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Dusty Wells: Living in a time of Fear

Written by Staff on March 28, 2020 – 4:14 pm -

FEARWhat a crazy, wacky, scary, difficult time we are all walking in right now.  Fear is raging fiercely, and striving to control and bring everyone of us down.
No matter how strong and secure we are in the Lord, we are all dealing with it…walking in it and facing it. Anyone who won’t admit it, well that is just simply called denial.
Let me assure you, denial has been an awkward friend of mine numerous times on my journey, but I try really hard to put him in a closet and not let him out. There is such freedom in that. Try it…
I will speak for myself, share my heart and all that I am feeling, and maybe it will help someone along the way.
However, it could just be a reminder to me, once again, of His faithfulness, His goodness, His mercy, His strength, and His hope, through my own fear.
I have been fearful and anxious with all that is around us. I have had many talk, and lots of questioning with God lately. I am so glad He just listens to me and then He speaks. He knows I just have to talk and get it all out. He knows all about us, so we might as well give it all to Him and speak it out.
The Word of God is full of powerful and hopeful scriptures that many of us have stood upon and quoted often. We’ve held them close. We’ve believed them, doubted them, shared them with others who were struggling, and then there were times we’ve even done our best to strive to believe them for ourselves in our darkest places.
Scriptures like… “He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,” Deuteronomy 31:8.  Or ,1 John 4:18, “Perfect love casts out all fear.”  Then one of my all time favorites that I have held onto and today I am holding onto it even tighter: Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
While sitting here with my coffee, thinking about all of this, and typing these words out, I am so overwhelmed by the truth of “fear is a liar.” Our daddy, Jesus, doesn’t want us to live in fear and doubt. He honestly doesn’t. He wants us to trust Him, believe Him and hold onto Him even closer in these fearful times.
He assures us daily that He is with us always and constantly there for us. And you know what? It doesn’t matter where we’ve been, or what we’ve done, or if we have allowed fear to constantly rule over us. None of that changes His precious love, care and concern for us.
He wants to wrap us up in His arms, rid us of the fear that cripples us, and causes us to live in such a negative defeated way.
I lived in fear, doubt, and worry for years, and as I wrote earlier, I still have those moments and I find myself beginning to question it all…but then somehow, I have learned to grab ahold of myself and shake it off.
I look up to Him and declare, “Okay God, help me to get this fear behind me.” And guess what? It works.
The more I identify it, deal with it, take a long look at it and see it for what it is, the more I can try to overcome it with His help. It’s not easy at times, but the more I take a stand and deal with it, the less it controls my life and walk.
So, my challenge to all of us (yup, and my challenge to me, too), is simply this: Take a long look at all that is taking place and ask yourself the question, “How can I become more of who He wants me to be if fear is my friend?”  Or, ask yourself, “What does fear do for me when I allow it to control me, my life and all around me?” I think you can answer these questions…

Fear is a liar. Plain and simple. You,

Dusty Wells

my friends, are so loved, so valuable, and He truly will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s got us. He’s got it all in control. Trust in HIM!

By Dusty Wells

Director of Artist & Label Relations, Daywind

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Youth in Gospel: Jordy Hinson

Written by Staff on March 28, 2020 – 12:33 pm -

Youth in Gospel: Jordy Hinson

Jordy Hinson with the Hinson Family

I first off want to start this interview by thanking everyone for sharing, commenting, and giving us your feedback with these interviews. It truly means a lot to see all the positive feedback.

 

Youth in Gospel: Jordy HinsonOur interview is with one of the sweetest girls: Jordy Hinson. 

 

Jordy sings and travels with her family, the Hinson Family. She was born and raised in Caddo Mills, Texas, but moved to Nashville, Tenn. in April of 2017. She lives in Tennessee and says she will always be a Texas girl at heart. She (turned) 23 in February 2020. 

 

Born into gospel music royalty, Jordy started singing at a very young age. She was always with her family when they traveled and sang, and started singing professionally at the age of 14.

 

Youth in Gospel: Jordy HinsonJordy has a few hobbies that keep her busy, including making jewelry, crocheting, and playing guitar. She loves nature and watching God’s design. “I call myself an old lady most of the time. I am just an old soul I guess,” Jordy says. 

 

This young songstress has a sister that is 18 months older than her, along with a stepbrother. Her sister just had a baby and Jordy says that she is excited about getting to be an aunt. 

 

Along with being able to play the guitar, Jordy can also chord on the piano and mandolin. She loves music and says that she is striving to get better all the time. If she was not singing, Jordy would be in school to become a sonogram technician, as she has always wanted to be in the medical field. Jordy loves makeup and is currently taking steps toward getting her Makeup Artist Certificate. 

 

Youth in Gospel: Jordy HinsonIreland and New Zealand are definitely two places on her bucket list that she would like to visit someday. Her favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-Fil-A and says that, “Any Christian that answers any differently needs prayer. All jokes aside, seriously, they need prayer!” 

 

A day off for Jordy is usually at home, on the couch with a fresh-popped bag of popcorn, and Netflix. When she is off the road, relaxation is a necessity. 

 

When asked what is the funniest thing that has happened to Jordy on stage, she said, “Oh man…there are so many stories, but probably the funniest thing to me was when a wasp flew into my hair while we were singing. I was trying so hard to keep my cool but.. it was a wasp. I ended up freaking out. Just picture that. ” 

 

Youth in Gospel: Jordy HinsonMany times there is a specific group or soloist that has inspired us all in one way or another. Jordy told us who her biggest inspiration in Southern gospel music and why. “I would have to say my biggest inspiration are the Isaacs. I am probably their biggest fan and they don’t even know it. I love the group as a whole. Each member has their own unique ability and talent. Their vocal control and ability to dance around different harmony parts are what made me fall in love with them as a little girl! Now as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned to appreciate their sweet spirits and anointing. I have definitely learned to sing off of the Isaacs’ music.” 

The Hinson Family is an award-winning trio that is carrying on a true legacy. The Original Hinsons began in Freedom, CA on December 12, 1967, and blazed a trail in gospel music that still burns to this day. The current group books approximately 150 dates a year, sometimes more depending on the different events that arise throughout the year. Christy, Jordy’s mom, has traveled most of her life. Weston Hinson, the son of Kenny Hinson, was introduced to the Southern gospel scene a little later in life, and started touring with Jordy’s mom and grandparents when he was in his late 20s. Despite who Weston’s parents are, he was kept from the Southern gospel scene as a kid, now he is fulfilling the call of God on his life and honoring the legacy left behind. 

Jordy shares,“My motivation not only comes from God but from the people. I am blessed to get to do what I do. I get to see so many lives changed and young people encouraged. It honestly is what keeps me going. Many people don’t realize the sweat and tears that go into this ministry. It takes hard work and dedication; even when we want to give up, we think back on what God has done and what he has called us to do and it keeps us moving forward. I so strongly believe that this generation of young people is designed to be more than they could ever imagine for the kingdom of God. We are coming to a time when young people need to take a stand for Jesus. I just want to encourage you to keep going and don’t let the enemy distract you from your purpose.’’ 

”A life goal is honestly just to be everything I can be for God and know that I have done my best. I also would like one of the inventions I have thought up to not be invented already.” 

For more information about The Hinson Family, you can go to www.TheHinsonFamily.com 

Lyndsey Chandler. Youth in Gospel.

Lyndsey Chandler

By Lyndsey Chandler

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in November 2019

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Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings “Broken China”

Written by Staff on March 27, 2020 – 1:28 pm -

Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings Broken China

Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings “Broken China”

Beyond the Song by Jantina Baksteen

I came in touch with Michael Roberts last year at the Alabama Quartet Convention. Recently, he sent a brand new song put out to radio. Michael agreed to join us for this interview to share his ministry and how this song “Broken China” was created. 

Jantina Baksteen: Can you introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops?

Michael Roberts: I live in Waynesboro, Mississippi, with my wife, Heather and our two children, Jonah, 19, and Laiklynn, 16. We attend Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

JB: How did your ministry start?

MR: I’ve really been singing most all my life. I started out singing as a child with my siblings at our local church and I just never stopped. I have always had a deep love and an inclination towards music for as long as I can remember. As I grew older, I started to write songs and it all just came together sort of naturally,  and now I just follow the calling God had placed on my life to wherever He leads to the best of my ability. 

Beyond the Song: Micheal Roberts sings "Broken China"

Michael Roberts and family

JB: When I hear you sing, I notice your inspiration comes from the Hinsons?

MR: Yeah, Kenny Hinson is a really huge influence. I think I owned every single album The Hinsons ever released. He just had that smooth-as-butter quality in his voice that drew you in and commanded your attention. Love, love, love Kenny Hinson. As far as other influences, I really listened to lots of groups growing up, but most of my attention was pretty well focused on The Hinsons as long as they were singing.

JB: You’ve released a new song to radio that you wrote; can you share how this song came together?

MR: The song, “Broken China,” actually came to me a number of years ago. It was born out of Isaiah 64:8. It’s really just my rendition of what that verse speaks to my heart. I realize it’s a little different; maybe a tad unusual, but God just spoke to my heart of the message of His total redemptive work in our brokenness through this scripture. “Broken China,” was the result. 

JB: What is the message in this song?

MR: The message of this song is simply a message of restoration. It’s not about a patch-up. It’s about the astounding restoration of an intended masterpiece, which has been destroyed and ultimately thrown away, finding itself in total shambles, and then being sought out and re-formed into its intended purpose and grandeur by the Master mender. Total restoration; that’s the message of this song.

This song speaks to me on such a personal level. The message is really an intense reminder that God loves the broken ones. We are all born into a broken world, and our broken, sinful condition isthe direct result of man’s broken relationship with God, our Creator. God gave me this song a while ago but, honestly, the true dimensions of it were just recently breathed into my spirit. It speaks to more than God just simply picking up a broken thing and glueing it back together, but rather, it speaks of the path of one’s destruction from the point of the fall, to the sweeping away and decimation of the pieces of that life, to its place of total hopelessness and helplessness in a dank, dark gutter of absolute despair. And it is in this place of utter futility with not even a flicker of hope that Christ bends to embrace the remnants of this broken life and is willing to do the hard work required to put it back together. And He doesn’t just patch us up and leave us with just what’s left of our failed lives, but He searches the dust, the winds, and the waters to recover every microscopic particle, and then He totally and unimaginably redeems and restores us to the flawless masterpiece He had originally intended us to be. His specialty is the pursuit of those whom He loves, even to the ends of the Earth, where He loves them back together. This song says to me that He loves me beyond my imagination and He cares enough to find me wherever I might have fallen to, and longs to make this broken thing beautiful and useable again by His grace, and for His honor. 

As far as my testimony, this song pretty much sums it up. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve succumbed to a nature of sin. I’ve experienced God’s staggering grace and salvation.  I’ve run from His call upon my life. I have been relentlessly pursued by His love as He sought to help me find my way. I am grossly flawed, but immeasurably loved and marvelously redeemed. I am that broken thing restored and made useable again. My testimony is His love and grace personified. The name of my upcoming CD is “Prodigal”. I am that broken thing restored. I am that weary wanderer come home to the safety and refuge of my Father’s arms. 

Beyond the Song: Micheal Roberts sings "Broken China"God is fully in control of everything, including this time of crisis that the world is now experiencing. He is faithful and He is present in this and every situation we face. His promises are not compromised and His sovereignty is not threatened. He is our rock and our refuge in every circumstance. 

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse?

MR:  Psalm 91:2  I will say of the Lord, “ He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, my God in whom I trust.”

JB: What’s a saying you use a lot?

MR: “Remember to keep the main thing, the main thing.” This is actually a saying I picked up years ago from a dear departed friend and an amazing bass singer, Kirk Hinton, who I had the privilege of ministering with.

JB: Where can we find you on the web?

MR: My website is presently under construction, but in the meantime, I can be found on Facebook @Michael Roberts @ Michael Roberts Music Ministries.

 

Thanks Michael for sharing your ministry with SGNScoops. May God use you to bring the folks you meet closer to Him who is the only way to salvation.

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WFLQ-100 DEEJAY RANDALL HAMM RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Written by Staff on March 26, 2020 – 4:37 pm -

WFLQ-100 DEEJAY RANDALL HAMM RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Randall Hamm. Photo by Marcie Gray – SN Fan Awards 2015: “Randall on the Red Carpet”

French Lick, Indiana – Randall Hamm, a charting DJ from WFLQ in French Lick, Indiana, is in the hospital recovering after colon surgery on Tuesday morning.

In May of 2020, Randall Hamm will celebrate his 25th anniversary promoting Southern Gospel music! His work through WFLQ-100, French Lick, Indiana, as a radio Deejay has helped literally thousands of artists put their music on the charts. As a Singing News charting deejay, Randall has gotten to know the artists and considers them family. He has been nominated for numerous awards for favorite deejay and works tirelessly to make sure the artists who make great music are heard throughout Indiana.

Randall Hamm

Randall was uncertain even up until the last minute that he would be able to make the trip to National Quartet Convention 2019. He had not been well, but despite how poorly he felt, he loaded up and made the drive from Indiana to Tennessee, interviewing artists the entire time he was there. Few people knew how sick he was.

 

The day after he arrived back home, he was admitted to Bloomington Hospital with a perforated colon and chest pains. Testing revealed that he had suffered a heart attack and had four blockages, so doctors were unable to resolve his heart condition with stents. After five days in the hospital, Randall was sent home to rest and let antibiotics resolve the infection that could have taken his life. As soon as he has recovered and regained strength from this colon surgery, he will undergo surgery to repair his heart.

Randall isn’t someone who calls in sick, so missing work is the most difficult part of this health crisis. Unfortunately, in order to recover from surgery, he will be hospitalized again for a couple of weeks, then sent home to recover for up to six more weeks before he is able to drive and resume somewhat normal activities.

 

Randall’s family shared that he had a rough night last night and is on a nitro drip to keep his heart rate from becoming dangerously high. He was sick all night and isn’t able to rest well. Please remember the family in your prayers, as no one is able to visit Randall due to the current social distancing restrictions. They know he’s in God’s hands, but it’s difficult not to be able to visit him and see first-hand how he’s doing. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Randall through these challenging times. You can read updates on how Randall is doing and make a donation, if you wish to:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/randall-hamm-have-a-heart-fund. You can also let him know you’re praying for him on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/randallthe.recordrestorer.

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Chris Golden is Grateful

Written by Staff on March 25, 2020 – 2:43 pm -

Chris Golden is Grateful Chris Golden was born into country music royalty as the son of William Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. Raised in music, Chris has naturally assumed such roles as an engineer, sound man, promoter, photographer, and many more throughout the industry. The gifted vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist played with the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and Restless Heart, as well as with his brother, Rusty, as the Goldens.

In the current decade, Chris has released eight solo recordings, in both country and Christian country music. His songs and videos have been recognized by leading music magazines as well as the ICGMA and the ICM Awards. His latest recording, “Grateful,” has generated the top single of the same name. 

Chris was recently interviewed by Jantina Baksteen.

Chris Golden is GratefulJB: Can you share your testimony with us?

CG: I was raised in church and first gave my heart to the Lord at a revival in South Alabama when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Out of high school, I slipped away from my raising and started living the lifestyle that pleased me. You would have thought I had forgotten everything I had been taught. Sometimes a man has to take the long way around to come back to the things he holds dear. I rededicated my life in 1998, but didn’t get baptized until I was in my mid 40’s. It was after, what I believe to be an angel, told me to “play for the One who gave you the gift.” I got baptized in the Jordan last year on a trip to Israel and a white dove landed 10 feet from me. I knew it was a God wink letting me know I am right where he wants me. 

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

CG: Luke 6:31 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” because it is the great commandment, the golden rule. 

Chris Golden is GratefulJB: Your current radio song is “Grateful,” from the same titled album. Can you tell us something about that song? 

CG: I did not write it, but in those cases I always try to pick songs I wish I had written, songs that resonate with my core. I was listening to songs pitched to my father by Dave Cobb (producer for Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, others) for the Oaks’ latest project. I knew at first listen I would record it but I actually shot the video before I even recorded the song. We have a family farm in south Alabama, and the cotton was in full bloom. I only had a small window before it was picked, so on a whim I gathered some cameras and tripods, rented a drone, and shot the video with help from my cousin Ron and a friend from Nashville. We filmed around the Holiness Church where I gave my heart to Jesus and where I first sang, and the little graveyard where all my people are, so it became a special project for me. I was grateful for it to receive Video of the Year at both the ICM Awards at the Opry House, and the ICGMA. At the time we filmed it, I didn’t even know who wrote the song because I thought it was named “The Road That Lies Ahead.” Turns out it was named “Grateful,” which has been my hashtag for the last several years. “Grateful” for each opportunity to sing. It was written by Bill DiLuigi, Troy Castellano, and Reed Waddle. 

JB: How is “Grateful” doing on the radio charts?

CG: SGNScoops had it as the No. 1 Christian Country song a while back. It is a special song which seems to keep giving and I am glad it got its due. I am very humbled and “Grateful” to radio and all who made it happen. 

JB: You have a quote on the web page that says: “Music is my life, my gift, my love.” Can you explain that?

CG: Music is who I am. I know where the gift comes from and I thank the Lord for it. He promised to exalt me if I put him first, so I play for the One who gave me the gift. When I put my hands on a piano, guitar, drums, mandolin, or any instrument, or when I sing… I am giving God the praise. 

JB: Is there anything fans might not know about you?

CG: Music has allowed me to go places I never dreamed I would go, and to perform for every living President. Although I play several instruments and have been fortunate to have always made my living playing and singing, I flunked band in high school.

JB: What is on the horizon for you in the near future?

CG: I sang on the Huckabee show recently, and at least three more singles off the new album before it is said and done. I plan to shoot as many videos as well. I have been busy in the studio producing Elaine Roy’s (The Roys) new solo album, a band from Indiana, Faith Country, and also producing award winning singer/songwriter Greg McDougal. On the weekends I got out and do live performances, and will also be doing several select Christmas shows this year. 

JB: What would be on top of your bucket list?

CG: That list is way too long for me. I need a bigger bucket. 


You can find Chris Golden on the web at chrisgolden.net and that will lead you to all his social media sites. 

By Jantina Baksteen

First published by the SGNScoops Magazine in October 2019

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UPDATED!! NQC Spring Break To Be Held April 23 & 24, 2020

Written by Staff on March 25, 2020 – 7:48 am -

NQC Spring Break To Be Held April 24 & 25, 2020

NQC – The National Quartet Convention

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2020) – NQC (the National Quartet Convention) has announced that NQC’s Spring Break festival will now be held on April 23 & 24, 2020. The fourth annual event will once again be held at First Baptist Church in Sevierville, TN. Produced by NQC – Gospel Music’s Largest annual event drawing nearly 40,000 from 40 states and half dozen foreign countries to its annual fall festival at the end of September – NQC Spring Break is designed to give gospel music fans a taste of the big fall convention and give gospel music fans an opportunity to enjoy the Smoky Mountains in the Spring as well as the fall.
Featured on the event this year will be last year’s biggest winners at the annual Singing New Fan Awards, the Triumphant Quartet as well as Dollywood’s host group, the Kingdom Heirs, both of whom reside in Sevier County. Also featured will be many artists often featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming series such as the Hoppers, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim & Melissa Brady along with the very popular Primitive Quartet and Singing News Fan Awards two-time Soloist of the Year, Joseph Habedank.
In addition to these popular Gospel Music artists, the event will also feature an appearance by the East Tennessee Mass Choir featuring the choir members of First Baptist Sevierville, and several other area choirs. Being lead by First Baptist Sevierville Worship Pastor, Scott Andrews, the choirs will be performing a special to open the second half as well as singing with several of the featured artists.

A packed house at 2019’s NQC Spring Break in Sevierville, TN. Photo by Chip Woods
NQC organizers are set to make an exciting announcement about the future of the Spring event during both the Thursday night and Friday night performances.
The event takes place April 23 & 24, 2020 at First Baptist Sevierville.  Door open at 4:00 and the concerts start at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Additional information can be found at www.nqconline.com
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Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call announce departure of Zach Smith

Written by Staff on March 24, 2020 – 6:12 pm -

Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call are sad to announce the departure of lead singer,  Zach Smith. We have been privileged to share the stage with Zach for almost seven years. We wish the best for Zach in all of his future endeavors. He leaves to fulfill a worship leading position at his home church, Rock Quary Church in his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia.
Debra Perry and Jaidyns Call

Debra Perry and Jaidyn’s Call

Zach will continue his tenure with the group until we fill his position. Make sure to check our tour schedule so you can come hear Zach before he leaves.

We are seeking applicants to fill our lead singer position. We will be accepting MP3 demos and resumes along with current pictures. Preferred applicant is a 20 – 40 year old male. Must be able to consistently hit an A below high C. This is a paid position, Friday to Sunday weekly.
Submissions can be sent to southerngospeltrio@gmail.com.

Please, no text messages, or fb instant messages from those who are applying. Submissions are only accepted by sending your application to: southerngospeltrio@gmail.com

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Southern Gospel Music Guild Advocates for Relief Package Inclusion from Congress

Written by Staff on March 24, 2020 – 1:02 pm -

Southern Gospel Music Guild SGMGNASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2020) – Many significant organizations and companies within the music industry have submitted a joint letter to congress on behalf of the music industry asking Congress to please include the music industry in any future relief packages, as the music industry has been uniquely and significantly impacted as the result of government mandates related to the Coronavirus pandemic.  One of the organizations that participated in this joint letter was the Southern Gospel Music Guild.

Clarke Beasley

Clarke Beasley

“The SGMG actively looks for ways to advocate for the Southern Gospel Music industry, and we were glad to sign on to this offer petitioning Congress for relief,” states Clarke Beasley, President of the Southern Gospel Music Guild.  “Never in the history Gospel Music, as it is known today, has the industry faced a calamity of this scale and scope, and we hope our voice added to others will compel Congress to act in order to preserve our industry and our genre of music.”

You may a view a copy of the letter HERE, and the Southern Gospel Music Guild asks for professionals within the Southern Gospel Music industry to petition their representatives to support this relief effort.  They can do so at this link, established by The Recording Academy:  https://www.grammy.com/advocacy/act#/45
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Lorraine Walker: the in-between month of March

Written by Staff on March 23, 2020 – 12:06 pm -

Spring. Flowers. Editor's Last Word. March 2020. Lorraine Walker2020 March SGNScoops Magazine – Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker

March is here with warmer winds and brighter sunshine, and much-needed rain. It seems like every March is different, but most people just want spring to begin. We are looking forward to a new season here at SGNScoops. I think I speak for all of my northern friends when I say that we’ve had enough snow! But as these pictures indicate, March gives us an in-between month of flowers and snow, expectation and waiting.

March 202 SGN Scoops Magazine

March 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

We are thrilled to bring March in like a lion as the saying goes, with a cover story on our friends the Browders who are celebrating 30 years of ministry. Thanks so much to Justin Gilmore who worked with me on this cover project. We so appreciate the authenticity of this family. 

We hope you have thoroughly read through each of the features. Canaan Cauffman, Exodus, Tanya Rose, Kenny Smith, and so many others. It was a pleasure to highlight Paul Heil on his 40th anniversary in radio ministry. Thanks as well to Dixie Phillips for introducing us to Sammy Ward, and Bill Dykes for introducing us to one of his favorite pastors, Dr. Keen. 

Be sure to check the back of the magazine to find out more about each of our contributors this month. Writers may change from month to month, but we always strive to give you the highest quality, and the best delivery of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks to Lyndsey Chandler, Rob Patz, Vonda Armstrong, Robert York, Jantina Baksteen, and Les Butler. Special thanks also goes to my proofreader and general right hand, Joan Walker. And we so appreciate the people who make everything beautiful: Stephanie Kelley, Staci Schwager, and Pete Schwager.

Since Easter doesn’t fall in March this year, the whole month seems to be waiting in expectation for the event. For those who celebrate Lent, or for any who may decide to commemorate this time of year in any special way, each day is a reminder of how much Jesus did for us. The days leading up to the cross, the events taking place as recorded in the Gospels, all of this happened as Jesus must have been in some way preparing himself for what lay ahead. And yet, he was fully present with every event. He knew that the horrible death was just around the corner, signaling the end to his earthly walk. But we never see where he is walking away from ministry or letting the shadow of what was ahead hang heavy over his heart. He was in between the wedding at Cana and the glorious Resurrection, yet he never dwelt on either, according to scripture. He told his disciples what would happen, but he never told them to leave him alone so he could wallow in self-pity.

Spring. Flowers. Snow. March 2020. Editor's Last Word. Lorraine WalkerMany of us are in between two events. Maybe we are between something very happy and yet we know there is something on the horizon, such as the death of a loved one. Perhaps you were in a good state of health, and now you are suffering, though you know at some point in the future you will be whole again. How are you handling this in between portions of life? Are you hiding, wallowing, or lashing out in anger? Or are you using this time to touch other people?

Lorraine Walker: So this is November with Thanksgiving and Christmas

Lorraine Walker

My prayer for you and myself, is that we use each day as a gift from God, and use the gifts that he has given to us, to bless others around us. Let’s not forget to pray for others. Let’s make each day count for him no matter where we are on our path to victory.

Editor’s note: This article was written prior to the onset of the Coronavirus in North America. Are you in isolation because of COVID-19? You too are in the “in-between,” forced to take time to stop and be aware of what is around you. Don’t waste the time: God wants to talk to you, to let you know that he is the source of all peace and hope, and to calm you with the truth of his love. Spend time with him and also pray for others during this time that they might know his peace.

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in March 2020

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The Talleys support Nashville tornado relief efforts with new song

Written by Staff on March 20, 2020 – 11:11 am -

The TalleysArden, North Carolina (March 19, 2020) — The Talleys are using their music to help Nashville tornado recovery efforts through support of a local ministry serving the community. A song from their upcoming album, The Music Goes On, titled “Looks Like Jesus To Me” was written about The Bridge ministry, which exists to alleviate the suffering of underprivileged children, the homeless, and the working poor by providing life-sustaining resources and a message of hope. Now, The Talleys announce that a portion of each download or stream of the song will go to support The Bridge and its efforts directly.
“‘Looks Like Jesus To Me’ makes me feel thankful, thoughtful, and a bit sad. It was written by Aaron Wilburn and inspired by the work of the Bridge Ministry, which meets the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless in Nashville. The song makes me feel thankful for what I have, sad for the plight of those who struggle to survive, and thoughtful of how we, the body of Christ, can work to make their lives better,” says Lauren Talley. “One way we want to do that is to directly support The Bridge through sales of the song. A portion of each download or stream’s revenue will be donated to The Bridge, which is helping rebuild Nashville after the recent weather-related tragedies in the region. We are truly blessed. Let’s pass our blessings along — that’s what looks like Jesus to the world around us.”

Songwriter Aaron Wilburn — who was performing with The Talleys in Monroe, Louisiana when Roger approached him about recording “Looks Like Jesus To Me” for their upcoming album — will also be donating half of his royalties from the song to help the ministry.

“On the morning of the tornados, I woke up from a dream that I had donated half of the writer royalties to The Bridge Ministry. I knew immediately what I must do and I made the call to put it in motion,” says Wilburn. “Even though the new radio single from The Talleys had already been scheduled, within hours, plans changed as decisions were made to release ‘Looks Like Jesus To Me’ with The Talleys and their record company Crossroads Music to help raise funds for the victims from the March tornados. God is not an accidental God, not a haphazard God, and not a reckless God. He knows our tomorrows before our tomorrows arrive and when we have needs, He will meet them — sometimes from the giving hands of others — and also from our blessed hands into the lives of others. We never look more like Him than when we are serving others.”

Looks Like Jesus To Me” can be downloaded on iTunes and Amazon Music now and will be available on all streaming platforms when The Talleys’ album, The Music Goes On, is released April 24. Those who are interested in making a direct donation to The Bridge can do so HERE.

The Talleys’ video for “Looks Like Jesus To Me.”

About The Talleys
The Talleys began in 1984 and enjoyed many years of success, including a Dove® Award and numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Following a three-year hiatus, the Talleys began performing together in 1996 with the current lineup of Roger, wife Debra and daughter Lauren, and today the Talleys remain a mainstay of Christian music.

The Talleys have enjoyed eleven number one songs, and have received numerous Singing News Fan Awards and Dove Award nominations. They are frequently recognized for their appearances on the Gaither Homecoming video series and concert tour, as well as In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley and John Hagee Ministries. They have appeared on RFD-TV’s “The Music City Show,” and have toured overseas to Norway, Northern Ireland, Italy and South Africa. The Talleys consistently take their music with a message to hundreds of concert and church audiences of all sizes across America each year.
About Crossroads:
Crossroads (website HERE) is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.

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