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What Does Easter Mean to You?

Written by Staff on April 19, 2019 – 5:22 pm -

What Does Easter Mean to You?

What Does Easter Mean to You

By Jennifer Campbell

This Sunday, millions of people will celebrate a holiday known as Easter. There are nearly as many Easter traditions around the world as there are candy-filled plastic eggs. But with all of the popularity surrounding this annual celebration, I have but one question to ask. What does Easter mean to you?

Many people enjoy participating in egg extravaganzas, ranging from simple Easter egg hunts to elaborate egg drops. Others savor the opportunity to shop for a new spring outfit, hoping to receive a lot of compliments on Easter Sunday. Of course, there are also individuals whose take on Easter is strictly ruled by their taste buds, considering the colorful hard-boiled eggs, baskets filled with chocolate, and special dinner menus at many restaurants. Unfortunately, some people even look forward to Easter because it is one of the two times a year they actually attend church services.

From greeting cards to holiday decorations, Easter has sadly become an overly commercialized holiday much like Christmas. Although the fanfare may seem innocent, it often overshadows the true reason for the holiday. This weekend is a time to reflect on the gift God gave to all mankind. He gave His only Son. Instead of looking at the Easter bunny, our focus should be on Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, the name Easter has pagan roots, coming from the name Ishtar. Some traditions, such as the Easter egg, symbolize fertility, paying homage to this ancient goddess of fertility. Personally, I like to refer to this special day as Resurrection Sunday instead of Easter. Why? Because I do not honor a pagan goddess, I serve the one true living God. He is the only One who has the power to create, to heal, or to save.

Resurrection Sunday is a day to worship God and thank Him for the gift of salvation. John 3:16 (NIV) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God gave His Son to die for us because He loved us. The love God has for us is greater than any love on the face of the earth. God’s Word says we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glorious standard (Rom. 3:23). Yet, God gave His only Son to die for the forgiveness of our sins, knowing that many would still reject this most wondrous act of love.

On Good Friday, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary. Our Lord was beaten until He was almost unrecognizable. He was spit upon and mocked. A crown of thorns was pressed into His skull. Nails were driven into His hands and His feet. A spear was thrust into His side. As He hung on the cross, He cried out, “’My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Matt. 27:46). He could have called thousands of angels, but He stayed on the cross so you and I could receive redemption.

 

You may be wondering why Jesus obeyed His Father, enduring such agony on the cross. Jesus did not give His life to gain fame and fortune. He was not striving to garner notoriety among the people of His day. He gave His life because of love (I John 3:16). His sacrifice was rare. Christ died for people who didn’t even love Him in return. Romans 5:8 (NIV) says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” As the Bible mentions, some people might be willing to give their life for a good man, but most people would not be willing to sacrifice their life for an evil person. Yet that is exactly what God did for us.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. As Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, He was placed in a borrowed tomb. Three days later, Jesus rose up from the grave. He conquered death forevermore. Right this moment, He is sitting at the right hand of His Father, in Heaven, interceding on our behalf. Romans 8:34 (NIV) says, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Jesus loves us so much that He acts as a mediator on our behalf, pleading for us that we should not perish, but accept the gift of eternal life.

Jennifer Campbell

One day very soon, Jesus Christ will return to this earth. But when He comes back to earth, He is not coming back to be rejected and spit upon. Instead, He will return as King of kings and Lord of lords, to take His children home to be with Him for all eternity.

Have you made preparations for Christ’s return? If you confess your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ, then you can receive the priceless gift of salvation that only comes from knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Jesus said, “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6 NLT). When it is all said and done, a relationship with Christ is the only thing that can provide true redemption and lasting hope. For hope is not found in a bunny, an egg, or even a church service. Eternal hope is only found through Jesus Christ.

By Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine.

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April 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on April 19, 2019 – 12:58 pm -

SGNScoops Magazine April 2019

SGNScoops Magazine April 2019

We are happy to present the SGNScoops Magazine for April 2019. This is the month of Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Good Friday, and the celebration that comes with knowing Jesus Christ, our Lord, is alive!

We are thrilled to feature the Tribute Quartet on our cover. Justin Gilmore has written the feature which shares all of the news you want to know about one of Southern gospel music’s favorite quartets. Find out what Gary Casto is looking forward to this year.
April is also Autism Awareness Month, and we are honored to share the story of Nolan Urbates, as told by Angela Parker. Dr. Greg Grillo helps us understand the special attention needed when giving dental care to children with special needs.
Robert York brings us up to date on the King’s Heralds, Cheryl Smith talks to the mom of Karen Peck and New River, and Les Butler introduces us to his friend, Earle Wheeler of the Marksmen Quartet.
Special thanks to Dr. Bill Dykes who talks to a pastor who has experienced some deep valleys, Dr. Rudy Holland. Suzanne Mason reviews a new movie, The Pilgrims Progress, in time for Easter viewing. All of this, plus radio charts, the DJ Spotlight, new release reviews, the Publisher’s Point and the Editor’s Last Word.
Thank you all so much for your continued support and feedback about the SGNScoops Magazine. We appreciate your emails and we are thankful for all of our readers, as well as our faithful writers. I hope this month brings you all a renewed enthusiasm for everything you do for Jesus. He is Almighty God and He wants to be your friend today. If you want to meet Him, please contact any of our staff or email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com. Have a wonderful month!
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SGNScoops announces 2019 Diamond Awards Top 10 Nominees

Written by Staff on March 23, 2019 – 12:31 pm -

Diamond AwardsOxford, Ala. (March 23, 2019) — In a live Facebook broadcast from the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama, Jean Grady, of Gospel Music Today and Rob Patz, of Coastal Media, announced the top ten nominees for the 2019 Diamond Awards. To vote for your favorites, click HERE.

Rob Patz with Diamond Award winner Kenna West

“We are thrilled to present the list of nominees for this year’s Diamond Awards,” says Patz. “There are well-deserving artists in each category and I encourage every fan and industry member to vote for their favorites. It’s going to be a great year for the awards!”

To see the list of nominees and vote for your favorites, click HERE.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

Fans will now vote in each category and a list of the Top Five nominees will be announced this summer. Voters will then choose their favorites, with the final winners to be announced in a gala presentation at the 2019 Diamond Awards, held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on October 29, 2019. Vote today.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

The 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony will be held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, October 27 – 31, 2019, at the Smoky Mountains Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Convention features daily showcases, evening concerts, midnight prayer, and several special events during the week. General admission is free.

The voting site for the top ten Diamond Award nominees can be found on the SGNScoops website here. Vote today.

For more information on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, as accommodations and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. More information can also be found on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Facebook page.

 


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Top 10 Diamond Award Nominees announced tomorrow

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 2:33 pm -

The Top 10 nominees in the 2019 Diamond Awards will be announced live at a Finalist Reveal Party during the Southern Gospel Weekend event in Oxford, Alabama. Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today will be announcing the top ten finalists in each gospel music category on a Facebook Live Event, Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST).

Southern Gospel Weekend will once again host the Reveal Party during the full schedule of events planned for the last day and evening of the festival.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2017 Diamond Awards.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2019 Diamond Awards.

 

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media and owner of SGNScoops and the Diamond Awards, is thrilled to present the unveiling of nominees. “I’m excited to be able to unveil the names of these artists along with Jean. This is always one of my favorite parts of the voting process, to find out who our readers think are the very best in gospel music,” says Patz. “I hope everyone will be glued to SGNScoops’ Facebook page for the great reveal!”

All those in the Oxford, Ala., area are invited to come to the Oxford Civic Center for more great music tomorrow. General admission is free. Artists include Eagle’s Wings, the Connells, the Williamsons, the McKay Project, Jessica Horton, Day Three, Mercy Fell, Hope’s Journey, the Bibletones, Mark209, and the Diplomats. This great lineup starts at 5:00 pm following the 2:00 p.m. Finalist Reveal Party.

 

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March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on March 18, 2019 – 9:21 pm -

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Is it Spring yet? If you are looking for something new and fresh, we have it right here in the March 2019 issue of SGNScoops Magazine.

The Old Paths are releasing their latest album this month, the first one with their current lineup, and we have all the latest news about this dedicated group of guys.
Read all about Howard and Lou Hildreth as we have a tribute written by Marcie Gray. We were all so saddened to hear of Lou’s passing, as she has been such a bright light in the gospel music world. She has now joined her beloved husband at the throne of Jesus in Heaven and I’m sure her beautiful smile is even more radiant than it was here.
Justin Gilmore takes us to a concert by the Tribute Quartet, while John Herndon updates us on the group Victory Road. Les Butler introduces us to his friend Roger Johnson of Heaven’s Mountain Band. I was happy to get acquainted with Jenna Faith, a new face in Christian Country.
March is the month of the Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama, and we have all the information you need to know to attend on March 21-23.
Suzanne Mason is back with Watch It film reviews and she talks about the documentary Social Animals, a must see especially for parents of teenagers.
Don’t miss Vonda Armstrong’s DJ Spotlight with Greg Goodman, Randall Hamms’ new album reviews, all three radio charts, Rob Patz’s Publisher’s Point and the Editor’s Last Word.
As always, if you have any comments or questions, please write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com. If you aren’t sure whether you will join the throng in Heaven when you pass from this world, be sure to write to me or anyone on staff. We will be happy to introduce you to Jesus Christ, Savior, Lord, God Almighty.
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Inner Views of Doyle Lawson: Saved by Grace

Written by Staff on February 21, 2019 – 11:27 am -

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

While every single interview I have conducted for Inner Views has been distinctive and personally memorable to me, I must tell you that the Inner Views I am sharing with you today will forever hold an extraordinarily special place in my heart. Doyle Lawson, a humble man of God, is a legendary giant in the world of bluegrass music and is one of my biggest musical heroes, hands down.


Cheryl Smith:  Could you share with us about your childhood?  What are some of your favorite memories to recall from your time growing up?
Doyle Lawson:  As far back as I can remember I have loved the sound of music. Radio was the vehicle of entertainment in those days and there was an abundance of local, regional and national programs to listen to. The ones I remember vividly are of course the Grand Ole Opry on WSM in Nashville and the Farm and Fun Time show heard daily on WCYB in Bristol, Tenn./Va.. In the early 1950’s, my dad and mother, along with one of his nephews, started singing in churches locally, and I loved to watch them work out the harmony parts, and I absorbed everything I heard them do.After hearing Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys on the Opry, I was knocked out by Bill’s voice and mandolin playing, and decided that I was gonna be a picker and singer…When I was 11 years old, we were living in Hancock County, Tenn., and Dad was singing lead with the Clinch River Quartet, and I discovered that one of the men in the quartet (Willis Byrd) had a mandolin. I asked Dad to ask Willis if I could borrow it to learn to play.

In 1958, I got to meet the man who became my first professional boss in music. Jimmy Martin was from Hancock County, Tenn. and had gone to work for Bill Monroe in 1949. He went on to front his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1954, first teaming up with the Osborne Brothers. On the 3rd day of Feb. 1963, I went to Nashville and auditioned for (Jimmy) to pick the banjo, and that started my 55 years and country music career.

 

Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

Smith:  Were you raised in a Christian home?
Lawson:  Yes, I was brought up in a Christian home after my dad rededicated his life in 1950. He and Mom along with one of his nephews started singing in church as a trio and later added a bass singer. At the age of eight during a revival service, I realized that I was lost, and I went to the altar and accepted Jesus as my Savior…

The music business can be full of worldly trappings and it can be easy to lose your way. And I did for a good while. But on the 1st Sunday of May in 1985, I humbled myself and asked God to take control of my life because I had made a mess of it.

On the outside things looked – and were – going great, but inside me I was miserable. I didn’t have the one thing I needed most of all and that was God. He never ever left me, I left him, but he was there when I truly asked for forgiveness. That was the best decision I have ever made as an adult.


Smith:  Who has most influenced you, musically?
Lawson:  Bill Monroe was my first musical hero and then came the first generation of what was to become known as Bluegrass music: Flatt and Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers, Reno and Smiley, and the Osborne Brothers and more.
Gospel music (influencers) would be: the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, the Masters Family, the Browns Ferry Four, and local and regional groups.

Doyle LawsonSmith:  Can you share with us about a special highlight in your career?
Lawson:  Oh my, there are many to draw from, but I suppose the first-time appearance at the Opry with Jimmy Martin was one of the standouts. I had always wanted to go see the Grand Ole Opry and as it turned out, the first time I saw it was from the stage. I was so nervous you could literally see my pants legs shaking. The National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship award is another treasured memory as well as being inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame in 2012.
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February 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 13, 2019 – 2:23 pm -

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

We are happy to present the February issue of SGNScoops Magazine! It’s been a very wintry month so far, so we hope you have a moment to sit with a hot drink and read this month’s presentation of great gospel artists.

Joseph Habedank has had a rough road on his way to success in gospel music. Read all about his story and the sickness he is still battling everyday, as he talks candidly with John Herndon. Download HERE
This month, we also talk to Evidence Quartet, Surrendered, and Christian Country sweetheart, Tonja Rose. Les Butler is back with Bluegrass artist, Danny Roberts, of the Grascals. Our Bluegrass Gospel section also features Daniel Thrailkill, of the Trailblazers. We hope you enjoy all the variety of talent that each of our terrific writers unveil for you.
Don’t miss Charlie Griffin’s discussion on the Purpose of Southern Gospel, as well as our radio charts, the DJ Spotlight, music reviews, and the Creekside Update. Rob Patz is back with another challenging Publisher’s Point, and the Editor’s Last Word rounds out the features. Don’t miss a page! Download HERE
Thank you for your interest in SGNScoops magazine. We are always interested to hear what our readers think about the magazine and the website. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to our editor at lorraine@sgnscoops.com. We hope you have read about the love of Jesus in this month’s issue, and are ready to spread his love during this month of cupids and hearts.
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January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 23, 2019 – 9:58 am -

January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of SGNScoops! Time flies by so quickly, but we are thrilled to present our first magazine for 2019.

The January issue of SGNScoops usually highlights an artist that we feel is making massive strides in gospel music, as well as impacting the world in which they live. We are proud to feature the Wisecarvers as our cover story for this month. We know you will enjoy meeting this lovely family in the article written by Dixie Phillips.
Family groups have definitely been making their impact on Christian music, and you will meet many more families this month. Endless Highway, Westward Road, and Ben Rochester of the Rochesters are just a few of our special features in January.
We also talked to Cherie Brennan and Bob Sellers, as well as taking a look at why people catch the infectious SG bug. All this, and so much more!
We premier our Bluegrass gospel section with the debut of Les Butler and Friends, and our Bluegrass top 20.
Thank you for your ongoing support of SGNScoops. We appreciate that so many of you take time to read and download each issue. Did you know that you can subscribe to receive our newspaper issue every month? Contact us for more information. I would love to hear from all of you who have something to say about what we publish. Contact me Lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
Most of all we hope you read and see faith, love, and the grace of God on each page. Grab ahold of Jesus this year and let him be your strength in 2019.
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Weekend Word: Being Steadfast

Written by Staff on January 19, 2019 – 7:22 pm -

Weekend Word

 

 

 

 

A Reality Check on being Steadfast

I received an email letter yesterday and it was unlike anything I had received before. I didn’t know the sender personally, I only knew them through my association with Southern Gospel. However, that letter made all the difference in my day. It was a positive reality  heck that I needed.

Why did it make a difference? Because it showed me that I was doing things I didn’t realize I was doing, and others had noticed. In a good way! The words of gratefulness and encouragement were more than just something you would send to a business associate. The writer had let God use their pen to show me that I was developing characteristics that God wants me to have in my life.

Steadfast? Me?

In my Bible reading yesterday, Psalm 57:7, the writer said that his heart was steadfast. That made me stop and think. I know what’s going on in my heart and my head most of the time (though maybe not always) and I didn’t think the word steadfast really applied to me.

However when I got the email, I realized that the writer was saying the same thing that the psalmist was saying. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else to realize how others see you, and how you need to see yourself.

How do you see yourself? Do you see all the good things? Or do you see only the negative things? If you are like me, the negative stuff is a lot bigger and more noticeable than the positive.

Take some time to read the word of God and to find out what God is telling you through His word. And if you can’t see yourself as He sees you, be humble enough to accept the good things that others say about you.

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

So how do you learn to be steadfast?

You just are steadfast… or you aren’t.

Decide today that you are going to develop habits that will make you more like Christ.

Read God’s word, pray, talk to your friends about your faith, and listen to what they say about theirs. Learn from each other and learn from your pastor. Listen to music that uplifts Jesus.

Most of all, take time to be in the presence of the Lord. He has placed some amazing gifts, talents, and characteristics within you. You just need to see them and develop them.

Keep aiming to strengthen your faith. If you listen to the Word and listen to the Lord, you will hear Him saying to you exactly what the human writer said to me: “You ROCK!”

By Lorraine Walker. First published by SGMRadio in 2016.

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Wade Phillips: What does God want from me?

Written by Staff on January 10, 2019 – 8:11 am -

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, "What does God want from me"

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, “What does God want from me”

This question has been asked by millions of people all over the world. I have asked it many times in my own life. The answer, while not very complicated, is not an easy one either.

To nail down specifics of a calling, you must first get the foundation of your relationship with God set.

Wade PhillipsMicah 6:8 (NLT) says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

He lets us know three things we are required to do. The first of these is to do what is right.

At first glance you might think this is easy; however, you’d be wrong. Many people associate doing what’s right with obeying laws, holding down a job, providing for your family, and attending church on Sunday morning. While this is absolutely good, it is not all we’re talking about when we say “doing right.” What about when you see someone in need and just pass on by, or hear someone talking about being sad and down and you do nothing to lift them up?

Wade PhillipsJames 4:17 says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” So you see? There’s a whole lot more to “doing right.”

Then there’s “loving mercy.” Now, we all love mercy to be given to us, because it means we don’t get what we deserve; however, just like doing right, “loving mercy” is much more than just receiving it in our own life.

To truly love mercy, you must be willing to give it out as well. If you truly love something you need to share it with others so they can fall in love with it as well. If you love music, you’ll want others to hear the music you’re making. If you love carpentry, you’ll want others to see the work of your hands. And if you truly love mercy, you’ll want to share that with the world. That means not jumping to judgment, not ridiculing someone for making a mistake, not always tearing down others, and so on.

We must be willing to give out mercy the same way Jesus gave it to us. I, for one, am glad that Jesus doesn’t hold me accountable for all the stuff I’ve done in my life.

And finally there is “walking humbly with your God.” Humility requires you to put someone else’s needs in front of your own. When we talk about living humbly in front of God, it means we must place what He wants in front of what we want. And again, there’s much more than meets the eye here.

Since walking humbly with God requires you to put Him before yourself, you must also place other people’s needs ahead of your own.

When the Church began, they had this figured out. Acts 2:25 says, “They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” Boy, talk about placing other’s needs ahead of your own! They sold everything so they could provide for those who had nothing.

Now I’m not suggesting you go sell all your possessions and give them away; only God could convict you to do something like that. What I’m saying is, stop for a second and ask yourself what you have done for someone else lately. Have you sacrificed a little time? Have you given to a worthy ministry? Have you loved someone who is hard to love?

So back to the question I posed at the beginning…  “What does God want from me?” The answer is, to do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

As far as a specific task or calling in your life, start by doing the basics and let God reveal the specifics as you faithfully serve Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him. And, somewhere along the way, God will reveal His plan for your life.

Wade Phillips and family

Wade Phillips and family

God bless you and I hope you all have a great week in the Lord.

By Wade Phillips, special to SGNScoops Magazine

About Wade Phillips:

I was born in Conroe, Texas and raised in Madisonville Texas. My life truly began on October 9, 2001, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I’m married to the love of my life, Tonya Phillips, and we have a wonderful son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grand baby Anna Grace. Jesus is my passion and that passion comes out in the songs God allows me to write and sing and in His Word that He allows me to preach. I am the most joyful when I’m singing praises to the King and preaching His Word to the people. All glory goes to God for everything in my life. It is my hope that as you listen to the songs I sing and as you hear the messages God gives me you will be touched by His spirit.

The most important thing I’d like you to know about me is that I love Jesus with all my heart, soul and mind. “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” fits me to the core. In my young adult years, I chased the dream of being a country music singer. I had the opportunity to open for many of the greats in country music; Gene Watson, Toby Keith, Wade Hayes, Perfect Stranger, Bellamy Brothers, and Tim Rushlow from Little Texas, just to name a few. I thought that obtaining fame and recognition would fill the desires of my heart and give me everything I needed to be successful in this life. I quickly found out that fame and fortune wouldn’t even come close to obtaining those things.

It was only after I found Christ that I realized what true fulfillment was. In that moment, my life changed completely.

I am now chasing Jesus in everything I do. I had the honor of serving at Madisonville Christian Fellowship from 2003 until September 2017; 5 Years as the Youth Pastor, and the rest as the Senior Pastor. God blessed me and the church during that time and now He has called me into a new and exciting ministry.

I am looking forward to seeing what God does through this ministry. Please take a second to pray for Me and Tonya as we go out into the world to share Jesus.

In His Service,
Wade Phillips

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