Welcome to the November issue of SGNScoops Magazine! It’s a huge month for us as we get together for Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge and host the 2015 Diamond Awards. If you can’t be with us in person, celebrate the month with us as we get to know Country superstar Larry Gatlin in a cover story written by Craig Harris.
Don’t miss the features on Courtney Collingsworth, the Hinson Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Jordan’s Bridge, Timothy Noble and Ricky Braddy. Join us as we go to the NQC and the ICCAN Round-Up. We have the DJ Spotlight and Randall Reviews It, articles by Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Laurette Willis and Sherry Anne.
Matt Baker talks to artists about Thanksgiving and new writers Selena Day and Roger Barkley Jr. look more deeply into what that word means.
We are thrilled with this issue and we are thankful for you, our readers. Please take time this month to consider what you are truly thankful for, and realize that our Heavenly Father is the Giver of all good and perfect gifts. Give Him your thanks and praise today and this entire month of Thanksgiving!
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Sometimes I think as Americans we all want the perfect holiday setting. I mean the Norman Rockwell kind in the photos, complete with the big turkey and all the trimmings with family all around. Yes, even those meals with the kid’s table, because the adults filled the big dining table. But in reality, life is not picture perfect. It is so much more.
Being from a family of four boys in the South, sports always had a place on our Thanksgiving day. Mom did the cooking and getting things ready for the big supper and all the activities that normally followed. Thanksgiving also meant the Christmas tree was going up after we ate. Thanksgiving was the start of our holiday season. It was tradition.
One year it was a bit different. As teenagers, life was all about being with friends and not being at home. Our Thanksgiving tradition was our community football game with all the kids in the neighborhood. As we stepped outside on that crisp Thursday morning, we all knew the game would end when our moms called out, “Dinner time!” The smells filled the neighborhood and we all talked about what our moms were cooking.
As our football game started, our neighbor down the hollar was smokin’ a few turkeys for families in the neighborhood. You could see the smoke from his smoke house and smell it as the wind whiffed by. There was lots of laughter and some yelling as the game was in full swing. Yes it was Cowboys and Indians…well kinda….more like the Dallas Cowboys vs the Washington Redskins. We were having a blast, when the smoke began rolling heavy. It was as if the wind was blowing down hard!
A few minutes passed and then everyone heard the yelling from the holler; the smoke house was on fire! With garden hoses, rakes and hoes, men stormed the old smoke house. In a flash the fire was out. The building was partially destroyed but the damage was done. The turkeys were a lost cause.
It seemed like the whole neighborhood was in a down state of mind after that. We tried to start the game back but that did not work. Everyone went back to their homes feeling blue. But within the hour, the phones were ringing. I remember hearing the command: “Get me the cooler and bring me the boxes from the basement.” In a bit there was food being packed up, more ingredients to finish the meal were boxed and we were heading to the church fellowship hall.
Well we got there and the parking lot was full. All the guys in the neighborhood were there and before you knew it, we were playing football on the church lawn. Our mOn my way! were in the kitchen cooking up a storm. In an hour or so the call went out: “SUPPER TIME!” As we filtered into the fellowship hall, neighbors greeted one another once again. There were smiles, laughs and handshakes going round.
The preacher strolled up and a gentle hush settled around us. Preacher said, “We have a lot to be thankful for today. We’ve got family, food, friends and a loving God.” He went on to say, “The smoke house burned today, but it was just a house. What was in it was replaceable. I mean, look what’s here!” There were amen’s across the room.
I guess the preacher-man came out a little more as he said, “If you don’t know this loving God, today’s a good day to get to know him. He really cares. Just look what He did here in a matter of a few minutes.” I remember hearing more amen’s in the room.
Now, no one was saved that day that I know of. But what I do remember is people caring about one another. I remember people asking what could they do for one another. I remember there was more food than I could ever imagine. There was some singing, lots of laughter and just good people caring about their neighbors. I also remember people talked about that Thanksgiving for years. Why, when the smoke house was rebuilt, it was a community affair once again. Neighbors helping neighbors.
Yes even today I think fondly of that Thanksgiving; not for the food or even the smoke house burning. I think of it, knowing I have untold blessings too numerous to mention. Many are forgotten during the year. But this Thanksgiving I lift up thanks for the blessings of life so lovingly given. Blessings that are given to those who believe in more than just a day.
I believe when we live according to the Christian road map, our life is richer than we can comprehend or receive. Thanksgiving is more than one day of the year. It is a way of life for the Christian.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
By Charlie Griffin
Special to SGN Scoops
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RFD TV is doing something cool.
From their facebook page:
We’re collecting notes, cards, letters, videos and messages of faith and encouragement to share with Joey and Rory. Please send your letters of love. Mail To: RFD-TV C/O Joey + Rory, 49 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203. Prayers. Follow the latest info on their blog at thislifeilive.com.
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Hiltons, Virginia – Christmastime always brings a special feeling along with special music. Around this time of the year joyous Christmas music is heard on the radio, cell phones and CD players. The Browders have added their own style and feel to some of the most beautiful Christmas music ever heard.
Some of the songs include a ‘Christmas Carol Medley’ with songs featuring “Caroling, Caroling/Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland”, the old Bluegrass tune “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”, the World War II Classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, and a new song penned by group member Tommy Browder, “The Greatest Gift Of All”. Six other songs just as inspiring complete this new album. The Album includes not only the traditional songs we love to hear at Christmas but several original songs that will become some of your favorites in the years to come.
Matthew Browder commented, “The Browders love Christmas music and we have been blessed with the reminder of the message these songs carry. Singing of the birth of our Savior is pure joy.”
Produced by John Darin Rowsey and the Browders, this CD offers some colorful background vocals by Katelanne and Gracelynn Bowling on “Celebrate”, a tune penned by David and Matthew Browder.
The CD debuts today and is available at http://thebrowders.com/merry-
In addition to this new Christmas CD, the Browders are in the midst of an exciting Christmas Tour. The schedule is as listed below:
The Browders Merry Christmas Tour
Nov 29th 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Dynamic Life Praise Worship Center 1600 John Marshall Hwy Front Royal, VA
Dec 4th, 2015 (Fri) 6:00 PM New Family Worship Center 1601 Harrisonville Avenue Portsmouth, OH
Dec 6th, 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Cathedral of Life 5375 Jaycox Road North Ridgeville, OH
Dec 10th, 2015 (Thu) 7:00 PM
Fairview Christian Community Church 120 Black Oak Road Princeton, WV
Dec 11th, 2015 (Fri) 7:00 PM Browders Chapel 538 Browders Chapel Road Hiltons, VA
Dec 13th, 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM Rock Hill Church 4115 Price Road Gainesville, GA
Hosted by the Pruitt Family
Dec 28th, 2015 (Mon) — Dec 30th, 2015 (Wed) (Times to be announced) Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd Pigeon Forge, TN
You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com .
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ICCAN (the International Cowboy Church Alliance Network) is having its’ 5th Annual Round Up Convention in Lithia, Florida at The Farm USA. It begins on Friday evening at 5:30pm serving food for all and 6pm with a concert of the ICCAN members. Saturday morning at 9am will start with fellowship, donuts and coffee, then at 9:30am a special time of praise and worship. There will be “Rapid Fire” sessions following which will consist of four speakers each having 20 minutes to bring a message God has laid on their heart for church pastors and ministries. There is still plans in the making for Saturday night and Sunday morning. Just keep watching! Pastor Andy Starks ( ICCAN Int’l Director) and other leaders will be there. Mike Holmes and Jan Harbuck are coordinating the Round Up. In the past we have had up to 700 local folks attend the Friday night fellowship and concert. We invite Cowboy Church Pastors, evangelist and ministry leaders who love the cowboy way. We are believing for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Come expecting!
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From Joey and Rory’s Facebook Page……
…with Heidi at Gaither Studios in Indiana recording our harmonies for the hymns Joey sang this summer and fall.
Can’t wait for this cd to come out! It’s going to be awesome. We at SGN SCOOPS continue to pray for this special family.
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Update: we have been towed to the shop in Bessemer, AL. We are safely off the interstate. Thanks for all your prayers. We will check into the damaged bus in… the morning. We ask that you continue to pray for our transportation situation. We are just thankful nobody else was caught up in our wreck and that other than being a little banged up, we are all safe!! Praise God
*Update from The Riders bus wreck last night. Please continue to pray.
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Tim Lovelace is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 23 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Epps Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by Triumphant Quartet and Mark209. An article from Gospel Music Quarterly magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes and in the News is Allegiance, Freedom Quartet and The Perrys. The show features exclusive concert video of The Proclaimers, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Mark209, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Owasso, OK.
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Please pray for our friends, The Riders!
From Jason’s Facebook post 30 minutes ago:
Asking for prayers. We were involved in a bus wreck near Bessemer, Alabama. The front tire blew out. We are ok other than bruised up. We are waiting for emergency assistance. The bus door won’t open so I can’t tell how much damage until we can get out.
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Haven Hester of SGN Scoops captured some great pictures at the Atlanta Hymn Sing, with Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Whisnants, Karen Peck and New River, and the Jim Brady Trio. The artists were backed up by a large choir, led by John Whisnant’s father. Other participants included Pat Barker, Dr. Jerry Goff, TaRanda Greene, Mylon Hayes Family, Tribute Quartet and Scott Fowler. A live performance video was being taped during the evening.
The popularity of concerts based on the Red Back Hymnbook and led by Gerald Wolfe has been growing with each event. The Atlanta venue was filled to the rafters with a lively congregation that came not just to listen but also to participate in the singing of favorite hymns.
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As I hear the latest news and read the biggest headlines, it is ever more apparent to me that this world has become a dark place– and it’s going to get darker. We “need a light,” HIS light, to shine into the dark corners of the earth.
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