JENNINGS, La. – February 05, 2016 – Singer/songwriter Johnny Rowlett sat down with radio personality Hunter Logan at HLE Radio’s studio for a live interview and host the morning show.
Rowlett shared stories about the way he came back from a life of being mad at God, how he wrote the songs on his latest project “Restoration Narrative.”
Johnny Rowlett has a 30-year history as a singer and songwriter. His song “The Truth Is” is currently number 1 on the Power Source Country Chart.
Johnny travels full time as a Christian Country Singer/songwriter and evangelist! Johnny said, he is all about doing what God has called him to do and sharing his personal testimony of restoration with others
The interview can be heard at http://www.hleradio.com/radio-interviews.
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Tickets for the Second Annual Becky Areno Memorial Concert are now on sale. They are currently available at the Son Shine Shop in Sulphur, The Christian Book Center in Lake Charles, and the Galilean Christian Book Store in Leesville. Artist Circle seats are $25.00 and General Admission seats are $10.00. We are excited about having the Isaacs and Joseph Habedank help us celebrate the life of our wonderful Mother! Tickets are selling fast so be sure to get yours. I promise you don’t want to miss this concert on April 8th 2016 in Sulphur, LA 70663 at the WW Lewis Auditorium.
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The 2016 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGN Scoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top 3 favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. Vote HERE.
The Diamond Awards are completely voter-driven, starting with nominations, from which the Top Ten lists are posted, allowing voters to select their three favorites in each category.
That will bring us to the Top Five lists, allowing voters to select their three choices to bring us one winner of the 2016 Diamond Award in each category.
Artists and industry personnel are also invited to vote and to encourage their friends and fans to vote as well!
Vote today HERE
Make plans now to join us for the 2016 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 31st through November 3rd, 2015. For more information visit www.
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Sherman, TX (January 18, 2016) – Southern Gospel Weekend is coming to Texas! This coming April, Sherman, Texas will welcome regional and national Southern Gospel and Christian Country artists that will fill the weekend with music, fun and fellowship. Rob Patz of Coastal Media and SGN Scoops notes, “Southern Gospel weekend Texas style will be held in Sherman, Texas, April 14th through the 16th, and I am excited to partner with Ava Kasich and Vonda Easley and Faith Church to bring an event that will be as big as the state of Texas! I truly believe that God has put this event together. We have had an opportunity to meet the wonderful people of Faith Church in Sherman and I am excited to bring this event to their church.”
“After visiting Sherman, Texas, I now have a home away from home!” says Vonda Easley of Hey Y’all Media. “The people of Faith Church made me feel like family. The church talent along with the talented artists we have booked are sure to make this an annual convention that you will not want to miss. I am so excited for Southern Gospel Weekend Texas Style. Yee Haw!”
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For a different look at Christmas, we asked artists what their prayer would be this Holy season. Here is what a few of them had to say:
“Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have done for us and for all You mean to us. Without You, we would have no hope; but because You sent Your Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice for our transgressions, we can be reconciled to You. The Baby in the manger will soon come back as the conquering King to rule and reign over the whole world. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.” – Terry Blackwood, artist
“My Christmas prayer would be that the world would know Jesus in a personal way, that there would be no hungry people, no sickness and no dying. Also, that this world would always be a happy place to live and raise our families. Sounds like Heaven!” – Kelly Nelon Clark, The Nelons
“My Christmas wish is for people to stop including the wise men in the nativity. THEY WEREN’T THERE! Seriously, my prayer is for my kids to see the love of Christ in everything I do this season. That I can help them realize the truest meaning of the season.” – Pat Barker, artist
“Funny you should write. Just a few days ago, I was digging out books to
read about the stories behind Christmas carols in preparation for Christmas 2015. I came across a really old book of prayers by Peter Marshall who was Chaplain of the U.S. Senate from 1947 until his death in 1949 This is Peter Marshall’s prayer for world peace: ‘We pray for our troubled world. Impress upon the minds and hearts of our leaders that until we are at peace with Thee, we can be at peace with no one else, that freedom can exist nowhere unless it exists everywhere, that the strength of this nation does not lie in armies or navies but in the
integrity of her people, that peace is born out of righteousness and nothing else, that the trouble with our world is still people, that peace is not possible until men’s hearts, our hearts, and the direction of our wills, are changed. Make us willing to be changed, whatever the cost to our self-sufficiency, whatever the price to our insistence on having our own way.’ Amen. The world events of November 2015 are nothing new to God. Human beings still suffer from the same sin-sickness that began with the first man and woman. Hosanna; save us now, Lord. We look for the return of the Prince of Peace.” – Larry Ford [Editor’s notes: The Prayers of Peter Marshall by Catherine Marshall; Hardcover, Published January 1st 1954 by McGraw-Hill Book Company, In; original title The Prayers of Peter Marshall; ISBN 00070405980 (ISBN13: 9780070405981)]
“Dear God, thanks for sending Your Son to earth as a baby so many years ago. Thank You that He paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross and that He rose again proving that death was defeated. Thanks for family and friends during the time we celebrate His birth and for our freedom to worship.” – Robert York of SGN Scoops
“My prayer is that we would always remember the true reason for the Christmas season. It’s so easy to be consumed with all of the commercialism, the store sales, the gift giving.
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy all that goes with the season but may we not forget JESUS!” – Mike LeFevre, The LeFevre Quartet
“My Christmas prayers, and Christmas wishes, have changed many times over the years. As a child, of course my wishes and prayers were for something
special under the tree. Then, in later years, as a young father, my Christmas wishes and prayers all became about my children; their well being, their aspirations, their dreams and hopes. Now many years later, they are all grown and gone. I sit here on Thanksgiving evening 2015, looking ahead to the Christmas season. At this time in life, my Christmas wishes and Christmas prayers are solely about the hurting people around me. The older I get, the more people around me, including my loved ones and family, are dealing with spiritual struggles, physical health issues, emotional problems, financial struggles, and even death. My prayers and wishes this Christmas are for those who need help that only the Lord can give.” – Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion.
“My Christmas prayer for the season would be for a time of peace around our world and nation. I am a bit of a news junkie and sometimes I just sigh in disbelief at the things going on in our country. I would pray for peace among the different beliefs and races. I would pray for peace and love in broken families. I would ask God to give us a glimpse of His love for us, so that we would remember His love for us is not contingent on how we feel about ourselves. He loves us anyway! Merry Christmas everyone!” – Mark Bishop, artist, Forget The Sea
“My Christmas wish this year is that I will be able to put a smile on at least one person’s face. I have really caught the holiday bug and the Christmas spirit this year, doing more decorating of my small residence than usual and going all-out on gifts. I even bought a random ladies purchase at the dollar store. I really can’t say why or how I caught it, but this season has already been fun and if somebody gets a smile out of something I do this year, that’ll be worth it for me!” – Justin McLeod, blogger, writer for SGN Scoops
“This holiday season I think of the song I just released on my new Christmas CD: ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth.’ While I realize that complete peace is not possible as we enter the last days, I pray that people would find true peace in Jesus Christ, the One who came to bring peace, not as the world gives, but rather a peace that surpasses our own understanding and brings comfort to a lost, hurting world. (John 14:27)” – Sherry Anne, soloist, writer for SGN Scoops
“It may sound cliche but I wish what the multitude of angels proclaimed that first Christmas night: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward man.’” – Arthur Rice, Kingdom Heirs
“My wish for this Christmas is that the Church will put off its despondency and
reflect Christ to an increasingly desperate world. It’s time for Christians to unite. All Christians, not just the Baptists or the Methodists, the Lutherans or Presbyterians, but everyone who is called by the name Christian. We have allowed worldly attitudes and ideas to separate and segregate the Church and it has taken a toll. There’s no better time for the Church to arise and boldly proclaim ‘I Am A Christian’ than right here at Christmas!” – John Rulapaugh, Freedom Quartet
“The truth of the Christmas story is that on that long ago night, a Savior was born to save the world from their sins! This message of salvation and forgiveness, no matter who we are or how far in sin we’ve gone, is timeless in its beauty! But my Christmas Prayer for you this year, is that you will fully realize in the midst of your daily struggle, in your time of grief, when feeling hurt or betrayed, while experiencing sheer terror because you don’t know what tomorrow holds and you simply don’t know what to do….you have a Hope! That beautiful, starry, Christmas night, in the form of a tiny baby Boy named Jesus…Hope was born! I don’t know where you are in your life right now, you may have run out of answers, but I pray that you’ll realize that when you’re right in the middle of hopelessness…that’s when real Hope is the closest to you. What a wonderful gift to us all, I pray you will unwrap yours this Christmas! Merry Christmas!” — Sylvia M. Green, The Bradys
“Our Christmas Prayer is that we be a light in a dark world and help those in need this season, whether it be by helping the poor, comforting the widows, or sharing the greatest Gift of all: Jesus!” — Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour
“My Christmas Prayer would be that people would begin to see themselves as Christ sees them; to know that Jesus IS the Hope of the world. ‘Christ in us – the Hope of Glory.’ (Col. 1:27)” – Selena Day, motivational speaker, writer at SGN Scoops
“Our prayer is that for the next year it wouldn’t take a holiday to remind us that no day is guaranteed, life is short and loved ones are to be cherished.” — Bryan and Y Hutson, Rescue Me Ministries
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Can you believe it’s December??? So friends, that means it’s almost Christmas! That incredible season where people from almost every part of the world have some kind of celebration no matter what they believe.
It’s also that special time where so many of us decorate to the utmost, listen to beautiful Christmas carols and songs, and share cards with one another. We send and share Christmas pictures, gifts and special Christmas-New Year letters detailing all that has taken place in the past year.
There are gorgeous trees with all kinds of twinkling lights and decorations galore, with presents in all kinds of gorgeous wrapping paper and bows, placed strategically under the tree. There are outside lights in every color and giant blow-up figurines of all shapes and sizes, making even the dullest of homes gleam with personality. The kitchens are filled with way too much candy, baked goodies and delicious treats. Brightly adorned Christmas sweaters make many of us smile and want to take pictures of them, and even secretly wish we were brave enough to wear them.
We attend Christmas concerts, programs, musicals and events where many of us cheer on those special “kids of all ages” in our lives. Some of us even love the fairytale story of “Santa Claus,” making it a fun time of laughter and joy to those around us. There are Christmas parties, get-togethers and dinners all begging us to join in the feasts and festivities and usually adding a few extra pounds to each of us. And the list of all that takes place in this month goes on and on and on.
It all leads up to that special day, December 25th where we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST.
Yes, I am one of those crazy-wacky ones who absolutely loves, adores and makes the most of the “Christmas Season.” I do almost all of the above-mentioned things and even then maybe more. I tell every store clerk, restaurant worker, UPS and postal folks – actually almost every one I come in contact with – a loud and hearty MERRY CHRISTMAS. Yes, I celebrate the season of Christmas and I want others to know how special it is to me.
You know why???
If you could’ve seen where Jesus Christ picked me up from and found me… I was in the deepest, darkest pit and darkness was all around me. A life of abuse, junk, crud and debris filled so much of my life. But some very special people took time out of their own busy lives and schedules and introduced Jesus to me. My life has never been the same. Oh, yes, life has dealt me many blows and I’ve had my own share of struggle and heartache and yet in the midst of all I’ve walked in, I’ve always made certain that I take time to celebrate Christmas with all the traditions, fun, and merriment; always knowing that Jesus in all of His greatness and love is the Reason for the season. Nothing or no one will ever change that belief to me. I enjoy so much of the season, and I always celebrate Him.
Merry Christmas friends! Take time to slow down and savor the season, and know you are so loved and so valuable. And that it’s okay to enjoy the Christmas lights, Christmas sweaters and The Carpenters Christmas Portait CD. It really is!
Go share His love with someone.
By Dusty Wells.
First published by SGN Scoops December 2014
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ROBERT’S CONCERT RAMBLINGS – BALL BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS TOUR
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This year for Christmas I am giving away a $25 Shell gas station gift card to 1 lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is be on the On the Couch With Fouch email list , like my Matthew Fouch – Bass Singer Facebook page and share the giveaway post on that page. Here is the link to the Facebook page:www.facebook.com/matthewfouchbass
I will check the email list and the share list from both. If your name is drawn and you’ve done both, YOU WIN!!
Best of luck and Merry Christmas!!!!!
Matt Fouch is the bass singer for Legacy Five. For more information on Legacy Five, click here.
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During this time of year, my solo concerts and teaching seminars slow down. The pace allows me to volunteer more and be a bit more involved with my family and friends. Either way I win, so I embrace the moment of life given. It is Christmas!
Over the weekend, during my volunteer work at the Toys for Tots Warehouse, my patience and last nerve was fully tested. With over countless people coming through building, the noise, clutter, mishaps, running children, squeals and even some discontented parents started to wear on my last nerve. But as the song says, “Put on a Happy Face!” and that we did. Even when sorely tested, the lull of the Christmas music, the smiles and even an occasional hug offset most of the issues.
As the afternoon was winding down, a lady with three children came into the warehouse. I saw the children and thought well, maybe someone else will help them. I went back to clearing up some clutter and was about my business.
After a few minutes the lady was still near the front door looking but not touching. Her children were close and had those big brown eyes that just sparkled. She looked around, a bit lost and frazzled. As much as I wanted to finish and leave for the day (I was tired!), I asked if I could help her. I could tell she seemed a bit down but was trying to make the best of the moment.
As I walked closer toward the family, I heard her say to the children, “Boys, be good and don’t be rowdy! Daddy’s watching!” She asked about the Tonka Trucks, a fire engine, and if we had airplanes. Of course we had lots of toys. People had given liberally this year and it seemed we had plenty.
I took over to the cars and trucks. As the boys looked in awe, I asked their ages. She politely replied with a big smile, 11, nine and six. She gave their names, but I really did not listen well. The youngest boy pointed, saying that was “the one Santa was gonna bring him.” The middle boy saw the fire trucks and ladder rigs; he said that was what he wanted for Christmas. The oldest walked around until he found an Air Force plane that was about as big as he was. He stood there just looking and smiling. They were well behaved and polite. They had manners. This was not so bad after all.
As Mom and I talked, I asked her why she had said, “Daddy’s watching?” when clearly she and the boys were alone. At that moment, she turned quiet for a bit with a faraway look in her eye. In a low somber voice, she said, “This is the first Christmas we’ve ever had alone. Their Daddy was killed in the middle east by a car bomb. It happened just after he went back last Christmas.”
I stood there. I was looking for the right words to say. Then the boys came running back and asking about something that went right by me.
In that very moment, my mind wandered back to a time when my brothers and I would wake up early on Christmas morning just to see what Santa had put under the tree for us. I remembered the smells of cookies, coffee, bacon and my Mom singing in the kitchen. I remember Dad playing with us boys on the floor in front of the Christmas Tree. At my advanced age, I still smile and am wishful when I think of those times in that small little house in Deep Gap, NC.
Then someone hollered, “ Look out!” I looked around the cold warehouse floor, there the boys played and heard them ask again about GI Joe and bicycles.
As I saw those three boys smiling and just playing in Toyland, I asked the lady how she was doing. With that far-away look in her eye she said, “Not a day passes that I don’t think of him, talk to him and sometimes cry.” By this time I was getting misty-eyed. She said her families and the locals had really helped out, “But this year was hard.” She went on, saying they had to move to a different house after the foreclosure, and that there were delays in getting military benefits for the family. By this time I was stunned, starting to get agitated at a system I knew nothing about.
She knew I was getting agitated. She said, “It’s okay! We will go through the process and it will work out. God’s got it under His control.” I was surprised at that comment. It was not what I expected. She said, “If it were not for my faith in God and His blessings, I wouldn’t have made it this far.” Wow, what a sermon was just given to me. Her words were truly a blessing to me.
As the boys were taken to other aisles, we loaded her car with the toys they wanted. I got their address to make sure that on Christmas Eve, three shining bicycles will be on their doorstep. Other volunteers made sure there was food boxes and candies for the boys loaded in that old car. Mom looked shocked at the out-pouring of attention.
I thanked her for her service to this country and to me. She suffered a loss, so that I could be free. It was so Americans in all places could celebrate this one time of year we call Christmas. Others saluted her while the boys (who I now knew by name) were told how proud their Dad would be of them taking care of their Mom. I can’t tell you how I felt when I watched the boys waiving from the back seat as they drove away. God had just given me another Christmas gift.
Now the point. When you least expect it God allows a blessing to come your way that re-affirms your faith. A blessing comes to teach you that your life is never as bad as you think. A blessing comes to encourage you to live life fully, in the moment.
That family’s sacrifice is huge. But still greater, there was a historical sacrifice made for all mankind as our Creator gave His only son, to be born with a life’s purpose of being the ultimate universal sacrifice for all. The Christ Child is the only Person in all of mankind that has changed people for good. His teachings and principles are still impacting this world for good. Yes this Christmas we celebrate HIS life in great joy, blessing and thankfulness!
It is with renewed spirit and thankfulness I can say I know that Christ lives today! Merry Christmas to all!
By Charlie Griffin
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Why did you decide to do Christmas concerts?
“I decided to do Christmas concerts to take a break from my normal routine of group presentations (Soul’d Out and Kingsmen) to focus a few weeks on our (Yvonne and myself ) ministry.”
When did you begin doing this?
“I actually began doing Christmas solo dates during my first tenure with the Kingsmen in 1996. I was invited to take part in a Toys for Tots Benefit program in southern Indiana (where I’m from) and it so much fun, that I decided to make my Christmas concerts a part of my Holiday tradition. Now, since Yvonne and I have launched Rescue Me Ministries, we are incorporating our ministry focus into our programs.”
What is a typical Christmas concert?
“That’s the thing, we are able to adapt to any type of program. If the Pastor/Promoter wants strictly Christmas music, or a mixture of Christmas with Soul’d Out/Kingsmen music or music and testimony — we can do that. One service/concert, we’ll actually be working with the church’s praise team. So we change to fit the situation.”
Have you changed your presentation or your approach to these over the years?
“We’ve changed a little. Our focus has always been pointing people to the babe in the Manger that became our Savior. We have just added our personal testimonies to the programs.”
How much preparation goes into the program and when do you start preparing?
“We begin a few weeks out in ‘re-learning’ those Christmas songs that we only sing a few weeks of the year. The older I get, the harder it is to remember words!) We take our programs very seriously.”
What is your primary goal for these?
“To bring a little Christmas cheer to the folks that support our ministry. I have heard that the holiday season is a very depressing time for a lot of people. We want to encourage the family, challenge moms and dads to be the parents that God created them to be and lift up the name of Jesus.”
What is a typical Christmas at the Hutson household?
“We began a tradition of attending Christmas Eve service together. It is such a blessing to stand and sing songs about the birth of our King on Christmas Eve. We light candles in memory of those we’ve lost and will read the Christmas story before we go to bed.”
What was Christmas like when you were growing up?
“Christmas for me (Bryan) was hard. Dad began battling health problems so money for presents was tight. There were never a lot of gifts, but plenty of love. We’d all gather at my Grandparents house on Christmas Eve and eat dinner and fellowship. In fact, that’s still a tradition at Grandma’s house. Last year, they counted 48 people in a VERY small house! Yvonne and I go over Christmas Day!”
Bryan adds, “If anyone would like to purchase our Christmas CD, they can write us at firstname.lastname@example.org Or search ‘Rescue Me Ministries’ or ‘Friends of Bryan Hutson’ on Facebook. We pray that everyone will have a blessed Christmas and strive to live for Christ everyday!”
I have attended Bryan and Yvonne’s Christmas program and can attest that it is uplifting and inspiring.
By Dean Adkins, December 2014
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