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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on July 4, 2020 – 1:48 pm -


I Still Believe in America

Happy Independence Day everyone.  I’m visiting my kids in Savannah, Tennessee this weekend. Spending time with family is important and I pray each of you are having a great day.
Last week during my radio show, someone messaged me right after I played the National Anthem and said, “thank you for playing that, I still believe in America.”
That statement stuck with me and I will never forget it.  Freedom isn’t free and I do believe in my country and most importantly believe in God.

I love this poem written by Kelly Strong.

Freedom Isn’t Free

by Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day
It fluttered in the breeze
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?

How many Pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, Freedom isn’t free

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill

I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant “Amen”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives

I thought about a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, Freedom isn’t free!

I still believe in America, don’t you?

Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.



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Weekend Word- Even Me & YOU

Written by scoopsnews on March 7, 2020 – 7:29 am -


Vonda Armstrong

Hello Friends,

I’m in Oak Gove, Louisiana at Bill Bailey’s Gospel Weekend .

Triumphant Quartet sang this song last night. What a message that we all need to here.

Check out these lyrics!

I’ve heard it all my life, even had it memorized
But it was only words to me, red letters on a page
Just something people say, ’til it brought me to my knees
Those words in John 3:16
For God so loved the world He gave, gave His only Son away
A way to save a wretch like me, me the one who needed grace
Grace to cover every stain, stains that He no longer sees
It’s amazing to believe that God so loved the world means even me
How could He see my sins and forgive me even then
Who would pay that kind of price, I’ve seen what mercy does
He found me where I was, and He gave His life for mine
For God so loved the world He gave, gave His only Son away
A way to save a wretch like me, me the one who needed grace
Grace to cover every stain, stains that He no longer…

John 3:16 , says For God so loved the world.
Insert your name today. For God So loved ________.
It’s personal and He did it Yes for Even Me and YOU!

Watch Video HERE

Happy Weekend …
For More information on Bill Bailey Events: HERE

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Weekend Word by Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on January 19, 2020 – 6:00 am -

Vonda Armstrong

Happy Sunday everyone.
Boy, has it been a week. Yesterday I was at my father- in law’s home-going service so I’m a day late writing this.

My father in law’s health has been declining over the last year . I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that loved living more than him, but it was hard on everyone in the family visiting and seeing him declining. Just 3 hours before he  took his last breath, he was smiling and “cutting up” just like he always was.

The words to this song were used by Pastor Tal Vardaman in the message.

Jack’s Dad was a good man. He was a smart businessman and well liked. The funeral  was flooded with visitors, but none of that is the reason he will spend eternity in heaven.

He graduated to his heavenly home because he had accepted Jesus as his personal Savior.

As the song says doctor, lawyer, beggar, or just a little child, It makes God no difference who walks down the aisle.

The Ground Is Level at Calvary…..

Here’s Perfect Heart singing “The Ground Is Level”

Mark Lanier (former singer with The Bibletones and Perfect Heart) is the writer of this amazing song.


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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on December 28, 2019 – 6:54 am -

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. — Proverbs 22:1

In a business world where large profit seems to be whats important, a commitment to having a good name is most commendable. 

The temptation to seek gold or silver (profit) as our top priority is the same today as it was in Solomon’s day. Greater profits may come by way of dishonest weights, selling a sick animal, falsifying records, and more. But when you get caught, your business will also be ruined.

Too often our testimony is hurt by the way we do business. Too often we put a Christian symbol on our business card and yet deal with others dishonestly. Our good intentions and promises must be followed up with actions of integrity—in all we do. Christ’s name is at stake, not merely our reputation.

Jesus calls us to honesty. Honor­ing him, we can sing, “Lord, I lift your name on high,” and mean it. Are you honoring God in all you do?


Lord Jesus, empower us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live lives of integrity in all our relationships. We ask this in your name. Amen.


Loving God and Loving Each Other….


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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on November 16, 2019 – 6:53 am -

Vonda Armstrong

Happy Weekend Everyone! Yesterday I played a song on my show , “Who I Am Today.” The song was written by Victoria Shirey Bowlin and a well written song I might add.

Victoria Bowlin Signs Exclusive Recording Agreement With 65/40 Records

Victoria Bowlin 

I interviewed Melissa Evans, (who recently singled the song),  on the show and we talked about one of the lines in the  song, “ I want to thank you for the doors you closed along the way.”
I’ve been thinking about that since yesterday and singing the tune In my head since we hung up the phone from the interview,

We often thank God for opening doors, but what about the ones He closes?

We should thank him for not allowing us to step into places not meant for us.

Thank you for the times you said No.

Remember the big Yes is the reason He says NO. He has a plan for you!

Don’t forget the roadblocks.

Thank you Lord for steering me in the right direction at times when I was headed the wrong way.

Thank you Lord for closing doors I need to walk away from or stop banging  on and thank you Lord for songwriters Like Victoria that write the songs that remind us of things like this..



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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on November 9, 2019 – 5:14 am -


Vonda Armstrong

Happy Saturday! November is the month we are reminded to be thankful. What are some things you are thankful for? Post them in the comments below.


1 Chronicles 16:34 says Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.


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Weekend Word with Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on November 2, 2019 – 3:41 am -


Vonda Armstrong

Creekside Gospel Music Convention has come to an end. I’m leaving the mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and as I look at the beautiful fall foliage all around me, I am reminded of God’s handiwork.

I love this devotion by Dayspring. I want to share it with you today.

Just as the trees don’t stubbornly hold on to their dead leaves, so we shouldn’t hold on to any unnecessary weight in our lives. When we long to enter a new season, the old can easily inhibit the new if we allow it. God’s Word reminds us to:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31,32 (NIV)

To get rid of negativity in our lives, we must first identify it. How can we do this?

» By reading God’s Word.

» By allowing His Spirit to show us the necessary heart changes we need.

» By being willing to shun practices such as bitterness and anger.

» By asking God to help us let go of the guilt from the past.

Oh how the Lord longs to empower and strengthen us for the new season ahead! If we’re not sure of the issues detaining a kind and compassionate spirit, He will show us when we ask. And if guilt from the past is preventing this beautiful new season, we have His promises like this one to remember:

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18,19 (NIV)

What are you holding on to that is preventing a freshness to the season ahead? Could it be that the decayed leaves are piling up and your heart needs to discard them for good? If so, why not reach out to the Lord in prayer? He longs to hear from you. Ask Him to shine light on any thoughts, circumstances, habits or other “decayed leaves” you might be clinging to. As you watch the leaves fall this season, our prayer is that you are reminded to let go of anything that would hinder a fresh relationship with God.
(Dayspring.com Devotion)

Happy Saturday!



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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong- What Will Heaven Be Like?

Written by scoopsnews on October 12, 2019 – 6:48 am -

What will Heaven be like?

I like what Crosswalk.com has to say about heaven.

“There will be no misunderstandings or tiffs or tension among us. Our relationships will be so much healthier in heaven than here. Down here we have problems even with our closest friends. You know what that’s like. Someone says something to you, and you aren’t sure how to interpret it. You react to it— perhaps overact. You say to yourself, “I wonder what he meant by that? I wonder why she said that?”

In heaven there will be none of that. Our relationships will be open, honest, interesting, loving, and uncomplicated by sin or our sinful natures. We will dwell with God, the angels, and one another in perfect compatibility and refreshing intimacy.”

The truth is that we all will have an appointment with death. And we must be ready.

The lyrics in this song by Eagle’s Wings says it best.

“Pain is a stranger, there’ll be no danger, it’s glory forevermore.”

Happy Saturday!



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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong- “I’m Reminded”

Written by scoopsnews on October 5, 2019 – 6:58 am -

Creekside Hey Y'all media bash

Vonda Armstrong of Hey Y’all Media

Mark 6:31 (KJV)

 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Happy Saturday Folks! Another week has flown by. I find myself again on Saturday morning writing my Weekend Word . I guess an organized person would have it sitting in drafts and waiting to be posted but those of you that know me well, KNOW that isn’t me! LOL

Can I just be transparent for a moment? Life has been somewhat overwhelming lately.  My Mom and my in-laws are all in their eighties and all having health issues at the same time. I find myself running in every direction trying to be what I need to be for everyone. Lately, my busyness from my jobs (plural)  and other daily responsibilities have caused me to neglect what is most important and vital.

How could that be? What I do is ministry right?

Well, Even the duties God has called us to do can be put higher up on the to do list than those things that is of lasting significance. Our Lord knew this. Throughout the Bible, God often used the most simple things to teach us important spiritual things.

In Mark 6:31, He was talking to the Disciples. The stressful and strenuous work of the Kingdom had caused them to neglect their own needs/body etc.  The Lord knew this and and with compassion and gentleness he said, Come away to a quiet place for a time of rest.

We need to hear the same voice and provide ourselves with rest and refreshment.  Ministry at times is stressful and strenuous. Life’s pressures can take a toll on our relationship with the Lord.

Do you have a favorite place to rest? I have a quiet place and a sign in my bedroom. I’m a visual person and when I see it, I am reminded that I need to rest.  Its a simple yet important reminder.

Hope you have a great weekend and may we all keep our eyes fixed on Jesus everyday, knowing that He will provide nourishment and rest for our souls…

And speaking of reminders, let me leave you with this song by The Dodsons from Tollesboro, Kentucky. Real People. Real Ministry.  Check them out HERE



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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong, Are you Ready to Serve?

Written by scoopsnews on August 10, 2019 – 5:20 am -

Philippians 2:3-5 “(3) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; (4) do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (5) Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,”

CS Lewis said it like this: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less”.
Let not obsess with our own issues and self-image. May we always strive harder to keep our focus on God.

Many people are hurting. I challenge you to reach out to them and be Jesus in their life today.

Check out this new song by The Rochesters….

Are you Ready To Serve?


Happy Weekend Everyone from SGN Scoops!

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