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Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Written by Staff on January 18, 2019 – 7:58 pm -

Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Estero, FL  – Popular Christian singer and musician, Lindsey Graham, was invited to sing for a New Year’s Conference which was televised throughout Sweden. Channel 10, the only Christian network in Sweden, covered the full two-day conference, with a special event to ring in the New Year.

 

The conference, held in Värnamo, was hosted by Pastor Tommy Liljas and well-known, popular Swedish evangelist, Tommy Dahlman. Both men preached throughout the conference, and several other guest ministers also spoke. A conference house band, comprised of various special guests, led the congregation in corporate worship all three days.

 

The event was created to encourage and cheer people who may be unable to spend the holiday with a church family or friends.  It was the hope that anyone feeling lonely, without the means to leave their homes, might still enjoy the festivities via television. The pastors mentioned several times that the event was especially focused on this segment of the population.

 

Lindsey said of the tour, “My highlight was being invited to lead the congregation in ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’ as the countdown led us into 2019. The conference theme was ‘Every Eye on Jesus.’ What a rich privilege to sing to Jesus and point others in His direction at the start of a brand new year.”

 

 

New Year’s Eve ended on a high-energy note with the song, “I Wish I Could’ve Been There.” Graham concluded the three day event with “Jesus, You’re Everything to Me” from her reflective EP, Still, My Soul, Lindsey’s newest project.

 

Still, My Soul, is a devotional EP that features seven beautifully crafted songs designed to bring the listener into a quiet moment with God. The EP package also includes a journal, bag, and pen —  available for a $20 bundled price.

 

Lindsey stated, “Journaling is such a rich part of my personal walk with the Lord. I’m easily distracted in my thoughts but journaling keeps me focused, and allows me to capture evidence of the hand of God. It’s a blast to go back and read previous journal entries because it helps me remember the small things. God is ALWAYS in the small things. Please consider journaling as part of your walk with the Lord this New Year.”

 

 

If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com

 

To purchase Lindsey Graham’s music go to her website or these links:

 

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

Lindsey Graham

About Lindsey Graham

 

Lindsey has shared the stage with many Gospel greats including The Crabb Family, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Dixie Echoes, The Stamps, The Blackwoods, Kevin Spencer, Dennis Gwizdala, and Larry Ford. She participated in the 2007 Gaither Homecoming video Amazing Grace. Lindsey recently traveled full time with a southern gospel group, The Taylors. They made many appearances in North America, including NQC Mainstage 2012, as well as Sweden and Northern Ireland.

 

Through her continued classical vocal studies, Lindsey performs for the Naples Opera Society of Naples, Florida. In 2011, she traveled to Europe as a guest soloist of the Bach Ensemble of Naples, Florida. For three consecutive seasons Lindsey sang the National Anthem and the Canadian Anthem for the Boston Red Sox spring training games in Ft. Myers, FL. Lindsey is a studied pianist and flutist, incorporating both into her ministry. A 2005 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she received a Bachelors of Music and was also inducted as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society based upon GPA and staff member recommendation. Lindsey completed a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Worship Studies from Liberty University in 2012 and in May of 2018 she received her Doctorate of Worship Studies from Liberty University’s School of Music.

 

Singing Christian music is extremely vital to Lindsey as she is eager to uplift and excited to share the love of Jesus with others. Her ambition is “to reach the lost and encourage believers in the Lord.”

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Dreams come true: a look at Ivan Parker

Written by Staff on January 17, 2019 – 7:47 pm -

Ivan Parker

Dreams Come True: a look at the ministry of Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker has had a long, storied career in the Southern gospel music field having sung with several popular groups. He has also been a staple of the Gaither Homecoming videos. Parker currently travels and ministers as a soloist, and is experiencing great success. From an early age, Parker always knew he wanted to sing. He has been blessed to be able to do what he loves and spread the Word of God through song.

 

Gospel music has been a major part of Parker’s life since the beginning. Parker, while at his father’s church, gave his heart to the Lord at nine years old and from that point, knew he wanted to sing.

 

“I started singing weekends with my brothers when I was 13 years old,” says Parker.. “My dad was a pastor so I grew up in church. Being from a large family of seven kids, we all learned to sing early in life. My first full time position came in 1982 with the Singing Americans. Then I started with Gold City in 1983 and traveled with them for 10 years. I immediately started my solo career in January 1994, and also started with the Gaithers doing a few tour dates in February of that year, which continued for years on video and concert dates.”

 

Parker’s unique and powerful lead voice is easily recognizable. His great sound and style was influenced by several of the great pioneers of the Gospel music field.

 

Parker states, “Through the years of loving Southern gospel music, there are many influences. I have always loved the crooning vocals and personality of Jake Hess, the smooth lead singing of Duane Allen with the Oak Ridge Boys.” He is now a part of that long line of incredible vocalists.

 

Gold City recorded some of its most popular hits during Parker’s tenure, including: “In My Robe Of White,” “I Think I’ll Read It Again,” “John Saw,” and “Midnight Cry.” The latter song became Parker’s signature.

 

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Following his departure from Gold City, Parker embarked on a solo career in 1994. He has been nominated for, and received, several national gospel music awards. Parker’s music has resonated with audiences all over the world and captures beautifully the message of Christ. His latest mainline release “Dancing In The Rain” features his latest radio single which conveys a timely message.

 

Parker explains, “The latest radio single is called ‘Take Me To The Cross,’ written by Rodney Griffin. I had been looking for a song that was a mix of patriotic with a Christian message. Without Rodney and I talking, he emailed me this song and I knew God intended this song for me. It was the perfect blend of the two messages that I was wanting. I absolutely love this song!”

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Victory Television Network where Southern Gospel is Super

Written by Staff on January 16, 2019 – 6:15 am -

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

Victory Television Network, based in Arkansas, is a huge supporter of Southern gospel music and reaches more than 1.2 million homes. SGNScoops recently talked to Jim Grant, General Manager and Associate Minister of VTN.

Grant tells us that VTN is a network of three full power Christian TV stations headquartered in Little Rock, AR. The networks cover over 200 communities across Arkansas and into the Memphis area, the boot heel of Missouri and northwest Mississippi via cable, DISH, DIRECTV and over-the-air.

VTN logoSGN: What prompted you to begin airing a block of Southern Gospel (SG) on your network?

Jim Grant: Southern Gospel music is huge in Arkansas. VTN always carried Southern Gospel programs since its launch in 1988. Shortly after I arrived in 1996, we decided to dedicate Saturday nights to Southern gospel music, branding it Super Southern Saturday Nights. The viewer response has been amazing. Typically, 5 of the top 10 Christian TV programs in the Little Rock DMA each week are Southern Gospel programs on VTN.

SGN: Where do you get your content? If artists want their videos to be aired, how do they go about that?

Grant: We work with a variety of SG program producers to hand pick the very best programs available. We are always scouting for new 30-minute SG programs.

Artists can send us a link to any videos they would like us to consider for air.

Also, we love recording live performances in the VTN studios with artists who come through in the area. Same process. We use videos and in-studio performances in musical breaks, in special programming and on our web site and You Tube Channel.

VTN: Southern Gospel Notes logoSGN: Tell us about yourself. Are you married with kids, grandkids? How did you get interested in SG? I see you are also a minister. Where and how does that intersect with your tv duties?

Grant: I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Cindy, for 44 years. She is our Office Manager. We have two kids and two grandkids that we serially overspend on.

I came to VTN after a wonderful 20 year career as a secular radio station VP/GM.

I was a late-blooming Christian…saved at age 25…I was struck with an immediate passion to share The Good News. While working full time in radio, I became part of a childrens’ evangelistic team for 11 years that produced the internationally syndicated TV show, Kids Like You. I played the character Jailhouse Joe. It was not type casting.

In 1996, I accepted a calling into the ministry at VTN as General Manager/Associate Minister.

As a manager, I work with an amazing staff to do TV, day after day, striving for excellence.

America needs great Christian programming now more than ever before.

As a minister, I am responsible to the Lord for our viewers. I am certainly not their pastor…but VTN is air support for all the local pastors across our coverage area. These great pastors are the boots on the ground.

I have a minister’s heart for our viewers and head up The VTN Prayer Team. We pray for thousands of our viewer’s prayer needs every year.

SGN: Please share your testimony. How did you open your eyes to the reality of Jesus Christ? Has it always been easy?

Grant: As noted, I was a late bloomer. It took six people to lead me to the Lord: my wife; a boss; a VP and co-worker in my broadcast corporation, and two guys in my Army reserve unit.

The Army Reserve guys gave me a copy of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth book. I tossed it in a drawer. Two years later I read it and gave my heart to the Lord. I’ve been on fire ever since.

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

SGN: Do you sing yourself? How do you promote your SG block? Please give us any links or addresses that might help people to reach you.

Grant: I sing in the shower and it breaks the tile.

I am a bass guitar hobbyist. The only people who hear me are my wife and the next door neighbors who wish I’d turn the amp down.

We promote our Southern gospel block with tons of on air promos, web site, Facebook, Twitter, etc. VTN is the only Christian TV network with a full time Promotion Director (Andrea Qualls). She is the best…and a real SG fan.

VTN web site is: www.vtntv.com.

Best way to reach us: info@vtntv.com

VTN is a non-profit organization that relies on viewers to keep them on the air.

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Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Written by Staff on January 14, 2019 – 11:31 am -

Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Nashville, TN (January 1, 2019) Christian Music icon, Carman, has announced the addition of Matt Felts to his ministry team for his 2019 Legacy Tour. A long-time fixture in the Southern Gospel industry, Felts will be joining Carman on the road as his road manager and will also be active with his publicity team.

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Prior to joining Carman, Matt was the general manager of Butler Music Group as well as having spent nearly two decades singing with legendary groups such as the Dixie Melody Boys, Lesters, Perfect Heart and others. Matt is also an award-winning soloist.

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018, Carman is one of Christian Music’s biggest stars. With over 10 million albums sold, 15 gold and platinum records and videos, and record setting concerts at stadiums and arenas, Carman is back on the road blessing crowds.

“I am overwhelmed at the opportunity to join Carman’s team. His ministry has impacted my life since I was a young teenager. I went to many of his concerts through the years, so it is surreal to be working with him. His music crosses all boundaries and genres. This year is going to be incredible,” stated Matt Felts. Matt will continue to travel as a soloist when not on the road as part of Carman’s team.

Felts is widely known as one of Christian Music’s top business minds, having worked with artists such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, Ivan Parker, Three Bridges, Williamsons and many others.

“Carman asked me who I thought was best for this position on His team. I said only one person – if he is available – and that’s Matt Felts. I contacted Matt and offered him the position. Matt said yes! Matt is one of the most multi-talented people I know. Carman and I are excited about having Matt part of Carman’s team,” stated Ron Blackwood, Carman’s booking agent.

 

Carman’s Legacy Tour kicks off January 24th. For more information on tour dates and locations, go to www.carmantour.com.  For info on scheduling CARMAN contact Ron Blackwood at 254-773-8466.

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RICKY SKAGGS TO APPEAR LIVE ON THIS WEEKEND’S EDITION OF AMERICA’S NEWS HQ ON THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL

Written by Staff on January 11, 2019 – 1:16 pm -

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

Nashville, Tenn. (January 11, 2019) –Fifteen-time GRAMMY winner Ricky Skaggs will appear on this weekend’s edition of America’s News HQ on the Fox News Channel. Skaggs will join the show live in-studio to discuss his storied career in music, including his recent inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Catch Skaggs on America’s News HQ this SaturdayJanuary 12 at 12:50 PM CT / 1:50 PM ET.
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.
For more information, visit rickyskaggs.com.

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Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

Written by Staff on January 9, 2019 – 1:03 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Honored With Two 2018 Dove Award Nominations

Karen Peck and New River

Daywind Music Group (DMG) has announced its partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. on upcoming “BEYOND AMAZING” tour. The multi-city tour features Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Joseph Habedank, Emily Ann Roberts and Evangelist, C.T. Townsend.

 

Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

The tour has already been described as one of the biggest and most powerful tours in the history of Gospel Music. The kickoff of the BEYOND AMAZING tour will be December 30 in North Carolina. In addition to the roster of incredible talent, the Wilmington Celebration Choir will perform behind each artist. Daywind Music Group will assist with promotions and recording and distribution of a live DVD from the opening weekend.

 

Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

Opening night of the BEYOND AMAZING tour will take place at the Peace Haven Baptist Church in Yadkinville, NC on December 30 at 6 p.m. The next stop on the tour will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Beulah Baptist Church in Bennett, NC at 6 p.m. Over a dozen dates have already been booked with over 15 more dates to be added throughout 2019.

 

Abraham Productions, Inc. is known for its multi-day events like Singing In The Sun in Myrtle Beach, SC; the Gatlinburg Gathering in Gatlinburg, TN; and its annual Crystal Caribbean Cruise.

 

“We have wanted to do a tour like this for some time,” says Ray Flynn, President of Abraham Productions, Inc. “Brian Free is the most awarded tenor in the history of gospel music; Karen Peck’s music has taken her to the Grammy’s 5 times and she has 6 Dove Awards; Joseph Habedank’s music has also taken him to the Grammy’s and he has been awarded the Southern Gospel Male Vocalist of the Year for the last two years; and, after being runner up on The Voice, Emily Ann Roberts has been blessing gospel music audiences with her music and godly anointing. Then when you add evangelist C.T. Townsend, it takes this tour to a level unmatched and gives a focus on blessing the masses while reaching the lost.”

 

For more information on the BEYOND AMAZING Tour contact Abraham Productions,Inc. atabrahamproductions.net or call 888-238-6858.

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ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND SHARES “SAILING WITH JESUS” ON PARADE.COM IN CELEBRATION OF GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR CLEAR SKIES

Written by Staff on January 8, 2019 – 12:28 pm -

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound release Clear SkiesAhead of the 61st Annual GRAMMY®  Awards, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are celebrating their nomination in Gospel Roots Category 40 by releasing their impassioned “Sailing with Jesus” video on Parade.com this week.
The “beautiful, calming and upbeat song and video perfectly showcases  this act’s substantial vocal and writing talent” (Parade.com), which is included on their GRAMMY® nominated project Clear Skies.
The quartet’s tenor, Ernie Haase, is also an accomplished songwriter and co-wrote seven of the 13 songs on the project.  
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Ernie Haase

“This has been a challenging year for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, but with this nomination, I really do see Clear Skies, and it feels great! It took us two years to get Clear Skies to the finish line. Each lyric, each phrase and each note was carefully crafted.

Throughout the process, I knew we had something special. I would put the sonic quality of this album up against any other album in any other category and no one can beat our message,” Haase shared with Parade.com. 

CLEAR SKIES TRACK LISTING
1. CLEAR SKIES
2. HEAVEN IS
3. GIVE ME JESUS
4. SAILING WITH JESUS
5. AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE
6. GIVE THEM ALL TO JESUS
7. A LONG LINE OF LOVE
8. LOVE TOOK HIS BREATH AWAY
9. THREE MEN ON A MOUNTAIN
10. YOU’LL FIND HIM THERE
11. MY HALLELUJAH
12. WALKING THROUGH FIRE
13. LONGING FOR HOME
To order Clear Skies, click HERE
Keep up with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound by visiting ErnieHaase.com or connect with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound by following them on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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“TRIO” Becomes “The McMurrays”

Written by Staff on January 2, 2019 – 4:58 pm -

The McMurrays

The McMurrays

Radford, VA – As this phenomenal mixed trio ushers in the new year, Chapel Valley artist, “TRIO” welcomes a new season in ministry with the addition of their daughters to the group and a name change from “TRIO” to “The McMurrays.”

 

This talented mixed trio was formed by three friends who came together to bring glory to God through the music they love. Husband and wife team, Chris and Kelly McMurray have watched their daughters grow before their eyes, and often call them up to join them on stage. Their ministry has a fresh vision yet carries the same enthusiasm for excellence and energy as they minister across the nation as a family.

 

The McMurrays’ new radio release, “You Must Be Born Again” from their album entitled “The After” is the perfect song to express their mission to reach the lost with the hope of Christ. Chris McMurray shares, “Being in ministry as a family is one of the most exciting and challenging ventures a family can embark upon. Kelly and I are thrilled to see our daughters join us in carrying the message of salvation through music out to the world. We are so excited to begin this new year with a new vision and can’t wait to share it with you.”

 

Stay tuned for more wonderful music from this talented family. Their next album will feature some incredible young talent that will carry the gospel to future generations. Visit The McMurrays online at www.themcmurraysonline.com and be sure to like their Facebook page to learn more about upcoming news.

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Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Written by Staff on December 25, 2018 – 2:36 pm -

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Editor’s Last Word for December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine – by Lorraine Walker

Merry Christmas! I love this season and the way people seem happier and more open to talking about spiritual things. Yes, I’m that person who wears the shirts and sweaters and socks with all things Christmas on them. People have said that I even have reindeer antlers on my car…but that, of course, is just a rumor.

Our cover artist, Jason Crabb, also loves Christmas, and I hope you enjoyed his feature this month. I had such a good time talking with him recently when he sang at my church. We are both equally intense people and I so enjoyed digging into his thoughts on various subjects. What a terrific communicator, both on and off stage.

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

We featured other artists of course that I have also enjoyed, like Les Beasley, who recently passed. We were unable to feature a tribute to Ernie Phillips as it was too close to press time, but I know of his contribution to gospel music and that he has many family, friends and fans that mourned his passing. I became a Kingsmen fan after Ernie’s tenure, mainly because of knowing Parker Jonathan, who joined when Garry Sheppard was the group’s tenor. Ernie, however, was an incredible talent and will be greatly missed.

I was also thinking of the passing of seasons when I read Rob’s Publisher’s Point. I hope you have read it and gleaned the knowledge that this season of your life is God’s way of preparing you for the next. I want to add to that with another piece that I am trying to learn and develop in my own life.

One of the buzzwords lately seems to be “mindfulness.” I know that can be used and misused in so many ways, and also taken to the extreme. I think some uses are not spiritually healthy for Christians. However, the literal meaning is great for all of us.

Mindfulness to me is living in the moment; not dwelling in the past or future, not thinking about what we should do or should have done. If we are being mindful or

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

paying attention to each day, each moment, of each season we are in, both spiritually and physically,  maybe we would be more relaxed as well as appreciating each other more.

Perhaps paying attention to each moment and more attention to those around us will make this season even more special. Maybe we will even notice others more, share more smiles, hold our loved ones closer, and be more aware of the special gift of Jesus this Christmas. God bless you this holy season!

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SGNScoops Magazine Editor Lorraine Walker

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Merry Christmas from Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Written by Staff on December 24, 2018 – 2:23 pm -

Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Merry Christmas from Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Publisher’s Point for December 2018 by Rob Patz

Greetings everyone and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! We are in the month of December here at SGNScoops Magazine and wow, where has the year gone? It has gone by way too fast.

I can’t believe we’re already talking about Christmas and New Year. Of course, as you get older, it goes by faster; or perhaps there is so much more going on in your life that it just seems that way. I don’t know, I haven’t figured that part out yet, but I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from all of us at SGNScoops magazine. We’re excited about another year of growth and about the events that have taken place throughout 2018.

Speaking of seasons, we are in winter now and of course, the holidays, but life is a lot like that. We as Christians move through many different seasons in our life. So often we don’t look at our experiences; we are always either looking back or looking forward. I want to challenge you today that whatever season you’re in, wherever you’re at right now in your life, that you take the time to enjoy that season.

If you are like a lot of people, when they go through a season that maybe you don’t like –  like perhaps a winter season in your faith – that you have to believe that the future, and your spring, is just around the corner. Try to believe that whatever God is doing in your life, whatever is challenging you right now, that God will move you into the next phase of the next season. We’re not here for forever. You may feel like this season has gone on far too long but you also need to realize that God is just getting ready for the next thing.

Think about this: The shepherds out in the field that saw the star and then saw the angel who said that the Savior was born in a manger.

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Now, think about their life. They were sheep-herders, they lived that life, they were out in the field; they probably didn’t think anything about the next season of their life, or about what was ahead for them.

They didn’t realize at that moment that up to this point – I mean think about how cool this was – their life as shepherds led to this point.

They didn’t realize that they were going to go and see the King, that they were going to see the Savior, the King of the Jews.

It is incredible how their lives were prepared. It was like they were in a training for this day. They weren’t at the point of fulfilling what they were going to do but they were in a training moment.

Then a star comes, the angel appears, they are told that the Savior was born and that they have to see the King! Their lives change at that moment. You can read the whole story about what happens to the shepherds but their lives change at that moment forever. If they hadn’t been prepared as shepherds prior to this point, they wouldn’t have there that night, or been able to go to the stable.

I want you challenge you today to think about your life. Right now, this season. It may be a winter season in your spiritual life, or in your physical life, but I want to challenge you today that this moment is preparing you for what the future holds for you. Like the shepherds, I want you to be prepared for the next season, which could come at any moment. I want you to be ready.

A new year is coming for you, a new season is coming. After all, we already are thinking about spring, we’re getting ready for it, preparing for it. I know I am. It’s cold right now and I’m excited about what’s to come. I’m excited about that next season.

Creekside Diaries v4: Eagle's Wings, C.T. Townsend and the Browders

Rob Patz, owner and director of Creekside Gospel Music Convention

We need to be excited, prepared, seeking and doing what God has for each of us in this season of life. One moment completely changed the lives and focus of the shepherds. It can happen just that quickly for you.

Hey, I want to invite you to come and be a part of Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama, on March 21 – 23, 2019. Three great days of gospel music in Alabama. We want you to be there.

Also, make plans to be a part of Creekside 2019, Oct. 27 – 31, for four great days of gospel music in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.. We are going to have a blast and we want you to be there. Email me for details about either of these events, or how the Lord is changing your life, at rob@sgnscoops.com.

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