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WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for this Thursday ending April 18, By Marty Martel..
Please keep in your thoughts and prayer lines the people of Boston, especially those who were lost and injured, and devastated by the bombings. Also the terrible explosion today near Waco, Texas and all of the terrible things that are taking place in our country and the world.
I feel these are signs of the times. Prayer can never be said enough, so please lets reach out to all of our prayer lines and ask for continued prayers that terrorists attacks and countries such as North Korea are stopped by the Hand of the Lord so that their deaf ears shall be open to peace and love in our world.
I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do. I had to hurry and get to work For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, And jumped up off my knees. My Christian duty was now done My soul could rest at ease.
All day long I had no time To spread a word of cheer. No time to speak of Christ to friends, They’d laugh at me I’d fear.
No time, no time, too much to do, That was my constant cry, No time to give to souls in need But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the Lord, I came, I stood with downcast eyes. For in his hands God held a book; It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said “Your name I cannot find. I once was going to write it down . . . But never found the time”
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Time Magazine released its tenth annual Time 100 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World today — and some famous faces made the cut.
One of the most surprising honorees was Christina Aguilera, who released a new album this year and starred as a mentor on the first three seasons of the “The Voice.” (Shakira is currently filling in for her on Season 4).
Celine Dion had some kind words to say about 32-year-old Aguilera, gushing, “The first time I heard Christina Aguilera sing, I was totally blown away. I love the way she sings. Her tone is beautiful, and her voice has got so much power, yet so much sensitivity — and technically, I think, she’s flawless.”
Another female star who made the 2013 list was Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who covers one of the five Time 100 issues. Jodie Foster took the time out to share her thoughts on the 22-year-old actress:
“You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be. All of those painful secrets in her face, the feeling that there’s some terrible past that’s left impossibly angled bone and weariness in its wake. She’s worn from the pain of living — something none of her characters would ever have the energy to articulate. It’s just part of her, like skin and muscle. The good news is that Jen, her good-humored, ballsy, free-spirited alter ego with the husky voice and a propensity for junk food … Jen, the spritely tomboy from Kentucky — that Jen’s got it together. A hoot. A gem. A gem with a killer stare.”
Not so shocking were Beyonce and Jay-Z’s individual spots on the list. Considering they’re two of the biggest names in the world, the power couple deserves a place.
Jay-Z’s pal Justin Timberlake nabbed a shout-out too, being raved about by the one and only Stevie Wonder. “His star power comes from the fact that he sounds like he’s having fun when he makes music, and he can read a song — meaning as a singer or songwriter you can feel the emotion. You think, I can relate to that or I believe in that, and then the listener can feel it too,” Wonder says. “When Justin reads a song like ‘Cry Me a River’ or ‘Suit & Tie,’ you become part of that emotion.”
And of course, after an amazing year, Lena Dunham was named one of the most influential women in the world for her amazing work on “Girls.”
“Lena’s power lies largely in her self-awareness and wit. Like all great comics, she has a joke ready to deflect any jeer. Hannah’s pathetic declaration that she could at least be ‘a voice of a generation’ invites and thwarts many a poisoned arrow. Lena’s true power, though, lies in her transparency. She is unflinchingly, unnervingly honest. She exposes, beneath all that bare skin, a multitude of shortcomings: acute self-involvement, obsessive-compulsive behavior, overeating, oversharing. Hannah is as vivid and raw a portrait as we have seen — nails bitten to the nub — and despite her glaring faults, we ravenously embrace her. Lena’s unique lack of vanity or shame allows us to consider that we may also be able to accept and express ourselves fully. This is not only impressive, it’s important. Because it turns out that girls don’t just want to have fun. They also want to be known for who they really are.”
Other entertainers on the 2013 list include Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Fallon, Mindy Kaling, Jimmy Kimmel, Daniel Day-Lewis, Miguel and Frank Ocean.
The April 29, 2013 issue of TIME goes on sale on Friday, April 19.
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We’ve been warning ya, Jake Clayton has been making some serious rounds in the studio over the past months and the releases are finally starting to hit the market.
|First up, Jake Clayton appears on the latest single, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ by 2013 ACM Vocal Duo of the year, Thompson Square. Jake played cello and violin on the track and his name also appears in the duo’s new release, ‘Still Feels Good’. In stores everywhere! The single is currently sitting at #2 on the Country Music charts and still moving up!|
Speaking of ACM’s, Jake Clayton performed during the 2013 ACM weekend in Vegas with the nominee for best new female vocalist, Sunny Sweeney. The concert was part of the infamous ACM Fremont Street Experience and also featured Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Randy Houser, and more. A photo of Jake Clayton along with the Sunny Sweeney band was posted on the ACM website and can be viewed here:
Sunny Sweeney Band at Fremont Street (it’s the 7th photo in the set).
Here are the latest releases Jake Clayton has contributed to:
Ryan Chrys – A Lick & A Promise:
Jake played the majority of instruments on this one from the Colorado based Artist, and co-produced the album as well! Jake played Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Violin, Lap Steel, Keys/Piano, Dobro, Banjo, Accordion, and Mandolin on the album. Jake has also signed on to co-produce and play on the follow up album. Tracking will begin May 7th. Get more info and watch Ryan’s video for the first single at:
Phoenix Drive – A Fool’s Melody:
Georgia’s Phoenix Drive has just released their debut album. Jake played Fiddle, Lap Steel, Mandolin, and Dobro on the recording. Get more info on this release at:
Justine Blazer – Gasoline:
The 5th release from Nashville’s own, Justine Blazer. Jake played Piano, B3, Organ, Violin, Cello, Banjo, Dobro, Lap Steel, and Mandolin on the album. Get the info on this release here:
That should keep ya busy for a bit, but it’s not over! New releases featuring Jake Clayton are just around the corner including Kansas Artist, Jason Callahan (featuring and co produced by Clayton) and Missouri Artist, Rickie Lee Tanner (featuring and co produced by Clayton). On top of all of that, the recording of the next release for Jake Clayton’s own music is underway!
Also, a special Jake Clayton concert announcement coming soon, along with some great new developments in Jake Clayton’s world of music!
Thanks for keeping up with Jake Clayton!
As many as 60 to 70 people may have been killed in a fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday night in West, Texas, KWTX reported. West EMS Director Dr. George Smith told the TV station that hundreds of people were also injured in the blast.
Tommy Muska, West’s mayor, said at a news conference that the exact number of deaths was still unknown. However, buildings in a five-block radius from the plant were severely damaged by the explosion, Muska said.
Cause of the blast has not yet been determined.
Emergency crews, who were dispatched from throughout central Texas, are now being forced to pull back due to concerns of a second explosion. Several firefighters and other first responders have suffered injuries, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
The first call came in at approximately 7:50 p.m. Several injuries were reported at the plant, which is located near Waco, and a request was made for multiple ambulances. KWTX also reported several buildings were destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.
West ISD, the public school district in West, announced on Twitter that all schools will be closed for the rest of the week. Authorities in the area are also reportedly advising residents to leave town immediately.
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the incident: “We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.”
An official hotline has been created for people looking for loved ones possibly injured in the explosion. That number is (254) 202-1100.
WEST, Texas — An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings.
The blast at West Fertilizer in West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened shortly before 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north.
There was no immediate word from officials about fatalities or the severity of the explosion, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry said state officials were also waiting for details about the extent of the damage.
“We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident,” Perry said in a statement. “We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.”
But aerial footage showed fires still smoldering in the ruins of the plant and in several surrounding buildings, and people being treated for injuries on the flood-lit local football field, which had been turned into a staging area for emergency responders.
Debby Marak told The Associated Press that when she finished teaching her religion class Wednesday night, she noticed a lot of smoke in the area across town near the plant, which is near a nursing home. She said she drove over to see what was happening, and that when she got there, two boys came running toward her screaming that the authorities ordered everyone out because the plant was going to explode.
She said she drove about a block when the blast happened.
“It was like being in a tornado,” Marak, 58, said by phone. “Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield.”
“It was like the whole earth shook.”
She drove 10 blocks and called her husband and asked him to come get her. When they got to their home about 2 miles south of town, her husband told her what he’d seen: a huge fireball that rose like “a mushroom cloud.”
More than two hours after the blast, there were still fires smoldering in what was left of the plant and in others burning nearby. The roof of what appeared to be a housing complex of some kind had collapsed. In aerial footage from NBC’s Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, KXAS, dozens of emergency vehicles could be seen amassed at the scene. Entry into West was slow-going, as the roads were jammed with emergency vehicles rushing in to help out.
Authorities set up a staging area on the local high school’s football field, which was lit up with floodlights. Ambulances and several dozen injured people could be seen being taken away or seated in wheelchairs as they are treated and await transport.
Department of Public Safety troopers were using their squad cars to transport those injured by the blast and fire at the plant in West, a community north of Waco, Gayle Scarbrough, a spokeswoman for the department’s Waco office, told television station KWTX. She said six helicopters were also en route to help out.
Glenn A. Robinson, the chief executive of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, told CNN that his hospital had received 66 injured people for treatment, including 38 who were seriously hurt. He said the injuries included blast injuries, orthopedic injuries, large wounds and a lot of lacerations and cuts. The hospital has set up a hotline for families of the victims to get information, he said.
Robinson did not immediately return messages from the AP.
American Red Cross crews from across Texas were being sent to the site, the organization said. Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said the group was working with emergency management officials in West to find a safe shelter for residents displaced from their homes. She said teams from Austin to Dallas and elsewhere are being sent to the community north of Waco.
A West Fire Department dispatcher said any casualties would be transported to hospitals in Waco, which is about 90 miles north of Austin.
The explosion knocked out power to many area customers and could be heard and felt for miles around.
Brad Smith, who lives 45 miles north of West in Waxahachie, told the station that he and his wife heard what sounded like a thunderclap.
Lydia Zimmerman, told KWTX that she, her husband and daughter were in their garden in Bynum, 13 miles from West, when they heard multiple blasts.
“It sounded like three bombs going off very close to us,” she said.
Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with National Earthquake Information Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, said the explosion did not register on a seismograph because most of the blast’s energy dissipated in the atmosphere.
In 2001, an explosion at a chemical plant killed 31 people and injured more than 2,000 in Toulouse, France. The blast occurred in a hangar containing 300 tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be used for both fertilizer and explosives. The explosion came 10 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., and raised fears at the time it was linked. A 2006 report blamed the blast on negligence.
My plan for your life is unfolding before you. Sometimes the road you are traveling seems blocked, or it opens up so painfully slowly that you must hold yourself back. Then, when time is right, the way before you suddenly clears—through no effort of your own. What you have longed for and worked for I present to you freely, as pure gift. You feel awed by the ease with which I operate in the world, and you glimpse My Power and My Glory.
Do not fear your weakness, for it is the stage on which My Power and Glory perform most brilliantly. As you persevere along the path I have prepared for you, depending on My strength to sustain you, expect to see miracles—and you will. Miracles are not always visible to the naked eye, but those who live by faith can see them clearly. Living by faith, rather than sight, enables you to see My Glory.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
—Philippians 4:6 nasb
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Standing 6’4″ in his stocking feet he is affectionately known as “Big Matt Hurter” and his first “self-written” song, Bicycle Bill, became a #1 hit on Springbok radio and won him the prestigious South African Record Industry Award (SARI). “Bicycle Bill” plus “Big Bad John” written by Jimmy Dean and Roy Acuff, and several more songs written by Matt were included on his 1st LP record that achieved Gold status. Matt Received the award in front of 52,000 fans at the Rand Show, the largest fair in the world outside of the United States.
Other hits by penned and performed by BMI writer Matt include the #1 “Me and My Dog Malcolm” , “If You Want to be A Country Music Singer” “A Word Like Love” and “You’re the Prettiest Woman”. Matt had a major hit with “RIDE SAFE” which he wrote to motivate motorists to pick up the young soldiers who had to hitch a ride during their weekend pass. as Matt says .” I built my first house out of the royalties from that song .
Regarded as a Country Legend in South Africa, Matt has been on every South African TV show featuring Country music such as .. Gentle on my Mind, Kyk Net Country, Sing Country and also hosted the show “Sounds Country.” His newest songs, “A Word Like Love” and “If You Want To Be A Country Singer” are now included on the SA COUNTRY LEGENDS cd just released by EMI South Africa.
After a divorce in the early 80’s ,because of his love for Country music, wanting to write new songs and promote young artists Matt bought a piece of ground and created the “MUSIC FARM”, built a Cowboy Saloon, established the South African Country Music Association and built a home for country music in SA. At the Music Farm it was LIVE music (no backing tracks) . This created work for his fellow musicians, also created a platform for the “under dog” and up and coming artists where they could learn the ropes and mix with the professionals.
As the news spread through the media of Matt’s hard work and contribution to Country music he was recognized and praised by then President of the CMA in Nashville Jo Walker-Meador. Willie Nelson sent Matt a Texas flag which had been specially flown at the State Capital in Austin from sun-up to sunset and a certificate stating that the flag, “herewith presented to Matt Hurter, president of the South African Country Music Association by representative Mark Strama, was flown at the capitol of the sovereign State of Texas and is given in recognition of your love and support of Texas music.”
Matt ran the Music Farm successfully for 15 years. Because of an unfortunate armed robbery at the farm he decided to move to his fiance Nelia’s place of birth in the Western Cape and they now reside in a quiet seaside village (Pearly Beach).
Matt is still busy flying to gigs all over the country , writing songs, managing the SA CMA on Facebook, running an artist booking Agency for major venues, doing recording for the annual CMA cd and local artists which are featured on U.S. internet country station KWBC.FM
Some of the South African artists who have been given A KICKSTART by Big Matt include Dusty Dixon , Ray Dylon, Maddy Venter, JJ Strydom, Kerry Lee, Mandie , and many more.
Although he is from the old school, with old school values, standards and principles Matt is now involved in the new world of the internet and all its amazing opportunities. Many of his colleagues express amazement at his dedication and energy.
Two of Matt’s favorite quotes are “You don’t have to walk on water, it’s how you walk on land” and “Do it for your COUNTRY”. Matt is now represented by Fluffy Cat Records.
Compiled by Nelia Muller and written by Herman Beck.
FAREWELL TO A FRIEND, AN INSPIRATION AND AN INCREDIBLE MUSICIAN
Southern Gypsey Queen drummer Paul Wilson, died of a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon at Molteno Hospital, in the Eastern Cape.
He was only 29.Wilson had been suffering from a serious case of meningitis, but had been expected to recover.
Inspired by John Bonham, Chad Smith, Matt Sorum and Taylor Hawkins – Paul Wilson, embraced life to the full – he drummed his way into people’s hearts through his incredible talent as a drummer with Southern Gypsey Queen, the incredible positive outlook he had for everything he did and the constant smile that he wore.
His sudden death was a great shock to all of us, as he was a great friend, with a vibrant and happy personality. The way that Paul impacted people’s lives was clear on Wednesday evening as the new broke – with messages of condolences filling time lines, Facebook walls and trending maps online.
There are no words to express the loss that friends, family and the music industry in South Africa are experiencing. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Paulie – We’re going to miss you.
Paul Wilson – September 6, 1983 – April 10, 2013
Source Southern Pulse and Rolling Stone
President Barack Obama’s push on gun control suffered a major blow Wednesday when the senate defeated a gun-buyer background check bill put together by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The amendment failed 54 to 46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster of the measure.
Obama spoke on the failed measure Wednesday evening in the White House rose garden. He took to the podium after Mark Barden, the father of a Newtown victim.
“Our hearts are broken, our spirit is not,” Barden said.
Obama placed blame on the gun lobby during his remarks.
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama said.
The president said the failure of the background check bill “came down to politics.”
“There are no coherent arguments for why we didn’t do this,” Obama said.
Obama’s anger was apparent during his remarks, which were given as families of shooting victims and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — a shooting survivor — stood behind him.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said.
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