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Are you willing to be interrupted by God this Christmas?

Written by Staff on December 23, 2017 – 5:16 am -

Merry Christmas from SGNScoops

Merry Christmas from SGNScoops

SGNScoops’ Editor’s Last Word for Christmas,  December 2017

By Lorraine Walker

 

The season of Christmas is upon us. I am one of those people who brings out the Christmas music and movies at the beginning of November. Before you roll your eyes, I will say that the tree doesn’t go up until the end of the month. So, it could be worse. But I love this time of year, and so do our writers here at SGNScoops. I hope you have enjoyed all of the encouraging, enlightening and seasonal features this month.

 

December 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

We are proud to have 11th Hour on our cover once more. Since they last appeared in our magazine, they have had several charting songs and have grown in popularity. I so enjoy their music, as well as their antics on Facebook. I hope that if you aren’t following them yet, you will. Jaquita Lindsey was a writer for us for some time before the schedule of the trio began to take up much more of her time. We miss her writing, but we are glad to fill you in a bit on the group.

 

I admit that this month’s publication was delayed slightly because of my schedule. Between health issues and doctor’s appointments, it is not always possible for me to find my way through the wonderful SGNScoops’ articles in a timely manner. Sometimes, I get frustrated that things don’t always go as I’ve planned, and I feel like issues in my life are out of my control. Many of you likely feel that way at this busy time of year. Just when you think you have everything on your calendar, something new pops up out of the blue. Inconvenient but unavoidable, you add it to your list of things to do.

 

It struck me that most of the events in the Christmas story happened at inopportune times for those involved. Zechariah was fulfilling his priestly duties – an older man, probably set in his ways and accustomed to life without children – when suddenly an angel tells him that his wife is expecting. Elizabeth, an older woman, was also probably complacent with her life as a priest’s wife, but she still had a prayer in her heart for a child. Suddenly, her life is spun 180 degrees as she is with child.

 

There was Joseph, a hard worker, trying to put money aside for the day he would be married, told by the government that he has to make an expensive trip to Bethlehem with his fiancee, Mary. Young Mary, living as an engaged girl, not only has to prepare for a difficult journey, but suddenly, told she will also have a child. Everything she had thought her life would be as a married woman is turned upside down.

 

The Christmas story is full of people whose lives are interrupted by God. Have you ever wondered what might have happened if they were not obedient, or if they railed against the plans of God? What if Elizabeth decided that having a child at her age was too risky for her health? What if Zechariah had refused to name the child John? Would we be reading about Bob the Baptist?

 

What if Joseph decided not to marry Mary? What if Mary couldn’t handle the sideways glances and whispers of derision, and ran away from it all, to have the child in a far-off place, perhaps to be given to another couple? What if the shepherds had listened to the angels and then just shrugged it off as an advertising gimmick?

 

God likes to interrupt our lives still today. He knows if you are playing church, comfortable with showing up at your pew at Christmas and Easter, pretending you believe in Him when He knows you don’t. He will interrupt you again and again, trying to get your attention. Maybe He will draw your attention by reducing your finances, dissolving a relationship, or by the actions of that pesky neighbor who always mentions His name.

 

Lorraine Walker, Editor of SGNScoops

Lorraine Walker, Editor of SGNScoops

Whoever you are, whatever you believe, now is the time to listen and respond to God’s interruption of your life. The interruption may change your life 180 degrees. Are you brave enough or open to His challenge? He wants you to grow closer to Him. Each step towards the Christ child will change you in ways you never imagined. Each time you respond to God’s interruption, the life of the resurrected Lord Jesus will be even more manifest in your life. Are you prepared to be interrupted by the Almighty?

Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at SGNScoops Magazine. From my heart and from my family, I wish you a blessed holiday season. As always, I can be reached by e-mailing lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

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Red Back Revival Released

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 6, 2016 – 10:33 pm -

Red Back Revival Released

Red Back Revival Released

Troy & Tammy Burns, and a host of their Gospel Singing friends, recently gathered in Greenville, SC for a highly anointed night of LIVE TV, centered around the time-honored music found in the pages of the legendary Red Back ‘Church Hymnal”. Simply put, what was intended for a fun night of fellowship and singing turned into a One Night Revival! We are thrilled to present that 2 hour TV show to you now on DVD. We’ve also included an audio CD for your listening pleasure in your car. What’s more, some of Gospel Music’s best loved legends meet a few of the brightest, young artists and join forces to lift up the name of Jesus during this landmark recording. If you like choir singing mixed with some of the finest trios, quartets, family groups and soloists, you will want this wonderful combo. It’s only $20 plus s/h. Get your today at:
www.redbackrevival.com


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Isaacs to appear at Bessemer AL on February 6, 2016

Written by Staff on January 27, 2016 – 2:06 pm -

Isaacs

Isaacs

We are announcing a last minute concert with the Isaacs at Grace Church Bessemer (Alabama).  This concert will be on Saturday, February 6th and will just be an evening with The Isaacs.

“We are so excited to be able to help this award winning family out due to schedule cancellation.  This is going to be a great night” – Pastor Mickey Bell

Isaacs

Isaacs

$10 donation at the door but you can reserve your seat by going ahead and getting your ticket online: http://bit.ly/isaacsconcert

Grace Church Bessemer

4500 Katies Way – Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 565-7978

www.GraceChurchBessemer.com

 

About The Isaacs (from the website http://www.theisaacs.com/p/blog-page.html )

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago are based out of Hendersonville, TN. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs, and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences.  Their musical style has been influenced by many  genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry,  are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series, and travel internationally throughout the year to perform to welcoming fans in countries such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Scotland, Ireland ,Israel, Canada and many more. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have been nominated at and performed on the Dove Awards, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and  NQC (National Quartet Convention) Awards, the ICMA Awards (Inspirational Christian Country).  Other notable performances include CMA Fan Fest (Country Music Fan Fest), Carnegie Hall, and many professional sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal’s football game, Nashville Predators Hockey games, and an Astros/ Braves baseball game.  The Isaacs have won over 7 Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.  They feel blessed to be able to travel and spread the message of hope and grace through song and story.

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USAGEM 12th Annual Awards Show

Written by Staff on December 18, 2015 – 9:42 am -

Nuy Testament

Nuy Testament at USAGEM awards

Michael and Ann Gardner honored with USAGEM Diamond Award

Michael & Ann Gardner received the USAGEM Diamond Award. Michael is a past president and performing member with The Gardners.

Michael & Ann Gardner received the USAGEM Diamond Award. Michael is a past president and performing member with The Gardners.

The 12th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 21, 2015 at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. This yearly event is sponsored by the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians.

Mending Fences opened the show with the upbeat song “Get Up In Jesus’ Name”.

The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show along with segment co-hosts Melanie Walker, Russ & Linda Murphy, Tommie & Dwayne Lewis, Mona Faith & Tank Tackett, Sheila Berry & Bruce Walker, and

Rene & Edie Jones were first time recipients of the USAGEM Duo Of The Year Award. Rene was a big winner and also garnered awards for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Song, and Video.

Rene & Edie Jones were first time recipients of the USAGEM Duo Of The Year Award. Rene was a big winner and also garnered awards for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Song, and Video.

Southern Faith.

Michael and Ann Gardner were honored with the organization’s prestigious USAGEM Diamond Award for their loyalty, dedication and service to USAGEM. Gardner is a past president and continues his involvement, working with several committees including the overseeing of the USAGEM website.

Rene Jones was the big award winner of the evening, garnering awards for Gospel Entertainer and Male Vocalist Of The Year. He also won the accolades for Video and Song Of The Year for “Thank God For Mama”, a single he recorded with Joanne Cash Yates, and written by gospel music legend and singer/songwriter nominee, Joel Hemphill. Another accolade was with his wife. Rene

Mona Faith was surprised when she received the Radio Servant's Award from Bev McCann during the USAGEM Award Show. Mona and her husband Gene are hosts of "Faith For Living" currently broadcast on WSM 650 in Nashville.

Mona Faith was surprised when she received the Radio Servant’s Award from Bev McCann during the USAGEM Award Show. Mona and her husband Gene are hosts of “Faith For Living” currently broadcast on WSM 650 in Nashville.

and Edie Jones won the Duo Of The Year award for the first time.

The Female Vocalist Of The Year Award went to Sandi Kay Shupe for the second time, and pianist Bud Rawls was the first time winner of the Musician Of The Year Award. Mending Fences, comprised of singers and musicians from the Nashville Cowboy Church, won the Vocal Group Of The Year for the first time.

Roy Fox was the recipient of the Comedian Of The Year and The Reed Brothers took home the award for New Artist Of The Year.  Ann Hartmann once again garnered the Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award.

The two and one-half hour show was intertwined with song performances and award presentations. There were several highlights during the show including a performance by Debbie Bennett and Peggy Inks. Their vocal collaboration tribute to Loretta Lynn and performance of  “God Bless

Bev McCann and Lynn Fox pose with TV host Melanie Walker (center). During the USAGEM banquet, Melanie received the USAGEM Film & TV Award. As a Christian Country artist and speaker, Melanie is also known for her work with the TCT Network.

Bev McCann and Lynn Fox pose with TV host Melanie Walker (center). During the USAGEM banquet, Melanie received the USAGEM Film & TV Award. As a Christian Country artist and speaker, Melanie is also known for her work with the TCT Network.

America Again” earned a standing ovation from the audience.

Another vocal collaboration that caught attention from the audience was a performance by Jim Sheldon and Rachel Taylor. They performed their chart-topping single, “New Again. The Gardners honored legendary gospel songwriter and their longtime friend, Carroll McGruder by performing McGruder’s penned upbeat song “It’s Too Good To Be True”. McGruder passed away earlier this year.

One of the emotional highlights of the show was The Fox Brothers’ acknowledgement of USAGEM artists and members who have passed away during the past year. Jimmy Jack Whitaker’s performance

Bev McCann and Dwayne Lewis having fun. Dwayne was surprised to receive the USAGEM Non-Performing Member award during the USAGEM banquet.

Bev McCann and Dwayne Lewis having fun. Dwayne was surprised to receive the USAGEM Non-Performing Member award during the USAGEM banquet.

of  “He’s Already Made It” was impeccably performed with only his vocal and acoustic guitar. Ed Suey, James Burns, Cheryl Jackson, Thelmarie Johnson, and Sladen Evans were deservingly honored and are truly missed.

A special performance by 9-11 first responder from the New York Fire Department, Frank Pizarro was a definite highlight. He performed a very moving song titled “He’s The Closest Thing To A Hero”. Pizarro is best known for his singing of the National Anthem during national sports events including the final baseball game of this year’s World Series.

During the show Randy & Wendi Pierce performed the gospel classic Rusty Goodman song “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” and Teresa Johnson performed a moving rendition of the Andre Crouch penned song “My Tribute”.

Glenn and Dottie Tubb

Glenn and Dottie Tubb

Other great performers on the show were Melanie Walker, Shelton Bissell, Glenn & Dottie Tubb, Rockin’ Reggie Vinson, Bev McCann, Ann Hartmann, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, and NYU Testament. The show finale was comprised of all of the artists, crew, and cast members performing onstage together. The song “Meet Me At The Pearly Gates” was written and directed by Daniel Johnson. Featured ensemble performers were Charlene Harrison, Cross Pointe, and Sandi Kay Shupe.

Some of the award presenters on the show included: Cross Pointe, Brenda Ivey Robertson, Mariah Neff, Charlene Harrison, Marty Merchant, The Reed Brothers, Laura Mathy, Johnny Mack, Lisa Montgomery, David Smith, Margaret Anne Smith, Jeff Wisely, Cherie Brennan, and Julian & Bonnie George.

This year’s USAGEM award winners:

Gospel Entertainer Of The Year – Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year – Sandi Kay Shupe
Male Vocalist Of The Year – Rene Jones
Vocal Group Of The Year – Mending Fences
Musician Of The Year – Bud Rawls
Duo Of The Year – Rene & Edie Jones
Singer/Songwriter Of The Year – Ann Hartmann
Comedian Of The Year – Roy Fox
New Artist Of The Year – The Reed Brothers
Video Of The Year – “Thank God For Mama” Rene Jones & Joanne Cash Yates
Song Of The Year – “Thank God For Mama” Rene Jones & Joanne Cash Yates
Diamond Award – Michael & Ann Gardner
Emerald Award – Tammy Vice
Pearl Award – Ray & Laura Lewis
Ruby Award – Julian & Bonnie George
Sapphire Award – Lavonne Ritzema
Christian Country Crown Jewel – The Fox Brothers
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel – Mending Fences
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel – Rockin’ Reggie Vinson
Black Gospel Crown Jewel – Charlene Harrison
Bluegrass Crown Jewel – Sandi Kay & New Hickory
Servant’s Heart Award – Mariah Neff
Non-Performing Member Award – Dwayne Lewis
Media Award – Perry Edge, Double E Promotions
Radio Servant’s Award – Mona Faith
Film & TV Award – Melanie Walker
Film & TV Award – Jim Sheldon
USAGEM President’s Award – Sandi Kay Shupe

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Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as New Member

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 12, 2015 – 12:48 pm -

Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as New Member

Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as New Member

KINGSPORT, TN — Blue Highway has influenced two decades of musicians since the band premiered in December 1994 — from “The Voice” contestant and Knoxville teen Emily Ann Roberts who recently cited Blue Highway as one of her first musical influences, to the 19-year old phenom the respected powerhouse band has just announced as its new member.

Blue Highway announced today the addition of Gaven Largent as dobro player, filling the spot which opened when founding member Rob Ickes departed three weeks ago.

Gaven grew up in a musical family spanning five generations in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, the hometown of legendary Patsy Cline.

Gaven worked on his great grandparents’ farm from the time he was a youngster.   The high value his family placed on music, honesty, and hard work enabled him to become a fine and multi-talented young man, gifted with most anything his hands touch, from playing dobro, guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin, to fine-tuning the engines of vintage tractors like McCormick Farmalls and Minneapolis Molines.

Largent began playing guitar at age 8, resophonic guitar at age 9, and at age 13 was honored to be invited to perform with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

Since 2012 Largent has performed in several bands including Bud’s Collective, Lonesome Highway, and most recently Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

“Gaven is a true find for Blue Highway,” said Wayne Taylor. “He’s a great person and the perfect person to fill this spot in the band!”

“I’m so excited to have Gaven in the band!” said Jason Burleson. “He’s an amazing dobro player and an all around great musician and good guy.  I can’t wait for everyone to hear this cat!”

“Gaven has really impressed me in the short time I’ve known him, both as a musician and person,” said Tim Stafford. “He’s a natural, and his talent and dedication to his instrument and the music is inspiring. We’re very excited to have him in the group!”

“We couldn’t have found a better musician for this spot than Gaven,” echoed Shawn Lane, who summed it all up, relaying, “Gaven rocks!!”

Gaven grew up listening to Blue Highway, but came to meet the members of the band through his good friend, Jacob Burleson, son of Blue Highway banjo player, Jason Burleson.

Largent expressed his excitement to be invited join Blue Highway:

“I’d first like to say it’s my extreme honor to join a band that has been such a huge influence on the way I think about bluegrass music and the way that I play.  Tim, Shawn, Wayne, and Jason are all huge heroes of mine, and as a young dobro player, Rob Ickes has always been one of my idols!  He is one of the best, and it’s going to be tough for me to try to follow such a respected and talented musician. But that said, I am very excited for the challenge of learning all these tunes (even though I’ve listened to Blue Highway for years!) and thankful for the opportunity to join the ranks and share the stage with this band. Playing music full time has been a goal and dream for me since I was eight years old when I started, and to do it now seems surreal. I hope I can make all the family, friends and fans proud!”

Fans will have their first opportunity to hear the new Blue Highway line-up in January 2016 in Jekyll Island, GA,  at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Friday, January 1, at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., with tickets at www.adamsbluegrass.com/new-year-s-bluegrass-festival.html; and in Kingsport, TN, at the Renaissance Center on Friday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m., with tickets at www.EngageKingsport.com.

Blue Highway is welcoming Gaven with a celebration on the band’s website featuring a 25% off discount on everything in the Blue Highway store with code “WELCOME” through Sunday, December 13, at www.BlueHighwayBand.com.

Blue Highway has earned 25 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and two Grammy nominations. Blue Highway received the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist for 2014, per the 2014 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart released by Bluegrass Today. The powerhouse band’s most recent album The Game  topped the national Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart at #1 for  7 consecutive months, and was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list in Bluegrass Today.

For more info on Blue Highway and Gaven Largent, please visit www.BlueHighwayBand.com and www.Facebook.com/BlueHighway.


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Rusty Golden: Sober

Written by Staff on August 25, 2015 – 7:29 am -

Rusty Golden. Sober1Review by Lorraine Walker

Have you ever been driving in the dark when you look up and see a house with all of its drapes open and blinds drawn up? The inside lights reveal the life of the occupant and you are drawn in by the intimacy and honesty of that stranger’s world. Sober opens up all of the windows and doors of Rusty Golden’s heart and draws you into his world of addiction recovery, faith, relationships and all the stuff that is life.

 

Golden has shared with me in the past about his battle to reach recovery, and though I could write word upon word about the darkness that addicts experience and what it means to reach the Light, nothing I write could help you understand this journey as much as Sober. From “Out of My Hands” through to becoming “Stoned on Love,” the emotion and the expression of Golden’s gravelly vocals will speak to your heart. If you can listen to this CD all the way through without tears falling, you are made of stronger stuff than I am. You can hear a sampler of the album here.

 

Golden has always reminded me of Elton John with the way he interprets music, and I can hear this influence throughout. I love the piano riffs, the incredible saxophone and the driving guitar beat. Just like Sir Elton’s music, you will not get bored or have that déjà vu feeling that every song sounds the same. Golden is gifted and musically articulate.

 

Rusty Golden 2Each time I have listened to this album, I have been grabbed by the message in a different song. Beginning with “Out Of My Hands,” Golden shows us what it takes to maintain recovery from addiction. However, each track speaks to events that all of us experience. From lines such as “the fine line separating right from wrong that oughta be obvious is all but gone” from “Things I Lean On,” to “…sinning faster than Momma was praying,” the “God-shaped hole” of “Hollow Man,” and the enthusiastic “Stoned on Love,” we can relate to times when we felt ‘hollow’ to times when we were so filled with the love of Jesus, we had a natural high.

 

Rusty Golden has written many songs for Southern Gospel artists, but fans of “John In The Jordan” should be alerted that this CD is not filled with quartet-style songs. In my opinion, perhaps only a couple of the tunes are playable on Southern Gospel Radio: “The Reason Why I’m Here,” “Thank You Lord For This Day,” and perhaps “Living Right Now.” However, if you enjoy variety and gutsy vocals, this CD is for you. If you feel the relief in “I found Heaven in the hell I raised, in the not-so-good-old, ‘good old days…'”; pain in “though I love you I have to give you up;” and the dependence in “show me how to walk on feet of clay,” then this is an album you want to add to your collection immediately.Rusty Golden studio. T3 Photography. Sound Kitchen

 

From an Inspirational Country and regular Country music radio point of view, most of these songs will appeal to a wide demographic. “Things I Lean On” has an easy feel, perhaps this is one that should introduce listeners to the world of Rusty Golden. This world is intense, provocative and edgy, but not one to be ignored. Sometimes we think we should present a picture with all the right pieces in place. Golden is not afraid to let you know that, like most of us, some of the puzzle pieces are still in the box.

 

This album is for those who are sober and those who want to be, for those with family who are addicted and those who have ever prayed for someone to find freedom. For the small minority of people whose lives have never touched those in need of recovery, you will find your own lyric on this album that will speak to whatever you are going through.

 

Sober by Rusty Golden can be purchased here on his website, or on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other outlets. Find out more about Golden on Facebook or online. Follow on Twitter.

 

For monthly reviews of Gospel CDs, see the latest version of the SGN Scoops digital magazine, found on the SGN Scoops mainpage. 

 

 


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High Notes by Kelly Nelon Clark: Lessons from Walmart

Written by Staff on June 26, 2015 – 8:15 am -

NelonsI was checking out at Walmart today and noticed the cashier being a bit rude with the customer before me. When it was my turn the same thing happened and maybe a little worse. She was snapping at me to get my items off of the baggage area and into my cart.

My flesh started to take over and say something, but all of a sudden I had the thought to give her kindness instead.

I started getting my things off and I looked at her and said, “How are you doing today?”  She looked at me and replied, “Not good.”

I said, “Can I help you in any way? You seem to be a little preoccupied.” I saw her countenance change.

She said, “My mother is 81 and having surgery tomorrow. I am so worried about her. I can’t think clearly today and I’m short tempered.” She began to tell me of what her mom was going through.

I said, “It’s understandable that your mind and emotions are with your mom.” I told her that maybe God put me in her line to let her know that someone cares. That He especially cares. I told her I would be praying for her and her mom. 

Kelly Nelon

Kelly Nelon

In just a minute I could have chosen to do the wrong thing. Lord knows I’m not perfect and don’t always make the right choices but I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who guides when we choose to listen. 

By Kelly Nelon Clark of The Nelons

Kelly is a writer, vocalist and actor. She writes monthly for SGN Scoops digital magazine.

This feature was first published in March 2015. For current issues of SGN Scoops magazine, visit the SGN Scoops mainpage. 

 


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All I Want For Christmas …

Written by Staff on December 12, 2014 – 8:04 am -

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A couple of weeks ago, SGN Scoops asked our Social Media friends what they wanted for Christmas.

Here are some of the answers…

 

My prodigal children to come home and for their salvation! ~Debbie Stemmer

 

A Jacuzzi! But I don’t think it can fit in Santa’s sleigh. Oh, and world peace. ~ Lorraine Walker

 

I just want my son to be happy and understand that Christmas isn’t about gifts. This year has been rough and I’ve told him we aren’t gonna have Christmas ‘til after I can find a job – but it’s hard for a nine-year-old to understand that. Although, when I ask him why we celebrate Christmas, he knows it’s Jesus’ birthday. So happiness is what I want for Christmas. ~ pamelarjar@yahoo.com

 

For Christmas, I would love to be able to go back to my childhood in Minnesota and go out in the snow, and cut down a live tree, just like I did in third grade. ~ Rob Patz

 

001-ferrari-laferrari-1362484808Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men. Or perhaps something more realistic … a new Ferrari. ~ Stephen Ash

 

All I want for Christmas is that we would all learn and accept the importance of   “all of us” sharing hope, love and the truth of Jesus to all we come in contact with. Love people right where they are and show them His love! ~ Dusty Wells

 

Ummm, I love Turtles! ~ Sue Barnett

 

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All I want for Christmas is good health for my family and friends, joy and peace for us all. ~ Joan Walker

All I want for Christmas is the opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with someone who has never received this priceless gift of grace. The most glorious thing that we can do on this earth is to share the Good News with everyone we encounter. Eternal hope can only be found through Jesus Christ. May we all freely share this hope with others, not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through. Of course, I also want to cherish the time I have with family and friends as we enjoy being together this Christmas. I pray we all enjoy good health and happiness as we reflect the love of Jesus to each other and everyone we meet! ~ Jennifer Campbell

 

All I want for Christmas is more of Jesus and less of me! If I have Jesus at the center of it all, everything else will fall into place! ~ Paige Givens

 

creche in parkAll I want for Christmas is for my family and friends to be well. I want to see people focus on what’s truly important instead of giving and receiving gifts. Christmas is not about “presents”, but about His “presence” in our hearts. ~ Vonda Easley

 

Peace in our hearts, minds…and souls; that peace which surpasses all understanding and that can only come from knowing that Christ is truly Lord and Savior…born, crucified and resurrected– the Hope of Glory! Peace on earth can only begin with us. ~ Sherry Anne

 

starI pray this Christmas my life will radiate Jesus’ love and like the Star of Bethlehem, I can lead someone to Him. ~ Dixie Phillips

 

What do you want for Christmas? Email us at sgnscoops@gmail.com …we may not be Santa but you will find a listening ear.


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Four Days of Waiting by Dr. Jeff Steele

Written by Staff on September 5, 2014 – 1:02 pm -

sunset oneHow long can four days last? Jesus loved to visit the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Sometimes when the crowds got to be overwhelming, the road got to be a little too long and He needed to just get away for a while, Jesus loved to retreat to their home for some old-fashioned rest and relaxation.

He loved these three people as well. Mary used to challenge Him with theological questions about what He taught. Then to demonstrate that she had an innate belief in what He said about Himself, she was known to have broken open an alabaster box and poured expensive perfume on Him as an act of worship. Yes, Jesus loved Mary.

He sure did love Martha too. Everybody loves a good cook and Martha was really a super cook. She could take a pot of turnip greens, throw a chunk of ham in there and change it from greens to greens! Jesus loved that. Come to think of it, I do too.

Lazarus was His good friend. They laughed together, probably fished together, discussed the sports and politics of their day; yes, Lazarus was a good and trusted friend. I see why Jesus loved their place so much.

One day though, as it does in every home, crisis came. Lazarus got sick. Not just a little sick, really sick. In fact if you read the story from back to front you know that in fact Lazarus died from his illness. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus: “Lord, the one you love is sick.” They expected Him to come.

Well, they sent Him the message about a sick relative and He didn’t come. He didn’t call; He didn’t even send a card that said He was remembering them in prayer. In fact, the silence from Jesus to their request was deafening! They must have been confused, especially when Lazarus died. There was still no word from Jesus.

“He ate our food, now He can’t even send us a word to let us know He got our message,” Martha must have said. I’m sure Mary must have wondered aloud, “He acted like He enjoyed my company, He knew I believed in Him and now He is nowhere to be found.” Perhaps their thought was that they overestimated their friendship with Him. Maybe they or He overestimated His ability to actually do all the things He talked about, and now that a real situation existed that would ‘put Him to the test,’ He just steered clear to avoid embarrassment. They must have wondered about all of these things.

All they knew was that they had a need that only He could meet and He was not anywhere to be seen.

You’ve been right there, haven’t you? “Lord, I have not missed a Sunday. I’m a teacher, a deacon, a committee member, I give, I sing in the choir and I’ve supported missions. Nobody’s been more faithful than me and now I have a need, and I’ve asked you for help, and You haven’t come!”

For Mary and Martha it was four days after Lazarus died before Jesus showed up. They were asking, and some of you are asking: “How long can four days last?”

Four days. The time between when we KNOW we have a need that only God can meet and the time when He shows up to do something about it.

There are several things you can know during your four days of waiting: Number one: You can know that He IS coming. He may not come when you WANT Him to come but He IS coming! So while you’re waiting don’t come out of the prayer closet, don’t throw away your Bible, don’t stop coming to church, don’t stop serving or sharing or participating in the work. Just know that no matter what it looks like or feels like, Jesus is on the way and He WILL be there and when He gets there you want to be found ready and waiting for Him.

Number two: You can know that He already KNOWS what He’s going to do when He gets there. Just like He may not come when you want Him, He also may not do what you have asked Him to do when He gets there. If He doesn’t then rest assured what He does will be better than what you asked for in the first place.

Mary and Martha sent word and asked for a healing. Jesus, knowing what He was going to do when He got there, knew that a resurrection beats a healing any day of the week! They didn’t get what they asked for – they got something better! And as a result after Lazarus was raised, the scripture says many got saved!

jeff steele

Dr. Jeff Steele

Number three: What you go through during your four days of waiting will end up being for YOUR good and God’s glory. Paul said in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Hang on, pray on, believe on and press on. Even in the four days of waiting that many of you are in right now, remember that He’s coming, He knows what He’s going to do when He gets there, His plan is better than ours anyway and He has promised and He is bound by that promise that everything in our lives (good, bad and ugly) is working out for OUR good and His glory!

Written by Dr. Jeff Steele, a monthly columnist for SGN Scoops digital magazine. For current issues, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/

Published by SGN Scoops in August 2014.


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In Depth With Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Written by Staff on August 14, 2014 – 8:49 am -

Tim Surrett

Tim Surrett

Balsam Range is one of today’s leading edge Bluegrass bands, accruing numerous number one songs since their inception in 2007. The band has been nominated for several International Bluegrass Music Association awards, winning the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year Award for “Trains I Missed.” These five instrumentalists and vocalists are each accomplished and awarded personally, uniting together to create an infectious blend of Bluegrass, Country, Gospel and Folk that has captured the ears and hearts of many fans across America.

Balsam Range consists of Buddy Melton, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Tim Surrett. While each member has an impressive list of credentials in Bluegrass music, Tim Surrett is most recognizable by Southern Gospel fans, having sung with The Kingsmen Quartet for many years. Surrett takes a few moments to chat with SGM Radio about the band, his family and his faith.

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Balsam Range records a mix of secular and Gospel songs on their albums, a tradition that continues with their latest album, Papertown, a recording that was number two in PopMatters Best of Bluegrass 2012 and also in CMT Edge 10 Favorite Americana Albums of 2012. These accolades bring even more attention to a band with a very busy schedule. “There is a lot going on these days,” says Surrett. “We are heading into the busy season for Bluegrass. Our latest album Papertown is the current number one album in Bluegrass, with three of the singles going number one so far. One of those is “Row By Row,” which was a number one Gospel song for us. We are playing extensively, and spreading out a bit more than we intended. That is a good thing, though!”

Balsam Range in concert“Balsam Range has been together for six years now,” says Surrett. “Hard to believe! We came together as a result of two of the guys doing solo records. I ended up playing bass on both projects, and we had so much fun that we decided to get together and just jam a little. Immediately we knew something was going on! The second time we got together, one of the guys said that he had gotten a call about doing a show, and did we want to do it? We did the program, and it just took off from there.” A favorite vocalist and instrumentalist in Southern Gospel, Surrett’s fans don’t seem to have any problem with his transition to secular Bluegrass. “I have never gotten any flack about playing in a secular group. We do a lot of Gospel programs and churches and I have continued doing solo church programs when able to do so.”

Balsam Range PapertownSurrett enjoys playing with the guys of Balsam Range and the camaraderie of the group is evident onstage. The group is as much known for the sweet, country tenor of Buddy Melton as it is for the engaging MC work and humor of Surrett. Surrett says, “I do my best to make that as interesting or funny as possible. I had some great teachers in Jim Hamill and Squire Parsons. Hamill was so honest with the audience; he was just hysterical at times. Squire taught me that just because you are both southern and rural, you don’t have to come off like Larry The Cable Guy.” Surrett laughs, “I secretly like him!”

BalsamRCovNewSize6As a member of Balsam Range, Surrett has an opportunity to touch the hearts of listeners who might never have heard the words of a Gospel song, such as he might have performed with The Kingsmen. “I feel with certainty that God has put me where I am to be a witness to people who would never go to a church or Gospel program,” says Surrett, a strong Christian who works at maintaining and growing in faith. “I try to read the Bible as much as possible, sometimes on my phone or Kindle, however possible. My pastor, Jackie Collins, is a great Bible teacher. I love to learn something every time I go to church!” Surrett says, “My goal is just to be a better [Christian], which means showing Christ, not talking Christ.”

father and sonIt is important to also maintain a strong family unit even with the heavy demands of a tour schedule. Surrett says, “We pray. I am gone more than I care to be, so every day home has to count! I have a great wife and an awesome son who is about to turn five. Until now I never really cared about how much I was gone. Not the case any more!” Surrett also has strong support from Christian friends. “People send me verses via text messages every day, and I love how they are always spot-on with whatever is happening for me that day. I’m not even surprised any more!”

Tim Surrett and Balsam Range have successfully created a niche for themselves in the world of Bluegrass and Americana music, performing music that engages all ages and attracts the ear of fans of all genres. As they appear at venues across the nation, Surrett has one wish for the audience of Balsam Range. “I would hope that wherever people heard me play, that they knew that I meant every word.”

The Surretts

The Surretts

For more information on Balsam Range visit http://balsamrange.com/

For more information on Tim Surrett click on https://www.facebook.com/tim.surrett.9

 

SGMRadio enjoyed visiting with Tim Surrett, vocalist and instrumentalist with Balsam Range, as we continue our feature entitled “In Depth With”. We will try to allow you to get to know your favorite artists just a little better by asking questions you may have always wanted to ask. If you have a favorite artist please email us and tell us what you would like to know about them! Email here: sgmradio.lorrainewalker@gmail.com

Written by Lorraine Walker

First Published By SGM Radio website in June 2013.  For current features visit http://www.sgmradio.com/

 

 


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