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Praise Fest in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, to feature Tank Tackett, Rod Horner, Crystal River

Written by Staff on March 25, 2019 – 11:09 am -

Praise Fest Chambersburg

Praise Fest Chambersburg

Praise Fest Chambersburg will be held at the Open Door Church, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free.

Featured guests include Tank Tackett, Brave and Mighty, Crystal River, the Gabriels, Bill Rappe, Tony Waters, Tommy Boyd, Bill Dykes, and Rod Horner and Friends.

Tank Tackett, Jerry Goff, Bill Dykes

Tank Tackett, Jerry Goff, Bill Dykes

The Open Door Church is located at 600 Miller Street, Chambersburg, Penn.

For more information, call 717-264-3266.

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SGN Scoops Pastors’ Corner with Eric Bennett of Triumphant

Written by Staff on June 7, 2015 – 8:37 am -

Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett

For this edition of Pastors’ Corner, we welcome Eric Bennett from Triumphant Quartet. Eric was formerly a Pastor of a Baptist Church, so we felt he was well qualified for this Pastors’ Corner series on “The Importance of Music in the Life of a Christian.” We trust you will enjoy his blog.

 

TD Jakes once said that anyone can praise the Lord, but true worship can only come from someone in whom God has done a supernatural work. (1 Peter 2:19,20: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an Holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the wonderful acts of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.)
I agree with Brother Jakes. True heart-felt worship can only come from someone
who has experienced the hand of God working in their life; someone that God has delivered; someone that God has set free.

Joshua 4:19-24, tells the story of when the children of Israel set up 12 stones as a reminder of what God had done in their life. Most all lyrics in Southern Gospel music reflect on what God has done, either on the cross or something He’s done in our personal life. Whether it is Chris Allman’s, “I Could Never Praise Him Enough,” or Bill Gaither’s, “Jesus We Just Want To Thank You,” which if I were you, I would do myself a favor and look this song up on Youtube and watch the Cathedrals video of this. It’ll make you want to shout “Glory” as George would say! All these songs remind us of the goodness of God.

For me personally, I can sit and listen to songs like these and be reminded of all the things God has done for me. I am so very thankful for salvation, my wife, family, my GRANDKIDS, house, job, health, friends, and on and on. We all have so much to thank God for.

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

I think music either helps you focus on God or takes your focus off God. The importance of listening to Christian music is that it brings our attention to the One who gave us the breath that we breathe, another good reason to thank Him!

If we could get our mind off who is singing and get it on WHO is being sung about, we could experience true worship. Some of my best times with The Lord are not at church, concerts, or singings. Some of my best times with the Lord are driving the bus at 3am in morning or in my truck, listening to Christian music. God shows up and here we go!

Music will never take the place of Bible Study and Prayer time with God. But, it can truly keep our minds on Him. (Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.)

The world has so much noise today. Why wouldn’t a follower of Christ want to keep focused on Him all day long?! What better way to do that than listening to music that speaks of Him?

If you don’t already, I would suggest that you start listening to Christian music either on radio or by CD. Listen to the lyrics. Be reminded of all the things God has done in your life. Be reminded of “I once was lost but now I’m found, I once was blind but now I see.” If you do, I think you will experience true worship, you will keep focused on Him and I think your day will be so much brighter!
Written by Eric Bennett of Triumphant Quartet

First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in December 2014. For current issues, visit SGN Scoops mainpage.


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SGN Scoops Pastors Corner: The Importance of Music in the Life of a Christian

Written by Staff on May 15, 2015 – 1:19 pm -

Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis

By  Rev. Bryan Davis

Music: you hear the sad symphony of it at a funeral; its joyful melody dances with the bride as she walks down the aisle to her future. It plays through the speakers of stores to prompt us to buy and in workplaces to motivate employees. We use it in moments of romance and passion, and it plays in our churches as we lift our hands to the Lord to worship and give Him praise and adoration. The melodious sounds of music play such an important role in films that even though few may remember the plotlines to Con Air, Titanic, or Disney’s Hercules, we all remember “How Do I live,” by Trisha Yearwood from Con Air, Celine Dion’s masterful voice singing “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic, and Michael Bolton’s rendition of, “I Can Go the Distance.”

MI0002789380Yes, there is just something about music that changes our hearts, captures our attention and reaches to the very depths of our soul. Most sermons are forgotten by the time the church service is dismissed; yet most people can remember what worship songs were sung. Few movie quotes are ever remembered, yet we can quote our favorite songs from memory.

When I was a little boy, my mom and I did a school experiment to discover if plants were affected by music. Interestingly enough, we found that when we played soft music to the plants daily, they grew faster than the plants that were not exposed to music. Another surprising result was that in the same experiment, the plants exposed to heavy metal withered and quickly died. I believe the same is true of how music affects our soul.

One day, I was driving down the road and I was feeling depressed and sad. As I pondered my despair, I realized my radio was on the local Country station playing all sorts of sad ballads. I heard about dogs dying, marriages failing, vehicles breaking down, drinking and every sort of hopelessness you could imagine. No wonder I was depressed! What goes in, is what comes out! 

I popped in a worship CD and the difference was startling! As anthems of Christ began to permeate my vehicle, the depression quickly vacated my atmosphere  and the presence of God Almighty engulfed the interior of my car. This was the moment that I had an epiphany … people stay depressed listening to other music because the majority of music is about us and our problems; but when we sing songs to Jesus about Jesus instead of singing songs about us, there is a shift from the problem to the Problem-Solver, and that’s when He can change our situation. 

There is some secular music that I love and my intent is not to bash it, but even the best song without Christ is just another empty song. Music was never created to glorify the things of this world; music was created to worship God and magnify His Son, Jesus Christ! Music is so important that the Bible even tells us that when we enter Heaven and meet our Maker, all the habitants of Heaven will be gathered around the throne of God, worshipping. The 24 elders will be bowing before His throne while hundreds of Angels continually sing “Holy, Holy, Holy…” for all of eternity.

Yes, this is the purpose of music! Not only does music take us into God’s presence, music also helps us get through the hardest of our trials and gives us the hope we need to carry on. When I think of music, I think of the story of Haratio Spafford, who was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a blossoming legal practice, an exquisite home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devoted Christian and committed Bible Student. Mr. Spafford was best of friends with the likes of D.L. Moody, Ira Sankey and a myriad of other well-known Christians of the day.

At the highest elevation of his economic and masterful prosperity, Horatio and his wife Anna endured the horrendous loss of their only son. Shortly following their son’s untimely death, on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford organized a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much-needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He was also scheduled to join Moody and Sankey at an ongoing revival service in England. 

Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him, while he stayed in Chicago to tie up some loose ends. Several days later he received notice that his family’s ship had sunk. All four of his daughters had drowned and only his wife had survived.

Mr. Spafford boarded a boat to take him to his mourning wife, Anna, in England. As the boat hovered over the watery grave of his four daughters, Horatio began to write a melody that would change the world. Its lyrics began with, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrow like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul..”

Something within Horatio Spafford, even in the midst of life’s hardest circumstances, began to bubble up as a musical melody from the depths of his soul; not a melody of hate or hopelessness, but rather a melody of praise in the middle of the pain. Labeled as possibly the greatest hymn ever written, “It Is Well” still touches hearts more than 200 years later. Why? Because not only did grief come from Mr. Spafford’s heart, but praise did as well and after all of these years, that same praise still carries with it the power of God Almighty.

If research is done thoroughly, one will find that the majority of Christian lyrics are written out of tragedies very similar to Mr. Spafford’s. Yet, we do not hear hopelessness in them, as we do in the songs sung glorifying despair. Instead, we hear praise to the One who is able to heal the broken-hearted.  

Although man has perverted music, it was created for the sole purpose of worship and it is still a powerful tool for a Christian. It has the power to lift our souls out of the pit of despair and re-align our heart and thoughts with our Creator. It transcends us from this world of trouble into the presence of The Almighty God.

 

Rev. Bryan Davis is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God (Cleveland TN). Bryan runs a very successful Facebook ministry called Dwelling Point Ministries and is also very active in his community. Bryan has served as Evangelist Pastor at two churches. Currently Bryan, his wife Rebekah and daughter Brielle reside in Frederic, WI. Bryan is open to bringing the word of God to your church. For info contact Bryan directly at heartofachampion15@yahoo.com

Pastors Corner is a regular feature in SGN Scoops Digital Magazine. For the current issue visit the SGN Scoops main page.   

 


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Integrity Music’s Brian Doerksen Brings Worship Music To Level Ground with new DVD and CD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 5, 2011 – 5:13 pm -

Brian Doerksen

MOBILE, Alabama (January 5, 2011) – Integrity Music announces the February 22 U.S. release of Level Ground, an innovative CD and DVD project from award-winning Canadian worship leader/songwriter Brian Doerksen.

The Covenant, Juno and GMA International Award winner was inspired by a unique concept for Level Ground. Doerksen wanted to produce a live recording that placed the musicians and singers among the worshippers and embraced the intimacy and simplicity of a small group while reserving the stage for people to share stories of grace.  The live recording took place at “The Barn,” a gathering place in Doerksen’s hometown of Abbotsford, B.C. The result: a 13-song CD and a DVD that features music and inspiring stories of lives transformed by the power of God.
Level Ground is not just a collection of my new worship songs,” said Doerksen.  “It was inspired by Isaiah 40 which says, ‘Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.’ It’s one of the most well-known passages of the scriptures. But the reality of grace and the leveling it speaks of continues to elude most of us in our cultures of competition.”

“We love elevating ‘stars’ and shaming ‘sinners’,” he continues. “God’s heart as Father longs to embrace us all and place us on level ground!  Through Him, we can all experience grace that transforms. My hope and prayer is that is exactly what you will experience as you listen to these songs and stories!”

The Level Ground DVD is a two-hour film that brings together a hybrid of several elements – it’s part concert film with all the songs from the CD (plus a new version of “Broken and Beautiful”) and part documentary with interviews, “grace stories” and behind-the-scenes footage.
Of the DVD, Doerksen says: “On the film version you are placed right in the middle of our gathering; you hear and see the music happen all around you. You witness an 8’ by 14’ painting that captures the concept of ‘level ground’ as it emerges. But beyond the music and the painting, perhaps best of all, you get to hear and see the grace stories. For me that’s the highlight of this project.”
Integrity Vice President Robert Brenner adds: “I’ve been to many recordings in my 20 years at the label, but I have never experienced anything like this evening of worship. We were all standing together, musicians amidst the worshippers and the powerful exchange that occurred between one another and with our God was transformational. This CD and DVD have the potential to open up an entirely new model of worship that takes the focus off of the leader and places it directly on our God.”
The Level Ground CD features new songs written by Doerksen along with co-writes by Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Doerksen’s longtime collaborator/producer Phillip Janz.
The song list for Level Ground is:
1. Welcome To The Place Of Level Ground (writers Doerksen, Paul Baloche)
2. The Jesus Way   (writers Doerksen, Steve Mitchinson)
3. Lifelong Passion (writer Ali Berry)
4. Enter The Rest Of God (writer Doerksen)
5. Everything/God In My Living (writer Tim Hughes)
6. Will You Love Me In The Winter (writer Doerksen)
7. Here Is Love with Give Thanks (writers William Rees, Robert Lowry and Henry Smith)
8. No Condemnation (writers Doerksen, Janz)
9. Giver Of Life (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
10. Altar Of Love (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson, Janz)
11. Whatever Comes (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
12. Thank You For The Cross (writers Doerksen, Kathryn Scott)
13. First (writer Doerksen)

In addition to the CD and DVD, Level Ground worship resources (trax/songbook/digital songbook) are available.

Brian Doerksen is more than a songwriter and worship artist.  He is also an author, conference speaker and pastor. His songs, which are sung in churches around the world, include “Come, Now is the Time to Worship”, “Hope of the Nations”, “Faithful One”, “Refiner’s Fire”, “Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)” and “Holy God”.  He has recorded six albums in partnership with Integrity Music – Level Ground; It’s Time; Holy God; Live in Europe; Today and You Shine.
In 2008, Doerksen received a JUNO award (Canadian equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards) for Holy God (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year). For creating worship music that has impacted the global Church, he was honored by the Gospel Music Association with its “International Award.” In addition, he has received numerous Covenant Awards from Canada’s Gospel Music Association.
Born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford, Doerksen now lives with his family (wife of 26 years Joyce and their 4 youngest children) in the same home that he spent his childhood in.  He continues to make his church home at ‘The Bridge’ in Matsqui village in Abbotsford, which he helped plant in the spring of 2006.
For more information on Brian Doerksen, visit www.briandoerksen.com or www.integritymusic.com. For a video preview of the project, visit http://www.youtube.com/integritymusic#p/search/1/he9ed_zoVlg.

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