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Rob Patz asks: Are You Free?

Written by Staff on August 18, 2017 – 5:52 pm -

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?2017 July SGNScoops Magazine Rob Patz’ Publishers Point

Are you Free?


When I ask you that question, what do you really think?


“Of course I’m free,” I’m sure comes to mind.


I live in a country where freedom is celebrated, so of course, I’m free. That is true to a certain extent. We’re all free, but in reality, we cause our own restraint, our own lack of freedom.


Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Rob Patz

I love the scripture in Galatians that reads, “For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NLT)


Sometimes, we take freedom for granted – freedom of speech, freedom to travel, freedom to worship – and not until there is a point in life that freedom is taken away do we realize how much we should cherish it.


Recently, my mom fell and broke her femur bone in her leg. If you know my mom you know that her freedom to be able to do what she wants, when she wants, is one of the things she cherishes most. Unfortunately, during this period of recovery, she has not been able to have that freedom. So, the freedom she cherishes has been taken away and makes her desire for that freedom even greater. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to pray for my mom. Her recovery is going amazingly well, with the doctors saying she is the perfect example of healing, and at some point, mom will regain her freedom that she has lost at this moment.


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

How many of us live our life in a way that we have closed ourselves in, taking away our own freedom, or whether through hurt or circumstances like our job, we’ve allowed our freedom to disappear? How many of us have allowed our freedom in Christ to disappear? That is probably the most worrisome of all.


I remember hearing my dad saying we are more than conquerors. Now, if we’re living a life that does not speak that, then we are missing out in the freedom that Christ has given us. He wants us to be bold, and if you look at the scriptures, when we are bold with the freedom that we have in Christ, we then can serve others in love.


How many times have you been at a point in your life where your own hurt, discouragement, feelings of regret, and depression have left you with walls that have become a trap to you and are not allowing you to live in the freedom that is through Christ Jesus? When you are in that position, you can’t help others.


I know personally there have been times in my life where I have been so caught up in the circumstances of my life that I was of no value to anyone else. I had built those walls of hurt, disappointment, and depression around me, and they had me trapped. They had become so harmful to me that I could not, or was not, able to help others. That’s what the Scripture is talking about, being bold enough in our faith to be able to have freedom from things in our life to share the joy of Christ.


Since I was a kid, every morning my father would say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” If you begin to rejoice in your life no matter the circumstances, it will bring a new level of freedom.


Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

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Anyone will tell you that freedom is not free … there is a cost. If you serve, or have served, in the military and sacrificed time away from your family, I want to tell you how much I appreciate what you have done in service for your country.


Freedom as a Christian is similar to being in the military. We live a life where we have to decide whether we are going to serve Christ and lay aside our personal feelings and experiences to serve Him. Freedom in Christ doesn’t come for free. It comes at the price of obedience.


I challenge you this month, the month of freedom here in the United States, to live life to the fullest and live life with the freedom from Jesus that overtakes you and shines through you to those in your community.


Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Tribute Quartet

I want to invite you to be with us in Vernon, Ala., at the Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend from Sept. 8-9. I would also love to see you at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 for four great days of Gospel Music with more than 50 fantastic artists.

Have a great month of freedom.

By Rob Patz

First published in July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine.

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Rob Patz: Fast Trains and Life Regrets

Written by Staff on June 22, 2017 – 7:36 pm -

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2017 June SGNScoops Rob Patz: Publisher’s Point

Welcome to the June edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Can you believe that we are almost halfway through the year of 2017? It’s hard for me to imagine how fast this year has flown by. When we’re younger, we think time moves so much slower than it really does, and when we get older, we realize how fast time really is moving.


As many of you know, I usually avoid talking about Father’s Day during the month of June in the Publisher’s Point. If you don’t believe me, go back and read past years of SGNScoops. Now that I look back on it, it was not necessary, but each of us mourn the loss of someone in a different way. I’m coming to grips with that, so this month I want to tell you a story about my dad.


My father loved trains, and in fact, my grandfather worked for the Canadian National Railroad as an arbitrator, so trains are in our family. I can remember my father buying me my first train, which progressed to a larger train, and a larger train, and then a larger train. My father would lay on the floor with me, and we would play with these trains. To be honest, I think he was having as much fun or maybe more than I was.


Rob Patz and his dad, Rev. Don Patz

Rob Patz and his dad, Rev. Don Patz

I remember at about eight years old, my dad and I were laying on the floor playing with the larger model train that he had gotten me. Now, I know my dad … he would never miss an opportunity for a life lesson. I think that was the pastor in him. As we were laying there on the floor, he said, “Our lives are a lot like a train. We are on a track to a destination. Unfortunately, some engineers push their train, and those trains derail. They are much like people who push life outside of the speed limit, go too fast for the tracks and miss their station. Then, there are people who stay within the recommended speed. They move along the tracks safely and get to their destination.”


I remember him looking at me and saying, “Rob, that is much like people and our relationship with God. If we try to speed things up and move past what God wants, we are going to derail our life. If we listen to God, who is the ultimate engineer – and stay within the parameters that He has laid out for our lives – not only are we going to get to our location but we are going to get there safely.”


Being a boy of eight years old, at first that story didn’t sink in. In fact, it was many years later before the story really hit home with me. If I remember correctly, my first words after he made this great analogy were, “Hey Dad, can you set up my race car set now, because I can switch lanes, and we don’t have to go around on the same track.” I’m sure my father was wondering if I had listened at all. I wish more than anything he could read this and know that I listened and understood.


So many of us today want to rush to the destination. We want to get to the place that in our mind we think is the most important, sometimes cutting corners on our own convictions, much like the engineer who knows better but still gives the train too much fuel and accelerates past the recommended traveling speed. He knows he’s pushing it to the limit and probably hoping he doesn’t derail. Unfortunately in life, if we cut corners or go past the recommended traveling speed, we more than likely are going to suffer derailment in our lives.


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

I’m thankful that I serve a God who watches over us even after we’ve derailed. Much like me as as a child, when my train would derail because I would push it to the limit of speed, God is willing to reach His hand down and put our lives back on the track. He doesn’t think twice about it if we ask Him and if we seek to move in the right direction.


So many of us rush through life. I think that’s my biggest regret. I haven’t taken the time to enjoy moments. If I could go back to that moment at eight years old, I would. If I could tell my father I loved him one more time, I would for all the money in this world. So if your dad is still with you, tell him you love him and tell him you appreciate what he has done for you.


I hope each and every one of you have an amazing month of June, and please join me for Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, Sept. 8-9 in Vernon, Ala.


I also encourage you to be with us Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 for Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. It’s going to be an awesome four days of Gospel Music and renewal for your soul.


June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

And that’s this month’s Publisher’s Point.

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Mother’s Day greeting from Stephanie Kelley

Written by Staff on May 12, 2017 – 11:46 am -

Stephanie Kelley and her mom

Stephanie Kelley and her mom, Sharon Kramer

Stephanie Kelley is part of the creative and design team of SGNScoops Magazine. She is responsible for our lovely covers and is also the cousin of publisher Rob Patz. She gives this tribute about her mom:

My mom has always been my very best friend and a whole lot more.  She has been my confidant; I have told her everything that has ever happened to me and she always rejoices in the victories and comforts me in the defeats. She supports me in every possible way. She is the benchmark that I try to aspire to now that I have my own children. She is smart, compassionate, patient and is such a talented poet. But what I admire most about her, is her love for the Lord. She has taught me to trust the Lord in all things, big and small and demonstrates this faith in her daily life. I love you, more, Mama.

Stephanie Kelley and Rob Patz

Stephanie Kelley and Rob Patz

Stephanie Kelley is a public speaker and owner of QueenO-Q, a blog featuring coupon match-ups, freebies, samples and information on frugal living. She is married, has three children and lives in Washington State.

Thanks to Steph Kelley for her eloquent tribute to her mom today. Would you like to tell us about your mother? Email me today at

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Pat Barker University comes to Creekside 2017

Written by Staff on April 11, 2017 – 8:18 am -

Pat Barker University will be held at Creekside 2017

Pat Barker University will be held at Creekside 2017

Pat Barker, a well-known bass singer and Gospel music personality from Alabama, has begun to share his wealth of experience to aspiring singers and accomplished artists alike. These sessions of training and encouragement are called the Pat Barker University. Offering vocal coaching to stage presence, Barker touches on everything the artist needs to present Christ.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 is thrilled to be able to present the Pat Barker University to artists and attendees for a nominal cost on a first come, first served basis. Barker recently presented this seminar at the Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Ala., and those who present were satisfied

Pat Barker and Rob Patz

Pat Barker and Rob Patz, Coastal Media CEO and publisher of SGNScoops

that it was time well spent. PBU attendee Charlie Sexton said recently on Facebook: “If it is anything like the one last month at Oxford, it will be extraordinary. I encourage everyone that can to attend. Well worth the money!”

Creekside 2017 is being held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from October 30 through November 2. The convention will include a Monday morning outdoor breakfast and showcase, evening concerts Monday through Thursday, afternoon showcases, the Diamond Awards, artist breakfast and midnight prayer. Fans are encouraged to register for the free tickets and contact Salina Clay for hotel reservations by e-mailing, or at 360 933 0741. Go online to for more information.

Rob Patz of Creekside says, “I am so excited that Pat is coming to Creekside to present PBU. I know everyone will learn something and return to the road with renewed enthusiasm. He might even teach me to sing bass!”

Artists and guests will enjoy the Pat Barker University and will be allowed to attend on a first come, first served basis. Please call Rob at 360-933-0741 or Vonda at 256-310-7892 to reserve your seat today. The fee is $25 per person.

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Rob Patz and his Publisher’s Point for March: Find Your Strength

Written by Staff on March 22, 2017 – 10:50 am -


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

It is the month of March. Can you believe this year is flying by the way it is? I am excited about March. We have Southern Gospel Weekend coming up, March 23rd through the 25th. If you haven’t made plans already, we want you to be with us in Oxford, Alabama for three great days of Gospel music and over 30 great artists. It is going to be a time that you will not forget!

I want to thank each and everyone of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel over the last month as we continue to see growth in our effort with One Minute Prayer. I am excited to see what God is going to do with One Minute Prayer.

I’ve been asked why I came up with this idea and I wanted to share a little bit with you right here. One Minute Prayer came out of a time in my life where I needed to meet with God more than just in my normal prayer time and I started asking Him in short increments about what was on my heart. That turned into me setting the timer on my phone for one minute and praying for what God knew was on my heart. To be honest, I continue to pray about that

Rob Patz will be at Southern Gospel Weekend March 23-25

Rob Patz will be at Southern Gospel Weekend March 23-25

need, but God has lit a fire in my soul to share the idea of One Minute Prayer. So many people that I come in contact with daily are hurting and need to be encouraged, so I know that this is a timely theme.

So that’s a little bit of a background. This month, I want to talk to you about your strength. You know that the Scripture says in Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” So many people feel so burdened by life, they feel so heavy with the circumstances that are around them, whether it is their family or their job or their church they feel like things are so overwhelming for them that they no longer have any joy. But Scripture says that the joy of the Lord is our strength which means when things seem overwhelming, when life seems bigger than we can handle, that if we rest in Jesus and in His strength we will find joy.

Rob Patz and soldier. What do you rely on for strength?

Rob Patz and soldier. What do you rely on for strength?

When I started to think about that, it changed my life. I started to realize that joy doesn’t come from this world. I know you understand that and I understand that. I grew up in church and I have heard that my whole life. But there are times where we need to be reminded that the joy of the Lord is our strength too. Not only is He the One to uplift us with His strength, He is the One that will bring us joy in the midst of whatever is weighing us down. So take a minute today and pray about the strength that God is going to give you. I will stand with you and pray this prayer.

Let’s pray this month together for people who need jobs and for people who need changes in their personal relationships with their family and friends. Let’s pray for a revival to come to those that we know. So many times we pray for revival in our churches, but I have really felt the burden lately to start praying that revival will happen in us. Not to the church but in His people.

I love each and everyone of you and I believe God has great things for you to do this month. So go out and do them because the Bible says, “When God is for us, who can be against us?”

And that is this month’s Publishers Point.

By Rob Patz, Publisher of SGNScoops Magazine.

First published by SGNScoops Magazine March 2017.

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Rob Patz asks: “Do You Ever Get Scared?”

Written by Staff on February 16, 2017 – 12:56 pm -

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine featuring Rob Patz in Publisher’s Point

2017 February – Rob Patz – Publisher’s Point – SGNScoops Magazine

Do you ever get scared of what is going to happen? Do you ever wonder if you are really going down the right path that God has selected for you?  These are some of the things I’ve been thinking about this month as I am writing my Publisher’s Point.


There are times where I really wonder if where I am is exactly where God has selected for me to be, but I know in the end I have His hand on my life. If we pray, God is going to reassure us and give us peace. As for the first question, do I ever get scared? I would have to say almost on a weekly basis! Does that make me a less of a person? I don’t think so. I think it shows that I am mindful of what God has and what He is going to do.


I do worry a times that I will get headed in the wrong direction. I like to do things right away, I like things to be accomplished immediately so that I can move onto the next task. I’m goal driven. I like to say I can check that off my list of things to do today.


Unfortunately, we as Christians don’t always get clear answers right away. Sometimes, God asks us to wait, as He says, “Peace, be still.” Probably the hardest thing for me to do is to sit still.


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

I was in an airport recently and if you know about travel, there is a lot of downtime. For most people, they sit at the gate and wait. Unfortunately, that isn’t me. I walk up and down the main aisle because I don’t like to sit and I don’t like to wait.


I think this year that is one of the things that God is trying to teach me. He is teaching me that there are times where you have to wait, you have to sit still, you have to have the peace that comes from just being still. That is something I’m working on. I’m not sure I will ever be completely comfortable sitting and waiting, but I am starting to understand that God at times needs us to stay in one place to learn something!  


I’ve started to pray almost daily that God will give me peace in the midst of my waiting. Are you at a point right now in your life where you are waiting? It’s God asking you to be still for a moment.


I would love to tell you that over this past time that I’ve been dealing with this, that it’s gotten easier, but that wouldn’t be the truth. While I sit here and wait, I learn to be thankful for the things that are around. Please don’t ever miss an opportunity to be thankful for that moment, even if God has you sitting at the gate, waiting to board your next adventure.


Rob Patz

Ready for Adventure!

God is still in control. Until next month, this is the Publisher’s Point.
P.S. Don’t forget, I want to see you in Oxford, Alabama, March 23rd through the 25th. Over 30 great Southern Gospel artists in one location! More news inside SGNScoops.


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WPIL 91.7 in Heflin Alabama to Host Monthly Conferences

Written by scoopsnews on February 9, 2017 – 10:32 am -

WPIL in Heflin, Alabama will be hosting a monthly conference at the station. The first one is scheduled for February 18, 2017 from 9 am -11 am CST. The station is located at 256 Brockford Rd in Heflin, Alabama.

This Ladies Conference, “Beautifully Broken” will be presented by Vonda Easley, DJ and host of the popular Strictly Southern Show which airs every Friday morning at 9am CST.

“We just announced the Beautifully Broken conference a couple of days ago and at this time we only have a few seats left. I believe God is going to help some ladies and that is truly why we are doing this,” states Vonda.

Rob Patz, station owner adds, “I knew when I acquired the station that God had big plans for it. We want to utilize every inch for His glory. I’m glad the new Women’s Conferences have caught the interest of so many. I’m excited about the future of WPIL!”

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2017 A Fresh Start

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 1, 2017 – 1:19 pm -

Rob Patz - 2017 A Fresh Start

Rob Patz – 2017 A Fresh Start

Publisher’s Point

Welcome to 2017. I know I’m not the first person to tell you that, but I want to be one that welcomes you to a brand-new year. I’m always excited about the start of a new year because of the world of opportunities that comes along with it. Some people call it a fresh season; I love how that sounds.

If you look back in my family’s history, two generations ago we were farmers in the Midwest and that meant working hard to create an income for my family. My great-grandfather and my grandfather would spend time during the winter preparing for the next year. So I want to ask you: What are you preparing for? What is God working on in your life and what has God put on your heart as far as this season? I don’t know for sure; every year is a new season, but for my analogy, it will be I think that 2017 is going to be a year of great blessings, not only for me but for SGNScoops magazine and for WPIL. At the midpoint of 2016, we had the opportunity to acquire the radio station and that was an exciting new season for me, but I can look back on my life and how God was preparing me for this season.

I was a 20-year- old boy sitting in the control room in the State of Washington and I asked God if He would allow me the opportunity to own a radio station. At 20 years old, you want things right away. But God had a better plan. God allowed me over the last 25 plus years in Christian media

and ministry, to learn what it would take to truly own a radio station and what it would take to make that become successful. I have been blessed in the last six months to watch as the station has grown and as the community has given us their support. Also, you can tie that into the fact that I had no knowledge of running a magazine until I started SGMRadio in 2003. At that time God prepared me for what I would do when I bought SGNScoops by allowing me to meet writers who would contribute monthly to our website. He taught me about managing stories and about creating interest. In 2009, God allowed me the opportunity to acquire SGNScoops magazine. At that time, He had already paved the way for the writers and the understanding of how to generate enthusiasm in a website. I’m very fortunate for all of the seasons, but the reality is, God is working already on my next season. So I want to challenge you today to start praying and asking God about your next season. What does He have in store? What is He planning for you and where are you going to go? You might say, “Rob, I don’t have any clue as to where my next season will be!” Well, it’s going to be exciting! Let’s all pray together for each other that God will reveal our new seasons and what it is that He has for us. I pray for each and everyone of you that read the magazine, so if you have a prayer request, please email me

Hey, before I close for this month in the Publisher’s Point, I do want to talk to you about a great event. Coming up in Oxford, Alabama, March 23 through the 25th, we are going to have three great days of Gospel music. It is going to be a blast and if you want a VIP ticket, it is well worth the money. Contact me and find out about the over $60 worth of gifts you will receive for your

$25 VIP ticket. I look forward to seeing you there.

Until next month, happy new year! And this is the Publisher’s Point.

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The “Strictly Southern Show with Vonda Easley” Launches New Website

Written by scoopsnews on January 12, 2017 – 6:36 pm -

Heflin, Alabama   The Strictly Southern Show with Vonda Easley has launched a new website,, to serve as an informational site about the show. The site was created by hausofjaydale.  You can Listen Live from the Strictly Southern Page.

The show airs on Fridays from 9:00 am- 11:00 AM (CST) at WPIL 91.7 FM in Heflin, Alabama.   Tomorrow’s guest will be Georgia Promoter, Mr. Robert York . Be sure and listen to hear about some exciting upcoming York events. The next event will take place January 28th with The Booth Brothers.

During The Strictly Southern Show, Vonda plays a mixture of  Gold Classic Southern Gospel Hits, Today’s Best Southern Gospel,  Bluegrass, and gives the local news and events for the surrounding counties.   Vonda Easley starts the show with a big Hey Ya’ll!  She will warm your heart and make you feel at home. You just never know what might take place on the show. The last half hour, Rob Patz, owner of Sgn Scoops Magazine, joins Vonda for Creekside and Southern Gospel Weekend News. You will not want to miss a single show once you listen once. The show ends in prayer so submit those prayer requests each week.

The website is designed to be a resource for listeners to easily submit their prayer requests and song requests for the upcoming program and to log on directly to the show.

Station Website HERE

Strictly Southern Show HERE


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NQC “Scoops” Moment

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



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!

Happy Thursday!

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