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Rob Patz – “God, are You Listening?”

Written by Staff on May 19, 2017 – 2:19 pm -

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

Rob Patz – SGNScoops Publisher’s Point

Welcome to the May Publisher’s Point. Of course, May is for mothers, and I want to wish my mom a very happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for always being there for me, loving me and pushing me to do things that I may not have felt comfortable with, but you always believed in me and listened to me.

I often think about listening … you know, the famous saying, “Do you hear me now?” For so many of us, we struggle with listening. It is so much more fun to talk then it is to listen. Have you ever been a part of the conversation and realized that you may have not heard the entire story as you are making a comment and you see the face of the person you’re talking with and the bewilderment on it? I know it’s happened to me, so I’m sure as you’re reading this, you’re thinking of a time that someone didn’t listen to you.

I also have been struggling lately with wondering if God is listening to me. Of course, I know He is. I know He hears everything I say, and at times, I am amazed that the Creator of the universe has enough time to listen to what I have to say. Sometimes, I wonder though if He is really listening. Then, I have to realize that it isn’t the fact that He may not be listening, but that what I am saying may not exactly be what He is wanting for my life.

I’ve dealt with that a lot lately, understanding and questioning a lot of life events that happened. I have spent nights alone pacing the floor, frustrated, asking God, “why won’t you answer my prayer?” I’m quickly reminded that God doesn’t need to answer my prayers, because He’s God and I’m not. I’m also reminded that we don’t serve a God who will answer our prayers if it is something that will hurt us. God cannot do something that is against His will and what He desires for our life to be. God is perfect. He sees the greater picture.

Rob PatzI have to think of my early life in the Midwest. The terrain is very flat in most places, but there are times where there are small hills. If you’re out in farm country, you might be behind a tractor and have a desire to pass one of these tractors that are taking up valuable time by going slower than you think they should. I was always taught that you never passed a tractor on one of these hills, because you don’t know what’s on the other side.

It dawned on me the other day that God knows what’s on the other side of the hill. I see the tractor, which is the problem, and I want to pass that problem. I can’t see everything on the other side of that hill, and God is preparing me for what is just over the crest. This doesn’t mean that I understand, and there are times when I honk the horn to make the tractor move. I’m trying to learn that God has exactly the best thing in mind for me, so He is listening. He may not always answer the way I want, and sometimes, I may wonder exactly where He is.

Susan Ashton had a great song in the 1990s where she talked about God and how at times He felt next to her and other times she felt like she was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I will tell you that over the last few months, I have seen new value in that song and in those lyrics.

So know today that God loves you. He hears your prayers. He might be protecting you from what’s on the other side of that ridge, something that at this moment you are not ready for. Even though you want to pass the tractor, you have to wait. Understand that sometimes God asks us to stand still.

My dad used to say that God answers in three ways. He answers “yes,” “no,” and “not right now.” Sometimes, that answer is just not right now. It’s hard to understand, but God has a greater plan for your life than anything you can imagine. If you truly believe that He is your savior, then you also have to truly believe that He wants what’s best for you. We don’t serve a God who is out to punish us. We serve a God who wants us to worship Him and be in a close relationship to Him.

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I hope to see you this year at Creekside 2017, which will be held from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information, visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/ or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention.

By Rob Patz

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in May 2017.

Rob Patz is the publisher of SGNScoops and the CEO of Coastal Media.

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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. Queenoq.blogspot.com.

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 lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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Mother’s Day wish from Justin Gilmore

Written by Staff on May 12, 2017 – 7:41 am -

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Justin Gilmore is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine from Fallbrook, California. He sent in this Mother’s Day note for his mom, Laurie Gilmore:

Mom, I cannot begin to express my love for you. You are a sweet and caring person and I don’t know what I’d do without you. I can always count on you to be there for me whatever the situation. You have taught me so much: compassion, trust, to stand up for myself, and to laugh. I truly appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Laurie Gilmore, mother of Justin Gilmore

Laurie Gilmore

Love your son,

Justin Gilmore

Would you like to wish your mother a Happy Mother’s Day? Send us a note at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

Justin Gilmore is a resident of San Diego, California and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in History in June of 2014. Passionate about Southern Gospel music and its history, he decided to venture into the blog world, starting Southern Gospel Spotlight in order to share his love of this great style of music.

Look for a feature by Justin Gilmore on the fabulous Legacy Five and Tribute who were recently in concert in California.

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My Mom is my best Friend: Vonda Easley

Written by Staff on May 10, 2017 – 9:00 am -

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret Turner

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret Turner

One day out of the year, we have this beautiful opportunity to give back to the people who have given us so much: our moms.

So on this day, I’d like to say a few things about my mom, Margaret  Ann Turner.

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret TurnerLife has been difficult and there have been times when I’ve felt like giving up, when things were not going my way. Each time, my mother was there to remind me of my worth.

She encouraged me to keep reaching for the unreachable and never settle for anything less than I deserved. No matter how bizarre my dreams were,  I’m thankful my mom never stopped believing in me.

Perhaps it was easier for me to take my frustrations out on my mom when I was growing up because she loved me unconditionally. During my teenage years,  there were times when I was a selfish brat; still, she loved me anyway and I am forever grateful. My parents sacrificed so much in order to give me a better life than they had when they were kids. Like the old Loretta Lynn song says, “We were poor but we had love.”

My mother taught me to sing at an early age. Later, she taught us how to sing harmony. Music is all we knew. I am so thankful for that.

Vonda Easley and her mom, Margaret TurnerSo on this Mother’s Day, I want to say: “I love you, Momma. You are the best friend I’ve ever had.”

By Vonda Easley, Owner of Hope’s Journey and Hey Y’all Media; VP of Sales and Marketing  SGN Scoops Magazine

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Vonda Easley with Hope's Journey

Hope’s Journey

Today we hear from Vonda Easley, an integral part of SGNScoops,  as she explains what is unique about her mom.

To send in your tribute, write to lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 9, 2017 – 2:09 pm -

May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the May edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers. We celebrate with special Mother’s Day features by Sarah Murray and Selena Day.

We are pleased to have Dean Hopper on our cover this month. He and his family talk about how his recent health scare has affected America’s favorite family of gospel music. We know you will enjoy this feature by Craig Harris.
Other artists featured this month include Matthew Gooch, The Browders, Reggie Smith, Jeff Gibson, Donna King, Troy Burns and more. Don’t miss the monthly features by Randall Hamm, Nathan Kistler and Vonda Easley.
There is so much more in this month’s issue. Read it today and let someone else know how much you love SGNScoops Magazine. We trust you find encouragement, engagement, and perhaps even find out something you didn’t know before. Most of all, we hope you see Jesus in our pages and share Him with someone this month!
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Guard Your Heart by Selena Day

Written by Staff on May 7, 2017 – 12:00 pm -

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

Proverbs 4:23(NLT) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Well, over the past few months the divisiveness in our country seems to have boiled over, and it finds itself erupting onto the pages of Facebook as well as many other social media outlets.

I am the youngest of three. My birthday is in October, but my parents decided not to hold me back a year in school, so during my school career I was always the youngest. Without realizing it, this set a distorted thought pattern in my life, that just because older individuals surrounded me they must be more knowledgeable than myself.

I married my husband, who is eight years older, and began a journey with him in a career that I knew absolutely nothing about. Which only reinforced this image I carried of myself, that my knowledge and wisdom was limited.

Selena Day

Selena Day

So imagine my surprise when I felt God slowly and gently calling me to be a leader. He set the course with a few life lessons that began unraveling how I viewed myself as a leader, and showing me my leadership skills and what it meant to lead.

My first and greatest lesson was in motherhood. From the very beginning, you can either make decisions based on what is easiest on you and what hurts you the least or you make decisions that are for the good of the whole. When I became a parent I realized the truth behind the old adage: “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”

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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 hotels@sgnscoops.com, or at 360 933 0741. Go online to creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com 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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April 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 7, 2017 – 1:01 pm -

April 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

April 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s April and we invite you to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all of us at SGNScoops Magazine. We are thrilled to have comedian Chonda Pierce as our cover story this month and we know you will enjoy this feature by Craig Harris.
We are positive you will also enjoy reading about The Sheltons, Layke Jones of The Jim Brady Trio, Maria Kramer Wolfe of The Kramers, Debra Perry and Jaidyn’s Call, and Christian Country artists, American Pride.
There are also special features for this season of passion and rejoicing. Justin Gilmore asks many of our favorite artists about their thoughts on the cross and the resurrection. Selena Day, Nathan Kistler and David Staton will also challenge you this month.

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HighRoad on Today In Nashville, April 6 at 11a.m.

Written by Staff on April 5, 2017 – 2:39 pm -

Channel 4 - Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HIGHROAD.

Channel 4 – Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HighRoad.

Nashville, Tenn. (April 4, 2017) Don’t miss this Thursday morning, April 6th, Live performance on Channel 4 – Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HighRoad.

Tune in and tell your friends.

If you would like to interview HighRoad contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com.

HIGHROAD IS BOUND FOR SOMEWHERE I’M GOING SEPTEMBER 30

HIGHROAD

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About HighRoad

In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HighRoad, an award-winning Appalachian gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends, too, have always preferred the road less traveled.

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

The group was awarded the 2015 AGM Female Group of the Year and worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Ben Isaacs.

And so it’s fitting that the trio’s album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, harmonic melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer, and Kristen Bearfield, feel the songs from Somewhere I’m Going reflect their personal journey of being set apart.

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

HighRoad in SGNScoops Magazine

HighRoad was featured in the September 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Justin McLeod wrote: “Already a well-known hit in Bluegrass and Country Gospel circles, HighRoad is quickly gaining popularity and momentum in traditional Gospel circles. “We don’t try to fit into any genre,” group founder Sarah Davison says. “We just want to be HighRoad. We love Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, and Country. We hope that listeners will hear all of those genres in our music!” For more from this feature, read the September 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine here. 

Erin Stevens interviewed HighRoad member Kristen Bearfield for her Younger Perspective column in the SGNScoops Magazine October 2016 issue. Here is a sample of their interview: “Erin: For those that don’t know your miraculous story of healing, please share with the readers how the Lord touched your body. Kristen: Several years ago, I was in a terrible car accident that could have taken my life. During the wreck, I suffered a

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

severe neck injury that affected my spinal cord, and as a result, many doctors told me I would soon require wheelchair assistance and eventually be unable to walk. The neck injury also lead to my inability to sing and play instruments for a period of time. There were certainly days that I didn’t understand why this was happening, but there was never a moment that I didn’t feel God’s hand on my life. In fact, I can honestly say that I physically felt God’s arms wrap around me as my car flipped end over end through the air! I know undoubtedly He was there with me in that car, and I’ve never felt His presence more strongly than I did during that very moment…” For the rest of this interview with Kristen Bearfield, click on the October 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine here.

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What Love Looks Like: Featuring Morgan Easter from Jeff and Sheri Easter

Written by Staff on March 23, 2017 – 1:57 pm -

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

By: Fayth D. Lore

She is a woman full of personality, Jesus and talent. With her contagious smile and confident voice, she walks on stages all across the country with her parents right by her side. Kraft Macaroni and Fruity Pebbles pull the highest rankings in her favorite food category. And, her favorite fur baby is her cat, Alfie. This month’s featured artist is a keeper for sure. I’m pleased to get to share with you about Ms. Morgan Easter, as she shares with us what love looks like.

 After six Dove Awards, two career GRAMMY nominations and multiple other accolades, I believe Jeff and Sheri Easter could say that: “Over and over, again and again, God has been faithful.” Both Jeff and Sheri came from a rich heritage of Gospel Music. Thankfully, for us, they have passed on their love for God and music to their three children.

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan is their middle child, and the eldest sister. Jeff and Sheri began their singing career in 1988, just a short time after their marriage. Morgan said that her first time on the road was at 10 days old. Morgan explains, “I’ve always traveled with them and don’t know anything different.” However, she didn’t begin traveling full time in the ministry until her teenage years.

“I did attend public school all 12 years. Our school system, where all of my family has graduated from, worked so well with us. They said as long as I kept my grades up I could travel. It was definitely challenging at times, especially the last few years, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It gave me a taste of a normal life and because of it I have many lifelong friends that I cherish deeply.
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