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Happy Monday Song! God is Big Enough for Any Problem You May Face Today,,,,,

Written by scoopsnews on April 15, 2019 – 9:00 am -

Joseph Habedank

Hello, Scoops Friends,

Hope you have a great day! Remember, when we are weak He is strong!

God is Big Enough For any problem you may face today….. Happy Monday!

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Weekend Word by Vonda Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus Answered!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Did You Know?

Written by scoopsnews on January 24, 2019 – 7:38 am -

No matter how wonderful your ministry/business service is, if you don’t advertise, nobody will know about it. The goal of any advertising program should be to cost-effectively reach the largest audience possible and attract new people and open new doors. If done correctly, advertising can be a wonderful investment for you.


Our reach at SGNSCOOPS MAGAZINE is 44,000 downloads per month digitally.


We are in the Top 1% of internet visits per day worldwide?


We have an email list now of over 19,000 people?


We are running a HUGE SPECIAL in January. When you buy one month, you get the second free, plus we do a Fast Five story that we push on social media to help create new interest.

So if it’s press releases, ads, or a consultation to work out a plan just for you, we at SGNScoops care and would love to help.


Please contact Vonda Easley Armstrong at 256-310-7892 or Rob Patz at 360-933-0741

Email or

Rob Patz and Vonda Easley

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SGNScoops welcomes Les Butler

Written by Staff on December 3, 2018 – 1:26 pm -

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Seattle, Washington  (Dec. 3, 2018) SGNScoops Magazine has built a solid core of readers since it’s inception as a digital magazine in 2009. During that time, artists from a broad spectrum of Christian music have been featured, including Balsam Range, Zach Williams and the Isaacs.

Butler with Isaccs at Larry's Diner

Butler with Isaccs at Larry’s Diner

Rob Patz, owner and publisher of SGNScoops Magazine, has brought on staff a strong voice in gospel music, to feature highlight the Bluegrass side of Christian music. Les Butler, of Butler Music Group, will begin writing for the magazine in 2019.

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

“Although I’m mostly known as a Southern gospel guy, my Bluegrass roots run deep; very deep,” says Butler. “I grew up on Flatt and Scruggs, Live from Carnegie Hall. Earl was the first to show me his three-finger banjo roll. I’ve played and toured with Dailey and Vincent.  I’ve been blessed to host a national award-winning syndicated Bluegrass Gospel show for over 20 years. Yes, I guess it’s safe to say that in addition to being a Southern Gospel guy, I am also a Bluegrass guy.”


Les Butler at TNN

“We are thrilled to have Les Butler come on board SGNScoops,” says Patz. “Les and I have known each other for some time, and I’ve wanted to add his exceptional talent to the magazine for awhile. We both feel the time is now right for him to share this part of his life with us.”

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Butler continues, “I’m pleased to announce that I will be writing a monthly Bluegrass gospel column, ‘Les Butler and Friends,’ for my friend Rob Patz starting in the January issue of SGNScoops Magazine.  I think you’re going to enjoy getting to know some of my Bluegrass buddies!”

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Les Butler and friends will be added to the SGNScoops Magazine’s regular features beginning next month. More information can be found at

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“25 Days of Sharing” at SGN Scoops

Written by scoopsnews on December 1, 2018 – 6:35 am -

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions.  They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.

Our first question goes  to Pastor and Promoter friend Bill Bailey.

Bill, you are one of the Top Promoters in Gospel Music.

What advice would you give to anyone about promoting a successful concert in 10 seconds or less?

Answer Below:



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“25 Days of Sharing” at SGN SCOOPS

Written by scoopsnews on November 25, 2018 – 2:22 pm -

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions.  They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics. Be sure to check out the video each day in December at

Join us for 25 days of sharing at SGN SCOOPS and remember to remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

We will begin the video posts on December 1st with this question we asked Pastor and Promoter, Bill Bailey.

Bill, you are one of the Top Promoters in Gospel Music.

What advice would you give to anyone about promoting a successful concert in 10 seconds or less?

Don’t Miss the answer!

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Subscribe To SGN Scoops

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 7, 2018 – 8:29 am -

Subscribe To SGN Scoops

Subscribe To SGN Scoops

You’ve heard that SGN Scoops now has a printed form of our digital magazine. You can get your copy for the low price of $2.50 per issue or $25.00 per year. We are currently including a SGN Scoops Cd with over 15 amazing artists in this deal. Offer will be good until August 30th so take advantage of it today.

Filled with artist pictures, features and our Top 100 Southern Gospel and Top 40 Christian Country, this condensed version of our monthly magazine is a great way for you to have a material copy of one of the leading magazines in Southern Gospel and Christian Country. Please click on this link for more information. And remember, for more Southern Gospel and Christian Country news, follow SGN Scoops on Facebook HERE 

You Can Also Call And Subscribe At 360 933 0741

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Weekend Word: There is Power in Prayer

Written by Staff on July 21, 2018 – 7:49 am -


Power in Prayer

Power in Prayer

    Weekend Word

Weekend Word From SGN Scoops “Are YOU a Person Of Prayer?”

“‘Now Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.’ So, Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. … It came about at the seventh time, that he said, ‘Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.’ And he said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab, “Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’”

1 Kings 18: 41, 42 & 44

What does it take to become a person of  prayer and faith like Elijah?

  1. Righteousness. (James 5:15) To be righteous means to be right with God, walking with and trusting God – even when it isn’t popular. James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes a lot.
  2. Persistence. (James 4:2b) Elijah prayed persistently in God’s will – and this is key. Too often we pray for things we want rather than things God wants. It comes down to the motives behind our prayers – is it about ME or about GOD?
  3. Faith. Elijah prayed with great faith. From overcoming the prophets of Baal (850 of them to 1 of him), to informing the King of Israel that he better hurry on home before getting caught in the storm when it hadn’t rained in over three years – Elijah had incredible faith.

Today, what our homes and families, churches and communities need now more than ever before are people who pray powerful prayers.  Just like Elijah, an ordinary man who believed in an extraordinary God. You too can become a person of powerful prayer. (Right From The Heart Ministries- One Minute Devotions)


There is power in prayer!


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2018 Goals….. What Are Your Resolutions?

Written by scoopsnews on December 31, 2017 – 2:15 am -


New Year’s resolutions are a big focus this time of year. With 2017 rapidly coming to a close, many people will be looking forward to the year ahead and hoping that it is the best year possible. I asked some of our writers ,staff, and friends at SGN Scoops what are they looking forward to in 2018.
Here’s what they had to say.

Erin Stephens
As 2017 begins to fade into the distance, I am embracing the unknown of what 2018 will bring. Sure, it can be scary, but when you know the One who holds the future, it doesn’t seem so daunting. From music ministry, to my photography business, and even my writing, I’m ready to give it all I have. May the next 365 days make the last 365 a tad bit jealous.


Sarah Murray
I am looking so forward to 2018! Each year is like a clean slate as well as a time to look back at all God has done! My husband and I are praying for a lot of things this year and instead of just praying for them, we are expecting them! God has perfect plans for each of his children and instead of living my life in gloom of what hasn’t happened yet and why I can’t change it, we are tackling 2018 with handing our desires to God and living in fulfillment now and great expectation for the future! I pray everyone will do the same so we can all rejoice together as Christians! To God be the glory for great things he is doing!!!


Lorraine Walker
We are on the brink of 2018 and I am looking ahead to the new year with expectation. The temptation is there of course to be wary of the negative things that might happen, but as of right now, I choose to look forward with eyes of faith, expecting God to fulfill His promises of abundant life. I am choosing to deliberately draw closer to Him, knowing that He will then draw closer to me. That in itself should make for an interesting year, don’t you think? Whatever else happens, I’m in God’s hands.


Roger Barkley Jr
So thankful for everything God brought us through in 2017 & looking forward to seeing what He has in store for us in 2018. Now that the knees are close to 100% (besides old age lol) we are starting to fill the rest of the calendar for His Service. With a new CD of “Why Wait To Praise Him” now out looking to what He has next for us to do & excited to be a willing vessel. We are looking at doing a new audio book, more outreaches of our Ministry with Measures of Hope, crossing the lines of not only denominations but also to the secular world that is hungry for the word or thirsty for a drink from the cup. We are continually furthering our education in order to use it to further his kingdom. Just so excited to see what is next.


Robert York
I am looking forward to 2018 to see what God has in store for Gospel Music.  There will be a lot of events coming up in 2018 and I trust and look forward to the large attendance they will draw, the blessings they will bring and also bring lost people to know Jesus as their Savior.  Hope to see many of my friends during 2018 and God Blesses them.


Selena Brantley Day
Every year I ask God for a word for the upcoming year. This year I heard God say, “Breakthrough”. I have been holding on to some big promises from God for a very long time so hearing this is exciting. Twice last year I asked God for a fleece for these promises. Was I holding on to something that may not have been God, but what man spoke over me? Both times I put the fleece out God answered me with a resounding yes. So I go into 2018 believing that I will see breakthrough even though I have no idea what the year holds I know that God’s word is true and he says that He goes before me to prepare the way. He promises that He will never leave me so I know that He holds my future and I can trust that whatever 2018 has for our family that it is God’s will to bless us and I choose to fill my mind with beauty and truth. Meditating on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.


Dusty Wells
I’m choosing to believe that 2018 is going to be a NEW year of incredible opportunities and fresh beginnings for each one of us as we all make the choice to draw closer to Him and listen even more intently for His voice. He’s never failed us and He’s not going to now. He is with us my friends.


Debbie Seagraves
As I sit here and reflect on 2017 and try to look ahead to 2018 I am filled with so many emotions.  2017 was a very hard year for me in so many ways, with my husband having an unsuccessful back surgery and suffering from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and my mom having so many health problems, it was a very trying year and I was not able to do all I had done in the past.  But as 2018 approaches, I am filled with a sense of excitement as I feel I am hearing the Lord speak that 2018 begins a new season for Debbie Seagraves Ministries.  New doors are being opened and some are being closed and I am sad in some ways but excited about the new things the Lord is speaking to me in my spirit. I have the opportunity to step into a ministry that I feel the Lord called me to many years ago that I had gotten away from with my traveling, speaking, and singing. I love to sing but the Lord spoke to me many years ago and told me I would take my testimony and help others with what I had been through. I did that for many years but have gotten away from it because I have been traveling and singing more.  I will continue to travel and sing but I am scaling back my ministry to work with some ministries closer to home that I feel the Lord is calling me to do.  I have the opportunity to work and minister in two drug rehabilitation programs for both ladies and men in my area and with us losing our own daughter to a drug overdose I feel this is something I must do.  My heart is overflowing with emotion as I write this having just come from one to the rehabilitation centers tonight.  I feel I am very much needed here and I will step into it with an overwhelming excitement at the hope of being able to help some young lady or young man overcome the very addiction that took my daughter from me.  I will continue to sing, write songs and record, because I believe God gave me those gifts and I must continue to use them, but I will not be traveling as much as I have in the past.  Please be in prayer with me for this new season the Lord has called me to.  I have so many wonderful memories of my time on the road and with all the many talented artists I have had the opportunity to work with. Thank you Rob Patz for all your help and for being such an awesome friend to me.  I hope to see everyone at Creekside 2018.  God Bless everyone and Happy New Year.  May 2018 be a great year for all of us.


Leslie McKay
For 2018, I am looking forward to enjoying time with my daughter, Mary Katherine.  She turned 16 this week and I want to really cherish the time with her in 2018. Time seems to fly by and before we know it she will be moving on to college and her own life.


Dennis Mckay
2018 looks like it is going to be a busy year for McKay Project and M.A.C. Records. We hope to put out a new acoustic project for McKay Project at some point. We are looking forward to traveling with RIG Ministries in 2018 and the release of another Lonesome Road project (Volume 2).  At this point we have more dates on the books than ever before and we are excited about traveling to new parts of the country. Big thanks to Cornerstone Booking Agency for their hard work on behalf of McKay Project. In addition, Leslie, Mary Katherine and I will be getting our passports soon. We are looking at the possibility of traveling to Scotland in 2018 to share our music and ministry. The studio is already busy and we expect it to continue. We have 4 M.A.C. Artists on schedule to release new projects in 2018. Of course we are always amazed to see what God has in mind because it’s always more than we could have expected. We are trusting Him for the same in 2018.


Vonda Easley
Millions around the world will be setting New Year’s resolutions, which will typically involve some form of self-improvement. Mine is simply, enjoy the little things in life. The older I get, the more I realize that they are the things that really matter. I want to be a better “Vonda” in 2018 and I certainly want to tell more people about Jesus this year than ever before. He is the best thing that’s ever happened to me! Happy New Year y’all! This is my year. I believe!

It’s time to meditate on what difference you want to make in 2018. To all of our readers of SGN Scoops, thank you for your friendship. One of our resolutions is to give more of our time and talents to you in the upcoming year.

Rob Patz,
Owner, SGN Scoops

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Let Us Help Spread the News About Your Ministry or Event………

Written by scoopsnews on December 26, 2017 – 2:01 pm -

Hi Friends,

2018 will be here before you know it! We are now working on the February issue of the magazine. I talk to so many people each day and I don’t want to miss anyone so please let me know if you want to be in the February issue. We have some new opportunities with the new year to help spread the word about your ministry. Your advertisement in the magazine will include the printed edition and a Fast Five Story about your group posted and promoted on social media.  Give me a call at 256-310-7892 or email me at

God Bless you in the upcoming year and Keep on spreading the gospel message! Christ is the message that our world needs.




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