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Zach Williams, Easter, and Finding Your Now

Written by Staff on March 29, 2018 – 12:49 pm -

March 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

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

I heard the birds singing louder than the traffic noise this morning, and I knew that spring must be just around the corner. The month of March is full of possibilities as I watch the bulbs start to send up their green leaves, and the rabbits come out of hibernation to try and feast on those sprouts. It makes me begin to wonder what new things the Lord wants me to do as I come out of my own winter hibernation. Is there something new for all of us this month, this week, or even today?

Let’s all look at the chains that may be preventing us from attempting something different. Those chains may be fear, or indecision, or perceived inability, holding us down. Maybe we need to listen to Zach Williams’ “Chain Breaker” one more time. That is one of my favorite songs right now, whether it is Triumphant or Gaither Vocal Band or Steve Ladd or Williams himself performing it. I confess that I have played Williams’ and Triumphant’s CDs until they have been worn thin. I may be the only person in the world still purchasing full CDs, but then, I still have boxes of cassette tapes as well. However, I digress.

 

When the idea was born to feature Williams on the cover of this issue, I was delighted. The writer of this hit is a Grammy Award winner, and his song has been covered by many artists from many different branches of Christian music. I am so glad that Justin McLeod was able to chat with this singer/songwriter, and I hope that you enjoyed every feature in our diverse look at what is happening in the world of Christian music.

 

Moving to the genre of Christian country music, artist Jonathan Dale said something in my interview with him that has resonated with me ever since. He was talking about his new release, “This Is Your Now.” He wants this generation to be aware that the time is now to do what you are called to do, not wait for another day, week, or year. We all need to look at this moment as our time, as we may not have another moment.

 

The writer Paul told his readers in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” He was quoting the prophet Isaiah from the Old Testament in Isaiah 49:8. The Bible is filled with the thread of urgency, reminding us time and again that our life here on earth is but a short blip in the eternal timeline. Where you spend the rest of your life depends on what you do now. Have you made the decision that Dr. Billy Graham probably preached thousands of times in his lifetime? Have you accepted the salvation of the Lord, put your trust in Him and given your life to Him?

 

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

Truly, “This Is Your Now.” You may never have another chance to make that decision. And if you have been walking with the Lord, what has He been urging you to do with your life, that thing that has caused you to procrastinate? You have said to yourself that you would wait until you had a break in your job stress, or perhaps until you acquired a job, or until you were wiser in your knowledge of scripture, or until whatever has been happening in your life had passed.

 

What better time than spring, than Easter, than today to reach hold of the hand of God and allow Him to lead you into a new land?

God spoke to Isaiah and said through him, “Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now, it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18, 19)

 

Thanks so much for reading SGNScoops Magazine. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com. I hope to see you at some gospel music event this year.

Do that new thing today. This truly is your now.

By Lorraine Walker

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Lorraine Walker asks: What are Your Spiritual Goals for 2018?

Written by Staff on February 6, 2018 – 8:36 am -

January 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Lorraine Walker, Editor of SGNScoops Magazine, asks about your spiritual goals for January 2018

SGNScoops Magazine: Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker for January 2018

Happy New Year. I trust everyone had a good holiday season. For those whose December was a time of sorrow, I understand and pray that this new year will bring encouragement and joy from our Lord.

Here at SGNScoops, we like to highlight an up-and-coming gospel music artist every year on our January cover. The Jordan Family Band is a great new family group that everyone seems to be talking about.

I first became aware of them by catching videos on Facebook by Randa Jordan. It was just her and her piano, and it was so real and heartfelt, as well as being accomplished and skillfully presented, that I kept looking for her when I went online. Then, her family joined her, and I wondered what rock I’d been hiding under that I wasn’t aware of the Jordan Family Band until then. Seriously, if you haven’t heard them yet, find them on Facebook, and they will touch your heart. Be watching for them to climb the charts in 2018.

It is also nice to hear some new year’s resolutions by gospel artists and to think about our own goal-setting. As we consider the year ahead at SGNScoops, we would like to have your input. Who would you like us to feature? Is there a story or film or book you would like us to cover? Please send me an email with your suggestions at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

Taking stock of your personal life is also good at any time, not just at the beginning of the year. Most people mention their physical goals, but what about your spiritual goals? It’s a good time to pray about God’s direction.

Editors Last Word by Lorraine Walker for January 2018

What are your spiritual goals for 2018?

Perhaps He is urging you to reach out to your neighbor this year, to find a missionary to support, or to dare to walk more closely to the light of His glory. I think we as a society are becoming more aware of religious persecution, but what some may not realize is that Christians are persecuted and martyred around the world. The tide against us is growing higher all the time, as is evidenced by daily news reports. The closer you walk with the Lord, the more this tide will grow, but a life with Jesus is worth it all.

If the new year appears to be filled with the same difficulties that you have faced in the past, remember that the Lord knows and wants to help you along the road you have to walk. Remember that He is building character in you. Romans 5:1-5 (NIVUK) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Editor's Last Word for January 2018 by Lorraine Walker

Be courageous in 2018

Trust God to be your source of peace and hope in 2018. Happy New Year.

Questions? Comments? Email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in January 2018.

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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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SGNScoops editor asks: Are you striving for excellence?

Written by Staff on June 25, 2017 – 3:21 pm -

Collingsworth Family appear in SGNScoops June 2017. Lorraine Walker, Editor

Collingsworth Family appear in SGNScoops June 2017. Lorraine Walker, Editor

Editor’s Last Word for June 2017 by Lorraine Walker [expanded version]

Thanks to you all for checking out the June issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Three years ago this month, I began my full duties as editor, not comprehending the breadth and scope of what it means to work in this capacity. As I have made my way through the labyrinth of SGNScoops, I have come to realize even more the heart of this organization.

 

I have written for Rob Patz and the SGMRadio and SGNScoops web sites since 2004 and this magazine since 2009. However, it wasn’t until I gingerly took on the reigns of SGNScoops Magazine as editor in June 2014, that I really began to interact with all of the writers, contributors, behind-the-scenes and creative/design people that work together to make every issue the best that it can be.

 

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

We strive for excellence. Whether we always reach it is debatable, but we are always reaching for the next rung on the ladder. The reason we do that is because we believe we are really working for the King of Kings. Therefore, we must give our very best. We also trust that you – our readers – will enjoy and be edified by our efforts. In your every day work, do you strive for excellence simply because the Almighty God wants your very best?

God doesn’t expect perfection…He just wants you to strive to reach the mark. Just like my sign under my picture, “Love Everyone, Always,” doesn’t mean you always will just because God told you to love your neighbor as yourself. He just wants you to try. You don’t need to be a doormat, just as you wouldn’t expect to walk over others. Give yourself to God and then to others. In His strength, try to live as He lived and do your utmost for Him.

Our cover artist this month also works hard to give its very best. The Collingsworth Family is known for its excellence vocally and with its musicianship. Erin Stevens brings us a close look at what makes the family thrive. Craig Harris shows us how their family relationships reflect their faith in a good father. Respect, love and compassion as shown by our Heavenly Father will draw a family closer. We hope you enjoyed all of the features that emphasized the Father’s Day theme sprinkled throughout this issue.

 

I’m so glad that I still have my father and that we as a family will be able to gather and celebrate him on Father’s Day. I also have a close relationship with my Heavenly Father, and I know He is good. Is that something that you perhaps haven’t come to understand in your life? That the almighty God would give His dear child just so you could have a relationship with Him, proves how good He is. He wants to give you every good and perfect gift. I pray you would draw near to Him today.

 

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Thank you to all of you that have written to share your gifts and talents given to you by our Father. If you have an interest in becoming a part of SGNScoops, drop me a line at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

From the Editor’s Last Word, SGNScoops Magazine for June 2017.

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Are You Blooming? by Lorraine Walker, Editor, SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on May 30, 2017 – 8:40 am -

Are You Blooming? by Lorraine Walker, Editor, SGNScoops Magazine

Dean Hopper in May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

2017 May SGNScoops Editor’s Last Word By Lorraine Walker

It’s May and with this fifth edition of SGNScoops for 2017, I hope you will find a feature, an article, or even just a photograph, that is educational, entertaining or encouraging. We look for stories that will be intriguing to you and we believe we have included many this month.

A special thanks to Dean Hopper for sharing with Craig Harris the difficulties of his health scare recently. There has been so much written about this special family over the years and we hope you enjoyed this feature. Please remember to keep them all in your prayers.

We appreciate all of our writers and staff here at Scoops, and they have all performed beyond expectations this month. These ladies and gentlemen do what they do because they believe they are making a difference. I believe they are as well.

As I look out into our backyard and see all the flowers that are now in bloom, I see what a difference they make to a rather dull scene. Color and fragrance attract bees and birds, enlivening the yard and our street. I’m so glad everything is flourishing in the warmth and moisture of spring.

Are You Blooming? by Lorraine Walker, Editor, SGNScoops Magazine

Bloom where you are planted

It occurred to me that our team here at SGNScoops are also blooming where they are planted. Have you considered where you are in your work, your home life, your hobbies? Are you changing your landscape with the scent and beauty that is Jesus in your life?

Perhaps you are finding things so difficult right now that your spiritual life feels dry and barren. The Bible uses water as an image of the Holy Spirit and His power in our lives to bring life. Let Him wash over you today and quench your thirst, moisten your heart so that your relationship with the Lord will grow afresh. Then not only will you feel rebirth in all areas of your life, but others will catch the color and fragrance of Jesus and seeds will be planted in their hearts.
If you feel you have talents that are lying dormant in your life in the area of writing or other skills you think you might be able to utilize here at SGNScoops, please let me know. We are always looking for fresh ideas and volunteers to enrich our publication. Write me today with any comments, questions or suggestions at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

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NQC “Scoops” Moment

Written by scoopsnews on September 29, 2016 – 5:56 am -

 

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Rob Patz- Publisher and Lorraine Walker- Editor These two make a great team!

There was a lot of celebrating going on yesterday for SGN Scoops. A little extended Birthday celebration for our Publisher, Rob Patz and a celebration that our editor got to make the trip to the convention from Canada.

We also were celebrating our new SGN Scoops “printed”  Newspaper. Have you subscribed yet? It’s $25 per year for 12 issues and you can stop by booth 904 and subscribe at NQC and pick up a free cd!

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Please Pray For Lorraine Walker’s Dad

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 5, 2016 – 8:59 am -

Please Pray For Lorraine Walker's Dad

Please Pray For Lorraine Walker’s Dad

Please remember our wonderful editor, Lorraine Walker’s Dad in prayer. He is having hip surgery this week. He is 90 years old . We appreciate your prayers and we know Lorraine does too!

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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.

 

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Happy Birthday Lorraine Walker

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 24, 2015 – 4:43 am -

Happy Birthday Lorraine Walker

Happy Birthday Lorraine Walker

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SGN Scoops Fast Five: Adams Call

Written by Staff on May 4, 2015 – 11:37 am -

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Adam’s Call

Adams Call began in 2012 as a male trio, but became a mixed trio in 2013.  Bobby Davenport, Melissa DuVall and Riley Dotson have received award nominations for Sunrise Artist of the Year, Christian Country Album of the Year and video of the year. This breath of fresh air in the music industry has been watching their songs chart nationally and seeing their schedule grow and expand.
SGN Scoops recently asked Adams Call to answer our Fast Five questions…
SGN: What is the name of your newest CD and newest radio single? What’s your absolute favorite song on this recording?
AC: Our latest radio single is entitled “Back to God,” which is featured on our brand new album that is currently in production, and expected to release late summer/ early fall. This song could not be heard at a better time! With all of the violence and destruction everywhere we look, it’s clear that there is only one hope for our country and that is Jesus Christ. The song “Back to God” boldly says that we as christians have to cry out to God like never before, as He is the only thing that can sustain us now.
SGN: What song do you wish you had written and why.
Some of our favorite songs are the songs that have completely ignored the limits of time and fads, the songs that are anointed and carry a message that is absolutely timeless. When I think of those things, my mind immediately goes to people like Mosie Lister and Albert Brumley. But if there is one song I would have loved to have written, it would be: “Sheltered in the Arms of God,” by the songstress herself, Dottie Rambo. For us it just doesn’t get any better than that!
SGN: You have finished the concert, finished eating, driving down the highway…what are you doing?
AC:Most Likely listening to a new episode of “Cold Case” and trying to solve the mystery before the end, or keeping up with what is happening in the world on Fox News on our satellite radio.
 
SGN: You have stopped the bus because a big turtle is crossing the road. Which one of you gets off to usher it to the other side?
AC: Most likely Riley! He has quickly become the Go-Getter and takes care of all of the little quick stops, like running into a store to get batteries and water. He already has some experience shooing animals out of the road, after a recent trip to a Florida tourist stop where peacocks enjoyed standing in the middle of the road. Next time you’re at an Adams Call concert, ask him to show you his “Peacock Call”.
 
SGN: What is your favorite song to sing and why.
AC:You know it really changes from night to night. When you’re on stage and see the audience connecting with a song, or see tears falling because someone can relate to the message, it becomes a priceless moment, and those times are our favorite!
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