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Kevin Pauls: Trust – a prayer for today

Written by Staff on May 21, 2020 – 3:32 pm -

Kevin Pauls. True MusingsThis was my prayer this morning… by Kevin Pauls

Today God…I first want to acknowledge your provision. I really feel awkward when people say “God is in Control” – that leads me to believe you are in control of this chaos. I believe you are in ultimate control, but that does not mean micro managing the world or our lives. In simple terms…I do not think you caused this or any other tragedy…but I firmly believe you are in this with me! Standing, holding, encouraging…loving me through this entire episode.I never want to pretend I know things that are un-knowable. We have a book full of stories about God and the interaction between the Jewish People and Yahweh. We have letters and encounters about the life of Jesus, we have first hand accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have life lessons and we have the the words of Jesus…and so much more that point us to knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world…

Somehow, Jesus is the divine; was human enough to understand our plight and divine enough to save us. I do not understand this at all. However, this understanding guides my life and guides everything I do.
However, this beautiful book we call the Bible does not clearly allow us to understand all the inner workings of the world and how God interacts with His creation…
Kevin PaulsSo, I say all that to simply tell you I do not know exactly how God works. But I am confident he does.
That confidence allows me to have hope for the future. That confidence allows me to have peace in the midst of the storm.
I do not need to know the inner workings of the universe because I know the one who is charge and I trust him!
Today, I simply rest in that trust!
By Kevin Pauls
Kevin Pauls. Wendy PaulsMore About Kevin Pauls
Kevin Pauls is best known for two things – his powerhouse vocals and his unbridled optimism.  Kevin cut his teeth on gospel music and over the years has delightedly shared the stage with many of his musical heroes: Gaither Vocal Band, Michael English, Russ Taff, Steve Archer, and Steven Curtis Chapman. He’s performed an eclectic array of musical styles – from popera to southern gospel to hard rock. In short, Kevin loves to sing almost as much as he loves chicken wings. Find out more HERE.
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Selena Day: Faith in Uncertainty

Written by Staff on April 6, 2020 – 9:01 am -

Selena Day

Selena Day

I sit on my back porch, listening to the birds, chatting and going about their daily lives. I can hear my neighbors working in their yards, taking advantage of this beautiful day. On the surface, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. I can hear cars driving by and lawnmowers running. If you didn’t know that we were suffering from a pandemic at this moment, you couldn’t tell that the world was confined to their homes.  

I almost feel like a bear that has been in hibernation. The last time we were out and things felt somewhat normal, it was cold, and today I step outside, and the warmth of spring is enveloping me, giving me hope as I sit and converse with my savior about what my future holds.  

I am reminded of the scripture in Philippians 4, one of my favs, vs. 8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)

I learned many years ago while going through a challenging time to put this scripture into action. 

I have been accused of not being practical in certain circumstances and that there is a fine line between faith and foolishness. When I married my husband over 30+ years ago, I was a new Christian and was utterly and totally committed to living my life for Jesus. I had no idea what it meant to be in the ministry. I had no idea what it meant to be musical, but because of my covenant relationship with Chuck, we began a journey of living by faith.

Selena Day: What do you fear?It has been a crazy roller-coaster of a ride, but it has taken us places that I never dreamed I would go. I have served and met people that were so different than me, and I have learned that God’s love is more significant than the four walls of my church. 

So many memories flood my mind, even writing this, too many to share. But, I have learned how critical listening to God is, when the world is so full of loud voices telling a particular narrative. Your safety resides in Him and not in this world. Your provision comes from Him and not in your job. Your joy lies in Him and not in your circumstances. 

Honestly, so far, through this crazy time in our history, I have had more peace than I have known in a long time. I’m not saying that I haven’t gotten stir crazy or felt depressed. I told a friend just the other day that I had felt as if I had been in training for this for a long time.  

I believe that verse 6 in Philippians 4 gives us a great key. “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life.” (TPT)

Tell him every detail of your life! If you are afraid, tell him; if you hate someone, tell him; if you are angry with him for letting you down, tell him. And then allow yourself to listen. It may not be immediate, but He will give you answers or strategies to make it through.  

God cares about you and your life. He designed each one of us in a specific unique way, and we are designed to operate in that unique way. When we follow him and learn to become the person he has created us to be, we will see great victories and miracles in our lives. 

I can only share the stories of my journey to help others understand this, but I would challenge you to sit alone with God and think about your own journey. Where has He shown up? When has he broke through the dark clouds of your storms and shined His light of love?

Let me give you some practical tips on how to do this. First, find a quiet place, and still your mind. Secondly, see God smiling at you. Whatever your image of God, that image is smiling at you. Then just sit as he smiles and know that He loves you so much. Now just listen….

During this time of uncertainty, remember to fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  There have been so many of them. People coming together like never before. Prayers being lifted for not only our county but our world. Revival is breaking out! 

Seeing these things happen, I am reminded of the prayers we as the church prayed many years ago. We are seeing them unfold right before our eyes.  

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

Your focus can be on the sickness, and the fear that comes with it or your focus can be on our great big God and how He is moving during these crazy chaotic days.

By Selena 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. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.

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Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing “Looking More Like Your Father”

Written by Staff on August 21, 2019 – 9:34 am -

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing “Looking More Like Your Father.”

By Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

Once again, I had the pleasure of doing an interview for a Beyond the Song article, and this time I talked with Donna Journey of the Journeys.

They recently released a video of the song ‘Looking More Like Your Father.” That production made me want to get them for this edition of Beyond the Song.

Jantina: Please share a short introduction of your singing Career as The Journeys.

Donna Journey: The Journeys started their ministry in 2012, after realizing that (our) son Ben, who had been diagnosed with Autism at the early age of 2 had taught himself to play guitar. (I) had sung all my life with my family and other groups but decided it was time to come off the road and care for Ben. I began to notice Ben’s love for music and encouraged him to explore that love.

In 2011, Ben taught himself, without any lessons, to play the guitar. A friend of the family’s helped Ben with timing. In 2012, they recorded their first CD and started accepting appointments to sing and play in local churches.

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."Jantina:What year did you start as a duet?

Donna: We started to become a duet in 2012, myself together with Ben who takes the instrumental part of the ministry, playing the gitar or the piano.

Jantina: Can you share your testimony?

Donna:When Ben was diagnosed with Autism in 1996, we felt like our world was torn apart. We couldn’t even begin to know how God would use this test as a testimony for our family. Doctors told us that Ben would not be able to communicate with us or function socially in society. But God had another plan! 

And now we are traveling in 14 different states and sharing hope with families with special needs children.

We think it is safe to say that God is in control.

Ben now plays keyboard, piano, drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and is leaning banjo. Ben has played on all three of our albums.

Jantiy: Tell us about the latest release to radio?

Donna: We just got finished making a video with our current release to Radio, “Looking More Like Your Father,” written by Carolyn Connor.

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."Jantina: What is the message of this song?

Donna: This song has been a blessing to so many people. It talks about looking like your earthly Father, but then states how we all are to strive to look like our Heavenly Father every day. This song is on the SGNScoops Country Gospel and Southern Gospel Chart, Magazine charts.

Jantina: What is the horizon for the Journeys?

Donna: We are looking forward to going back in the studio within the next year to record our fourth project with Chapel Valley Recording, and looking forward to sharing our ministry in many other states next year.

Jantina:Where can they find you on the web?

Donna: They can find us on the web at www.thejourneysgospel.net 

You can also purchase our music on all major media markets.

Thank you to the journeys for sharing the song with us. We hope you travel safely on your journey.

We hope all our readers enjoy the following song, by the Journeys, entitled, “Looking More Like Your Father.”

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Israel on Fire

Written by Staff on May 30, 2019 – 8:05 pm -

Israel on Fire (Photo by Marcus Kauffman on Unsplash)

(Photo by Marcus Kauffman on Unsplash)Thursday, May 30, 2019, Charisma News reported (from Standing With Isreal):

Fires devastate Israel as over 3500 evacuate

By Jonathan Feldstein

Israel needs your prayers—and help. Almost overnight, wildfires broke out, scorching acres and burning dozens of houses, including entirely destroying a whole community. Over 3500 people have been evacuated as Israel braces for more. So far.

Israel is considering declaring a national emergency due to fear of the spreading of existing and igniting of new fires. Temperatures are expected to reach a sweltering 110 F in areas between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Dead Sea and Jordan Valley are expected to see even higher temperatures, as much as 118 F at the lowest place on earth.

Parallel to this, on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to reach out to nearby countries for “immediate” help to put out the hundreds of fires that were ravaging the country. In response, the Foreign Ministry said Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia were sending help, but the aircraft and their teams would only be able to depart for Israel on Friday, leaving Israel still vulnerable as the temperatures climb and the potential for more fires is expected to continue.

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Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. He is president of RunforZion.com. Throughout his life and career, he has been blessed by the calling to fellowship with Christian supporters of Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. He writes a regular column for Standing With Israel at charismanews.comand other prominent web sites. He can be reached at firstpersonisrael@gmail.com.


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Weekend Word by Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on April 13, 2019 – 5:19 am -

Luke 15:4-5 King James Version (KJV)

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

When I was a young girl growing up in Heflin, Alabama, I remember hearing many bible stories in Sunday School.

Jesus taught in stories or parables. Have you ever wondered why? I have, so I looked for the answer and found it.   A parable is basically an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. When Jesus started telling parables to the people, His disciples asked the obvious question, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” (Matthew 13:10)

Jesus Answered!

Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given . And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive, for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them’ (Matthew 13:11,14,15)

The parable of The Lost Sheep is a wonderful story told by Jesus to illustrate the love and compassion that God has for those who are His.

The parable is found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and is in response to Jesus being criticized and attacked by the religious leaders for “eating with sinners”. I love the part when Jesus stops the crowd and begins to tell a story of how a shepherd left his flock of 99 sheep to go find one lost sheep. 

This parable displays a beautiful meaning of God seeking out the  sinner who is lost  and rejoicing when they are found. We serve a Good Shepherd whose heart is for us to be found, rescued, and renewed.

I am so thankful He found me! Has He found you?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! You know I always like to leave you with a song so I couldn’t find one more appropriate than the Crabb Family singing “Shephard ‘s Call.”

Until next week, Jesus loves you and so do I!

Vonda

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Weekend Word from SGNScoops

Written by Staff on July 28, 2018 – 9:07 am -

Weekend Word from SGNScoops

Weekend Word from SGNScoopsDoes anyone notice what we do? Do we always have to act like Christians?

The Apostle Paul mentioned in his letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament that we as Christians are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Not only are those that have passed on before us witnesses to the lives that are led by Christ, but each of us has witnesses to how we live. We may not all have the great audiences that attend gospel concerts with artists such as the Perrys, watching and listening to us, but we have family, friends, neighbors and strangers who pass by us, that notice how we conduct ourselves.

 

I recently heard another story about a Christian who was not acting justly, loving mercy or offering hope in their conduct. It hurt me to discover that this ordinary person, thinking no one was watching, was underhand in their business dealings. I’m sure you have heard those kinds of stories too and were saddened by them.

 

Weekend Word

Would someone who is always with you for every moment of every day discover that you are true to your label as “Christian,” or would they wonder about your commitment when they saw you lie, cheat, or steal. It gives me pause to think that someone who knew me intimately would think that I wasn’t being true to that which others assume I am because I claim to know Christ.

 

You know where I am going with this. There is someone who knows absolutely everything I do, say, think, and believe. Jesus is living in my heart and knows when I talk trash about someone behind their back or speak rudely to the cashier. He knows all of my business. He knows all of my thoughts. He even knows my deepest beliefs about God and all those around me.

 

What would you do differently if you kept in mind that Jesus knows everything? What would I have to confess if I really believed in the omniscience of the Almighty?

I hope and pray that we each grasp the reality of God in this world and in our lives. If you are unsure about whether you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, please email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com He wants to know you, inside and all, good and bad, and he wants to draw you closer to him. Trust his love today.

By Lorraine Walker . Excerpted from the Editor’s  Last  Word, SGNScoops Magazine July 2018.


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I Grabbed The Gun – Testimony Tuesday

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 26, 2018 – 7:49 am -

I Grabbed The Gun - Testimony Tuesday

I Grabbed The Gun – Testimony Tuesday

From Daniel Rivera

This status means everything to me. If you haven’t heard my testimony before, this was the night I almost ended my life. After struggling with many addictions and different struggles in my life, I didn’t want to deal with anything or anyone anymore. What I didn’t realize is God wasn’t done with me yet.

That night I came home late from a party pretty messed up. I decided that was the night I was going to be done with everything. I grabbed my gun and went upstairs to my room. Before I could do anything, my pastor texted me. Now remember what time it is. This status was posted at 2:54 a.m. He texted me at about 2:00 a.m. He asked what I was doing, I just told him I was just chilling lol. He texted back 3 words that changed my life forever. Those words were “Don’t do it.” He didn’t necessarily know what I was doing. He later told me that he thought I was just out with the wrong crowd at that moment. But God knew. I dropped my phone when I read that text. God finally got ahold of me. That night I truly believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I can’t say I still didn’t struggle with certain things after that. I can’t say I turned 180 right away, but I can say God started a work in me that night that led to the man I am today. I thank God for that night and for my salvation. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Saviour all the day long. Don’t be afraid to tell YOUR story. #mystory


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Joan Walker’s Step by Step: Is your faith connected to your fitness

Written by Staff on May 7, 2018 – 6:51 am -

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Step by Step by Joan Walker

It was one of those weekends. One day I ran out of time to do my devotions in the morning (of course, something that could have been avoided), while another day I was able to read my bible, pray, and even enjoy a couple of online church services. How does this apply to my journey to better physical health?

 

In one of my earlier articles, I mentioned how I feel your journey to physical health also greatly affects your spiritual health. Unfortunately, it goes the opposite way as well. If I haven’t taken the time to pray, to read the word of God, to listen to what the Lord has to say to me, I can lose focus, both spiritually and physically. I look back at the weekend and what I ate, and I can see that I made better choices on the day I drew closer to the Lord than on the other day. Has this happened to you as well?

 

This month, I want to go back to the beginning of my journey. I am on a weight-loss program that is well-known, where you count points for everything you eat. Most of the fruits and vegetables are free, meaning they are zero points, so they don’t count in your total points that you can consume in a day. Some clean proteins are also free, such as chicken breast, eggs, or shrimp. Each day you get a certain number of points. All foods, other than those mentioned above, have points assigned to them – based on portion – and as you eat them your number of points for the day diminishes.

 

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Joan Walker

My favorite thing of this program is exactly that. All foods, based on portion control, have points. So that means, theoretically, that I can eat anything. Of course, there is moderation involved. That chocolate cake at Starbucks is permissible. I can calculate the points, but it won’t be the most beneficial snack to my overall health. I originally started on the plan back in the fall of 2016 and successfully lost about 25 pounds.

 

I allowed the stresses of life to derail this new way of eating, and by March of 2017, I had to admit I was no longer following the plan. A huge new stress popped into my life in May. A job that I had for almost 11 years was suddenly gone. I allowed all the old and new problems of life to affect my weight. I let any remaining discipline I still had dissolve, and suddenly, chocolate was much more important to me than fitting into those jeans in my closet.

 

However, by the fall of 2017, I had made up my mind that I would once again join the program. Since October, I have lost almost 40 pounds, and those are pounds I never want to find again.

 

Not only is the program very doable, but I have great support through my family and social media. In between preparing for, and going to, job interviews, I get outside and move. Not only do I exercise and eat according to the plan, counting points for everything I eat, I also look at the spiritual portion of my journey.

 

I am reading a book called “Made to Crave,” written by Lysa TerKeurst. There is a devotional companion to the original book, and they both have been an immeasurable help to me as I discover how my physical health and spiritual health are closely knit together. I highly recommend these two books to you while you are on your own journey of weight loss and spiritual wellness.

 

Step by Step by Joan WalkerI would love to hear from you if you are on your own journey, because I know for a fact that having support and accountability with others when you are on a similar path is invaluable. You know where I am right now, so be sure to check back right here each month, as I will be updating you on my weight loss, and yes, even weight gain.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel to reach out to me via email at joan@sgnscoops.com

By Joan Walker

April 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

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Prayers for The Bush Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 17, 2018 – 9:10 pm -

Prayers for The Bush Family

From George W Bush

My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.


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KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

Written by Staff on March 22, 2018 – 3:37 pm -

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, "SHE PERSISTED"

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

(Nashville, TN)- Orphaned and abandoned at 13….a high school drop-out by 14….left for dead after a random brutal attack in a parking lot at 17….What sounds like the narrative description for a gut wrenchingly emotional Hollywood screenplay is actually the beginning chapter of Kathy Crabb Hannah’s real life.

But beyond the gripping tale of shocking tragedy, grief, set backs, abuse and heartbreak, there is also hope, redemption, faith, and miracles that only God could deliver.

The story takes a beautiful turn for the better, revealing a phoenix rising from the ashes…stronger from the struggle.

 

In “she persisted,” (Hannah House Publishing, June 2018, ISBN:

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, "SHE PERSISTED"

KATHY CRABB HANNAH SHARES HER TRUTH AND POURS HOPE INTO WOMEN’S LIVES WITH HER LATEST BOOK, “SHE PERSISTED”

9781933876255), the Crabb Family matriarch and author/speaker, Kathy Crabb Hannah writes a raw, personal, and completely unfiltered look into her life’s ‘what-could-have-beens’, followed by bigger-than-life God-moments, a sometimes shocking ride down the road to truth, but laced with perpetual hope.

 

“My story speaks to every women who has ever said, ‘I can’t….it’s just too much,’” Kathy explains. “I leave nothing to the imagination, walking you through the ups and downs of my life to give you hope, encouragement, and support to tell your truth. Before there was a universal cry to exonerate victims and their stories, this manuscript was being written. That’s a God thing.”

 

The sophomore follow-up to Kathy’s popular first book, “Stronger,” “she persisted.” is clearly the Christian answer to a #metoo world from a writer that understands that life isn’t always fair, but God is always good. The secrets of the church may rival the atrocities of the world at times, but Kathy constantly directs the reader to the truth of God’s word with certainty and without compromise; reminding us of His goodness that never ceases and His control that never wavers.

 

“I want this book to infuse you with hope and confidence, and I personally want to be that supportive hand to hold we all sometimes need when life feels overwhelming or unfair,” Kathy states.

“Let my story encourage you on your journey to know that yes, you’ve got this! Let’s build each other up with love, support, and experience the joy that comes from a strong sisterhood of Godly women.”

She persisted….and so can you, sister!

 

KATHY CRABB HANNAH is an author, speaker, and consultant who is best known as the matriarch and driving-force behind the beloved Southern Gospel family-band, The Crabb Family. Her social media pages are widely followed by industry leaders as she is known for her opinionated and truthful posts. She has been interviewed by national publications, radio, and television and her speaking engagements and women’s retreats (Stronger) are wildly popular. Kathy resides in Hendersonville, Tenn., with her husband Steve and near her entire family.


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