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July 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2019 – 9:12 am -

July 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Here it is, the July issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We hope you take a moment to relax in the shade and read about some great gospel artists.

We are thrilled to present Carmen on our cover this month. This ageless artist has just recorded a new album along with some great Southern gospel vocalists and we know that you will be hearing him a lot on your favorite gospel music radio program. Special thanks to Jennifer Campbell for her interview with Carmen.

The Kingsmen are hot on the radio charts right now as well, with their latest hit, “Victory Shout.” John Herndon was privileged to hear them in concert recently and chatted with them. We know you will enjoy this feature.

Les Butler and Friends features Brad Stevens of the Stevens Family Tradition. Also featured this month is industry insider, Derek Simonis, of Icon Destinations. Additionally, we are pleased to introduce Johnathan Welsh from the U.K., and another great quartet, the Chordsmen.

Don’t miss Bill Dykes’ Meet the Pastor with Jamey Ragle, Randall Hamm’s CD reviews and Vonda Armstrong”s DJ Spotlight.

All this and so much more for your reading pleasure this month. We hope you enjoy a whole magazine about the love of God and his power working through the lives of gospel artists and their audience. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at Lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

 

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Heaven’s Mountain Band Performs to Sold-Out Crowds at Shadow Valley Sing!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 18, 2019 – 12:45 pm -

Heaven's Mountain Band Performs to Sold-Out Crowds at Shadow Valley Sing!

Heaven’s Mountain Band Performs to Sold-Out Crowds at Shadow Valley Sing!

Nashville, TN  Heaven’s Mountain Band had an exciting time at the 2019 Shadow Valley Sing in Fayetteville, TN.  It was a sold-out concert with no more parking or RV spots!  This event featured the Primitive QT, Bradley Walker and Heaven’s Mountain Band. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management  services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Barry Rowland & Deliverance, and Jason Davidson. 

They also provide consulting services for Bob Sellers, the Arenos, Barber Family, Birchfield Family, Cheri Taylor, Covenant, GloryWay Quartet and Sacred Harmony.

BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Over the last 40 years, radio Promotion artists have included Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Dunaways, Larry Gatlin, and many others.


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Kristina Cornell: No Other Name — Healing

Written by Staff on July 18, 2019 – 7:30 am -

Kristina Cornell. No other name. Healing

Kristina Cornell

NO OTHER NAME — Healing

What is the difference?  If you had a favorite item and you could take it and have it repaired, OR, if someone could revitalize, remake the item, using the same structure, what would you choose? 

I have a pair of black leather boots. They are my favorite. They fit me perfectly, they are flattering with everything, and they are 10 years old. I wear them so much that the soles wear to nothing. They are leather so they get a little scratched here and there.

Early on, I would try and fix them myself. However, I decided to take them to a shoemaker. He removes the heel and sole, he conditions the leather, then polishes it. He replaces the sole with a new one.  I have had this process done twice. They look brand new every time he restores them. He actually calls it that. He does not call it a boot-repair, he calls it boot-restoration because he takes them apart and remakes them. 

No Other Name Like Jesus: The Tenth Leper

There is no other name that brings healing, but the name of Jesus. Isaiah prophesied of the Savior, Jehovah. He wrote: Isaiah 53:5 “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging, we are healed.”  Isaiah was shown by the Father that the Messiah would come to save the world. Last month was the first part of this series, and it was No Other Name – Salvation. This month we are doing No Other Name – Healing.  Jesus came to cleanse us from our sin and save us from an eternal removal from Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. He also came to save us from hurts and pains, from brokenness and sicknesses, from diseases and depressions.  

In the Gospels, the recollection of Jesus life on earth, we have Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Luke was a physician and offers a different perspective on a lot of what was recorded. This is one of my FAVORITE stories in the Bible, and we find it in Luke 17:11-19.  Verses 11-14 set up the situation:

“11 As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that Jesus was passing along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.

13 And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us!

14 And when He saw them, He said to them, “Go at once and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cured and made clean.

Oh my goodness, when we get to verse 15, it starts to get good.

15 Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice;

16 And he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him over and over. And he was a Samaritan.

17 Then Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the nine?

18 Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?”

Every single time that I reach verse 17, I get butterflies in my stomach. I cannot imagine being one of the other nine. Jesus was disappointed. I could not imagine disappointing Jesus!  Of course, I also am so emotional and such a words driven person, I thank Jesus when I find an extra piece of gum in my purse. I cannot imagine being cleansed of leprosy and just going on my merry way without saying thank you. 

We really do not have a lot of information on those nine lepers that continued on their way. but we do know that number 10 was a Samaritan. Jesus called him an alien. There was nothing special about him. As a matter of fact, he had a mark against him for being a Samaritan, as they were not a good match with Jewish people. They had a long history of animosity toward each other.

This man was not high society; he was a have-not. He had no etiquette or training; he was a Samaritan and Jewish people called them dogs. Jesus was not affected by his title. Jesus was not affected by his status and by his disease. Jesus was affected by his heart. Jesus proved the greatest love that day. He loved others above all, and He selflessly cleansed these unclean people.

But the tenth leper…

Verse 19 says it all to me: “And He said to him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.”  All of the lepers were cleansed, BUT the tenth leper was restored.  He was not fixed; he was made new.  

On, the blood of Jesus, that washes white as snow. He poured out His blood for us, for our salvation and for our healing. By His stripes, we are healed. We can claim victory in our lives today because of who He is.

The tenth leper’s faith in healing is not what made him whole. The tenth leper’s faith in Jesus is what made him whole.  

No Other Name — Healing

You do not have to hold on to things in your life.  Let go and let God have His way. When He cleanses you, praise Him; when He delivers you, praise Him; when He heals you, praise Him…

Restoration will come into your life when you trust in Jesus. Trust that He has the best plan for you. If He does not take the sickness away, He will use it for your good and His glory. If you are afflicted at the hand of another, it is not God’s fault, it is their free will.  But God can take anything and “work it together for good, when we love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

Will we face difficult challenges in our lives? Absolutely. Can Jesus still cleanse us from our uncleanliness?  Absolutely.

Just…Please…Don’t miss the next step…

Praise Him even when everyone else leaves, even if you feel like you’re a lesser-than and unworthy. Praise Him when everyone else wants to go tell others what happened instead of giving thanks. Praise Him even when you think He may not listen because you feel that you don’t deserve His grace or mercy.

Kristina Cornell. No other name. Healing

Kristina Cornell

Jesus hears us. He recognizes us. He restores us.

There is no other Name for healing, but the name of Jesus.

By Kristina Cornell.

Kristina Cornell is a regular contributor to SGNScoops website.

“…I have been delivered so many times by the hand of God that any creativity that I have I only want to give back to Him. I really have nothing else to say, as I have learned that I have nothing of significance to offer of myself. I am just like everyone else, in need of a Savior. I write from my heart, I write devotionals, stories, songs, messages, even starting on a book, and all I have to offer is Jesus and what He has done in my life!” — Kristina Cornell. Visit her website at www.tellthemministries.net.

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Beyond the Song: Eagle’s Wings sing “When I Close My Eyes”

Written by Staff on July 17, 2019 – 6:18 pm -

Beyond The Song: Eagle's Wings sing ‘When I Close My Eyes"

Eagle’s Wings

For this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina de Haan-Baksteen reached out to Eagle’s Wings to talk about their single, “When I Close My Eyes.”  Darryle Wilson of Eagle’s Wings agreed to join her for this interview.

1. Please introduce yourselves to the readers of SGNScoops for those who have never heard about you before.

Eagle’s Wings consists mostly of family members. Debbi and I (Darryle) have been married 46 years (as of June 15.) I sing and play the bass.  Matthew Wilson (our son) sings and plays the guitar, mandolin, and dobro. Kevin Chambers sings and plays guitar, mandolin, and bass. Jacob Patterson plays the banjo, mandolin, and bass. 

Beyond The Song: Eagle's Wings sing ‘When I Close My Eyes" 2. I believe you had a recent No. 1 song on the charts, was that ‘He Hung the Moon’?

Actually “If He Hung the Moon” only went to No. 2, I think. We did have a No. 1 with “King Jesus” back in November, 2018. 

 

3. You have a rich musical background, can you share something about that?

Debbi and I sang together in a country band before getting married. We got married in 1973, got in church in 1979. I rededicated my life to the Lord, Debbi got saved, then her sister, mom, and dad got saved. They had only done country music, but had a desire to sing in church. Her dad, Floyd “Bill” Busby, wrote three songs, one of which will be on our newest project. 

Beyond The Song: Eagle's Wings sing ‘When I Close My Eyes" 3. Darryle is the writer of this beautiful new song, “When I Close My Eyes.” For those who believe the message, we hardly need an explanaition. But to those who haven’t commited their lives to Jesus, it’s a serious message. Can you tell us what the song says?

The song actually reaffirms the fact that we all have an appointment with death, but for the Christian, it’s only going to get better when we close our eyes here. “Pain is a stranger, there’ll be no danger, it’s glory forevermore.” Because God holds the appointment book, we just need to be ready. 

 

4. Do you write most of the songs yourselves?

In fact, our current project will be nothing but originals. However we like throwing a little (blue) grass seed on a Southern gospel song, just to see if we can get the grass to grow.

Beyond The Song: Eagle's Wings sing ‘When I Close My Eyes" 5. Is there anything more you’d like the readers to know?

In July, 2012, because of scoliosis, I went into complete respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator. The doctor had told Debbi and Matthew that I would never preach or sing again and, that if I lived, I would probably be bedridden and on a respirator for the rest of my life. They were not given much hope. But, after a week, on my 65th birthday, I was off the ventilator and breathing on my own. God raised me up, and after three weeks in the nursing home for rehab, I went home. I returned to my pulpit on September 2, 2012, where I’ve been ever since. 

6. What is ahead for Eagle’s Wings in the near future?

As far as the future – we have no clue. We just leave that up to God. We would like to add another musician, if God allows. We just pray for open doors and the good sense to walk through them when He shows us one. 

7. What is the road routine of each member of the group?

Our families travel with us. Matthew’s wife, Jennifer runs our product table. They have two daughters, Anna and Emma. 

Kevin’s wife, Rhonda, runs our sound. They have one son named Jonathan. 

We don’t have a bus. We travel in four separate vehicles. We just make sure everyone has the correct address and hope we all show up at the right time and place. 

8. Where can readers find you on the internet?

Each member has an individual Facebook page, except me. The group also has a page.

 

 

 

For a complete schedule, go to eagleswingsband.com

Thank you so much, Darryle, for your time and for allowing us a sneak peak into what happens with Eagle’s Wings.

The SGNScoops’ team wish you God’s blessing and safe travels for all the miles ahead.

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NAE Launches Campaign to ‘Bless Your Pastor’

Written by Staff on July 17, 2019 – 10:01 am -

NAE Launches Campaign to 'Bless Your Pastor'
NAE Launches Campaign to 'Bless Your Pastor'
NAE Launches Campaign to 'Bless Your Pastor'NEWS PROVIDED BY
National Association of Evangelicals
July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) today launched a new national campaign to help congregations “show and share God’s love” for their pastors in creative and practical ways. The Bless Your Pastor (BlessYourPastor.org) campaign is part of a larger initiative to address financial challenges faced by pastors and is funded by a $1 million, 3-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Bless Your Pastor campaign will encourage and equip churches to consider creative ways to bless their pastors and to take up a special appreciation offering for their pastors. Some churches may decide to extend this campaign to church staff members, in addition to their pastors.

Brian Kluth, national director of NAE Financial Health and spokesperson for Bless Your Pastor, said, “Having been a pastor myself, with three children and a wife who needed major medical treatments, I understand the financial struggles many pastors and their families face – and the tremendous difference it makes when a congregation shows their pastor they are there for them, all the way, sharing God’s love and blessings in practical ways.”

“Bless Your Pastor is about people in the church sharing their time, talents and treasures to creatively bless their pastors and church staff members,” Kluth said. “Some examples can be babysitting, doing car repairs, offering low or no cost medical and dental care, sharing a vacation home, and providing gift cards to the pastor and family.”

Churches that sign up for the Bless Your Pastor campaign at BlessYourPastor.orgwill receive a robust toolkit that will make it easy to launch and spark excitement for the campaign in their churches. The toolkit includes a list of “50 Creative Ways to Show God’s Love to Your Pastor;” a short training video for church boards and leadership teams; a timetable for organizing this behind-the-scenes effort; template letters and emails; social media graphics; and more.

According to national research from the NAE, LifeWay and InTrust, most pastors and their families operate with limited financial resources to meet their current and long-term needs:

 

  • 90 percent of pastors feel financial pressure.
  • 50 percent make less than $50,000 per year while serving their churches 50-60, or more, hours per week.
  • Nearly 60 percent of pastors do not receive retirement or healthcare benefits from their churches.
  • 3 out of 10 pastors have student loan debt averaging $36,000.
The NAE will send an Amazon gift card to the senior pastors of the first 1,000 congregations that take up a special offering for their pastors (and staff, if applicable) and complete the online form at BlessYourPastor.org.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly, Sr., and sons, J.K., Jr., and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

About National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
The mission of the National Association of Evangelicals is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians. The NAE includes more than 45,000 churches from 40 denominations and serves a constituency of millions. Founded in 1942, the NAE is currently led by President Leith Anderson.


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Beyond the Song: River’s Edge sing “I am Redeemed”

Written by Staff on July 16, 2019 – 5:12 pm -

Beyond the Song: River's Edge sing "I am Redeemed"Jantina de Haan Baksteen interviewed River’s Edge for this Beyond the Song article about “I Am Redeemed.”

1. Please introduce us to River’s Edge.

River’s Edge is a trio singing Christian music based out of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

John Wishon serves as lead vocalist for River’s Edge as well as handling  the emcee work for the group. John sang with his parents for 32 years in their family group, The Wishons.

John owns a Christian radio station in Wilkesboro, N.C.a is one of the most sought after evangelists and revival preachers on the east coast.

John Wishon’s wife, Rebecca, has been singing gospel music for virtually her whole life. The daughter of a pastor, she began singing at a very young age. In the late 1990’s, she performed for several years in the group Rejoice! Night after night, Rebecca amazes audiences with her powerful, from the heart, vocal abilities. Rebecca is a physical education teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Hays, N.C. 

Rebecca and John have two beautiful children, Miles and Riley.

Tenor, John Blackburn, is a seasoned veteran of the Gospel stage. John has performed with different local artists; New Direction, and most recently with Fortify Trio. Audiences love John for not only his vocal ability but also for his magnetic and energetic personality. John has worked along side of his dad for 13 years, owning a painting company. He and his wife Amber live only 10 minutes from John and Rebecca in Wilkes County, N.C.

2. What’s the story about your ministry’s name.

How River’s Edge got it’s name: When the group was formed in 2014, original members John, Rebecca and Sheri were tossing around names and could never come to a conclusion. After days of throwing around ideas Rebecca said, “Remember the name River’s Edge that you guys mentioned?” John W. replied, “We never said River’s Edge…but hey, I like it.”

Beyond the Song: River's Edge sing "I am Redeemed"3. Are you nationally traveling a lot?

Well,there is always room to grow. We will go wherever the Lord leads us, but recently our schedule has included North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Georgia. Also back in February, we were blessed with the privilege of being a part of the Celebration at Sea Cruise with other various artists. We would lovr for you to go with us next year.

4. What is the background of the song, “I am Redeemed?”

Written and released in 2012, “I am Redeemed,” was originally written and performed by Mike Weaver. Or, “Big Daddy Weave” as his fans know him. For River’s Edge, the song will be on an upcoming unnamed project.

5. What does the song mean to River’s Edge?

The word, “Redeemed,” alone, is the action of being saved from sin. In other words, eternity hinges on that one word. For the believer, the scripture tells us not to rejoice that the spirits are subject unto us, but to rather rejoice because our names are written in heaven. So whether you have much, or little, you can rejoice because of redemption.

Beyond the Song: River's Edge sing "I am Redeemed"6. What is your message to the audience?

Our message to the audience is rather simple…we want to make sure that our audiences clearly understand the Gospel; the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We also want believers to be encouraged, even if they have failed, or have all kinds of trouble going on in their life, that God’s love for them has not changed.

7. Please tell us a little more about River’s Edge.

We are all avid N.C. Tarheel basketball fans. We love to talk smack with our friends at concerts who still are Duke or Kentucky fans.

You can find us on most of the major social media platforms. Facebook.com/RiversEdgeGospel

Instagram: Rivers_Edge_Gospel

We are new to Youtube. Just search Rivers Edge Gospel.

 

Enjoy “I Am Redeemed” by River’s Edge.

 

Thanks to River’s Edge for answering all of our questions as we went Beyond the Song.

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Cheryl Smith: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Written by Staff on July 16, 2019 – 11:55 am -

Cheryl Smith: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Cheryl Smith: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

A mother of four returns home from church to find her husband’s mangled car, just a block from home. As she enters her house, the phone is ringing. It is the hospital telling her to come quick, that her husband has been in an accident. She asks, ‘How bad is he,’ only to have the nurse on the other end of the line insufficiently cover the receiver while asking another nurse, “Shall I tell her?” At that moment, she knows he is gone. She struggles, wondering why he wouldn’t stop drinking, how she will tell her children their daddy is gone, and how they will ever make it through.

***

After the ending of a tumultuous relationship, a sweet, kind-hearted girlfriend takes him back just one more time. She gives him everything he asks for, including the money in her purse, only to have him return a few hours later to ruthlessly and repeatedly stab her face and body, leaving her lying in a pool of blood. She is found, arms folded, eyes turned heavenward, dead, on her apartment floor.

***

I stand beside my mother’s/her great-grandmother’s casket as the young girl in front of me pours out her heart. Addiction, abuse, and bad lifestyle choices have caused her to lose custody of her three children, and the only way she could attend the funeral was by obtaining a special pass from rehab. She tells me how she has made up her mind to change, and I tell her how proud of her I am. Just a few weeks later, she is released from rehab and everyone thinks she is finally turning her life around. Then someone makes an offer she can’t refuse, and she decides to go back for one more fix. Something goes terribly wrong, and her daddy finds her dead the next morning, lying on his bathroom floor.

***

This stuff isn’t made up. This is real life. Each of these is true and have touched my life and the lives of those I love in a deeply personal way. My mother was the young widow with four children; my niece, Victoria, was the kind-hearted girlfriend; and my great-niece, Ashley, was the young mom in rehab. I could go on and on. There are plenty of stories. You could probably share many of your own. The human condition is something we all have in common. Everybody hurts. We all cry. Things touch our lives, and we are left reeling, sometimes to never fully recover.

So, the question is, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Why does God look on while such things happen? How can a loving God allow such pain to be inflicted upon His creation? We hear of horrific happenings every evening on the nightly news, and we find ourselves asking the age-old, still-unanswered question again and again: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

In spite of the frequency and number of times it has been asked, the question remains unanswered because to answer this question one would have to be able to see into, know, and fully understand the mind and reasoning of God. We know from Scripture that God is high above us, and His thoughts and ways are beyond what we have the capacity of comprehending.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?” I Corinthians 2:16

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” Job 38:1-4

From these verses, we conclude that we can never fully answer the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people, but as we look at a broader view of Scripture, we can see that God’s original and never-faltering nature is and always has been purely and entirely good.

Our hearts cry, “Why, God?” when bad things happen because deep in each one of our spirits, we believe that God is good. We believe He is sovereign, that He is in complete control, and that He can prevent bad things from happening. So, why doesn’t He?

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The Gatlin Brothers Release New Sneakers to Aid Families of Fallen Military Heroes

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 16, 2019 – 9:17 am -

The Gatlin Brothers Release New Sneakers to Aid Families of Fallen Military Heroes

The Gatlin Brothers Release New Sneakers to Aid Families of Fallen Military Heroes

Nashville, Tenn.  — Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers are in full sprint to help aid all those grieving a military loss. The legendary country trio has announced the release of a new running/walking shoe that will be sold to help benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). The national non-profit organization provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, camps for kids, casework assistance and a 24/7 helpline. All resources and services are provided at no cost to military survivors.

Designed by Boulder, Colorado-based Newton Running, the TAPS x Gatlin shoe is decked out in red, white and blue, and embedded with the Gatlin Brothers and TAPS logos.

“For 25 years, TAPS has provided support for more than 85,000 loved ones and care givers whose families have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” explains Bonnie Carroll, TAPS Founder and President. “We have enjoyed a long friendship with the Gatlin Brothers who have always given generously of their time and talent to our families. And, we are so excited that we can now welcome Newton Running to the TAPS Family.”

“At Newton Running, we are delighted to be partnering with the Gatlin Brothers on this special edition running/walking shoe to benefit TAPS,” adds Newton Running Co-Founder Jerry Lee. “We believe that every great cause begins with movement. This project holds a special place in our hearts as we deeply value all those who have served our country and their families.”

On Saturday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, Larry Gatlin unveiled the new shoe. Following his appearance, the sneakers were sold out within three minutes. Newton Running has since ordered its manufacturing team to step up production to accommodate the groundswell of public demand. Pre-orders are available at newtonrunning.com.

The shoe retails for $150.00 with $50.00 of each purchase going to TAPS.

“Great shoes, great people, great cause,” says Larry. “Buy ’em. I do!”

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New venue for homegoing celebration of Dr. Jerry Goff

Written by Staff on July 15, 2019 – 4:23 pm -

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018. Pictured: Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff

Dr. Jerry Goff and Little Jan Buckner Goff

Dr. Jerry Goff’s widow, Little Jan Buckner-Goff, has changed the venue for the funeral service and visitation for Dr. Goff to:

Macland Baptist Church
3732 Macland Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127
The church is located just 2 miles west of the West Cobb Funeral Home on Macland Road in Powder Springs.
The dates and times will remain the same: Visitation from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church. The homegoing ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Jerry and Jan Goff

This larger facility will better accommodate the number of people and the technical equipment necessary to broadcast the celebration of the life of Dr. Goff.

For further information please contact:  Chris Messina, General Manager, West Cobb Funeral Home 770-419-9234.

For announcement of the passing of Dr. Goff click HERE.

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CLEARVISION QUARTET ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 15, 2019 – 8:55 am -

CLEARVISION QUARTET ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

CLEARVISION QUARTET ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

Oxford, AL  – It is with deep sadness that we announce the departure of Baritone Vocalist Chris Fugatt. Chris joined Clearvision in June of 2018.

Group Manager Steve Dover states, “Chris notified me recently of his desire to come off the road. Ongoing health concerns were making it harder for him to travel and keep our schedule. Chris reluctantly felt it was time to step aside and his resignation was accepted without dispute.” Dover added, “Chris has been a joy to travel with. We knew when we were looking for someone that we needed a vocalist who could hit the ground running. Chris came to us with 30+ years of experience with his family group and he fit right into our family as well. His personality was a perfect match and his vocal abilities were unequaled in all the ones we auditioned. While I hate to see him go I totally understand the toll traveling has put on him. Thankfully, during our down-time, he has been able to become more active in his local church and I support that completely. He and Tina are getting married in October and we wish them all the best. He will be missed but will always be a huge part of the Clearvision family.”

When asked about his time with Clearvision, Chris stated “I have some great memories and have had the greatest time getting to share the stage with 3 awesome guys. These guys are some of the best friends anyone could have. I hope whoever fills the position can feel the love we have felt.”

Clearvision will begin accepting applications immediately for this opening. Anyone interested in being considered for this position must submit an email to steve.cvq@gmail.com. The email should consist of a brief bio along with an mp3 clip to be considered. A YouTube link to a recent performance will also be considered. You must be a born-again Christian, be able to sing and hear parts. You must be able to practice weekly and live within a reasonable commute to Oxford, AL. We currently travel 40+ weekends a year. No phone calls or private messages please.

Chris will travel with Clearvision through the month of August. Please remain in prayer for Chris, his family, and Clearvision. God Bless.

 

Steve Dover, Manager
Clearvision Quartet
steve.cvq@gmail.com


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Les Butler and Friends: Jeff Tolbert of the Primitive Quartet

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Les Butler and Friends: Jeff Tolbert of the Primitive Quartet

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Les Butler and Friends: Jeff Tolbert of the Primitive Quartet

I’ve known Jeff Tolbert for many years, and I like him a lot. He’s a great husband, father, musician and one of the all-time greatest singers I’ve ever heard. I thought I knew most everything about Jeff, but even I was surprised at some of his answers to my questions. For example, did you know that over the years he played for Jeff and Troy Tolbert, the Stanleys, the Easter Brothers, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and he filled in with the Lewis Family, Karen Peck and New River, the Isaacs and Ricky Skaggs. Of course, it feels like he’s been a member of the Primitive Quartet forever. You’ll enjoy getting to know my friend, Jeff Tolbert.                                                                                                                        

Les Butler: What is your earliest musical memory?                                                              

Jeff Tolbert: My earliest memories (for me) were singing with my dad. We sang everywhere; in our community, churches, outdoor festivals and at many radio stations. We were featured a lot on the Saturday Morning Merry Go Round at WPAQ in Mt. Airy, N.C.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Les Butler and Friends: Jeff Tolbert of the Primitive Quartet

Jeff Tolbert

Butler: What was the first instrument you tried to play?                                                               

Tolbert: I started playing the guitar and bass guitar about the same time, around the age of seven. After that, I started picking up other instruments. I remember my dad telling me when to change chords on the guitar. I couldn’t wait for him to get home from work so we could pick.

 

Butler: What instruments do you play now?                                                                                   

Tolbert: I play the bass guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, autoharp and a little on the dobro.

 

Butler: Who are your top three musician mentors?                                                                         

Tolbert: I would definitely say my dad is my first musical mentor. He taught me so much about music as well as life. His spiritual influence and walk with the Lord started me on my journey many years ago, playing music and living for my Savior. I miss him dearly, but I know we will sing together again.  

The Easter Brothers would be my second mentors as well as much of their family. The Easter Brothers were from my home town of Mt.Airy, N.C. Their music has always been a part of my life. I still say, no one can sing three-part harmony like Russell, James and Edd.  My third musical mentor would be Ricky Skaggs. From Ralph Stanley and JD Crowe until now, he’s always been my favorite singer and musician. I grew up learning how to sing harmony with Ricky’s records. After reading Ricky’s autobiography that he published, I realized our upbringing was so much alike, as we were both raised in a godly home with a love for music. I cherish his friendship and appreciate his music.

 

Butler:  If you could only do one thing; sing or play, which would you choose?                         

Tolbert:  As much as I love to play, I would have to choose singing. Dad always told me, (when)  you sing a song, listen to the words. If the song helps you, it will help others. I want to be a help and encouragement to someone. I want to be able to tell folks there’s hope in a lost and dying world, and there’s joy in knowing Jesus.

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