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Update From Jenna Bolerjack

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 6, 2016 – 10:30 am -

Update From Jenna Bolerjack

Update From Jenna Bolerjack

Update From Jenna Bolerjack: Packing up to head to Broken Arrow! Blake and I are singing tonight at 5:45 at The Assembly. Feeling pretty good today! I think round 3 chemo hard days are finally past. Www.Blakebolerjack.com/events

We are praying for you Jenna! Prayers for a great service tonight for you and Blake.

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10 Things I’m Learning from Cancer

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2016 – 12:18 pm -

10 Things I'm Learning from Cancer

10 Things I’m Learning from Cancer

10 Things I’m Learning from Cancer:
1. Christian music makes me weep with joy. Every song.
2. Thus, Jenna wants to own every song about Jesus she hears.
3. A huge smile and a big wave from an unknown neighbor power walking as you drive by gives you physical joy! Must note to do this for others.
4. Overwhelming financial and verbal gifts from others make me weep with joy and I am unsure how to say an appropriate thank you.
5. I weep with joy a lot. I weep with despair a lot. I just plain weep a lot!
6. God’s word is irreplaceable and necessary for joy. Must tuck it away in my heart.
7. I like my bald head. Too bad it is not a trend to keep it forever. My “I’m Bald!” dance in front of the mirror gives me joy.
8. There’s a lot of pain in this world I could not identify with prior to my diagnosis. But I maybe can empathize on a new level. More empathy for people is good.
9. How do people who don’t know Jesus cope with life? I must tell more people about Jesus and how he rescues us. This gives me joy!
10. I notice other people a lot more now. Even though I’m really wrapped up in this chemo world I long to love on others so bad it hurts. Best result of cancer: I love people more. And I love Jesus more. And I love Blake more. I think cancer is a win-win situation.

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Update From Joey + Rory

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 28, 2016 – 6:19 pm -

Update From Joey + Rory

Update From Joey + Rory

Update From Joey + Rory: Back in early 2008, I was a full-time songwriter and Joey was an aspiring singer. We had been married for five years, but Joey’s dreams of following in her musical hero Dolly Parton’s footsteps had eluded her.  She had all-but-given-up on music and was working every day at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, our little family-owned cafe Joey had started with my sister just down the road from our farmhouse.

Little did she know that while she waiting on tables… God was waiting for the right timing to make her dreams come true.

I wrote in another blog post a good while back in more detail about how we got our start singing together.  About how a friend of a friend recommended that we try out for “Can You Duet”, a new CMT reality music competition show that was looking for America’s next great country duo.  About how I was nervous and skeptical about it.  And also how, though Joey and I didn’t have a tv and didn’t want to be on one, my best-friend and cousin Aaron (who’s our manager now) and I made a little homemade video about our lives and music up to that point and sent it in to the producers to try to get a spot on the show.

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Pastor Saeed Released After Being Held in an Iranian Prison

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 16, 2016 – 9:23 am -

Pastor Saeed Released After Being Held in an Iranian Prison

Pastor Saeed Released After Being Held in an Iranian Prison

Faith leaders to hold news conference to discuss Pastor Saeed’s release and continued efforts to fight for religious freedom around the world.

The news conference will be at 2:00 P.M. today, January 16, at 109 2nd St. NE Washington, D.C. (Right behind the Supreme Court)
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, has been a strong advocate for Pastor Saeed, leading numerous prayer vigils and demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and across the nation, traveling to Turkey to meet with Iranian officials to work for his release, speaking in churches, praying with Pastor Saeed’s wife and family and working with members of Congress.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney states;
“First of all, we thank God for this incredible victory. What an incredible and glorious day for Pastor Saeed, Naghmeh, their two precious children and his entire extended family. We rejoice that he will soon be home free to live his Christian faith without intimidation, persecution and harassment.
“We thank the millions around the world who prayed daily for his release and worked passionately for his release and stood as a loud voice for religious freedom and the persecuted church around the world. We also thank the Obama Administration for their continued efforts in bringing Pastor Saeed home and securing his release.
“In the midst of our celebration however, let us remember the millions of Christians who are still being persecuted, brutalized and tortured for their faith. Let Pastor Saeed’s release inspire the Christian community, President Obama and the free nations of the world to be even a louder and bolder voice for religious freedom and human rights around the world. We can never be silent on these issues.
“We encourage everyone to pray for the Abedini family as Saeed returns home and they move forward with their lives.”
Rev. Rob Schenck, President of Faith and Action, adds;
“The Bible says ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice.’ We are rejoicing with Pastor Saeed and his family. I am also grateful for all those who prayed and worked very hard behind the scenes–even taking great risks to bring about this wonderful day.
“I will also tell a story untold to date about a particular high-ranking public official that did more than others to move forward Pastor Saeed’s release.”

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Cheering For Joey

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm -

Cheering For Joey

Cheering For Joey

We at SGNScoops are praying for the entire family

I don’t know where Indy gets her personality from.

Joey says it’s from me.  I’m not sure I believe her.  But no matter… one thing is for sure, our little one has one of the most expressive little faces I’ve ever seen.

I took a trip to Kohls last week and was supposed to buy her a couple of new outfits.  She has grown out of most of her clothes and since it’s getting colder here, she needed some warm things to wear.  I was on a mission.  And I did good until I got to the check-out and saw something on a nearby rack with the word ‘Indiana’ on it.

Somehow what caught my eyes made it’s way into our cart and home with us.

I’m so glad it did.

A day or so later, I sat Indy on Joey’s bed so she could spend a few minutes with her mama.  Joey had had some tough days and the decline of her condition was weighing heavy on her and all of our minds.

But in a matter of minutes, Indy had her mama laughing out loud… Read More Here


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Joey And Rory Seeing The Light

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 6, 2016 – 6:38 am -

Joey And Rory Seeing The Light

Joey And Rory Seeing The Light

Joey And Rory Seeing The Light: They say that at Christmas time emotions run high, and you feel more than you do the rest of the year.  I think that’s probably true.  Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey’s heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn’t before…

A sadness.  A fear of the unknown.  And even some anger – not at God, just at her situation I suppose.  It’s not easy for her to be as excited about what the new year holds in store as it was last year.

But she says she’s seen the light, and she’s over that now…

If you don’t know who Bill Gaither and his wife Gloria are, you should take a moment and look them up.  They’re legendary songwriters and artists in the gospel music world.  Bill’s song “He Touched Me” has been recorded by everyone and his brother, including Elvis.  And the hymnals in most churches around the country are filled with pages and pages of their songs of faith, inspiration and hope.  Songs like “Because He Lives”, “Something Beautiful” and “Jesus, There’s Just Something About That Name” to name a few.

But before Bill made the history books, he was an English teacher in the local high school here in Joey’s hometown, and Gloria taught French.  Both Joey’s daddy and mama were students of theirs in the late 1960’s.  And though in the past 50 years the Gaithers have grown a music empire and are known the world-over, they still live in the same small town and are a part of every day life here in Alexandria.

Especially ours lately…Read More Here


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Miracle For Natalie Grant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 30, 2015 – 10:50 am -

Miracle For Natalie Grant

Miracle For Natalie Grant

From Natalie Grant: Update on Gracie: our girl has made MIRACULOUS improvements overnight!!! One of my specific prayer requests was that her spO2 levels would increase – they were steadily hovering around 85-88% and that was WITH the help of oxygen. Now the level is at 95% and she no longer needs oxygen. The tube is gone! Believing it will be at 100% soon. 🙌🏻 Her lungs are continuing to open up – continue to pray as she fights the pneumonia & RSV. The color is back in her cheeks and she just ate a good breakfast. God is good. Thank you thank you thank you for your prayers. Hoping and praying we can say goodbye to the ICU today.

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New Update From Natalie Grant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 29, 2015 – 2:10 pm -

New Update From Natalie Grant

New Update From Natalie Grant

From Natalie Grant: Update on my Gracie girl: the outpouring of love and prayer from literally hundreds of thousands of you has blessed our hearts more than words can say. We are overwhelmed with gratitude. Gracie has made some improvement today, hallelujah!! Her breathing has really improved and her heart rate has finally come way down! Still in the ICU, but her lungs are slowly improving.
Continued prayer request:
SpO2 will improve
No more areas of lung collapse in her right lung
RSV to subside so her body will be stronger to fight the pneumonia

Thank you. I love the family of God.

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A Gruffalo Christmas For Joey & Rory

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 28, 2015 – 11:03 pm -

A Gruffalo Christmas For Joey & Rory

A Gruffalo Christmas For Joey & Rory

A Gruffalo Christmas For Joey & Rory

From Rory: In early November, Christmas seemed still so far away.  And the prognosis was clear that there was a good chance Joey wasn’t going to be with us then and that this Christmas was going to be a difficult one to get through.

So like the mouse in Indy’s story, we all began to ‘make up’ our own Gruffalo.  Ours was the belief that it was going to be a wonderful, magical Christmas.  We didn’t really believe it – down deep inside we knew we knew better – but still we told ourselves and each other that it was going to be great.

And we trudged on through the deep dark wood.

And when we got to the other side, it turned out that our Gruffalo was real too.  Christmas had come and Joey was not only here with us, but she was doing well and we all had an amazing day together.

There was a beautiful Christmas tree filled with wonder… Read More Here


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Rory’s New Years Wish

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 26, 2015 – 1:01 pm -

Rory's New Years Wish

Rory’s New Years Wish

Christmas is over and New Years is on the way. As I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I noticed many people already writing about their New Years Resolutions. This one may have been my favorite.

Rob

Publisher SGNScoops Magazine

From Joey & Rory’s Facebook: We had a 1940’s themed New Years Eve last year in our barn. I dusted off my old uniform and my bride and I cut a rug to some big band music. Hoping for a long sweet slow dance this year.

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