), then the song In Spite Of It All by V. Rose is just beautiful, as is the haunting ballad Amazing Savior by Sandy Parker.

It is always so hard to critique and write a review for a Various artist-soundtrack project, as there are so many styles usually involved. Soundtrack projects and various artist projects still continue to sell and people still love them, so for this compilation I would highly recommend it if you have seen the movie or haven’t seen the movie. A very thought provoking project that will keep your mind centered on His one day coming.

I will give it a strong 4 stars!



Song List:

SOONER OR LATER-MATT KEARNEY
WALK THROUGH THE FIRE-CONSUMED BY FIRE
IN WONDER-NEWSBOYS
AMAZING SAVIOR-SANDY PARKER
WEEP NO MORE-CANTON JUNCTION
IS IT EVER-JJ WEEKS BAND
HEAVEN SPEAKS-KEILA ALVARADO
YOUR KINGDOM-RICARDO SANCHEZ
IN SPITE OF IT ALL-V. ROSE
SOMETHINGS ABOUT TO CHANGE-JASON UNGER

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Zach & Rodney and Michael Lee - Back 2 Back Country


Producer: Rick Schweinsberg & Micah Schweinsberg
Label: Red Hen Records
Website: http://www.facebook.com/RedHenRecord

Zach and Rodney together with Michael Lee have released Back 2 Back Country, a Christian/Country collection of songs. The album features 10 songs. Four from each artist and two together. Songwriters include Ronnie Hinson, Gerald Crabb, Zach, Rodney and Michael, as well as other great writers.

The album starts with SIX STRONG MEN, a unique song that you have to listen to all the way through to understand the meaning. GROW THROUGH is a song that reminds us there are some things in life that we have to grow through. You don't understand life being tough and may not see the master plan, but God has never left you. MARKED FOR LIFE compares making mistakes and being marked and seen as that person but then finding new life in Christ, changed and forgiven and being marked for life by him. Along the same lines are songs DRINKING NEW WINE and I CAN'T LOSE FOR WINNING, tunes about living a changed life. If you like patriotic country/Americana songs, then you will love WHERE I LIVE IS WORTH DYING FOR. ALMOST is a song that has some interesting and true lines. It talks about missing moments and only almost living for God. YOUR LAST LOOK AT ME is another one of those songs that has a theme about death and the afterlife: "When you're taking your last look at me I'll be taking my first look at him." FAMILIES is a good down home country song almost in the style of Josh Turner. GODS HONEST TRUTH finishes out this album. If you love steel guitar this song and others feature some great playing.

Overall, I think I would rather have heard two separate albums from these guys with an occasional duet song or two. However, breaking up the recording and alternating songs takes away from a good flow from the recording. These are strong songs from a great group of guys. I definitely recommend it if you are in to the Christian country scene!



Song List:

SIX STRONG MEN (featuring Zach & Rodney and Michael Lee)
GROW THROUGH (featuring Michael Lee)
MARKED FOR LIFE (featuring Zach & Rodney)
DRINKING NEW WINE (featuring Michael Lee)
WHERE I LIVE IS WORTH DYING FOR (featuring Zach & Rodney)
I CANT LOSE FOR WINNING (featuring Michael Lee)
ALMOST (featuring Zach & Rodney)
YOUR LAST LOOK AT ME (featuring Michael Lee)
FAMILIES (featuring Zach & Rodney)
GOD'S HONEST TRUTH (featuring Zach & Rodney and Michael Lee)

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Ryan Watkins - Southern Son


Producer: Rick Schweinsberg & Micah Schweinsberg
Label: Red Hen Records
Website: http://www.ryanwatkinsmusic.com

Everyone has a story. A classic example is the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. Through scripture, we are able to see what she was like before meeting Jesus, how He changed her life dramatically, and then who she was as a result of her experience in meeting Jesus. Ryan Watkins has a story. He’s a fairly newcomer to the music scene but according to producer Rick Schweinsberg, this young man had something special. From the first track to the last, you will go on a journey with Ryan through his southern and country roots to find out who he was before meeting Jesus, who he was as a result of meeting Jesus, and who he is today because of what Jesus is doing in his life.

The first track, RED is a contemporary country flavored tune with strong vocals and tight harmony that tells the story of redemption. SO MUCH MORE communicates to the listener that Jesus is so much more than we could ever imagine. BRAND NEW DAY re emphasizes Ryan’s story and tells the present of his life. NEVER BROKEN reminds us of who Jesus is, we may fall and be marred by sin, but Jesus is mighty, sinless, and complete ready to forgive and welcome us. CRUEL LIE is an interesting twist on the story of Judas and his sin problem. The song is definitely a hard hitting country/southern rock tune that fits perfectly on this recording. Other songs on the recording include, WHO I AM, CALLING ALL HEROES, ONE MORE TIME, a couple other tunes. My favorite song on the recording musically, is ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS. The song is strong lyrically and has some definite southern rock roots dug deep into it.

Red Hen Records has released a relatable Christian Country recording with strong melodies, strong lyrics, and an amazing voice with Ryan Watkins Southern Son. I give this recording 4.5 stars.



Song List:

Red
So Much More
New Day
Never Broken
Cruel Lie
Who I Am
Calling All Heroes
One More Time
Beautiful Day (1969 Mix)
Any Way the Wind Blows

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - The Inspiration of Broadway


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

I remember the first time I saw Ernie Haas & Signature Sound in a live concert setting as a teenager. Growing up around the SG genre, and frequenting the Friday night gospel concert venue, I was expecting the typical. Needless to say, it was anything but. This group forsook every bit of tradition as far as their style and showmanship went.

At first, I found this album perplexing, until I realized I could not review it as if it were a southern gospel album. This is far from the others maybe described as "progressive" or "bridge spanning." "The Inspiration of Broadway" is in fact an entirely different genre...and you'll love it!

The group adds an additional member for the album, introducing J. Mark McVey to the signature blend. This veteran Broadway performer is featured on “Bring Him Home,” which he sang in Les Miserables. WOW! It was amazing).

For those who are not Broadway fans, you may be surprised to discover "You'll Never Walk Alone" originated in Carosel. And whether you have seen the musical, you'll enjoy "Blow, Gabriel Blow" and "Any Dream Will Do" as if they've been a part of the typical concert set list for years.

The album in its entirety features large, solid orchestration. Not a bit overdone or under-utilized. The perfect blend of instrumentation and vocals. Wayne Haun was definitely in his wheelhouse producing another incredible top notch album of a whole different kind.

Those who purchase this album expecting some sort of Spiritual spin or experience will be sadly disappointed. The inclusion of songs like "Seasons of Love" or "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" should clue you in right away that this is, as the title states, Broadway. However, if show-tunes are your thing, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised to find talented vocalists branching out and doing a phenomenal job.

This is a five star album on any scale. I am excited to see what doors this opens for EHSS in the future.



Song List:

(1) “Any Dream Will Do” – [Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice]
(2) “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – [Cole Porter]
(3) “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – [Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II]
(4) “Get Happy” – [Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler]
(5) “The Impossible Dream” – [Mitch Leigh/Joe Darion]
(6) “Ol’ Man River” – [Oscar Hammerstein II/Jerome Kern]
(7) “Seasons Of Love” – [Jonathan Larson]
(8) “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat” – [Frank Loesser]
(9) “I Got The Sun In The Morning” – [Irving Berlin]
(10) “Bring Him Home” – [Alain Boublil/Herbert Kretzmer/Claude-Michel Schonberg]
(11) “Sunrise, Sunset” – [Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick]
(12) “Together (Wherever We Go)” – [Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim]
(13) “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – [Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II]

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The Bowling Family - That One Glorious Moment

It’s always an exciting opportunity to catch up with artists that you listen to or see on occasion. I was able to catch up with Kelly Bowling last week and she was gracious enough to share behind the scenes footage of their latest recording, Moments Like These. Let’s take a look


Jamie Vaughan:Tell me about the current lineup of the Bowling family?

Kelly Bowling: Mike, myself, and our 15 year old daughter Hope. Our band consists of Kenyon Sise on drums, our nephew, Blake Bowling on drums, and Curtis Buell on keys, and John Jeffrey is on sound and drives.

JV: Tell me about the new record.

KB: Ok, it's called, Moments Like These. It is our first Daywind project since Mike and I have had a group. It is full of songs that are encouraging. We get the chance to sing about hope, God always being there, the hope of Heaven, and a risen Savior. We are so excited about it!

JV: Who are some of the songwriters?

KB: Marcia Henry, Mike and myself wrote one. Marcia also wrote another one. Other songwriters include Kyla Rowland, Tim Minzies, Kenna West, Gina Vera, Sue C. Smith, and Lee Black, to name some.

JV: What will be the first radio release?

KB: The first single is called "One Glorious Moment of Faith" which was written by Jessica Austin and Kyla Rowland. This is also the first single that we've ever released that featured our daughter Hope. She absolutely knocks it out of park, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

JV: Excellent, we are proud of her. I know how exciting it is when they feel the song, and it resonates with someone in the audience.

KB: Absolutely, it's so neat. We really are proud, and thankful.

JV: I understand. When recording this album, what things changed and what stayed the same?

KB: It was Hope's first full album where she is the alto and has that part completely. We had a lot of fun because we were home and recorded in our own studio, so we were so relaxed and just really enjoyed it.

JV: What is your favorite song on the recording?

KB: Oh my, that's a tough one. It's tough to pick just one. I love "I Was There" and "I Believe He's Alive."

JV: Which one do you think people will relate to?

KB: Well, hopefully all of them. There's something that I can relate to in all of them. Definitely, "I Was There" and "Even When You're Asking Why." I co-wrote that with Marcia Henry after watching some families battle circumstances that were very hard to understand.

JV: Excellent. Tell me about Mike and what he's doing these days?

KB: He's produced this record, so he's been so busy. Also the summer tour schedule has been in full swing, and he's the Dad of three girls, so poor Mike never stops.

You can find out more information on the Bowling Family and their new recording by visiting them online at http://www.bowlingfamilyonline.com.

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Definitive Cuts: Songs Written by Vep Ellis

I am fascinated by songwriters. I love to look up who wrote what song, hear about what inspired the song, and hear different recorded versions of the song. When one is listing their favorite southern gospel songwriters, they often name Bill and Gloria Gaither, Mosie Lister, Albert E. Brumley, or Dottie Rambo. Rarely these days does the name Vep Ellis enter into such a discussion, which is a crying shame. Perhaps it is mostly due to the fact that Reverend Ellis has been gone for more than a quarter century. Lister, Rambo, and the Gaithers all lived into the 21st Century, and Bob Brumley has done an excellent job of keeping his father’s legacy alive and well It is high time to take another look at the work of one of gospel music’s most underrated songwriters, and certainly one of gospel music’s most clever songwriters. I have picked out ten songs written by Vep Ellis to highlight for this month’s column. If you don’t remember all of these songs, I would hope you will make the effort to track this great music down and give it a listen!

"Do You Know My Jesus"
Plainsmen Quartet / Songs and Hymns By the Plainsmen Quartet (1959)
Melody Boys Quartet / Get Happy / Homeland (2001)

A straight-talking, passionate invitation to salvation in song if there ever was one. Several artists placed their signature stamps on this popular 50s classic, including the Speer Family, LeFevres, Blackwood Brothers, but during this period, The Plainsmen performed it to perfection. A cut from their famous Red Record, Rusty Goodman, Jack Mainord, Erman & Thurman Bunch, and Easmon Napier made this one all their own with their uniquely crafted high harmonies. Now fast forward 40 years. For whatever reason, the song went many years hardly touched until the Melody Boys recorded it in 2001 for their Get Happy recording. Not only did Gerald Williams, Jeremy Raines, Jonathan Sawrie, and Mike Franklin bring it more up to date, but they also included the rarely-heard verse "Where is your heart, o pilgrim..."

"Everywhere He Went"
Blackwood Brothers / RCA Victor Single (1951)

This was the very first single released by the Blackwood Brothers on RCA Victor in 1951. This song hasn't been attempted for many years either. This bouncy tune not only has some crisp precision singing from the Blackwood Brothers and an intricate piano turnaround by Jackie Marshall, but it showcases just how clever a lyricist Ellis was. The chorus begins with the words, "Everywhere He went, He was doing good, gave beatitudes, helped the multitudes everywhere He could...." Who in the world rhymes words like beatitudes and multitudes?! The answer is Vep Ellis.

"Heavenly Love"
Blue Ridge Quartet / Gotham Single (1955)
Dove Brothers Quartet / Quartet Legacy Tour Top Ten Songs / GRC (2004)

Ellis possessed such a quick wit that he often at concerts he would write songs backstage during intermission, using titles suggested by people in the audience during the first half of the concert. Such was the case with "Heavenly Love". Vep Ellis and the Blue Ridge Quartet debuted the song during the second half of a concert, and The Blue Ridge soon had a Top 10 single on their hands. Fifty years later, I am working backstage assisting the Quartet Legacy Tour featuring the Dove Brothers and Charlie Waller. The Dove Brothers performed this song with such a fire and intensity on stage that there was no way that this magic could ever be duplicated in the studio. I can only imagine the excitement in the air as audiences heard artists like Vep Ellis, the Blue Ridge, Blackwood Brothers, and Sunshine Boys stage this song when it was fresh and new.

"I Know He Heard My Prayer"
Hovie Lister & the Statesmen / Statesmen Quartet Sings with Hovie Lister / RCA Victor (1958)

This is one of Ellis's most enduring classics, and one of the few 50s era quartet tunes to enter into several hymnbooks. The Kingdom Heirs, Greater Vision, and the Dove Brothers have all given top-notch performances on this song in recent years, but the precedent was clearly set by Hovie Lister, Big Chief, Doy Ott, Jake Hess, and Cat Freeman on their outstanding 1958 LP The Statesmen Quartet Sings with Hovie Lister.

"I'm Free Again"
Melody Boys Quartet / Classics Collection / Wright Music (1999)

Another fun, easy-listening, red back hymnal favorite that has been a staple of many a singing convention. It is a thrilling experience to hear the Melody Boys Quartet on this number. The soaring harmonies of Sawrie, Raines, and Franklin, accompanied by the blistering G below Low C of Gerald Williams on this song have brought many gospel music fans to their feet.

"Joshua Led God's Children"
Chuck Wagon Gang / O Why Not Tonight EP / Columbia (1958)
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound / Happy People / StowTown (2015)

This was a rather obscure Ellis tune until recent years. The convention song was a great fit for the Chuck Wagon Gang, and they included it on their extended play 45, O Why Not Tonight. In 2002, Bill Gaither resurrected this song for his Freedom Band taping, incorporating a much more driving rhythm. The bass line, "Joshua was a walkin', Joshua was a talkin'," is incredibly infectious, and easily what makes the song memorable. Ernie Haase and Signature Sound recently recorded the song, and it is definitely a standout track on their Happy People recording.

"Over the Moon"
Rebels Quartet / 20th Anniversary / Skylite (1968)

One of the quintessential tenor songs. While numerous tenors of the day such as Bill Shaw, Cat Freeman, Little Troy Lumpkin, and Bobby Clark recorded this song, it really seemed to take on new life when rendered by Rebels tenor Ron Booth Sr.

"Something Lifted Off of Me"
Hovie Lister & the Statesmen / RCA Victor Single (1959)

This forgotten classic thrills me. What begins as an uptempo convention-style number done Statesmen style completely shifts gears halfway through, as the Statesmen change keys and essentially set the tempo of the song as they go. Every dynamic and every syllable are perfectly together between Chief, Doy, Jake, and Rosie. I don’t know whose idea it was to do this special arrangement, whether it was the Statesmen or Vep Ellis himself. Neither would surprise me. It was an excellent idea. The song was clearly enough of a favorite for them to re-record it on their 1963 live album, A Gospel Concert by the Statesmen Quartet.

"The Love of God"
Blue Ridge Quartet / The Love of God / Canaan (1966)

Another one of Ellis’s “intermission writings”, and certainly his finest and most popular song. Little can be said about this classic that hasn’t already been said. Hall of Famer/Blue Ridge Quartet tenor Fred Daniel gave perhaps his finest performance ever on his first recording as part of “the sweetest sound this side of Heaven”.

"When He Calls I'll Fly Away"
Hovie Lister & the Statesmen / Hovie Lister Sings with His Famous Statesmen Quartet / RCA Victor (1964)

Brother Hobie’s version was quite different from its predecessors. Once again, a nice little laid-back convention song recorded pretty much as written by the Chuck Wagon Gang, Harmoneers, Sunshine Boys, and others. Someone had to do something fresh with it, and that someone was Hovie Lister. The song became a hard-driving, high-octane, rowdy spiritual, becoming such a favorite that its hard to imagine that the original version and Hovie’s version were even the same song. In fact, Hovie pretty well set the standard for the song, performance-wise. 35 years later, “When He Calls” became a sugar stick all over again for Jonathan Wilburn of Gold City, who brought the house down with this standard every night for many years.

Of course there are many other great Ellis tunes, such as “I Know My Savior Is There”, “Oh When I Meet You”, “At the End of the Trail”, “The Last Mile of the Way”, and “Jesus Holds the Keys”, just to name a few. This article certainly serves as a very small tribute to one of gospel music’s songwriting giants. The music of Vep Ellis is just as fresh today as it was five and six decades ago. I have a good feeling that gospel music fans will continue to discover that same songwriting genius for generations to come. For more information on Vep Ellis and his music, visit http://www.sgma.org and www.sghistory.com.

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Amber Nelon Thompson - Just Sing


Producer: Jason Clark
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.thenelons.com

Once in awhile, a vocalist comes along within our field that just blows everyone away…back in the day, people like Vestal Goodman, Joy Gardner and Sue Dodge come to mind. More recently, Kim Hopper, Angie Hoskins-Aldridge and TaRanda Greene come to mind. Everybody move over, as we make way for Amber Nelon Thompson. What a powerful set of vocals this young lady has and she has been honing her craft for years and it all culminates into one majestic piece of work with this recording…as she throws her head back and just sings!
The contagious feel-good title song, “JUST SING” gets the recording started (also featuring an appropriate cameo by Bill Gaither) before things really get kicked into high gear for the rollicking, “HE’S MAKING ME”. This song has been recorded numerous times, and I think this is my favorite version!

The tempo slows down as Amber is joined by Michael English for a dynamic re-make of the Sandi Patti/Wayne Watson CCM classic, “ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE” before Amber is joined by her family (The Nelons) for a haunting rendition of the classic hymn, “BE THOU MY VISION”.

Jason Clark penned the powerful, thought provoking, “WHAT DO YOU SAY?”, (which sounds like something Carrie Underwood would sing). Amber really shows off her powerful vocals on this song before she is joined by Joseph Habedank on another power ballad, “WITHOUT YOUR LOVE”, and they sound excellent together. Both songs are highlights of the recording.

“GRATEFUL” is another feel-good tune that will stick with you long after the music stops before the tempo slows back down for another great song of thankfulness, “GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD”.
Finally, Amber really belts it out with another tremendous power ballad, “GIVE IT TO JESUS” before the recording closes out with the classical feel of “FALLING”.

Amber is such an amazing vocalist and this is such an amazing album. The majority of the recording leans more towards the country/pop/progressive vein, but it totally fits Amber’s voice and completely compliments the lyrics. There is so much to love about this recording, and it is one that will provide many hours of listening pleasure! Definitely one of the best releases of 2015!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Just Sing**
2 – He’s Making Me**
3 – Another Time, Another Place**
4 – Be Thou My Vision
5 – What Do You Say?**
6 – Without Your Love**
7 – Grateful
8 – God is Always Good
9 – Give it to Jesus**
10-Falling

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The Killing Of The Innocent

Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

What a beautiful lion Cecil appeared to be as he strutted his stuff on the plains of Zimbabwe, being admired by all of the tourists and population of that great country. He was probably thought of as royalty in the animal kingdom; but then along comes a great, white hunter from America with a bow, a gun and the need to have another trophy on his wall back home. It was the act of a man’s selfish and pride-filled nature to take the life of this beautiful animal just to boast of his latest kill and his new trophy.

This was the top story and usually the lead story on every major news network in recent weeks. If you listen to the news or read the paper, I’m sure you are aware of the same story.

Now, let us hear about another top news story that was in the headlines during all of the coverage on the above story.

It seems the great white hunters (politicians) have okayed the right of a woman to have an abortion into her 24th+ week of pregnancy. This announcement was met with laughter, cheers, praise and applause all over the news media. The NOW organization calls this a great step forward for the rights and equality of women. To somewhat justify this slaughter, they are taking the usable body parts of the unborn baby to recycle or use them in another way. The taping of conversations in these clinics discussing whether the baby is a boy or girl or if that is a leg, an arm or whatever sounds like a Frankenstein horror movie.
When a doctor takes the Oath of Hippocrates to swear to preserve and sustain life, what does he do with that oath if he or she decides to work in an abortion clinic? In the days to come, it will be more financially secure for a doctor to practice death rather than sustaining or enhancing life.
If you have had an abortion and are reading this, you might be thinking that I am mean and cruel, but there is nothing you have done that God will not forgive. I have never had an abortion, but I do know women and young girls who have had one and they are still trying to get themselves past that event in their lives. I grieve with them and encourage them in the love, grace and forgiveness of God. I want to put up a roadblock or stop sign for any other woman who might be thinking that this is the solution to what she considers a problem in her life today. That “problem” which was aborted could have had the cure for cancer, could have been a great world leader or could have been the next great minister to lead many to the Lord. Only God knows just what they could have been.

Children are a heritage of the Lord. I look at my own children in their fifties and I think what a blessing they are to me. Then I look at my grown grandchildren and I smile with love and joy, while I also look at my great-grandchildren and I cannot imagine life without any of them. What you might think of as a burden today will probably be your greatest joy tomorrow.


Yes, the killing of Cecil was a terrible thing to happen, and it’s good that we were made aware of it so that another hunter will not repeat a similar act. But is that killing act worse than the murder of millions of babies?

NO! NO! A thousand times NO!

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “Let My Life Be a Light”

Do we Christians REALLY pay attention to the way we conduct ourselves in front of others?  Are we positive advertisements for Jesus Christ, thereby causing others to be influenced to follow Him?  It REALLY pays to watch our walk and our talk.
 
JESUS said, “Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
 
It was something like 40 years ago that I worked in a large department store and met a most unpleasant customer early one Summer morning.  This man pushed his lawn mower inside the opened outer stockroom door and immediately shoved it hard in my direction.  I had to stop the mower by putting my left foot in its path.
 
Without even giving me opportunity to greet him and ask how I could help, this man began a long angry tirade of how his mower was not repaired properly just days before, and how he was “going to make sure it’s fixed right THIS time –– OR ELSE.”
 
I calmly told him my job, as a stockman, was only to take his information and tag his lawn mower for the service department.  Because I stood before him, and not any of the repairmen, I received the brunt of his angry comments.  It was easy to know this man was irate, for all the blood in his body seemed to rush straight to his face.
 
While listening to his furious complaints, I completed his work tag information.  I kept quiet the entire time and then handed him the customer stub of the work tag.  It was then I asked, “Say, how is everything at (name of his church)?”
 
This man’s countenance changed immediately, and he suddenly appeared quite pale.  Now speaking in a low-key voice, he paused between words and asked, “Do you know… who I am?”  I answered, “Yes sir, I do.  I know you pastor a fine congregation of people” – and I named the church.
 
This pastor was stunned, to say the least, and began to perspire.  He made a complete turnaround in his demeanor.  He was, by then, giving a forced smile and agreeing with me that his members were indeed a great group of people. 
 
His nervous grin reminded me of Elmer Fudd being caught in wrong-doing by the ever-alert Bugs Bunny.  I don’t think I heard Elmer’s “Heh-heh-heh” embarrassed laughter that day, but the pastor did quickly change the subject by sharing some of their church building plans and programs. 
 
Before leaving our store, he continued his nervous talk and even invited me to visit their church sometime.  I thanked him.  He was still sweating a bit when he turned to me a final time and wished me to “have a good day,” along with the message to tell the repairmen to call him “whenever my lawn mower is ready.” 
 
This unfortunate incident could have easily been with a church member, just as much as with this pastor.  But just in case you’re wondering, I did not have a good day the rest of that day.  Oh, and I never did visit that church.   
 
I knew this man was pastor of that church because he was pictured in their weekly ads found in our local newspaper.  It’s quite possible I might have visited that church sometime, but since I had an unfavorable first impression of the man, any thoughts of visiting his church certainly changed.  That day, I truly learned a different kind of “church publicity,” and it wasn’t good.
 
JESUS said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).  He also said of Himself, “I am the Light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).  Therefore, a Christian is to be a bringer of light, and not one who emits darkness. 
 
A 1942 song found on page 169 in “the old red Back book” Church Hymnal tells of a prayer in song.  J. R. Varner began this song by ‘praying,’ “Let me live, blessed Lord, in the light of Thy Word, let my life be a light on a hill;  Leading souls now astray to the straight narrow way, help me do some good deed while I live.”
 
The second verse of this “prayer in song” continues with, “Give me wisdom and pow’r, ev’ry day, ev’ry hour, Let me drink from the fountain above;  Guide my footsteps aright thru the dark stormy night, Give me peace, give me joy, give me love.”
 
There are a few characteristics of “light” we need to remember.  The nearer we are to the source, the brighter the light appears.  ~ Light reveals, and the brighter the light, the more revealing it is.  ~ A person who walks away from the light will walk in his own shadow.  ~ Lastly, light reflects more clearly from a clean surface. 
 
Have you ever walked through an area of a department store where there are many brilliant lights burning at one time?  In such displays, there are usually ceiling lights galore, along with an array of table lamps and floor lamps to brighten the room – and to capture your attention.
 
While this bright sight is a scene of great beauty, I often wonder how better it would be if these lights were dispersed throughout different areas to dispel the darkness, and to light the way for others. 
 
With that in mind, it’s one thing for a church sanctuary to be full of Christians gathered together “shining” for JESUS, but our REAL effectiveness begins when we leave the church building.  It’s when we come in contact with those living in darkness that our light for Christ shines the best.
 
Just one verse prior to today’s text of the Christian’s instruction to be “the light of the world,” JESUS also said, “Ye are the salt of the earth...” (Matthew 5:13). 
 
If we are to be “salt,” it must be done in two methods:  Character and contact.  JESUS didn’t say, “Scatter salt,” but He said, “Ye ARE salt.”  To salt the Earth, we must come in contact with those whom we are to ‘salt.’  But that can only be accomplished by being Christ-like in every manner.
 
The word “influence” cannot be taken lightly, for it is of great importance to the Christian.  This word comes from two Latin root terms: in, meaning “in,” and fluere, meaning “to flow.”  The word influence literally means “to flow in.”  Our personal ‘influence’ is what we cause to flow into someone else.
 
As “the light of the world,” Christians are to reflect the light of Jesus Christ, for He said, “I am the Light of the world.”  Light must shine to be seen, just as a city set on a hill cannot be hid.  The shining city speaks of the importance of the Christian’s testimony, and of our need to live a pure and holy life.
 
Children in church used to sing, “This Little Light of Mine (I’m Gonna Let It Shine).”  Part of that little song says, “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m gonna to let it shine…”  Another verse adds, “Don’t let satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine…”   I’m no child, but I have no intention of letting satan blow out my light for JESUS.
 
J. R. Varner added the third verse of this month’s featured song to read:  “Give me souls for my hire, let my life be on fire, Shining out to the world as a guide;  Help me rescue someone sinking now with no hope, That in Heav’n we shall ever abide.”
 
It doesn’t matter if one is a tithing church member, or if he is a pastor and recipient of a salary from those tithes;  it pays to be Christ-like at all times – and in every situation.  First impressions really matter. 
 
I was in retail for many years, and I’m thankful I was able to change the attitudes of many customers, mostly due to wrong first impressions of our store.  I’ve seen frowns replaced by smiles, and angry shoppers turned to faithful customers. 
 
In the Christian world, however, I rarely see bad first impressions having the same desired effect.  We, as Christians, may not think of it often, but the world is watching our lives each day.  They’re also listening.  We have but one opportunity to leave a good and lasting first impression.   That first experience might make a difference in someone seeing “a city set on a hill” –– or just a darkened hillside cave.
 
♪♫ “Let my life be a light shining out thru the night, May I help struggling ones to the fold;  Spreading cheer EV’RYWHERE to the sad and the lone, Let my life be a light to some soul.” ♪♫    
 
–– Bill
 

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Christian Fiction Queen: Single Sashimi

By: Camy Tang
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-27400-1

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Venus Chau is determined to start her own game development company and launch the next Super Mario-sized phenomenon. However, she needs an investor to back her idea. When Drake Yu, an old nemisis, approaches Venus with a contracting opportunity at his sister's startup, the offer tempts Venus to think the unthinkable.

Venus would rather throw away her PS3 than work for Drake again...but then Grandma bribes Venus to do this favor for Drake's wealthy family. With the encouragement of her three cousins, Lex, Trish, and Jennifer, Venus discovers that even a wounded heart can undergo a beautiful transformation...

Review:

Venus, the business-minded, career-driven "sushi" cousin, has a life most people would envy - she's drop-dead gorgeous, makes good money, and is brilliant to boot. As her close-as-sisters cousins begin to find love and settle down, her life on the career fast-track begins to feel as though it's lacking something. It doesn't help that her devotions time has become rote, just one more item to squeeze into a packed day. Venus has struggled for years to be taken seriously in the male-dominated gaming industry, since she's often overlooked for promotion or seen as only "eye" candy, particularly since her dramatic weight loss. When Drake, a charismatic former boss, offers her a high-profile, temporary job plus help starting her own gaming company, Venus is torn. If she can overcome her latent insecurities and give Drake a chance to prove himself, she might just discover that this God appointed chance at love is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity she can't micro-manage or schedule...

Single Sashimi is chock-full of Camy Tang's trademark humor and spiritual insights that also made the first two novels in the Sushi Series such enjoyable reads. It's particularly fun watching the always proper Venus get taken entirely out of her comfort zone (like volunteering to work with a wild church youth group). As her life spirals out of control, Venus gradually rediscovers her identity in Christ and the joy of surrendering every aspect of her life to God. It's a hard call to make, but I think Drake is my favorite hero of the series - his reintroduction to Venus took my breath away. His transformation from driven, amoral exec to sensitive, growing believer is realistic and compelling. The tension between Venus and Drake practically crackles with electricity - she doesn't know what to make of him, and he's more than up to the task of overcoming her prickly armor.

Tang excels at creating very real characters. Over the course of three books, these four cousins are so real they've grown to feel like friends, and their journeys of faith and self-discovery are challenging and thought-provoking. The Sushi Series is smartly written and the characters are unforgettably real, the novels striking a delicate balance between thoroughly enjoyable escapism and life-changing, thought-provoking truths. I can't wait for Camy's next book!

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Buck Rambo - In Conversation

Deon sits down with patriarch of the The Rambos - Buck Rambo along with his wife Mae! If you wish to donate to the medical bills go to: http://www.gofundme.com/zjckk5d you may also mail cards or letters to Buck Rambo, PO Box 680215 Franklin TN 37068.

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Next Generation

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Chris interviews Jordan LeFevre of the LeFevre Quartet

When folks think of the pioneering names and families that have become the roots of Southern Gospel, there's no doubt this name is one of the first that comes to mind. The name, Lefevre is synonymous with Christian music in general. From the original trio of siblings dating back to the 1920's to the popular quartet in the 70's, to Mylon and his work in early contemporary Christian music, and to Mike and his work with some of the greatest groups in southern gospel's 80's and 90's era. It would only be fitting that when we speak of the next generation of the Lefevre lineage, is Jordan Lefevre of the Lefevre Quartet!



Third Generation LeFevre, Jordan is the son of Mike LeFevre. Jordan has been part of the LeFevre Quartet from the beginning, starting out playing drums and was one of the youngest drummers in Gospel Music. Jordan was even nominated several years ago for the Horizon Individual Award in the Singing News Fan Awards.

"Of course I've been singing lead for the past 4 years now, but for the first 6 years of the groups existence I played drums and actually I never dreamed I would be singing believe it or not!" Jordan was privileged to be born and raised a "die hard" southern gospel fan, of course most folks will know his father Mike LeFevre as the baritone vocalist of Gold City at the time Jordan was born. "I've even been told stories of my mother putting headphones on her stomach of my dad sining while she was pregnant with me!" He literally was born knowing gospel music. "From there on out I've been hooked ever since".

Growing up, his biggest influence was Doug Riley, Jordan's favorite drummer. "He was the versatile player I've ever known!" But since he's started singing lead, Jordan has spent a lot of time trying his best to pattern his singing between Ivan Parker, Jonathan Wilburn, and even a lot of Mike's (father) tones are very evident. "I'd say though if I could ever come close to sounding like any of those guys I'd be doing good!"



When speaking about some of his favorite SG albums, Jordan's list is not surprising as he lists Gold City's "Pillars Of Faith" and "20th Anniversary Live" but among his favorite and currently in his CD player is, Gold City's "10th Anniversary Live", featuring is father, Mike, Tim Riley, Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Garry Jones, Doug on Drums, and Mark Fain on bass guitar. In the same list, he lists some of his other favorite albums by the Kingsmen and Cathedrals, respectively.

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Daily Devotion

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No Small Thing

“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” — Luke 16:10

When we were in school, we had small assignments and big tests. If we applied ourselves in the small assignments; faithfully completing them, it would increase our chances of getting good grades on the big test—advancing us to the next level.

At times we think the small assignment is not really going to make any difference. It may be re-stocking the water in the fridge at church for volunteers, it may be greeting people at the door, it might running sound, or picking up the trash in the sanctuary, etc, etc. The purpose is not to embarrass you, but rather to mature you in humility for service to your King.

Sometimes we go through seasons in our life where we feel as though we have been demoted. DO NOT miss the point! God may be trying to move us to a greater level, but first we must complete the assignment He has given us. Your assignment may not make sense to you, you may be overqualified for it, but faithfulness must be a priority to accomplish something great for God!

Every time you move or carry out the instructions of GOD, it brings pure delight to His heart! For we know without faith it is impossible to please the Lord.

“But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” — Hebrews 11:6 (AMP)


God is not more impressed with bold strokes of obedience than when we obey God in the simplest of tasks. It was just as important to God for Jesus to bless the children as it was for Jesus to call Lazarus to come forth from the tomb!

YOUR OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!

Just before God opens a huge door of opportunity, He will prove you in the small stuff. Are you willing to endure the assignment of the small things?

If you are a born-again Christian, you are in a Kingdom for the purpose of serving the King. If He asks you to teach a Sunday school class, our response is, “Yes sir.”

Any act of obedience to God does not go unrewarded.

You will never know true peace until you live faithful obedience to your Lord.

Obedience is proof of your trust in God.

"If you love me, obey my commandments. — John 14:15

Remember, any act of dis-obedience to God, sets in motion a loyalty to self-reliance. Every step towards self-reliance is a step away from God. When you pledge your allegiance to “self” or your carnal nature, you quench the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. When you rely on your own understanding, put your self on the throne of your heart instead of God.

What has God called you to do now that you are putting off, or even worse, doing half-heartedly? Step it up and say “yes sir” to whatever the Lord has put in front of you, no matter how small.

God never forgets your labor of love in how you minister to His saints. (Hebrews 6:10)

Pray this with me today:

God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I declare today, in all my ways, I will choose to acknowledge You and I know that You will be faithful to direct my path. In Jesus’s name, Amen! (Proverbs 3:6)


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News & Scoops


Steve Ladd Releases New Video With A Different Twist

Centre, Alabama (August 31, 2015) Renown Gospel soloist, Steve Ladd, has just released a new video with a little different twist to it. A fairly new idea to Southern Gospel Music, instead of the usual concept video where a story about the song is "acted out” by the artist, this new video is a Lyric Video as the words of the song are flashed across the screen in time with the music.

Taken from his latest CD album, On My Own, his chart climbing radio release "Not Guilty” is getting attention, not only for being uniquely different, but for the strong message the song imparts to those who see the video and hear the song. According to reports, there is a stronger reception to the song when the lyrics are being shown as the song is heard.

Here's the link to this unique video: https://youtu.be/uMWT9WR5vDM .

Steve Ladd commented, "The video was Created by SPNCR Design and it's the first lyric video they have done in our Southern Gospel genre. I think it turned out great! Seeing the words to this song, along with the animation, really brings the song to life. I hope it reaches a lot of people. "Not Guilty” is doing very well at radio, and now on YouTube."

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To learn more about Steve Ladd go to http://steveladdmusic.com .

Follow Steve on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/SteveLaddMusic and Twitter at https://twitter.com/SteveLaddMusic .

For booking Steve contact 256-266-1149 .

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 31, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
16
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
1
2
4
11
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
2
3
1
18
He Is Mine Eighth Day
1
4
3
15
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
3
5
5
12
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
4
6
13
6
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
6
7
7
18
Time Machine Browders
1(4)
8
10
18
Shout Williamsons
3
9
8
22
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
10
6
11
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
6
11
31
2
Weep No More Canton Junction
11
12
23
5
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
12
13
20
22
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
8
14
24
11
I Have a Home McKameys
14
15
27
24
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
16
16
7
Living In Harmony Triumphant
16
17
9
20
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
18
19
5
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
18
19
11
14
Somebody Prays Guardians
4
20
29
3
Just Three Little Words Primitive Quartet
20
21
28
3
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
21
22
26
15
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
14
23
36
16
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
23
24
18
10
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
15
25
12
30
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
26
*
1
It's Not Long Until Forever Inspirations
26
27
37
3
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
27
28
33
3
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
28
29
25
8
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
25
30
22
25
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
8
31
14
21
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
14
32
*
1
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
32
33
38
21
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
34
*
1
The Chain Gang Kingdom Heirs
34
35
21
26
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
10
36
40
2
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
36
37
35
17
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
38
*
1
Here For Now, But Not For Long Ricky Atkinson & Compassion
38
39
39
11
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
40
*
1
Livin' Like I'm Leavin' Carolina Boys
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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Permanent Decisions and Temporary Circumstances

Are you living by faith or "feelings”?

Emotive living, while hard to avoid, can certainly lead to problems. Too often, we confuse what we know with how we feel, and subsequently make life-altering decisions that can have negative effects.

A man called me once and said, "Pray for me, Pastor, because I don't feel saved today." It doesn't sound too spiritual, but I replied, "I will, but pray for me first, because I don't feel saved either."

The truth is, I don't always feel saved, do you? However, I'm not saved by how I feel, but by what I know. And I know that according to 1 John 3:14, "I have passed from death unto life."

According to 2 Corinthians 5:17: "I am a new creature in Christ; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new."

I am saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross at Calvary. Whoever said I had to feel it to know it’s true? Though often I do "feel" the joy of my salvation, I also know that the constancy of redemption is not based on my joy or circumstantial happiness.

A relationship with Jesus allows me to stay "steady in the stream," even when circumstance contradicts purpose. Trusting in His word assures me that His will for my life ultimately prevails over every situation.

So, how important is it that temporary circumstances not cloud my judgment, and push me into adverse and defective decisions?

Ask Abraham as he leads Isaac up Mount Moriah.
Ask Moses as he stands at the Red Sea.
Ask Job just after he was given the advice to "curse God and die."
Ask Jesus right after He says “Amen” in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Ask yourself the next time you feel like giving up, because yesterday was tough and today doesn't look any better.

Remember, it's all temporary, and tomorrow holds the promise of blessing and joy.


Tim Hill

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Daily Devotion

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Keeping A Cool Head

Hey, how do you handle STRESS? Are you CALM, COOL and COLLECTED or do you go into a PANIC MODE biting off the head of anyone who gets in your way? Nail Biting, Paranoial, Anxiety, Anger, Alergies, Depression and even Heart Attacks can attributed to STRESS. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

STRESS can impact a person’s MENTAL and PHYSICAL well-being. No matter how you handle it, STRESS effects us all at one time or another and the LIST of STRESS related ailments is vertually ENDLESS.

To our body, STRESS is like CIVIL WAR inside us, causing our organs to fight against each other. No wonder the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Philippi to, "Be anxious for NOTHING, but in everything by PRAYER and PETITION, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." And, that’s great advice.

Hey look, the ANXIETY DEMON is going to try to STRESS YOU OUT TODAY, so brace yourself and follow Paul’s advise. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget what Simon Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7, "CAST all your CARES on Jesus, because He cares for YOU."

It’s Pastor Phil, "KEEPING A COOOOOL HEAD" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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Let the Rest Go

So you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. Matthew 24:44.

A few days ago I was preparing to go out of town. The night before I was to leave, I discovered that I needed to pack a few things that I had overlooked. The problem was I was totally out of a couple of items and I would need to make a quick run to the store to purchase them. The other problem was that I made this discovery at 11pm and to tell truth I was tired. "I'll just get up early on the morning, swing by the store on my way out of town," I thought to myself. The next morning came and went and I found that I had not picked up the items that I needed for my trip. Several other things demanded my attention, all of which could have waited until I got home. As a result of letting these things keep me distracted, I was several later leaving than I had planned.

Jesus tells us to be ready because we don't know when He'll return. With His help we must stay focussed on what matters most and let the rest go. Only He can tell us what's important. The only way we"re going to find out is by spending time with Him. Remember, do what He asks and let the rest go.

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Daily Devotion

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Taste And See That The Lord Is Good

God never intended to be a coffee café but, a full buffet. Who rushes from a buffet when there is so much more to enjoy. Don’t rush, “taste this…” Says the Lord! “Now I made this just for you, taste it! Sit here a little while more, I have something brewing in the kitchen for you.

Not in the microwave, no, it won’t taste the same, everybody knows that, so just wait a moment, wait for me, I’ve got something brewing just for you. Wait at my table and...talk to me. It will be right out, don’t be so quick to leave my presence.

You’re gonna love it...I promise. And no I can’t ship it to you...you can only get it in my presence. I’m sorry if I don’t fit in your schedule and some things take time to prepare, but I do have something for you. Please come...Please come and sit with me...” Says The Lord. “I’ve got something for you!” Dear Lord, I will wait on You and taste because I know, I know, You are Good!!!

Psalm 34:8 King James Version (KJV)

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

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News & Scoops


The Nelons Invite You to Go Behind the Scenes In Studio

Hendersonville, TN (August 26th, 2015) – For anyone who has ever wondered what goes into recording a CD, or what it’s like to spend the day in a studio, The Nelons are going to answer many of your questions!

Join the Nelons for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the recording process for their new album! Beginning at 6 pm CT on Thursday evening, visit The Nelon’s Facebook page and tune into the live stream. Viewers will have the ability to interact directly with the group by asking questions on the comments section.

To go directly to the Nelon’s Facebook page, click: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nelons/103630636365906?fref=ts

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony Red, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit http://www.daywindrecords.com or contact Dani Phillips at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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News & Scoops


Gus Gaches Departs Legacy Five

Hendersonville, TN (August 26th, 2015) – Scott Fowler of Legacy Five has announced that the group’s tenor, Gus Gaches will be departing Legacy Five after more than 5 and a half years with the award-winning group.

Gaches states that, “singing tenor in a southern gospel group is a very demanding job vocally. The reality is that it has become increasingly more rigorous for me over the past several months because of severe allergies and vocal fatigue. I have sought much assistance from doctors and voice teachers alike and cannot seem to find a lasting solution. When I started this Legacy Five season of my life, I thanked Scott Fowler for hiring me. I move into the next chapter of my life thanking Scott Fowler for allowing me to be a part of this great group for over 5 years. I also want to thank the Legacy Five Family, those who follow love and support Legacy Five, for their love support and gifts to me and my family.”

Fowler says, “Everyone on this bus respects and appreciates Gus and his heart. He has been such an easy person to travel with. The only time in over 5 years that I saw Gus upset was anytime the Nashville Predators failed to advance in the play-offs….seriously. Gus has a beautiful voice and we pray that with continued treatment and some rest, he will continue to be able to sing in a less taxing capacity than the road demands. Gus and his family are precious people and we wish them all the best as they enter the next season of their lives.”

Gus will continue to travel with Legacy Five for a yet to be determined amount of time while Legacy Five starts the search for the tenor that will replace him. Please keep the Gaches family in your prayers as they seek God in this new season of their lives, and please pray for Legacy Five, as they seek God’s provision for the right person to minister with them.

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Daily Devotion

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No Expiration

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

A few years ago I saw something on a TV documentary that really caught my attention. It was somewhat alarming to me, because it contained the sad stories of several children whose health had been greatly damaged by consuming products that had gone past their expiration date. Some children had even died. The passing of enough time causes the ingredients in many foods to break down and be- come toxic to the human body.This is especially true of boxed foods, and when it happens, it possibly will cause a terrible reaction within the body.

When the program had finished, guess what I immediately did? I’m pretty sure, the same thing most of you would have done. I went into the kitchen and completely filled a trash bag with expired products from my pantry and refrigerator. Out they went into the garbage can. Ever since, I’ve been aware of expiration dates. I decided I’m not going to take a chance, because I don’t know what might be bad and what might be all right. I suppose I’ve wasted a lot of unused or uneaten things, but better that, than someone becoming sick.

After that, while reading some of the promises in God’s Word, I thought about this fact: God’s blessings have no expira- tion date.They don’t get old and stale and have to be discarded. His mercy and faithfulness are brand new every day.We don’t have to throw away what He promised us about our children, our husband, or our future. Our heavenly Father doesn’t get distracted and forget His promises. Remember, the next time you get impatient with Him that His Word and His promises to you have an eternal shelf life.They won’t expire.

Paula’s Prayer
Lord, I acknowledge that You are faithful to Your Word. I wait on You and expect daily expressions of Your goodness to me. I must remember that You won’t forget.Your promises to me will never get old and never run out.Thank You that I can count on Your mercy and compassion to me.
Amen.






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News & Scoops


Gordon Mote Nominated for 2015 GMA Dove Award

As Three New Videos from Celebrated CD Hit "YouTube”


Franklin, TN (August 26, 2015) The impact of Gordon Mote’s most recent New Haven Records CD, All Things New, recently increased as a hit single from the album received a Dove Award nomination for "Country Song of the Year” and as three more videos from the project were released to YouTube.

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the Gospel Music Association included Mote’s song, "Ain’t It Just Like the Lord,” among the finalists for the 46th Annual Dove Awards. The industry’s flagship award show will take place at Allen Arena in Nashville on October 13 and will be broadcast nationally via the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18.

New Haven Records also announced the release of three new video clips from the multiple Academy of Country Music award-winner: "Meanwhile Back at the Cross,” "The Sound A Dream Makes,” and "Down By the River,” Mote’s current radio single. These clips join more than 200 other performances that have been viewed more than 3.3 million times on YouTube, the world’s largest music and video platform with over one billion registered users.

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records comments, "There are probably no more loyal music fans in the world than those in Southern Gospel and Country—and probably no more loyal Southern and Country fans than those who love Gordon Mote. We are honored to give them some new videos from this great project while Gordon is finishing up his next one.”

Co-produced by Mote, legendary Country producer Frank Rogers and 8-time Dove-Award winner Wayne Haun, All Things New features a Who’s Who of Gospel and mainstream artists (Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, The Gaither Vocal Band, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, and Matthew West). The CD garnered a Dove Ward nomination for Best Country Gospel Album and produced the popular singles, "Faith Like That,” "Meanwhile Back at the Cross,” "Ain’t It Just Like the Lord,” and "The Other Side.”



GORDON MOTE SHOOTS NEW VIDEOS AT HISTORIC FRANKLIN THEATRE



Pictured L to R: Ken Harding, president, New Haven Records; Bob Rodgers, president RSI/Mote management; Gordon Mote; Dan Hayes, executive director, Franklin Theatre.


Mote is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio project entitled, Hymns and Songs of Inspiration, scheduled for release later in 2015.

To view the new videos, click on:

Link to "Meanwhile Back at the Cross”: https://youtu.be/RrxSGtNJxPc

Link to "Sound A Dream Makes”: https://youtu.be/TsnZskdcOiw

Link to "Down By the River”: https://youtu.be/Omjz2uDG1Y8

To purchase these songs on iTunes, click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-things-new/id685360387

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Daily Devotion

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Read Me A Story

Yvonne and I are blessed to be first time grandparents. Charlotte Grace Williams was born May 2nd 2015.

We've been doing our best to love and even spoil her! That's what our job is! Haha.

However, another job that we have committed to, is to help introduce this precious baby to Jesus.

My family literally lived across the yard from my grandparents; Virgil and Audrey Woods. Virgil was the godliest man that I've ever known.

I remember staying the night with them and just about every night, My Granny Audrey would bring out her big thick Bible Story book and read me a bible story.

I loved the story of Jesus being raised from the dead, the three Hebrew boys being saved from the fiery furnace, "Daniel in the Lion's Den", but my favorite was "Samson."

The next time I would stay all night, I'd say "Granny, read me a Bible story". We'd lay at the foot of her bed and she'd open up the book.

Those memories and Bible stories have stayed me with all these years.

I want Charlotte to have those types of memories as well. I long for the day in the near future where I will sit with her and share the Bible and Jesus with her.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he (she) should go, And when he (she) is old he (she) will not depart from it."

Do you have an opportunity to be a godly influence in a young person's life? A grandchild, a niece, nephew, neighborhood child or your OWN child?

The time that you invest in their life will never be forgotten.

You don't have to have a theological degree or be a Bible scholar, simply tell them about Jesus and the great applicable stories in God's Word.

Prayer starter: Father, thank you for the opportunity that you've given me to make a difference in a young life. I commit to you that I will share my faith to bring you glory, that they may one day accept you as Savior. In Jesus name, amen.

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News & Scoops


John Bowman Receives 2015 Dove Award Nomination

Nashville, Tennessee (August 25, 2015) Outstanding Bluegrass/Country artist, John Bowman, has earned a Dove Award nomination in the Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year category for his Worship Him project. John has been with the Isaacs and the Boxcars, but now receives this nomination for his solo work.

John commented, "Thank you to everyone who voted for Worship Him for a Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year. I am humbled and blessed. To God be the Glory! If you are a GMA member would you please consider voting for me in the Dove Awards. My CD, Worship Him is in the Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year - category - 27."

Worship Him expresses both John's passion for music and for his faith in God. John has recorded other albums, but this CD captures a certain sweetness and purity, since it is simply singer and guitar with no backing vocals or band. The songs move from the quick-rolling cross-picking style of "God’s Not Dead,” to the soothing lullaby style of "In My Father’s Eyes,” to the story ballad "I Love My Friends.”

Confirmed as a minister in 1997, Bowman explains that the stripped-down format of Worship Him was inspired by his preaching experiences. He told Bluegrass Today, "When I’ve been preaching and singing, it was usually just me and a guitar. I’ve always wanted to do a record like that, so I decided to recreate on CD what I’ve been doing at these revivals and preaching dates.”

If you would like to book John for a revival or concert email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

To learn more about John go to his website at http://www.johnrbowman.net/ .

See more about John on his FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/john.bowman .

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Daily Devotion

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Turbulence, Trust, and a Safe Landing

The story is told about an elderly man who had never traveled by plane. His family purchased a ticket so he could attend a reunion in a far-away place. He reluctantly boarded the plane, sat down, and buckled his seatbelt.

He held tightly to the armrest and nervously fidgeted in his seat, enduring the turbulence until the plane finally landed. As his family greeted him at the airport, they asked, "How was your flight, Pop?,"
to which he replied, "Oh, it was okay, I guess, but I never did put my whole weight on that thing the entire time it was in the air."

Well, that's what he thought.

Have you ever learned to "put your weight down" on the faithfulness of God? Or are you like the man I heard about who fell off a cliff and grabbed a branch growing out of the mountain on his way down? He yelled for help and a voice quickly responded saying, "Let go and take my hand; I'll pull you up."

He yelled back and said, "Who are you?" The voice replied, "This is God talking."

The man thought a second and said, "Is anybody else up there who can help me?"

How trusting are you when there just isn't much to hold on to?

How trusting are you when turbulent skies are knocking your plane around in the air?

Life can get bumpy. You've tightened your seatbelt, held on, and hoped for the best. But there are still those times when you wonder, "Will I land safely at my destination?"

Yes, you will and here's how I know.


The promises of God declare it.

In Hebrews 13:5, we are promised by the Father, "I will never leave thee."

In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

In John 14:26, we are promised that the Holy Spirit will abide with us, be our teacher, as well as our guide and Comforter.

The performance of the Savior will deliver it.

I can trust Him for the future, because of His faithfulness in the past.

It's a well-worn verse of Scripture, yet it remains new in my heart. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

Based on what He's brought me through already, I'm confident He will take me through the rest of the journey.

So, how can we not arrive safely at our destination?

Relax, enjoy the trip, and know you can indeed put your weight on Him.

"Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).


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News & Scoops


Tune-In Alert For Lindsey Graham

Taylors, SC (August 24, 2015) Tonight is the night. You don't want to miss seeing award nominated Gospel Artist Lindsey Graham on Niteline TV Program Mon, Aug 24 at 8:00 PM 3409 Rutherford Rd. Ext., Taylors, SC 29687.

Here is the link to watch it live tonight if you can not attend: http://wggs16.com/ .

She will be performing live and featuring BRAND NEW MUSIC.

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

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

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

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

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News & Scoops


Performers Announced for 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing

Carthage, Tennessee (August 24, 2015) Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn are excited to announce that this great annual event is expanding to three days. The talent line up at the 2016 "Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing". Joining Wilburn and Wilburn as well as Elaine Wilburn all three days will be The Inspirations, the McKameys and the Primitive Quartet.

Jonathan Wilburn says, "We have expanded our event to three days. This will allow our fans to plan a weekend trip to the beautiful middle Tennessee area. There are many things to do and see here in the area. Whether you love the good ole outdoors, maybe shopping, camping whatever, there is an activity to fit you. More than anything else we have some of the finest in Southern Gospel Music that are planning on being with us.”



The event is held each year in Carthage Tennessee at the Smith County AG Center. Carthage is the home town for the Wilburn family.

The schedule for the 2016 Spring Sing at the AG center in Carthage TN is:

Friday April 29-7pm-The Inspirations, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Saturday April 30-7pm-The McKameys, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Sunday May 1-2:30pm-The Primitive QT, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

The AG Center has 15 premium camp sites just steps from the main auditorium. There are plenty of state parks, hotels and restaurants close by. You will not want to miss this year in the hills with Wilburn and Wilburn at the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing.

For more info or for a free brochure call 256-459-4769. The AG center is located at 159 AG Center Lane, South Carthage, Tennessee, 37030.

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

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

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 24, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
17
He Is Mine Eighth Day
1
2
6
15
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
2
3
5
14
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
3
4
3
10
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
3
5
9
11
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
5
6
16
10
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
6
7
1
17
Time Machine Browders
1(4)
8
7
21
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
9
4
19
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
10
12
17
Shout Williamsons
3
11
8
13
Somebody Prays Guardians
4
12
14
29
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
13
13
5
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
13
14
28
20
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
14
15
11
22
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
16
32
6
Living In Harmony Triumphant
16
17
18
23
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
5
18
15
9
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
15
19
31
4
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
19
20
20
21
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
8
21
10
25
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
10
22
17
24
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
8
23
26
4
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
23
24
21
10
I Have a Home McKameys
18
25
25
7
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
25
26
22
14
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
14
27
24
23
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
28
27
2
Worry Ends Where Faith Begins Whisnants
27
29
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2
Just Three Little Words Primitive Quartet
29
30
23
20
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
31
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1
Weep No More Canton Junction
31
32
19
19
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
33
35
2
God's in the Middle of It All Ivan Parker
33
34
37
21
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
35
30
16
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
36
39
15
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
25
37
34
2
Good Lord Willing Jim Brady Trio
34
38
33
20
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
39
29
10
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
40
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1
What Did They Call Him Old Paths
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
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#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 To Do When Everything Is Going Wrong!

“17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”
—Habakkuk 3:17-19 (AMP)

This is one of my very favorite scriptures. Why? Glad you asked!

Have you ever experienced a time when everything that could go wrong did? Have you ever been overwhelmed with the weight of your responsibilities? Has there ever been a time where you were simply out of money and resources and had no idea how to recover or survive? Have you ever had a day when trouble would not leave you alone or boldly knocked at your family’s door?

Everyone has experienced these things or you might be facing them now!

I remember hearing, “Someone told me to smile…things could be worse! So I smiled and sure enough, things got worse!” We have all had days, or even seasons like that.

Many situations arise in our lives, which we didn’t have anything to do with. It can leave us feeling helpless, defensive and irritable. We had nothing to do with the mess that is at our door, but a response is required.

1. REJOICE, AND PRAISE GOD!

What???? When Habakkuk saw his resources were dried up. His food source was gone; his fuel and light source from the olive were depleted. Everything he had previously secured for everyday life was shut down. He couldn’t call for a loan, he couldn’t run to a Sam’s Club and re-stock, or even a Dollar General. He was in a deadly situation, not just for him, but also it was life threatening to his family. Here Habakkuk had done a good job in investing for security in the future, but it wasn’t paying off.

The very next thing we read is not a question, it isn’t a “woe is me”, or an “I don’t get it”. We see him set a plan into motion... “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!”

Where did Habakkuk get the ability to do what we see in verse 16? Everything within him should have been questioning, “How could this happen?” Instead, he rejoices! He knows God is Faithful! He knows God would never leave him or forsake him. He understands the character of God. Therefore, he had an underlying peace and he didn’t panic. He knew God was in control.

I hear people say, “God’s in control.” I often wonder if they have given Him that control and are they hearing His instructions, or are they just helpless to do anymore? He cannot be in control of our life if we have not yielded it up to Him.

2. HE KNEW HIS GOD!

This is powerful!!!

If you were to tell me my mother had said something derogatory to you, I would think you were crazy! My mother’s whole character and personality is one of an encourager. How do I know this? Because I know my mother and that is not like her. I know how she will respond in most situations.

Habakkuk understood God’s character from experiencing it. He spent time learning of God and how God never changes. If you want stronger faith, spend some time meditating on God’s Word!

3. HE DECLARED GOD’S PROVISION — BEYOND THE SITUATION

He declared the might of his Lord! He didn’t declare his own strength or weakness. He put the attention on God. He is my strength, my personal bravery, and my undefeatable army! If He has to, He will give me the ability and will equip me for the impossible. I won’t have to be terrified; frozen in my tracks! But GOD will allow me to grow in my hard places, whether they come in the form of trouble, (my fault or not) suffering, (physically or emotionally) or the weighty responsibility I carry!

In the same way, YOU can declare the same thing of your God!

Declare it now…
“19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!” –Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)

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Daily Devotion

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Your Safe Place

Have you ever put something VALUABLE is a SAFE PLACE and then, FORGOT where your SAFE PLACE was? Hey, it’s very frustrating when we LOSE something valuable or MISPLACE ANYTHING. I guess we’ve all experienced losing something, whether valuable or not and it can really make you question yourself. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.


Every one of us has experienced LOSING SOMETHING, whether PRECIOUS or NOT, it must be just a part of LIFE. I can you remember the HOPELESS FEELING of LOSING something. But, I’ll never forget the overwhelming JOY I felt when it was FOUND!

Jesus told a parable about LOSING SOMETHING, in Luke 15 He said, "If a woman has TEN SILVER COINS and LOSES ONE. She’ll turn on EVERY LIGHT, she’ll SWEEP the entire house and SEARCH HIGH and LOW until she finds it. And, when she’s found it, she’ll call her friends and neightbors and say REJOICE WITH ME because I’ve FOUND what I’ve LOST"


Well, if you still can’t find what you’ve LOST, ask the Holy Spirit to help you find it. After all, He knows where everything is. But, more important than our LOST property, TODAY you’ll come across some LOST SOULS that need to be FOUND. So, ask the Holy Spirit to help you, help them, find the way.

It’s Pastor Phil, "FINDING GREAT DELIGHT" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Kevin Conley Raises Funds To Help Flood Victims

On July 13th of this year flooding hit the Flat Gap/Red Bush area of Johnson County Kentucky. The flooding was devastating impacting more than 1,000 people as 69 families lost their homes and 4 people perished.

Kevin Conley made the decision to help those affected by receiving an offering at the 3rd Annual Southern Gospel Gathering at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Donations from that offering totaled over $1,400.00. The money was earmarked to help the children at Flat Gap Elementary who were affected by the July 13 flood. 100% was given to the Family Resource Center at Flat Gap Elementary.

Kevin Conley stated, "I saw the devastation first hand. My wife, Angela teaches music at the school and we wanted to do something to help the kids from the school and in the community. What an amazing response we had from those in attendance at the Mountain Arts Center. The generosity of eastern Kentuckians continues to amaze me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This money will make a huge difference in the lives of those children who were affected by the flood. God is good!”

In other news for Kevin his current single "Big Enough” has broken into the top 40 on some of the Gospel music charts. Call your local DJ to request this song and be looking for more exciting news about up and coming artist.

To learn more about Kevin Conley and his music or to book him for an appearance go to his website at http://kevinconleymusic.com/ .

Find Kevin on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/kevinconleymusic and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KBConley .

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Daily Devotion

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The Wind Of The Spirit

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (NIV).

When I was a kid, I used to love windmills. In fact, I rather still enjoy watching a windmill turn in the breeze. The funny thing about them is that even though you can see what they're doing you can't see the source that powers them. That source of course is wind.

The same principal is true for birds soaring
high overhead. The wind beneath a birds wings gives it the power and ability to soar at unusual heights for sustained periods of time.

In both scenarios you can feel the wind but you cannot actually see it. However you can see its effect on whatever it touches.

In our verse today Jesus likens the Holy Spirit to the wind. We may not actually be able to see Him, but we can see His effect and feel His power in our lives. May we our live our lives in such a way that others will be touched by that same power and in so doing honor and glory will be given to the King of Kings.

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Daily Devotion

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Giving

“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41 NIV).

A few years ago something happened to me that I remember very clearly. I was in my bedroom walking on the treadmill. I was watching the television and a rather well-known pastor was preaching. He was doing some really good preaching, but at the end of his sermon, he began asking people to give in support of this particular ministry. He began to name dollar amounts.Then, he began to equate the level of blessings to be received to the amount of money given. Of course, the more one gave, the bigger the blessing.Then he actually said something to the effect, “If you don’t give in the next thirty minutes, you’ll miss God and therefore you won’t be blessed.”

I can remember looking at him as he was speaking and asking God out loud, “Is this true?Will you not bless me if I don’t get on the phone right now and pledge to this ministry?” I was very serious. I don’t ever want to be deaf to what God is saying to me. I want to be blessed, so I can in turn bless others. I don’t have a problem with giving money. If people don’t give, ministries can’t go forward.The problem for me is being told by someone whom I’ve never even seen, that if I don’t give to them, I won’t be blessed.

I certainly felt no leading of the Spirit to do so. Most definitely on that morning, I felt the assurance from the Lord that He would not withhold His blessings if I didn’t pick up the phone and make a pledge to that ministry. I’m not faulting anyone who did. By all means, if God speaks to you, it’s best to obey.

I’m so glad God’s blessings don’t hinge on money. If they did, many Christians would be left out—particularly, those who have no money to give.We are told in the Bible that we will be blessed for any godly thing we do in His name. He expects us to give from whatever means He has blessed us.As the scripture says, if someone needs a cup of cold water and we give it in His name, we’ll be blessed. If I truly give of myself, I know God will shower me with blessings that far exceed the amount of money in my bank account.








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News & Scoops


HIGHROAD Featured On Three Major Events

Award winning female Gospel trio, HIGHROAD will be featured on three high profile events.

Keeping a fast paced schedule, HIGHROAD is performing at some impressive events this year. Starting with the Gatlinburg Gathering, an Abraham Productions concert will showcase many of the top talent in Southern Gospel music. HIGHROAD will be on main stage August 21st and 22nd at 6:00PM.

Just ten days later these ladies will grace the stages at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. On August 31st they share the stage in an Evening With The Hoppers at 6:30 PM and the next day, September 1st they are performing at Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic.

Wrapping up a busy month HIGHROAD performs at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane, Tennessee for the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival on September 12th at 2:00PM.

Group member Sarah Davison stated, "We are so excited and consider ourselves blessed to have three opportunities to reach so many people with the message of Christ that our music will bring.”

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

You can learn more about HIGHROAD by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 and Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic .

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News & Scoops

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The Isaacs Receive Combined Four 2015 Dove Award Nominations

Award-winning family Gospel artist, The Isaacs as a group and individually were honored with four 2015 GMA DOVE Award nominations. The announcement came at a press conference held August 12th at Lipscomb University in the Shamblin Theater in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Isaacs (Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Ben Isaacs and Lily Isaacs) were honored with two nominations for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Country Song of the Year - "I Wanna Be There” written by Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, from the group’s current project, The Living Years.

Lily Isaacs stated, "We are so honored to be nominated for these GMA DOVE awards. Thank you to all the GMA board members and all of our fans and friends. God bless you all”

Ben Isaacs received two nominations for co-producing projects nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year and Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year.

For Southern Gospel Album of the Year, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain by the Gaither Vocal Band, (producers) Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, and David Phelps.

In the Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year category, Rock of Ages, 'Hymns and Gospel Favorites' by The Oak Ridge Boys, (producers) Ben Isaacs and Duane Allen.

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

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

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Training A Child

Yvonne and I are blessed to be first time grandparents. Charlotte Grace Williams was born May 2nd 2015.

We've been doing our best to love and even spoil her! That's what our job is! Haha.

However, another job that we have committed to, is to help introduce this precious baby to Jesus.

My family literally lived across the yard from my grandparents; Virgil and Audrey Woods. Virgil was the godliest man that I've ever known.

I remember staying the night with them and just about every night, My Granny Audrey would bring out her big thick Bible Story book and read me a bible story.

I loved the story of Jesus being raised from the dead, the three Hebrew boys being saved from the fiery furnace, "Daniel in the Lion's Den", but my favorite was "Samson."

The next time I would stay all night, I'd say "Granny, read me a Bible story". We'd lay at the foot of her bed and she'd open up the book.

Those memories and Bible stories have stayed me with all these years.

I want Charlotte to have those types of memories as well. I long for the day in the near future where I will sit with her and share the Bible and Jesus with her.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he (she) should go, And when he (she) is old he (she) will not depart from it."

Do you have an opportunity to be a godly influence in a young person's life? A grandchild, a niece, nephew, neighborhood child or your OWN child?

The time that you invest in their life will never be forgotten.

You don't have to have a theological degree or be a Bible scholar, simply tell them about Jesus and the great applicable stories in God's Word.

Prayer starter: Father, thank you for the opportunity that you've given me to make a difference in a young life. I commit to you that I will share my faith to bring you glory, that they may one day accept you as Savior. In Jesus name, amen.

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News & Scoops


RFD-TVs The Music City Show Wraps Up Season Four With Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin Challenged By Tim Lovelace on the set of The Music City Show


Nashville, Tennessee (August 18, 2015) RFD-TVs The Music City Show wraps up another very successful season of great family and inspirational television. Ending Season Four features Country Music star Aaron Tippin, along with host Tim Lovelace, the Positive Cowboy-Jim Sheldon and the Blue Jean Band.

Aaron is singing some of his hits, such as "You've Got to Stand for Something". Hear host Tim Lovelace talk with him about being on the road for 25 years, as well as his new CD called Aaron Tippin 25.

Watch the whole program to see Aaron Tippin challenged to an arm wrestling match by Host Tim Lovelace.

Don’t miss this exciting season finale!

If you would like to be a part of the live studio audience for the Season Five show taping, it will be October 27, 28 and 29 in Nashville, Tennessee. GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE NEXT TAPING by e-mailing: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

To learn more about the Music City show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com .

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow or Twitter at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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News & Scoops


Multi-Award-winning Vocal Group, The Martins Receive Dove Award Nomination

Family Trio’s A Cappella Harmonies Land Nomination for Inspirational Album of The Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 13, 2015—Multi-award-winning vocal group, The Martins were honored on Wednesday, August 12 when the Gospel Music Association announced the 46th Annual Dove Award nominees. The Martins received the Dove Award nomination for A Cappella (Gaither Music Group) in the Inspirational Album of the Year category. which will be awarded at the on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The Awards ceremony will air globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Sunday, October 18.

Produced by an all-star team of Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps and Matthew Holt, A Cappella marked the lauded trio’s first all-new, a cappella recording in more than a decade—a recording that debuted at #2 on the Southern Gospel chart and landed at #17 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart according to Nielsen Soundscan. Earlier this year, the recording earned the Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album.

The project combined hymns the group has known since their childhoods (“Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Praise to the Lord”) and old “spirituals” (“When I Go Away”) with pop crossover songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “The Prayer”) and even a little “Bob Marley style” mixed into an arrangement (“Three Little Birds”). It showcases Joyce, Jonathan and Judy’s impeccable blends and heralded abilities to transcend musical styles, appease their fan base and weave in some of their personal favorites.

A Cappella has received prime placement in retail outlets and continues to air as part of a special TV offer on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will also air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

In addition to their own concert appearances, the trio is currently hitting stages alongside singer/songwriter/comedian Mark Lowry. Additionally, they are featured on select concerts this fall with legendary Grammy winning recording artist, Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band.

A Cappella, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com and www.martinsonline.com.

Media interested in obtaining a complete digital press kit, including downloadable mp3 files of interview clips and songs included on the recording may visit http://www.martinsonline.com.

To keep up with the latest happenings with The Martins, visit http://www.martinsonline.com, connect with them at facebook.com/martinsonline or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.

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News & Scoops


Three Bridges Featured Artist On The Gospel Greats Radio Program With Paul Heil

Weekend of August 22nd

Nashville, Tennessee (August 18, 2015) Award winning Gospel Trio, Three Bridges, will be the featured Artist on the nationally syndicated radio program "Gospel Greats” with Paul Heil. Featuring music from their highly touted CD Jesus Saves, fans will enjoy songs including their current hit "When God Does The Doin”.

In addition to the songs played, Paul will discuss what's happening now with Three Bridges and what their plans are in the future. One of the most profound interviewers in Gospel Music, you will not want miss as Three Bridges is spotlighted on this program.

Be sure to tune in this weekend.

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

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You can learn more about Three Bridges at http://threebridgesgospel.com .

You can follow Three Bridges at https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic or Twitter at https://twitter.com/3BridgesMusic .

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Daily Devotion

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Where the Leaves Don’t Fade and Fall

Imagine a climate of eternal springtime.

That's really what John wrote about in the Book of Revelation where he described trees in continual bloom and rivers in endless flow. He described leaves on the trees that contained a special healing ingredient that would bring a welcomed remedy of hope to the nations of the world.

It takes a while to realize it, but life happens so fast that we dare not get too adjusted to it, because just as we're settling in, it's over. I marvel at the feeble hands that have become what was the loving touch of my mother. I ponder over what brought about the uncertain gait of what once were the steady steps of my dad. They're both in their 80s now. The reality of life is that on this side of heaven, leaves fade with autumn, and eventually we mortals do the same. Maybe that's why Paul said if our hope was limited to the 70 or 80 years of living on this earth, we would be most miserable.

The hope we have through Jesus breaks out beyond the limits of seven or eight decades. Ours is hope that will be realized by eternal life. You see, God gave each of us an eternal spirit that requires eternity in order to enjoy it to the fullest. The vapor we call life is merely a rehearsal for things to come.

I'm reminded of the Christian woman famous in her little town for her banana pudding. Every year at the annual picnic when dessert time came, she announced over the PA, "Hold onto your spoon, something better's coming." Years passed and she died. At her funeral, the minister pulled a golden spoon from his pocket as he closed the service. He held it up and said, "Sister Maggie's last wish was that you all be told she will see you in heaven. She also wanted you to know that if you think this life has been good, just remember, ‘Hold onto your spoon, something better's coming.’ "

Eye has not seen, nor have ears heard, all that God has in store for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).




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News & Scoops


Karen Peck and New River Receives Two 2015 Dove Award Nominations

Dahlonega, Georgia (August 17, 2015) Dove Award winning trio Karen Peck and New River have had a whirlwind year of triumph over adversity with some life experiences that they never expected. Two new Dove Award nominations bring some glimmer and cheer to a year that has had it's share of trials and victories.

Karen Peck and New River's newest album 'Pray Now' has been nomination for Southern Gospel Album of the Year and the title song "Pray Now” has been nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year.

Continuing the stroke of good news Karen Peck and New River have received the news that their nominated song "Pray Now” will be #1 on the October Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart as well as having been #1 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Charts for ten consecutive weeks.

Karen Peck had this comment about the good news "This has been an incredible year of answered prayers. We are very grateful and honored to receive the GMA Dove nominations for Southern Gospel Song of the Year "Pray Now” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year Pray Now. We are also thrilled that "Pray Now" is the number one song in the Singing News Magazine monthly chart for October, following a ten week consecutive run in the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart. We are very passionate about every song that we record. It is amazing how the Lord places the songs in our ministry at just the right time. Our goal is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and we pray that He will continue to lead and guide us."

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

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To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com .

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

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 17, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 16 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is GloryWay Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Paul Tillman and Shane Mathis. An article from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week's News Notes. In the News is Canton Junction, Hope's Journey, The Browns and The Dixie Melody Boys. We wish a Happy Birthday to Butch Owens of The Blackwood Brothers. The show features exclusive concert video of The Williamsons, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Ada, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Melody Boys, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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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Daily Devotion

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Words Stuck In Your Mind

Hey, can you remember some of the things your Mother said to you when you were growing up? You know, "WIPE YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU COME IN HERE!", or "CLOSE THAT DOOR! YOU DON’T LIVE IN A BARN!" and here’s a great one, "IF YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING NICE, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!" Well, I hope her voice is still ringing in your ears. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Look, you may NOT have appreciated Mom’s constant WORDS of WISDOM way back then, but OH, just to hear her voice again would be wonderful. I catch myself repeating my Mother’s words and passing them along to my children as well. And, that’s what the Lord wants us to do with His words, too.

The scriptures quote Jesus repeating "I SAY UNTO YOU," and in John 15:20, Jesus said, "Remember the words I spoke to you." Then, in John 6:47 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, he who believes in Me has EVERLASTING LIFE."

So, just as Mom’s words live on and on in your memory, remember the WORDS OF JESUS and pass THEM along as well. Because, someone you meet TODAY needs to be reminded of them.

It’s Pastor Phil, hoping you’ll REMEMBER with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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News & Scoops


Claude Hopper, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Famer, Suffers Small Stroke

AUGUST 15, 2015 - STATEMENT FROM DEAN HOPPER:


"Last evening, while on tour in Frankfort, KY, my father, Claude Hopper, suffered a small stroke. He was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital where he has spent the last 18 hours. Connie, who is by his side now, is blessed to announce that his speech and word formations were the only areas affected.

We greatly appreciate your continual prayers for a speedy recovery."

All scheduled concerts will proceed.

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Passion - Even So Come


Producer: Nathan Nockels
Label: SixStep Records
Website: http://www.268generation.com

Last month when we took a look at the latest release from Christy Knockels, we briefly mentioned the annual conference that is known as Passion and has become more than just a conference for college students in Atlanta, GA. As a matter of fact, Passion Conferences are taking place all over the world. Today, we are going to look at the latest collaboration of some of the most renowned worship leaders and vocalists in America today.

EVEN SO COME is a prayer of worship, a prayer of pleading as Chris Tomlin sings the words John spoke at the end of Revelation. SHOUT HOSANNA picks up the tempo while Kristian Stanfill encourages participants to lift the name of Jesus. Melodie Malone sings FOREVER, a song that’s lyrics are the Gospel wrapped into an awesome worship song. The song communicates the message that Jesus is the King and that He will be exalted forever because He is alive! LIFT YOUR HEAD WEARY SINNER (CHAINS) is a song with a rock flare that is done in only a way that is signature David Crowder. DRAW NEAR is another worshipful prayer asking God to draw near as we draw near to Him. Chris Tomlin features THE SAVING ONE, another song magnifying the character and the name of Jesus! Other songs on the recording are THE AWESOME GOD YOU ARE, MY ANCHOR, WONDER, YOU FOUND ME and other great worship songs that are sure to put you in an attitude of worship.

This collaboration of artists, songs, songwriters and producers gives us a taste of what unity in the body of Christ can accomplish. I’ll give this recording 5 stars!


Song List
1. Passion, Chris Tomlin - Even So Come
2. Passion, Kristian Stanfill - Shout Hosanna
3. Passion, Melodie Malone - Forever
4. Passion, Crowder - Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)
5. Passion, Kristian Stanfill - Draw Near
6. Passion, Chris Tomlin - The Saving One
7. Passion, Matt Redman - The Awesome God You Are
8. Passion, Christy Nockels - My Anchor
9. Passion, Crowder - Wonder
10. Passion, Brett Younker - The Way
11. Passion, Kristian Stanfill - You Found Me
12. Passion, Chris Tomlin - The Cross Of Christ

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Canton Junction - Every Hallelujah


Producer: Garry Jones
Label: Difference Media
Website: http://www.differencemedia.org/artist/view/cantonjunction

How does one review a project with this kind of talent, production, orchestration and the success of the past of each of the members of the group? Then add in the wonderful platform of opportunities that they have been so graciously able to share their music, hearts and ministry on…and even more important the anointing that is on them. Well I will do my best.

Matthew Hagee, Ryan Seaton, Casey Rivers & Tim Duncan are all very familiar names in the Southern Gospel world. Together they form the group CANTON JUNCTION. Each of these talented men have all experienced wonderful careers in the SG industry, and this new project EVERY HALLELUJAH, produced by the talented and very awarded producer Garry Jones will certainly be an incredible addition to their achievements. From the choice of songs, to the solo’s, the harmonies, the orchestrations and then add in the heart and you have one of the best projects from a Quartet that I have heard in quite a while. It covers several genres of music stylistically, from beautiful tender inspirational sounds to that good ole’ southern gospel sound then add in a little country. The listeners will definitely find something they will like on this project. I have my favorites and they are, GOD’S GOT A BETTER PLAN, WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS, WHEN I LIFT UP MY HEAD (of course every amazing group or artist needs a Dottie Rambo song on their project), I AM, A PLACE CALLED GRACE, TUMBLING DOWN, I NEED A LITTLE MORE JESUS, LIVING FOR HEAVEN (incredible song), WEEP NO MORE, THE KING AND I, IT WASN’T RAINING, FOR MOMENTS LIKE THESE & EVERY HALLELUJAH. Oh wait, that’s all of the songs….oh well, they are all my favorites on this new MUST HAVE project by CANTON JUNCTION!



Song List:

GOD’S GOT A BETTER PLAN
TUMBLING DOWN
IT WASN’T RAINING
WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS
WHEN I LIFT UP MY HEAD
EVERY HALLELUJAH
I AM
A PLACE CALLED HOPE
FOR MOMENTS LIKE THESE
I NEED A LITTLE MORE JESUS
LIVING FOR HEAVEN
WEEP NO MORE
THE KING AND I

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The Williamsons In Conversation

Deon chats with The Williamsons about their latest recording!

The Williamsons - In Conversation from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Daily Devotion

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Charge!

“When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

The other night my husband and I were watching an old Western on television. It was one of those stories of young settlers and families trying to make a new life and a good, prosperous future for themselves as well as the generations yet to come. The lovely young couple on which the story focused built a beautiful home and was very happy and contented in their new environment. Life was exciting, and the days ahead looked grand indeed upon their arrival to this vast Western territory. But, alas, you can imagine what happened next. The angry Indians came, bringing fire, destruction, and loss of everything for which they had worked so hard. “Don’t look back,” the young husband told his wife, knowing the heartbreak she would experience if she turned to look behind them.They made it inside the big wooden gates of the fort, barely escaping among the sound of war whoops and the whiz of arrows flying through the air. But they survived to rebuild once again.

Well, the movie still had an hour or so left to go, and I just knew they would likely be attacked again, and sure enough they were. Maybe by the same Indians, or by a different group, I don’t know. But the result was the same as before—fire, destruction, loss of lives, and homes. However, in the end, the cavalry came and established peace in the territory.I am blessed with a vivid imagination. A few days after watching the movie, I began to think of how it reminded me of the attacks that the Enemy launches against us time after time. It seems that we finally get victory over one thing, and then
here comes his next attack. He never gives up. He just tries to wear us down to the point of surrender. How many times can we suffer through the arrows of adversity or through the fires of destructive circumstances in our lives?

That’s when the Spirit rises up and says, “Charge!”. Then we, as God’s own people, can be assured that our enemies will be met head-on by the overcoming power of His Spirit. No matter how many times we feel we’ve been defeated, we know how it will end.Through any battle that we may have to face, we will not be defeated. Even though a few skirmishes may be lost, the final result gives us courage in the face of adversity.We win!What a great ending.

Paula’s Prayer
Thank You, Lord, for going with me through all the trials and battles that come into my life. I’m assured that no weapon the Enemy uses against me will be allowed to prosper.
I don’t have to fear the attacks. I give You glory for Your guidance and protection.
Amen.

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Daily Devotion

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Where Is God?

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like God was a million miles away?

Are you there now? Maybe you or a friend or family member is suffering or experiencing pain and you're asking the question... "Where IS God?"

Trust me, I've been there.

However, I have learned that God is close at hand, even when we don't feel Him.

God is close to us.

Jeremiah 23:23 "Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?"


God cares about our pain.

Matthew 11: 28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

God wants to comfort us.

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

God wants us to TRUST Him.

Romans 8:28: "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose"



God doesn't ask us to understand His ways, but He asks us to Trust Him.



Give God your pain. He can handle it. He can also handle your honesty. Talk to Him and let Him hear from your heart.



Where is God? He's waiting for us.



Prayer starter: "Father, I admit I don't understand your plan. It doesn't make sense to me, but I know you've never failed NOR lied to me. Help me to trust YOU. Help my unbelief. In Jesus name, Amen."



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News & Scoops


Daywind Music Publishing Announces Promotion of Joe Dan Cornett

Hendersonville, TN (August 10, 2015) – Daywind Music Publishing is excited to announce the promotion of Joe Dan Cornett to Assistant Creative Director.

For the past year, Joe Dan has served as Catalog Manager for the company, a role in which he will continue to oversee. During his tenure at Daywind, he has demonstrated an impressive amount of talent, drive and knowledge within the publishing world, proving himself an asset to the company and his co-workers. In his new role, Joe Dan will assist VP of Publishing Rick Shelton, and Senior Creative Director Chad Green in their positions, including song pitches, songwriter development and venturing into Film and TV licensing.

Joe Dan’s resume includes major market tour managing and more recently serving in the Film & TV licensing department at BMI. He also currently serves as worship leader at his home church, giving him a solid foundation from which to excel within Christian Publishing.

“Joe Dan Cornett consistently demonstrates the ability to know a hit song when he hears one; the acumen for the business of songs; and the heart to serve songwriters,” comments Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing. “He is an impressive young man with the talent, personality, and determination to make things happen. We are excited to open this opportunity for him to serve the music community as the newest member of the Daywind creative team.”

Chad Green, Senior Creative Director at Daywind Music Publishing adds, “Joe Dan has a knowledge of multiple music formats which includes the core CCM and country markets that will provide an invaluable asset to our team at Daywind. We are very excited to continue pushing into these areas as well as venturing into further markets. It’s truly a great season for the Daywind music family!”

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Daily Devotion

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Don’t Die In the “Valley of Why”

During a crisis many questions flood your mind. While asking a question is natural, with one comes two more; I want to share with you some very important truths to help get you out of the “valley of why.”

First, let me tell you it is okay to try and reason or to make sense of what has happened to you. However; if you stay in the “Valley of Why”, it will destroy you and can shake your faith to its very core.

Truth: Miracles and the strengthening of your faith do not happen in absence of a crisis.

Jesus told Peter that Satan had exclusively desired to sift him as wheat. Jesus said he prayed especially for Peter. In Luke 22, it says, “32 But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.”
Jesus knew that Peter would freak out when he began to suffer the loss of his Savior. After all, they thought Jesus; their Messiah was to establish His kingdom on earth! What was happening? Why was this happening? Is God mad at me? Why is my hope leaving? Where is God in all of this? Jesus knew Peter would soon face these familiar questions in the “Valley of Why”. Jesus also knew Peter would come out because He prayed for his faith to prevail. He then gave the instruction for him when he turned back to his faith in the Lord, to help others be established in their faith.
Truth: God is Sovereign and He has the plan. (Jer. 29:11)
I recently read an article by a young girl who had gone with her parents to a revival meeting. In this revival meeting people were physically being healed. Some were coming up out of wheel chairs, some were hearing for the first time, while others were receiving healing from a loss of vision. It was exciting! She was excited! As they walked back to their car, they noticed people who did not receive healing were being taken out of the line through a back door, quietly returning to their families. As they drove down the road the young girl excitedly began to recall the night’s events of the power of God, and how people were truly receiving healing! She was met with a dead silence from her parents. Soon it was broken from her father behind the steering wheel. Angrily he growled, “what about the people who didn’t get healed?” “Did they not have enough faith for Jesus to heal them?” “Did they not give enough money in the offering so they had to be wheeled out through a hidden door?” These questions shook this young girl to her very core. Instead of her parents rejoicing with her of the power of God and His sovereignty, they were dying in the “Valley of Why.” Sadly, they weren’t only killing their own faith, but they were taking their daughter down with them. The young girl is now a part of a satanic coven of witches, searching for a true power from within.
Truth: We are not God. We can’t possibly know the answers to every why, nor are we supposed to.

I haven’t found one place in the Bible where God says, “Go to your secret place and fall on your face before me and ask me, why.”However, I do read in Jeremiah 29:13, “13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I find in Psalms 3:5, 6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…” If you truly trust His plan and His will for your life, you won’t require an explanation from the most High in order to serve Him. “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Cor. 1:8)

Trust His plan for you. It doesn’t matter if you can’t explain the crisis, make sense of it or understand it, rest in the hand of your Heavenly Father. He will keep you and sustain you and give you the strength you need. So as you make your way out of the “Valley of Why,” remember, satan’s job is to wear you out with mental games of God’s very existence. The enemy has very subtle and hints of truth to his questions, but as believers, we give no place to the devil and we are not ignorant of his devices. We submit to the mighty hand of God, resist the devil and he will flee from us! God will strengthen you and uphold you with His right hand when you seek His face. As you come out of the “Valley of Why”, you will realize and be truly thankful that JEHOVAH is God…and we are not.






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Jim Brady Trio - Good Lord Willing

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Goodman Revival - Sweetest Song I Know

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King’s Herald - On the Jericho Road

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Three Bridges Announces West Birmingham Homecoming Vocal Contest

Nashville, Tenn (August 10, 2015) How would you or your vocal group like to win a chance to open for Three Bridges at the West Birmingham Homecoming? What a great opportunity to gain exposure and new fans for your group or personal ministry. This type of connection doesn't happen often so go for it now.

Here are the details:

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/3bridgesmusic and post a video of you or your group singing a song. It will show up in the "VISITOR POSTS/Post to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page.

2. Share your post asking people to come to the "VISITOR POSTS/Posts to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page and "like", "comment", and "share" your video. Please ask them to "LIKE” Three Bridges page while they are there!

3. After posting your video, send an email with your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Winners will be notified via the provided contact information.
Each "like”, "comment”, and "share” will receive one point. The soloist video and the group video with the most points by midnight, Monday, August 31, 2015 will win.

4. ONLY "likes”, "comments”, and "shares” on the "VISITOR POSTS/Post to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page will be counted! (In other words, if you share the video to your page or your friends share it to their page, we will not come to your page or your friend’s page to count up "likes”, "comments”, and "shares” from your page.)

5. The contest will run from Monday, August 10, 2015 through Monday, August 31, 2015. One soloist and one group will be chosen to open the West Birmingham Homecoming concert on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to be held at Adamsville Church of God in Adamsville, AL. The winning soloist will perform 2 songs and the winning group will perform 3 songs.

6. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations. This contest only gives the winners the opportunity to perform at the West Birmingham Homecoming to be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

7. This should be FUN! We look forward to seeing/hearing your video performances. They do not need to be professional quality - just something that showcases your talent. REMEMBER, no one is judging your video! Whoever gets the most "likes”, "comments”, and "shares” from Three Bridges’ Facebook page will win. Its that simple!

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

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

You can reach Three Bridges at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/3BridgesMusic .

Three Bridges is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - 615.595.7500 or http://www.bsaworld.com .

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 10, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
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Time Machine Browders
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2
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He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
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Shout Williamsons
3
4
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Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
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Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
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11
Somebody Prays Guardians
4
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Power of the Cross Gold City
4
8
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I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
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Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
5
10
13
9
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
10
11
5
21
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
5
12
10
27
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
13
15
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Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
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14
19
12
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
14
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8
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
12
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Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
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17
26
3
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
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30
8
I Have a Home McKameys
18
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When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
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27
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He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
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Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
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Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
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Anything Zane & Donna King
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I Want the World to See (Jesus In Me) Taylors
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The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
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Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
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Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
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The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
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When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
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Living In Harmony Triumphant
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
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God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
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Just Three Little Words Primitive Quartet
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Cross of Grace Kingsmen
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Unwanted Crown Freemans
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Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
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Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, Amen Dixie Melody Boys
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Arise My Love Akins
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I'll Trade This Valley For a Mountain Mercy's Well
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He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
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Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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How to Activate Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive a brother or sister who sins against me?"

As sure as the sun shines, you will face moments of being offended. Offenses can be your tombstone or your stepping stone into the grace of God. Always remember that while trouble is not optional, misery certainly is. Offenses must never dominate your life.

I recently read again the story of Joseph. His own brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery. When he had a chance to take vengeance on them, he chose rather to forgive them. Studying him and other Bible characters, I've learned what I call the "Formula for Forgiveness."

Try it for yourself the next time you are offended by someone:

1. Don't curse it. Never disdain an offense as something that is unimportant or as something that will never work for your good.

2. Don't nurse it. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. Remember: "All that live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12).

3. Don't rehearse it. Tell it only to Jesus, and quit running to everyone else trying to reenact and retell it all over again. Besides, it gets worse every time you replay it.

4. Disburse it. Your problem will become God's problem once you let it. Remember: "Casting all your care on Him, because He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).

5. Let God reverse it. He will turn it around for His glory. The question is not, "Will offenses come?" The question is "What will you do with them when they come?"

Joseph said to his brothers, "What you meant for evil, God turned into my good." That applies to you, as well.

Our Heavenly Father will reverse the attack and assignment of the enemy, if you will guard your heart and not allow your offenses to turn into bitterness.

What a great formula for forgiveness.

It works every time.

Try it.


Tim Hill

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Have You Ever Forgot Where You Put It?

Have you ever put something VALUABLE is a SAFE PLACE and then, FORGOT where your SAFE PLACE was? Hey, it’s very frustrating when we LOSE something valuable or MISPLACE ANYTHING. I guess we’ve all experienced losing something, whether valuable or not and it can really make you question yourself. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.


Every one of us has experienced LOSING SOMETHING, whether PRECIOUS or NOT, it must be just a part of LIFE. I can you remember the HOPELESS FEELING of LOSING something. But, I’ll never forget the overwhelming JOY I felt when it was FOUND!

Jesus told a parable about LOSING SOMETHING, in Luke 15 He said, "If a woman has TEN SILVER COINS and LOSES ONE. She’ll turn on EVERY LIGHT, she’ll SWEEP the entire house and SEARCH HIGH and LOW until she finds it. And, when she’s found it, she’ll call her friends and neightbors and say REJOICE WITH ME because I’ve FOUND what I’ve LOST"


Well, if you still can’t find what you’ve LOST, ask the Holy Spirit to help you find it. After all, He knows where everything is. But, more important than our LOST property, TODAY you’ll come across some LOST SOULS that need to be FOUND. So, ask the Holy Spirit to help you, help them, find the way.

It’s Pastor Phil, "FINDING GREAT DELIGHT" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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The Gift Of Rest

And He said unto them, come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many people coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Mark 6:31 (KJV).

The past several days have been chaotic! You know how it is when your on the go non stop! After a week of very early mornings and late short nights, with the phone ringing constantly and somebody always wanting something at all hours, it's time to slow down, get some peace and quiet and recharge the old batteries.

In Mark chapter 6 we see that Jesus experienced days like his as well. If we look at the major headings of this chapter we find that there were several things that had taken place in rapid succession that I'm sure left Jesus and the disciples feeling tired and a bit overwhelmed.
First, Jesus was rejected in in hometown, then the twelve were sent out where they preached the good news and healed many who were sick. Next ,John the Baptist is be headed and finally the crowds got to be so great in number with people constantly coming and going that Jesus told the disciples that they all needed to get away for some R&R.

In Matthew 11:28 we find these words. Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Maybe it's time to take a break,follow Jesus example and take a few steps back from all the craziness. Whether you are in need of spiritual or physical rest, He invites you to come and receive His gift ..and the best part, it's free!

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News & Scoops


Dixie Melody Boys Reach Agreement With Davis Artist Agency

Kinston, NC - Popular Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member, Ed O’Neal, manager of The Dixie Melody Boys (pictured in attached jpg), has announced that a scheduling agreement has been reached with Michael and Christian Davis and the Davis Artist Agency. The Davis Artist Agency will immediately begin scheduling The Dixie Melody Boys for events throughout the remainder of 2015, as well as 2016.

Joining the Davis Artist Agency marks the end of an era for The Dixie Melody Boys, who have enjoyed a long-term scheduling agreement with the Harper Agency for more than three decades. “We have always enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Ed and Jeff Harper,” O’Neal states. “In fact, our relationship with the Harper family goes back decades, when their dad, Herman, first started the company. They have been very good to us, and we greatly appreciate their friendship and the many years of great service they have provided to The Dixie Melody Boys. They have been very good to us over the years, but we are also very excited to begin this new relationship with Michael and Christian Davis and their staff at the Davis Artist Agency. We are looking forward to the great things we believe God has in store for The Dixie Melody Boys.”

The new scheduling agreement announcement comes on the heels of the release of the group’s brand new Revived recording from the Great American Gospel label. Since organizing over five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations. Over the years, hit releases have flowed their way in bunches, including recent releases such as “I’ll Be Living That Way,” “I Won’t Compromise,” “Welcome Home,” “Antioch Church Choir,” “I’m One Of Them” and “Roll Back, Red Sea.” Led by 50-year Gospel Music veteran, Ed O’Neal, The Dixie Melody Boys deliver a first-class performance filled with excitement, energy and traditional, Southern Gospel Music night after night. These characteristics, united with their desire to never compromise their responsibility to spread the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music in a professional manner, have allowed The Dixie Melody Boys to firmly establish a place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music.

The Davis Artist Agency is looking forward to representing The Dixie Melody Boys, a group possessing such a rich heritage, standing the test of time and continuing to present the message of the Gospel through song. “When Christian and I began the Davis Artist Agency, our goal was to sign a legendary name to our roster,” Michael Davis states. “The first artist to sign was Ed O'Neal and The Dixie Melody Boys. Ed is a true legend in Gospel Music. Many words could be used to describe him: Godly, teacher, mentor, family man, gentleman, friend and the list goes on."

"We are honored to have the classic sound of the Dixie Melody Boys at Davis Artist Agency,” Christian Davis adds. “Ed O'Neal is a giant among bass singers and a classy example to all seeking a career in Gospel Music."

The Davis Artist Agency may be reached by calling 615-800-7799 or visiting http://www.davisartistagency.com. Additional information regarding The Dixie Melody Boys is available online at http://www.dixiemelodyboys.com.

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News & Scoops


Veteran Gospel Music Radio Personality Announces New Ventures

Nashville, TN (August 6, 2015) Butler Music Group President, Les Butler, is excited to announce the next phase in the furtherance of his radio career.

2015 marks the 37th year that Les has hosted Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel radio shows all across America, the last 16 of which has been a part of the Solid Gospel Radio Network. After taking the summer off from producing radio shows, he is happy to announce that he will once again be found on the radio, nationwide.

Les states, “Recently I’ve been approached by multiple radio outlets to host shows on their various stations. After much prayer, I decided that I would start my own radio programs. I am pleased to announce that Les Butler and Friends will soon be at a radio station near you. Les Butler and Friends will produce three different hour-long weekly radio shows with three distinct themes: Bluegrass Gospel, Country Gospel, and Live, From Nashville.”

Les continues, “The first show we will be rolling out is Les Butler and Friends/Bluegrass Gospel. Initially, it will be heard Saturday mornings at 11 AM EST on The LifeFM Radio Network. Their network has dozens of FM stations in great Southern Gospel/Bluegrass Gospel-friendly markets, and they’re adding more all the time. In addition to their terrestrial markets, we will be heard on their online and smartphone streams. I appreciate the support of Bob McClure - Founder, Rob McClure – President, and Rodney Baucom - Network Director. I am pleased to align myself with such fine Christian men and professionals in their field.” Rodney Baucom states, “We’re excited that Les has chosen to follow God’s call. He has a unique connection with the Bluegrass community of listeners and artists. We believe the new program is going to be a sensational addition to our programming at the LifeFM.”

Les also said, “I am very excited to announce that Bob McClure and I will be partnering to bring Les Butler and Friends, An Evening of Bluegrass Gospel Music, to concert venues within their listening areas. We plan to do two or more large events in 2016.” Bob McClure states, “I congratulate Les Butler in this new phase of his life. He is a living Wikipedia of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel, a TV and radio personality, as well as an accomplished artist/agent/promoter. He is an icon in the industry of Southern Gospel/Bluegrass Gospel community. This new venture will help him to reach new heights.”

Les concludes, “Any radio station that would like to carry any, or all, of the three Les Butler and Friends radio shows can email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call me at 615-218-0517. In addition to the new radio shows and live events, BMG has several more major happenings we will be announcing soon. This is an incredibly exciting time for me and my family. To say that I am blessed just seems so inadequate. To God be the glory for great and mighty things!”

For cities, call letters, and dial positions from the anchor network, please go to thelifefm.com/network. lesbutlerandfriends.com is being built and will be online soon.

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News & Scoops


Ryan Watkins Makes His Debut On Red Hen Records with Southern Son

Watkins to Host CD Release Party on August 22, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 6, 2015) – Red Hen Records is proud to announce the release of the debut album for Christian country artist Ryan Watkins this month. The freshman release for the singer/songwriter will hit bookstore shelves and digital outlets on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

The debut, titled Southern Son, blends the sounds of country, Southern Rock and soul to Gospel music with a passion for Jesus Christ added to the platform. The recording was produced by music veterans Rick Schwiensberg and Micah Schweinsberg (Red Roots, Zach & Rodney). The album includes a bevy of songwriting talent, including the likes of Watkins, Sam Mizell, Ray Scarbrough, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and others.

"There was a time in my life when I was running from the call of God on my life,” mentioned Watkins. "However, I found forgiveness and mercy in the arms of Jesus, and I am honored to be able to get on the stage each night and share the story of a loving God and Savior. This record is a part of that story, and I’m excited to be able to get to partner with Red Hen Records to share it with the world.”

Rick Schweinsberg of Red Hen Records said, "I was invited by songwriter Gerald Crabb to be a judge at a talent contest in Fort Payne, Alabama. I was representing Daywind Studios and providing a recording session for the winner. I heard a lot of great talent that night. A young man holding a guitar stepped up to the microphone. When he started singing the alarm rang in my head. I could hear John Fogarty, Russ Taff, Mac Powell, Tony Joe White and Jason Crabb all rolled into one. I invited him to come to Daywind and audition at our Friday morning staff meeting. Everyone was blown away. Ed Leonard (of Daywind Records) gave the nod and now Ryan Watkins is a Red Hen Recording artist with Daywind Music Group. We are so proud of him.”

"Ryan has an incredible gift, but his heart for the sinner is even bigger,” mentioned producer Micah Schweinsberg. "He is driven. I am privileged to get to work with him, not just because of his musical abilities, but because he is the real deal. He loves people to Jesus. We need a lot more people like Ryan doing this. You feel his heart when he sings, and it aches for the anointing. It aches for all Prodigals to come home."

Ryan will be celebrating the release of Southern Son at a special release concert and celebration set for Saturday, August 22, 2015. The event will take place at Chris Roberts School of Music (aka "The Pickin’ Post”) in Fort Payne, Alabama at 6:00 p.m. The evening will be hosted by AbsolutelyGospel.com’s Deon Unthank and feature special guests Michael Lee and Back Home.

"This is an exciting time for my ministry,” mentioned Ryan. "We hope everyone can come out and celebrate the release of this recording with us. We are going to have a blast!”

For more information on the recording and CD release concert, visit Ryan online at http://www.ryanwatkinsmusic.com or call (256) 605-2769.

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Daily Devotion

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Obstacles

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

In my home, I have a sunroom located near the kitchen that overlooks the backyard. I love this room. It has windows all the way around, with two sun lights up above.
The ceiling is about 14 feet high and gradually slopes down to about 8 feet. No one lives behind us, so there are trees and trees and more trees.

For me, this room serves many purposes. Mainly, it is my prayer room. I can sit and talk to God and experience great peace. In the fall of the year, it’s breathtaking to sit and look at all the colors of the foliage behind the house and even down into the woods. In the spring, I enjoy the dogwood trees, as my entire backyard becomes white with blossoms. In the summer, I can turn the ceiling fan on and be protected from the heat as I enjoy a big glass of iced tea.

A few times, I have sat in the sunroom and watched the hummingbirds flutter around just outside the window. Every now and then, they fly into the window, because they don’t realize that there is an obstacle between them and the inside world.Wasps and other insects do the same thing.As a matter of fact, as I sit here this morning, one bug after the other is dive-bombing into the windows. It’s a little eye-opening when you think about the fact that something so beautiful and enjoy- able for me from the inside, is indeed very much of an obstacle to whatever is outside, trying to get in.

Life has beauty and obstacles. It depends on what you need or what you are seeking. It is wonderful to know that God has in His storehouse everything we need, and He can turn ashes to beauty and make something beautiful of your life. He can take what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle and show you how to overcome it. If He chooses not to move it, then He will show you the way to get around it. Don’t be discouraged because you see obstacles while others are experiencing beauty. Who knows but what God may take the very thing you despise and view as an obstacle and turn it into something good, pleas- ant, and beautiful. Even if He doesn’t, trust Him to bring you peace and satisfaction.

Remember, there are times when it could be even better to be on the outside looking in, than being on the inside looking out. It gives you room to soar to the skies and behold the beauty all around you. Anything good can happen, when you choose to turn your obstacles into opportunities.

Paula’s Prayer
Lord,You are able to take something that’s an obstacle in my life and turn it into a thing of beauty.You can remove it if You choose, or give me the grace to wait and the strength to endure until it’s removed. I know You will do what’s best for me.
I trust Your timing.

Amen.

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The Lost Coin

The other day I was walking around the neighborhood and noticed a penny laying on the sidewalk.

As I walked my usual route, I passed over that SAME penny twice, went home and never picked it up.

How many times have I walked over a penny and left it lay there?

I didn't think that coin was very valuable.

Jesus told a story of a very valuable coin in Luke 15.

Luke 15 8-10

8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”



Wow! That must've been some valuable coin! Or maybe it was the coin that would keep her and her family from starving.

That parable speaks of "lighting a lamp" and "sweeping the house." That shows me that this task couldn't wait till the sun came up to begin this job. Sweeping the house means moving furniture, getting in the cracks of the boards..this was a job.


Maybe today, you feel like the penny that I passed by and didn't pick up. You have been passed over in life and maybe even by a few Christians. You've been hurt. You've been betrayed. You feel unloved and unwanted. You've been left out on the street.

Friend, God believes YOU are valuable. He sees your worth. See, one day he "Lit a lamp" (brought a LIGHT) into this dark world.

John 8:12 "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

He "swept the house" (moved Heaven and Earth) to find you. He sees our value when no one else does.

He desires a real relationship with you. Through Jesus Christ, you can find your place in this life.

Repent (ask forgiveness and turn from your will) and turn to Him. Invite Him into your heart and begin a new life in Christ.

Prayer starter: Father, I admit that I'm a sinner. I am in need of a Savior. I ask that your only son; Jesus save me from my sins. I accept Him as Lord of my life. Help me to live for you! I ask this and believe this in His name, amen."

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News & Scoops


MARK209 Records Live Album Inside Prison

NASHVILLE, TN – (August 3, 2015) – MARK209 releases new Live album recorded from inside a maximum security prison.

Titled, “Live From Inside”, MARK209’s latest CD was recorded live from inside the James V. Allred Maximum Security prison in Wichita Falls, Texas. The audience was made up of inmates and prison guards and it gives the listeners an inside look at the raw energy of a MARK209 “Worship Experience”.

MARK209 tenor, Nathaniel Justice, explains, “We decided to record from inside the prison because we wanted the world to see that the men in this facility are on fire for God. The first time we went there to perform, we expected to minister to the prisoners. We were not prepared for what happened. We were actually equally blessed by the prisoners themselves as they shared their testimonies and stories with us. We have used many of their stories, when talking with youth groups and schools, about why not to ‘dance with the devil’. Things that you think are innocent, many times will turn to bite you. As the old Cathedral song stated, ‘Sin will take you farther than you ever wanted to go’. We left the facility amazed at how we felt, seeing men that may never see the outside of those four walls be that on fire for God and willing to let Him use them even on the inside. In an effort to share with those on the outside how these men worship, two songs by the Prison Praise Band have been included on the CD.”

The CD was recorded over several days and over multiple services at the prison, both morning and afternoon. Since large recording equipment was not allowed in the Unit, the recording was taken straight off the board and remixed by Ben Harris at Spera Pointe Studio in Nashville, TN. Included on the CD are MARK209 fan favorites, “Graceland”, “Tennessee Orange”, and “Have A Good Time” … plus other previously unrecorded favorites, “Say A Prayer” and “There’s Always A Place At The Table”, that are normally only heard at live performances … along with a New Kenna West song, “Praise Makes The Walls Come Down”.

The group is also excited to use this CD to help support the prison ministry that works within the James V. Allred Unit. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to support the Horizon Communities in Prison Organization.


For more information about MARK209 and to purchase “Live From Inside”, visit http://www.mark209.com.

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News & Scoops


The Mark Dubbeld Family Celebrates NOTHIN’ BUT LOVE With An Exciting New CD Release Concert

Nashville, TN (August 4, 2015) - Multi-talented artist, The Mark Dubbeld Family, is proud to announce the release of their brand new recording entitled Nothin’But Love, produced by Jeremy Peace. They celebrated last weekend with an exciting New CD Release Concert.

The album is packed with great vocals, family harmony, and powerful lyrics. The concert to kick off the release took place on Sunday evening at Brookhill Wesleyan Church in Forest, VA.

Producer Jeremy Peace said, "It has been a pleasure to produce this fine project for The Mark Dubbeld Family. It's not everyday that a family group comes along with superb vocals, exciting energy, and a love for the ministry they have been called into. I knew from the moment I first met and heard Mark's family that there was something special about them. I've not been this delighted to work with a group in a very long time. They have truly been a breath of fresh air and I absolutely cannot wait for the world to take notice of The Mark Dubbeld Family. They have what it takes!"

The ten original songs written solely by Janene Dubbeld, The song list include, "This is What I Know," "The Blood-Stained Way," "Nothin’ But Love," "One More Wayward Child," "A Little Bit Better," "He’s the Reason," Eternal Hallelujah (8) God Did The Best Of Things (9) Understanding Friend (10) I Belong (11) Nothin’ But Love (Reprise).

Patriarch of the group Mark Dubbeld expresses, "We believe this recording will bless many people who are looking for hope and peace in a troubled world. Most of all, our heart's desire is to sing songs that present the Gospel message in a powerful way."

He continues, "We were excited to have concert promoters, Gaither Homecoming artist Robbie Hiner, and hometown friends from all over the Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA area show up and share in the release of this new cd. We were blessed to have the Pastor Joe Horrell of Brookhill Wesleyan host this great night of celebration. The enthusiastic audience also enjoyed the ministries of comedian and singer Dawn Doss and soloist Joe Overfelt."

The year of 2015 is proving to be an exciting one for the family. They've been featured on the Gospel Greats Radio program with Paul Heil, heard around the world on XM/Sirius Enlighten, and on the Solid Gospel Radio Network. They've also celebrated radio single success with "Higher Than I", “Face Of The Captain,” and “One Of These Days.” .

The family consists of husband and wife, Mark and Janene, along with their children, 19 yr old Elena, 14 yr old Channing, and 11 yr old Britton. Each of them play a very active role in the ministry. Their schedule has been busy, but they welcome it. They've been a featured artist at National Quartet Convention for the last three years. They will perform on Thursday of this year's NQC Showcase. Other appearances range from concerts, church venues, NQC Main Stage, Dollywood Harvest Fest, and other special events.

To purchase the new CD or for more information about the Mark Dubbeld Family, please visit http://www.mjdubbeld.com or check out ITunes for downloads.

To host The Mark Dubbeld Family at your church or ministry event contact Adoration Agency at 615-590-7453.

To learn more about The Mark Dubbeld Family contact, visit mjdubbeld.com.
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Daily Devotion

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Fixing to Backslide

It happened on a Sunday morning. The church service was over; I was standing at the door shaking hands and saying good-bye to people as they left. A young couple walked toward me with a forlorn look on their faces, and a "down and out" attitude emanated from them as they approached me. Out of the blue, the young husband spoke and said, "Pray for us preacher … we're fixing to backslide!"

It took me a while to process the thought—"Fixing to backslide." Really?

How does one do that?

Get through the week.
Draw a conclusion.
Come to church and announce it.
That's it.
I'm done.
No more.
Giving up.

Bang!

Backslid.

Pardon me, but what an insult to Calvary!

What an insult to the blood of Jesus!

What an insult to the Word of God that reads in Jude 25:24, "Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy"!

Backslid.

What does that even mean?

Well, it is a biblical term typically used in describing a Christian who has begun to willfully live in sin again. Somewhat an oxymoron, some would say a "backsliding Christian." I'll save that debate for another time. However, the word is used 15 times In the Old Testament, 12 in the Book of Jeremiah and three in the Book of Hosea. At least the man was scriptural in his terminology, I suppose. But, that's about the best I can say for him.

Please understand, I don't belittle him or underestimate the spiritual attack he may have been dealing with at the time. But honestly, too many are ready to quit over flat tires and hang nails.

Discouragement is one thing, but defeatism is another and does not have to be accepted.

Backsliding doesn't "just happen.” It's a process. If left unchecked, discouragement can lead to an interruption in your prayer and devotional life. When "prayer-lessness" takes over, you then lose the connection to your power supply. One thing leads to another. No prayer—No worship—No Bible reading—No joy—No peace—No rest—No hope. Too many "nos" in your life paves a negative pathway and soon you're traveling the downward road to a backslidden lifestyle. You become desensitized to sin, and a conscience that was once on guard against temptation becomes seared and lazy.

An old hymn from the songbook asks a poignant question, "Are you drifting too far from the shore?"

Look at the lyrics:

"Out on the perilous deep
Where dangers silently creep
And storms so violently sweep
You're drifting too far from the shore”

Fixing to backslide?

I don't think so. It's more complicated than that.

It’s a drifting from your convictions.
It's a shifting in your resolve.
It's a rifting in the fabric of your faith, and it always requires a lifting from the Savior’s loving hand.

The good news is He can turn your backsliding into forward-leaping strides of victory and triumph. Look at the Word of God for a moment. I love the outstretched arms of our Father toward the backslidden children of Israel that can easily be seen in Jeremiah 3:12-15 and verse 22 …

"Return, faithless Israel, I will frown on you no longer. For I am merciful, declares he Lord. I will not be angry forever. Acknowledge your guilt and I will give you shepherds after mine own heart who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."

Then, in Hosea 14:4 the Lord says: "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him."

Sounds like a backslider can move forward again, doesn't it?

There is healing beyond your hurt.
There is help beyond your hindrances.
There is hope beyond your humanness.

So please, come home.


Tim Hill

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Jerry Garcia Introduces New Concept Video - “I’m So Thankful Jesus Gave Me You”

Adrian, Michigan (August 3, 2015) Gospel singer Jerry Garcia and his wife, Sarah, are very special people who have accepted a very special call on their lives. The Garcia's have received the task God has given them to do.

Sometimes nature is cruel to children, allowing them to be born with special needs that some people are not equipped to handle. Some are destined for very short lives because of terminal diseases. God has given these special children a very special place in the hearts of Jerry and Sarah. Their call in life is to adopt these special children and love them until their time on this earth runs out.



Jerry has also been blessed with a great singing voice which he uses to support his family singing in various churches each weekend.

On top of all this, Jerry recently battled cancer which required several severe operations. Through it all Jerry has never lost hope or his trust in God and now continues to minister.

The song "I’m So Thankful Jesus Gave Me You”, written by Jeff Pearles, Karen Peck Gooch, and Miles Borop, tells the story of how these terminally ill children touch the lives of he and his wife as much as their lives touch the children.

In describing the video Jerry states, "I would say the concept is just about how precious our children are to us and our ministry to special needs kids. We reach out purposefully to adopt these children with terminal illnesses or severe special needs and we are thankful to God for them and what they have given to enhance and enrich our lives. We adopt them to give them love and the best life we can, when in turn they are blessing us far more. God makes no mistakes. To us special needs individuals are all angels with invisible wings here to teach us compassion and to realize how good and wonderful Gods most precious gift of life is.” Continuing Jerry commented "This was shot on location at our home and in a local park here in our hometown of Adrian, Michigan. It featured only my wife and I with our children Katie, Emmilee, Jacob, and Andrew.”

You can view the video on YouTube with the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qiap4EiQcU

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 3, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Time Machine Browders
1(2)
2
4
14
He Is Mine Eighth Day
2
3
3
14
Shout Williamsons
3
4
9
10
Somebody Prays Guardians
4
5
8
20
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
5
6
2
18
Pray Now Karen Peck & New River
1(10)
7
6
19
Put Out the Fire Greater Vision
4
8
11
18
I Choose To Be a Christian Erwins
8
9
5
11
Jesus Loves You Jeff & Sheri Easter
5
10
7
26
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
1
11
15
12
Where There's a Will He Has a Way Brian Free & Assurance
11
12
10
16
Power of the Cross Gold City
4
13
20
8
Jesus Is In the House 11th Hour
13
14
13
20
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8
15
16
22
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
15
16
12
7
One Glorious Moment of Faith Bowling Family
12
17
19
7
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Talleys
11
18
17
16
Touch of the Master's Hand Booth Brothers
15
19
18
11
It Matters to the Master Collingsworth Family
15
20
14
17
The Beauty of the Blood Joseph Habedank
7
21
34
13
Long Gone Blackwood Brothers
15
22
35
17
Anything Zane & Donna King
6
23
25
6
Jesus Gave Me Water Gaither Vocal Band
23
24
26
17
When He Comes Walking On the Water Perrys
14
25
24
6
Unwanted Crowns Freemans
24
26
40
2
Our Third Day Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
27
29
7
He Left No Stone Unturned LeFevre Quartet
19
28
33
18
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
7
29
37
3
Living In Harmony Triumphant Quartet
29
30
31
7
I Have a Home McKameys
30
31
21
21
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
7
32
30
5
The Only Way Out Is Through Lore Family
26
33
32
10
I Want the World to See (Jesus In Me) Taylors
21
34
23
19
Mercy Built a Bridge Dunaways
4
35
*
1
Just Three Little Words Primitive Quartet
35
36
*
1
Another Time, Another Place Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English
36
37
38
3
Arise My Love Akins
37
38
36
12
He Can See My Tomorrows Mark Bishop
25
39
*
1
Faith Watts, Rowsey & Bean
39
40
*
1
Cross of Grace Kingsmen
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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Restraint?

Often, I have been in the middle of a conversation and the Holy Spirit will begin to give me the sense that I am talking too much! (Imagine that!) Sometimes, it may be I am sharing too much of my opinion and not enough of God’s Words. Let me tell you, it is an awful feeling!

What would be even more awful? To speak too much of my, me, mine, I, etc. and not even be aware of it! I am sure those times are innumerable!

We are not always called to speak whatever pops into our little heads at any given moment. We must learn the art of restraint. I hate that word! It feels so good to say what we want to say, no matter what the outcome…until later. Relationships are hurt, respect is undone and selfishness abounds.

It may not be too wise to speak whatever is on our minds.

We are called to be patient with each other and longsuffering. We are called to use self-control.

Proverbs 4:24 says…

“Put away from thee a forward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”

A forward mouth is an uncontrollable mouth — one who talks whatever it wants to say, regardless of what God’s Word says.

How do you put a forward mouth away from you?

Glad you asked! 

We find it in Proverbs 4:20, 21

“…Attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”

Give your total attention to the Word of God. Acknowledge the Word instead of just the problem. Say what GOD says’ about you and let it be your life’s final Word!

Listen to what people are saying to you. Determine to listen more! Listen to what God may be teaching you through that person.

Make a solid commitment today; you will wake to bring glory to God. Listen more, speak less, and when you do speak, make it count for God’s Glory!

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Healthy U

August 2015

This month - Mindy Isaacs gives practical advice and runs through several exercises with you in this month's edition of Healthy U!

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