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GAITHER MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF ANNUAL FAMILY FEST EVENT

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 31, 2020 – 11:48 am -

GAITHER MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF ANNUAL FAMILY FEST EVENT

GAITHER MANAGEMENT
ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF ANNUAL FAMILY FEST EVENT

ALEXANDRIA, IN – In order to comply with the CDC recommendations for limiting public gatherings due to the Coronavirus, Gaither Management has made the decision to reschedule the Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies event to Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2020.

According to Gaither Management President, Gina Brisco, “For 30 years we have loved gathering together each Memorial Day weekend to present the Gaither Family Fest event. This was a very difficult decision but one we felt had to be made. Even though it will be a different holiday weekend this year, attendees will still get to enjoy five incredible concerts, featuring a great lineup of Gospel music’s finest singers, sharing hymns and songs that will be oh so much sweeter when we gather in September.”
“I can’t tell you how much Gloria and I look forward to the Memorial Day weekend in the Smokies at Family Fest,” states multi-Grammy winner and Gaither Vocal Band founder, Bill Gaither (pictured in attached jpg with wife, Gloria). “It’s good to see our friends and have a chance to get to know them a little bit better than we can on a one-night-stand concert. We love having three whole days, and we were looking forward to it this year; however, in light of the virus that is affecting all of us, we thought it would be wise to postpone it until September 4, 5 & 6 – Labor Day weekend. It’s the same kind of a holiday where we have the four days with the Monday free for our friends to be able to roam in the mountains and have fun after the event is over. So we hope that everyone will understand and that everyone will join us September 4, 5 & 6 in Gatlinburg.”
According to Gaither Management, tickets already purchased for the 2020 event will be valid and honored for the new event date.  Refunds will be available when requested on or before April 24th if the ticket holder cannot attend on the new date. After April 24th, all tickets are non-refundable, but in extenuating circumstances exceptions will be made. Current ticket holders who are unable to attend the event Labor Day weekend are advised to email the Gaither office (customerservice@gaithermusic.com) to request refund. “In these uncertain times, we understand that circumstances change,” Brisco stated. “Our desire is to be as accommodating as possible to all of our loyal fans and friends. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time. This decision was not made lightly but we want to keep all those who will be attending, as well as the artists and staff safe. We look forward to seeing everyone  in September!”
Gaither Management is closely monitoring the developments concerning COVID-19 and will continue to assess the situation in the coming days and weeks to make determinations regarding additional upcoming events. Visit www.gaither.com for updates regarding Family Fest 2020, as well as other Gaither concert events.

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LIVE STREAM from the Ark Encounter

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 27, 2020 – 2:40 pm -

LIVE STREAM from the Ark Encounter

LIVE STREAM from the Ark Encounter

During these difficult times, many are taking the opportunity to encourage others by sharing their ministry and music through live streams. That is exactly what the Ark Encounter will be doing Friday evening, March 27th, from their Answers Center Theater.  CEO and Founder of the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, Ken Ham, will began the live stream at 7pm EST.  Ken will be presenting an evening of music and encouragement with resident Ark Encounter artist, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation.

Visit Ken Ham’s official facebook page at 7PM EST / 6PM CST, Friday March 27th to watch the LIVE STREAM.


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The Collingsworth Family Shines a Light by Giving Back

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 27, 2020 – 9:24 am -

The Collingsworth Family

The Collingsworth Family

Nashville, TN  – Like most of us, The Collingsworth Family has the desire to do something helpful during this unprecedented time in our history, and they have found a way to do just that. As a family group, they are uniquely set up to be able to offer a concert from home. This Sunday evening, March 29, they will gather around the piano and do a free concert via Facebook Live. It will begin at 8:00 pm Eastern (7 pm Central). Not only will this be a special time of worship, but it will also be a fundraiser for the international organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

“What an opportunity we have to model Jesus to a world that is sitting up and taking notice in this unprecedented climate,” shares Phil Collingsworth. “We’re thrilled to partner with a sister ministry like Samaritan’s Purse, who is on the front lines of this fight.”

Currently, Samaritan’s Purse, based in Boone, NC, and founded by Franklin Graham, is set up on the frontlines in Cremona, Italy, where their medical team has set up a field hospital and is treating patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. During the hour-long Facebook Live concert, fans will have the opportunity to donate directly to Samaritan’s Purse while enjoying the harmonies and music of The Collingsworth Family. 100% of all donations will go directly to Samaritan’s Purse.

For more information on Samaritan’s Purse, click HERE.


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Diamond Awards 2019 to be aired December 27, 2019

Written by Staff on December 24, 2019 – 1:14 pm -

Diamond Awards aired on WATC

Williamsons at Diamond Awards 2019

Atlanta, GA. (December 24, 2019) – WATC Television out of Atlanta, Georgia, will be airing the SGNScoops 2019 Diamond Awards celebration on Friday, December 27, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The ceremony was held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention on Tues. Oct. 29, 2019, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year’s awards honored industry veterans Eddie Crook, Jan Goff, Kenna Turner West, and Gerald Crabb, as well as newcomers Jessica Horton, Chronicle, Day 3, and Justified. “King Jesus” singers, Eagle’s Wings, swept the Bluegrass awards, winning all four categories.

Diamond Awards 2019

Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today produced the 2019 Diamond Awards op

Patricia Mathis and her crew of WATC TV, Atlanta’s TV 57, recorded the 2019 Diamond Awards. Those outside of the Atlanta, Georgia viewing area can view it online at www.watc.tv.

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGNScoops commented, “The Diamond Awards are always a special time of honoring the Gospel artists that fill our world with the music we love. We are glad to be able to share the 2019 ceremony with fans across the nation and the world by television and internet. We are grateful to Patricia Mathis and WATC-TV for their professionalism, experience and dedication in airing quality Gospel music programs. We had a great time at the Awards and we hope everyone will tune in and watch!”
2019 Diamond Awards on WATC

Rob Patz and Jan Goff at the 2019 Diamond Awards

The Williamsons, The Dodrill Family, Mark209, Cami Shrock, The Pine Ridge Boys, and Josh and Ashley Franks, were a few of the artists on the Diamond Awards schedule. The program will re-air again in 2020 on the WATC network.

About WATC TV: WATC TV provides Atlanta with a mix of family, Christian and educational programming. It is known to viewers as the home of Atlanta Live and is seen over the air throughout the metro Atlanta market and also in over one million cable and satellite homes. WATC is the home of many original series and has been honored with numerous Angel and Telly Awards, as well as receiving its first EMMY in 2010. The station’s programming can be seen around the world via video streaming located on the WATC website at  http://www.watc.tv/

About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention held its inaugural event at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2012. The CGMC is presented by SGNScoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards, Jerry Goff Award, Christian Country at the Creek, and other special events. Next year’s dates are October 25 – 29, 2020. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.coms

About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the home of the Diamond Awards, a fan-based annual awards program recognizing the best in Southern, Bluegrass, and Country Gospel music. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/


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Youth in Southern Gospel: Kennedy Hayes

Written by Staff on November 15, 2019 – 6:20 pm -

Kennedy Hayes This month’s Youth in Southern Gospel is a young and talented girl named Kennedy Hayes. She is from Hudson, North Carolina and sings full time with her family, the Mylon Hayes Family.


Kennedy sings mostly lead and a little bit of everything in the group. She is 16, turning 17 very soon and has two older twin brothers, Conner and Bailey. Kennedy’s favorite fast food is Chick-fil-a, and one thing on her bucket list is to visit the country of Israel. She plays the piano and says that shopping is definitely one of her hobbies. 

 

If she wasn’t singing and traveling, cosmetology/makeup is something Kennedy could see herself going into. Kennedy says that she doesn’t have plans to go to college and really believes that music is what she is called to do. If she does attend college, it would be through online studies, so she can continue in full-time ministry with her family.

A day off from the road for Kennedy currently looks like school, school, and more school, plus cleaning the bus and getting things ready to go out singing again. When traveling, you can sometimes find yourself in interesting situations. When singing, many things can go wrong and sometimes funny things happen that are out of our control, and you just kind of have to roll with it. Here’s a story Kennedy shared with me about a funny thing that happened to them while on stage:

 

The Mylon Hayes Family

“Not long ago we were singing, and a lady came walking in while we were singing an up-tempo song and she was dancing. We all looked at each other and completely lost it, we had to just end the song right there,” Kennedy laughed.

The group has been traveling for eight years in full-time ministry. Kennedy has been traveling and singing almost since she was born. Kennedy’s dad traveled and sang with his family, the Hayes Family for over 40 years, so Kennedy actually learned to walk while on a bus, which she says is not an easy thing to do. 

 

The Mylon Hayes Family sings approximately 120 dates a year, sharing the message of Jesus Christ to all and any who will listen. They recorded their first CD in 2011, and say that they honestly just made it for themselves. They started getting asked to sing locally at churches, and that’s when they decided to become full time in ministry.

Lauren Talley and Melissa Brady have had a huge influence on Kennedy’s love for Southern gospel music. 

 

Often times when traveling, it can get tiring just like everything else in life, so I asked Kennedy what is something that keeps her motivated to keep singing. She said, “When I get messages or letters and someone tells me their story, or how our music has in some way encouraged them or helped them, that’s why we do what we do. And that’s what keeps me going. 

 

Kennedy Hayes“You’re never too young to serve the Lord. Living for God doesn’t come with an age limit. II Corinthians 5:15 says, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. He died for us, let’s live for him!” Kennedy states.

I trust you have enjoyed getting to know Kennedy Hayes. Please go check out themylonhayesfamily.com to find out more about her family and their ministry.

By Lyndsey Chandler

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in October 2019

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 begins Oct 27

Written by Staff on October 24, 2019 – 10:29 am -

Creekside 2019

Creekside 2019

Family entertainment and outdoor music return to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019. From Monday through Thursday, October 28 – 31, 2019, Creekside presents daytime and evening concerts, with artists such as 11th Hour, Gerald Crabb, the Hyssongs, the Down East Boys, the Williamsons, the Browders, Bill Bailey, Josh Franks, Eagles Wings, and many more.

Beginning, Mon., Oct. 28., Creekside hosts the Jerry Goff Awards, honoring Troy Burns of the Inspirations. The Diamond Awards 2019 will be presented on Tuesday night to the very best in Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music. Check out the evening concert schedule for all the featured artist details. For the day-to-day itinerary, please click HERE.
Creekside’s new event, Christian Country at the Creek, will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Mill Creek on Florence Drive. Every afternoon from Monday through Thursday, there will be free outdoor concerts at Singing on the Square, with free dinners to the first 100 people. Thursday night will host a special Trick Creekside 2019 evening scheduleor Treat at the Creek, with free, safe fun for families from Pigeon Forge.
For more information on all concerts and activities, please visit gospelmusicconvention.com  or write to events@sgnscoops.com.

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More about Creekside Gospel Music Convention:

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is held annually in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, presenting national and regional gospel music in a family-friendly environment. The last week in October has been filled with Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daytime showcases, evening concerts, and midnight prayer, all feature award-winning artists and speakers. The Diamond Awards are a nationally-recognized yearly award show hosted by SGNScoops Magazine and voted on by their readers and fans. Christian Country at the Creek is held simultaneously with Creekside, at Mill Creek on Florence Drive. For more information please call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.
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CHOICE MEDIA REPRESENTS THE PORT CITY QUARTET IN A MULTIMEDIA AGREEMENT

Written by Staff on September 28, 2019 – 10:22 am -

Port City QuartetEric Melton of Choice Media Group (formerly Choice Promotions and Management) will be representing The Port City Quartet of Wilmington North Carolina in a multimedia agreement effective immediately.

The Port City Quartet released their debut recording Run On with their debut single being the title cut from the project.  The follow up single, the J.D. Sumner classic “What A Morning” has received noteworthy response from radio and will debut on the Singing News and other industry charts for September. 

The group consists of Baritone and Group Founder Terry Carter, Tenor Rick Vance, Lead Vocalist Jonathan Thompson, Pianist Joe Lane and Bass Guitarist Garlan Drye.  

Eric Melton states “ I have been friends with Terry Carter for the last 30 years since I was a teenage Gospel Music Air Personality on the radio in Arkansas. During Terry’s tenure with The Anchormen, I became familiar with his singing while the program director for the first station I started with and later I worked with him at 2 of the recording labels in Gospel Music that I was employed at.  I have always appreciated his vocal ability but over the years I have come even more to appreciate his spiritual fervor and his Christian life that Terry exemplifies.”

“What A Morning” was released both by Choice Media and Daywind Music Group and Choice Media will continue to represent Port City in radio promotion, publicity, digital distribution and brand marketing.  You can contact The Dominion Agency to schedule this powerful quartet at your next event and they will deliver Quartet Music at it’s finest with an emphasis on spiritual revival. 

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The Torchmen celebrate 50 years with guests, Greater Vision

Written by Staff on July 6, 2019 – 7:03 am -

Torchmen 50th Anniversary with Greater VisionThe Torchmen Quartet from Ontario, Canada, are celebrating 50 years in gospel music this year. Over the years they have made many friends and fans. Among these are gospel music artists, Greater Vision.

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Greater Vision

Greater Vision will be appearing with the Torchmen Quartet on Sunday September 8th, 2019, for the Torchmen’s 50th Anniversary celebration concert.

Torchmen appeared recently at NQC. Photo by Paul Marker

Torchmen appeared recently at NQC.Photo by Paul Marker

This event will be held at Glenridge Bible Chapel, St. Catharines, Ontario, at 6:30 pm. The concert is free. An offering will be received during the evening.

Everyone is invited to help the Torchmen celebrate this incredible achievement. This event is being held as part of the Henley Christian Music Festival concert series.

For more information and directions go HERE.

About the Torchmen:

For 50 years the Torchmen have been celebrated as Canada’s Gospel Quartet. Members include Mike Moran, Jon Hisey, Sandy McGregor, and Jeff Tritton. They regularly travel across Canada and the United States, and have many awards and accolades to their credit. To visit them online go here.

About Greater Vision:

This male trio, consisting of Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin, Chris Allman, and Jon Epley, is the most awarded trio in the United States. From Morristown, Tenn., Greater Vision was formed in 1990 and continues to perform over 160 concerts every year across America, Canada, and abroad. For more information go HERE.

Henley Christian Music Festival. Torchmen 50th Anniversary. Greater Vision)More About the Henley Christian Music Festival:

The Henley Christian Music Festival is a ministry of GBC, and is a year-round festival that brings the best in Southern Gospel music, and various genres of music to St. Catharines. The feature event is the Summer Series. This event runs from the last Sunday is June to the first Sunday in September and features a concert every Sunday night.  We will be serving BBQ at 5:30 on each night as well.  Every concert throughout the year starts at 6:30pm. There is no admission fee or tickets required for every event.  A free will offering is accepted. (From henleycmf.ca, July 6, 2019) For more information go HERE.

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Carman releases “The Flag” with Southern Gospel Artists

Written by Staff on June 20, 2019 – 3:38 pm -

Carman. The FlagNashville, TN (June 19, 2019): Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling legend, Carman, has released a brand new single to radio. “The Flag” features several of Southern Gospel’s top artists including Ernie Haase, Joseph Habedank, Pat Barker, and Matt Felts. These four talented singers combine their dynamic vocals to provide a stellar quartet joining Carman for this patriotic tribute to America’s beloved Stars and Stripes. This passionate song, released just ahead of Independence Day, was written by Carman and has received standing ovations all over the county during his successful “Legacy Tour.”

“I grew up listening to Carman as a kid in the small town of Xenia, Ohio. I never dreamed that I would one day get to sing on his record. I want to thank him not only for this opportunity but for choosing Southern artists on this album. Carman is a true living legend and pioneer,” stated Joseph Habedank.

“The Flag” will be available for purchase soon through digital retailers everywhere and will be distributed to radio on Dream Big Promotions radio compilation. All radio programmers can receive a download of this exciting new song for immediate airplay by emailing Matt Felts at matt@mattfelts.com.

Carman. The FlagTo see when Carman’s Legacy Tour will be near you or to contact Carman’s office for booking information, go HERE.

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Leslie McKay: Wake Up Call

Written by Staff on March 15, 2019 – 1:05 pm -

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

I imagine most of us are familiar with the term “wake up call.” If you are staying at a hotel, you may request a wake-up call at a certain time and a member of the staff will call your room to ensure that you wake up. Another definition of a wake-up call is something that happens to get your attention or to prompt you to change course, realize or recognize that you need to do things differently, or take stock of your life, etc.

Recently, we were staying at a hotel in Birmingham, Ala. After a long, but fun day of shopping we settled in for the night. The next morning was going to be an early one because we were heading back to Mississippi to be in church. We needed a good night’s rest. However, around 1:30 a.m. we were horrifically jarred from our sleep by the fire alarm going off in our room and the repetition of a woman’s voice telling us that a fire had been detected in the building and we needed to evacuate immediately.

We jumped up and after taking a few minutes to gain our senses, we threw on some clothes, grabbed blankets and headed out the door and down four flights of stairs. I would venture to say that very few people use the stairs in a high rise hotel or even pay attention to where the stairs come out of the hotel. When we emerged, we were in a basement parking garage and near what looked like a loading dock. We could hear the sound of fire trucks approaching. The hotel alarm was still blaring and the woman’s voice was repeating the message over and over to evacuate. We made it to the street level and saw other people like us that had dressed quickly, hair in a “hot mess”, and walking toward the front of the hotel. We followed.

You can imagine what was going through our minds…is it real or is it a prank? If it is real, what did we leave behind? If it is a prank, then I hope they catch who did this because it is not funny.

As we approached the front of the hotel, there was a group of people dressed in formal wear sitting leisurely in the front lobby. We noticed them earlier in the day. They were there to celebrate a wedding. Obviously, from their calm appearance, it was apparent that this was a false alarm and there wasn’t a fire in the building. Wow!

We entered the lobby of the hotel expecting someone to take charge and provide directions, but that didn’t happen. We expected to see firemen enter the building, but that didn’t happen either. After a few minutes, the alarm stopped and people were just standing around looking at each other wondering what to do next. When nothing happened, we went to the front desk where the clerk seemed to be doing business as usual (giving directions to the pizza delivery guy that had just arrived) and asked about returning to our rooms. “Oh yeah, there is no fire… you may go back to your rooms,” was his response. You can imagine that tempers were high. As sleepy people grumbled about the interruption, we entered the elevators and went back to our rooms to attempt to get a few hours of sleep before starting the day.

You may be wondering, “Where is she going with all of this?” or “What does this have to do with anything?”  As I returned to bed and began to try and calm my mind to go to sleep. I felt like the Spirit downloaded some info on the inside of me about that whole experience.

Everyone at some point in their life will experience a wake-up call of some kind.

You fill in the blank:
My “wake up call” happened when _________.

It can take a variety of forms. In 2018, my husband was in a restaurant when a car came through the glass wall and hit him (miraculously, he is okay). That is an example of an extreme “wake up call”. The wake-up call could be unwanted medical news, money trouble, job loss or change, a relationship going south, or any number of things. Sometimes a wake-up call is out of our control while other times we bring circumstances upon ourselves. I want to share some thoughts that I had after our recent hotel experience which I think relate to real life when it comes to a wake up call.

McKay Project

Leslie

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WAKE-UP CALL HAPPENS?

1. Go With It – Move.  We realize what is happening, we take inventory, make the necessary adjustments and we keep moving. That night in the hotel room, we assessed what was happening, got up, got dressed and got out of the building.

In Acts 9 in the Bible, Saul was faced with a wake-up call when he was blinded on the road to Damascus and heard the voice of Jesus. Previously, Saul was a major persecutor of Christians and was on his way to Damascus to kill more Christians when he encountered Jesus. At that moment, Saul was confronted with who he was and who Jesus was. He immediately became willing to do what Jesus instructed him to do. Saul continued on the road to Damascus but the purpose for his trip was dramatically altered and his life was forever changed. Saul became Paul (Acts 13). His wake-up call produced an adjustment in his life that took immediate affect and he kept moving on for Jesus instead of against Him.

2. Stay in Chaos and Confusion. The wake-up call happens and we stay in a state of chaos and confusion; constantly scrambling and trying to keep our head above water.

My daughter and I laugh at my husband. He is a very deep sleeper and when he was jarred awake by the fire alarm he had no idea what was going on. For a few minutes, he was standing up, sitting down, standing up, sitting down, and scrambling just to get awake enough to process what was happening in the hotel room.

In the Bible, Jonah is an example where his wake-up call found him in a state of chaos and confusion that he brought on himself (and others). God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people. Jonah didn’t want to go so he ran the opposite direction. He made his own plan and boarded a boat heading for Tarshish.

Jonah’s actions affected more than just himself.  While out to sea, a monstrous storm came up and the crew was terribly afraid because they thought they were going to die. They called out to their gods and even threw their cargo overboard to lighten the ship. In spite of all that chaos, Jonah went below deck and fell asleep. Either that was some serious denial or he really didn’t yet understand the gravity of his situation. Eventually, the members of the crew decided to cast lots to see who was responsible for the awful storm and it fell on Jonah. They woke him up (another wake-up call) and asked him how in the world he could sleep and who he was and what he had done. He told them he was a Hebrew who followed the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and dry land. Jonah told them he was running from God.  The storm got worse and they asked Jonah what to do. He told them to throw him overboard because it was his fault. The crew didn’t want to throw him over and tried to row in spite of the storm but it grew wilder. Reluctantly, they threw Jonah over and the sea became calm.  As if that wasn’t enough, Jonah was swallowed by a great fish. In the belly of that fish, Jonah answered his wake-up call and repented and agreed to do what God asked. He went to Nineveh and preached to the people.

Sometimes we bring the circumstances for our wake-up call upon ourselves by the choices we make and many times those choices affect other people. In the story of Jonah, the crew was affected by his choices. They probably sacrificed valuable items when they threw their cargo overboard in an effort to fix the situation. Even after the crew knew they needed to throw Jonah overboard, they put it off and tried in their own power to row back to land.

Isn’t that sometimes how it is? Our world may be in chaos and everyone around us can see what is going on and they are trying to help us, but we have yet to wake up. It wasn’t until Jonah was alone in the belly of the great fish that he surrendered and decided to obey God. The fish spit him out and this time when God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he went.

The point is not to stay in a state of chaos and confusion but recognize that God only wants the best for us and surrender to Him.

I Corinthians 14:33 tells us that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”

Philippians 4:7 reminds us that “the peace of God, which surpasses every thought will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. Do Nothing.  Perhaps the wake-up call produces a fear in us that we can’t overcome and we just stop living. We are paralyzed and too afraid to do anything. We gather our resources around us and hunker down like we are waiting out a storm that never ends. Maybe we even convince ourselves it isn’t real and if we ignore it then maybe it will go away. Remember, the wake-up call should act as a catalyst in many cases to get us to move forward or do something different.

That night in the hotel lobby, no one was gripped by fear and it was obvious that most thought it wasn’t real. We figured that if we just ignored the fire alarm and warnings they would eventually stop. Even the hotel staff continued to conduct business as usual.

In Numbers 13 and 14 in the Bible, the Israelites had left Egypt and escaped from Pharaoh and reached the border of Canaan. God told Moses to send 12 spies into the land of Canaan to scout out the land. It was the land that God promised to give to the Israelites. However, when the spies returned they were so afraid of the giants living in the land that they convinced the people not to move forward. Caleb and Joshua were the only ones of the twelve that believed God’s promise that they could take the land. God was not happy with the people of Israel because of their lack of faith and their complaining. He declared that none of the people over 20 years old would enter the land that he promised with the exception of Joshua and Caleb and their descendants. They wandered another 40 years in the wilderness. Their fear and decision to do nothing resulted in the delay of receiving or moving into the land that God had promised them.

When the wake-up call happens in our lives, it can be scary but we can’t let fear grip us and rule our lives. Fear is a liar and God is not about fear.

II Timothy 1:7 reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind.”

Psalms 27:1 tells us, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom should I be afraid?”

Leslie McKay

Leslie McKay

I believe wake-up calls are part of life. Some are more intense than others, but we have a choice as to how we respond. I believe God has a purpose and a plan for each of us and wants the best for us. When those wake-up calls happen in life, I want to challenge you to ask yourself, “What can I learn?” Then…get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. Your best days are ahead of you!

By Leslie McKay

Leslie McKay is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine and is also a member of McKay Project with her husband, Dennis. Together they are McKay Project and own M.A.C. Records. Find out more about Leslie McKay here.

 

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