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Matthew Fouch talks Christmas on The Couch With Fouch

Written by Staff on December 22, 2015 – 1:57 pm -

Mattew Fouch And Santa

Matthew Fouch And Santa

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!!!

On the couch with matthew fouchThis 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!!!!!

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Matt Fouch is the bass singer for Legacy Five. For more information on Legacy Five, click here.

 

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CHRISTMAS IS MORE THAN JUST HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

Written by Staff on December 21, 2015 – 3:41 pm -

Toys For Tots 3. ChrismasDuring 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!

toys for tots e 2013. ChristmasOver 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.

toys for tots F 2013. ChristmasAs 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.

toys for Tots d 2013. ChristmasAs 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.

Toys for Tots 1. ChristmasIn 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.

Christmas Donation - CPI Employees (002)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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Christmas Edition Of Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 20, 2015 – 11:08 pm -

Christmas Edition Of Gospel Music Today

Christmas Edition Of Gospel Music Today

This week’s show is a special Christmas edition of Gospel Music Today and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Chandlers, and Jean reviews new recordings by Kelly Coberly and Sacred Harmony. In the News this week is 11th Hour and Tribute Quartet. The show features a look ahead to southern gospel concert events in 2016 and Christmas singing by The Collingsworth Family, Link Union, The Lesters, Mark209, and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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High Road At Christmas

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 20, 2015 – 5:17 pm -

High Road At Christmas

High Road At Christmas

From High Roads Facebook … High Road At Christmas Just practicing a few Christmas tunes together and having fun jamming! Kristen got her mandolin out for this one! Erik on upright bass, Sarah on piano, Lauren on fiddle, and our friend Kevin sitting in on snare drum. Anyone recognize this tune?!

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Just practicing a few Christmas tunes together and having fun jamming! Kristen got her mandolin out for this one! Erik on upright bass, Sarah on piano, Lauren on fiddle, and our friend Kevin sitting in on snare drum. Anyone recognize this tune?!

Posted by High Road on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


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It’s Christmas Time

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 19, 2015 – 12:02 pm -

It's Christmas Time

It’s Christmas Time

It’s Christmas time. Many of you are finishing up your baking and shopping.
Shoppers were sure surprised at the Lancaster Central market when they began to hear The Hallelujah Chorus.

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Triumphant Quartet Christmas Party Fun

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 17, 2015 – 10:57 am -

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

From Triumphant Quartet

At our Christmas Party we played “minute to win it”
Games. This one was pretty hilarious. Whoever got the most snowballs in the bowl in 60 seconds won.. The only catch is how they had to do it. the contestants were;
Dana Bennett (Eric’s wife) & Clayton

*dana won

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Donna King shares a Christmas Memory

Written by Staff on December 13, 2015 – 10:28 am -

donna dking song of noelDonna King released a lovely Christmas album last year that many of you have heard and enjoyed. With lovely vocals and creative arrangements, Donna, along with her husband Zane, have blessed us in all seasons of the year with beautiful music.

We asked Donna about her favorite Christmas memory, she shared the following with us:

Zane and Donna King

Zane and Donna King

“Here’s my favorite Christmas memory! Christmas 2015, when all of our children and Zane and I and our grandkids will gather in Lake Arrowhead, California and celebrate Christmas together in a sweet cabin on the edge of the lake with a fire burning, matching pjs… And matching love. Everyone will be safe and well and happy and drug free. I couldn’t ask for a better memory than the one we’re about to make!”

Donna, we hope the memories you are making are as sweet as you have shared with us! And we are looking forward to a possible song from the lyrical thoughts above. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

At SGN Scoops we hope you have…and are making…wonderful Christmas memories!  You can share them with us on our Facebook page here.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas season!


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Selena Day shares her Christmas Prayer

Written by Staff on December 12, 2015 – 6:28 pm -

Selena Day

Selena Day

“Be the sparkle in someone’s life this Christmas season,” says Selena Day, motivational speaker, blogger, SGN Scoops writer and wife of Christian Country artist, Chuck Day.

Selena tells us, “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)

Thanks so much Selena for sharing your thoughts with us.

Rob Patz and Chuck Day

Rob Patz and Chuck Day

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Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event. You may contact her at selenaday@me.com http://www.queenliving.org http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday


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Allegiance Trio shares their Christmas Prayer

Written by Staff on December 10, 2015 – 4:22 pm -

ALLEGIANCE TRIO'S LATEST SINGLE "I WILL STAND" TO BE MADE INTO CHRISTIAN FILM

ALLEGIANCE TRIO

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SGN Scoops recently asked several artists for their prayers for this Christmas season. You can read many of them in the December 2015 issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine. Our friends, Allegiance Trio, shared the following special prayer:

“Our wish for everyone this Christmas is to hug your family and friends a little tighter and enjoy every moment together. We live in a fast-paced, crazy world that unfortunately can allow us to fall into a routine that leaves out quality time with loved ones. This Christmas, let’s stop and appreciate the time we have with the people God has blessed us with in our lives.”

imageThanks so much to Allegiance for sharing their thoughts with us this holiday season. What is your prayer for this Christmas? Do you long for peace on earth or peace in your heart? Email us about your 2015 Christmas Prayer at sgnscoops@gmail.com.

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December 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2015 – 9:18 am -

December 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Merry Christmas!  Welcome to the December issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We hope you enjoy the many festive and inspiring features we have for you this month.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound grace our cover and these gentlemen are all dressed up for the season. Craig Harris talks to each member and finds out details you likely never knew about the popular quartet.

We remember the gracious Faye Speer and also Paul Roark. We pay tribute to our own Lou Wills Hildreth who is retiring.
Other artists you will meet include Josh Feemstra of Legacy Five, Josh Allen of the Allen Family, author Bethany Baker and the Mattingly Family.

We have artists’ Christmas prayers, Christmas devotionals, CD reviews, the DJ Spotlight and the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
So much more and everything is sprinkled with Christmas spirit!
Thank you so much for reading SGN Scoops. On behalf of the entire Scoops team, Merry Christmas from the Publisher, Rob Patz and the Editor, Lorraine Walker.

May your heart be illuminated by the light of God’s Son, His greatest Gift to us. John 3:16.

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