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Message from Tennessee State Senator Doug Overbey


Doug Overbey

State Senator
Blount and Sevier Districts
2nd Senatorial District

306 War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243-0208
(800) 449-8366 ext. 10981
Phone (615) 741-0981
Fax (615) 253-0224

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Dear Friends,

Monday we observe Memorial Day – a day set aside to remember those who died in active military service. For many Memorial Day represents the “official start of summer” and is a time for a long weekend vacation. However, it is important that we never forget the true reason we observe Memorial Day. It is a day set aside to remember those who have fallen as they protect our country and its freedoms.

It is my hope that, as we begin the summer and enjoy the weekend, we will pause and remember those who have served and are serving in our Nation’s armed forces and, in particular, those who have paid the ultimate price in defending our freedom, protecting our homes and families, and preserving our Country. We have them to thank for the many freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

Perhaps we can also consider the last stanza of “The Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key:

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
 Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
 Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
 Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
 And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
 O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Because of the sacrifice of the valiant men and women we remember this Memorial Day, our Nation remains “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” May it ever be so and long may the Star-Spangled Banner wave. I hope you and your families have a meaning-filled and safe Memorial Day weekend, and may God bless America.

Sincerely yours,

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Doug Overbey
State Senator

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman


Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Inspiration Station For All In Need This Morning

Christian Living The One Sure Mark of Christian Maturity


Sanctification:I suppose we all know that as Christians we are meant to grow up, to mature. We begin as infants in the faith and need to develop into adults. The New Testament writers insist that we must all make this transition from milk to meat, from the children’s table to the grown-up’s feast. And yet even though we are aware that we must go through this maturing process, many of us are prone to measure maturity in the wrong ways. We are easily fooled. This is especially true, I think, in a tradition like the Reformed one which (rightly) places a heavy emphasis on learning and on the facts of the faith.

The Bible is the means God uses to complete us, to finish us, to bring us to maturity: When Paul writes to Timothy, he talks to him about the nature and purpose of the Bible and says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That word complete is related to maturity. Paul says that Timothy, and by extension me and you and all of us, is incomplete, unfinished, and immature.The Bible is the means God uses to complete us, to finish us, to bring us to maturity.

But what does it mean to be a mature Christian? I think we tend to believe that mature Christians are the ones who know a lot of facts about the Bible. Mature Christians are the ones who have their theology down cold. But look what Paul says: “That the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Paul does not say, “That the man of God may be complete, knowing the books of the Bible in reverse order,” or “That the man of God may be complete, able to explain and define supralapsarianism against infralapsarianism.” He does not say, “That the man of God may be complete, able to provide a structural outline of each of Paul’s epistles.” Those are all good things, but they are not Paul’s emphasis. They may be signs of maturity, but they may also be masks that cover up immaturity.

When Paul talks about completion and maturity, he points to actions, to deeds, to “every good work.” The Bible has the power to mature us, and as we commit ourselves to reading, understanding, and obeying it, we necessarily grow up in the faith. That maturity is displayed in the good works we do more than in the knowledge we recite. And this is exactly what God wants for us—he wants us to be mature and maturing doers of good who delight to do good for others. This emphasis on good deeds is a significant theme in the New Testament (see Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:14, etc) and the very reason why God saved us.

Spiritual maturity is better displayed in acts than in facts: This means that spiritual maturity is better displayed in acts than in facts. You can know everything there is to know about theology, you can be a walking systematic theology, you can spend a lifetime training others in seminary, and still be desperately immature. You will remain immature if that knowledge you accumulate does not motivate you to do good for others. The mature Christians are the ones who glorify God by doing good for others, who externalize their knowledge in good deeds.

Of course facts and acts are not entirely unrelated, so this is not a call to grow lax in reading, studying, and understanding the Bible. Not at all! The more you know of the Bible, the more it can teach, reprove, correct, and train you, and in that way shape your actions and cause you to do the best deeds in the best way for the best reason. More knowledge of God through his Word ought to lead to more and better service to others. But in the final analysis, Christ lived and died so he could “redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). Knowledge of God and his Word is good.

Knowledge of God and his Word that works itself out in doing what benefits others

There is nothing that glorifies God more than that.

Blake Shelton Buys Miranda Lambert’s Property

PinkPistol001Blake Buys Miranda’s Property And Has A “Plan Brewing”

After Miranda Lambert announced that she was closing down the Pink Pistol, a popular boutique she opened in Tishomingo, Okla., where she and Blake Shelton resided while the two were married, she went and sold the building to her ex-husband.

et_BlakeProperty_052616_hulu_ren640_2518997_ver1.0Blake confirmed the sale of the property, via twitter, in a response to a question asked by his fan. “As a resident of Tishomingo, I’m very sorry that the Pink Pistol has decided to move its operations out of the area,” Blake said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “We all, as a community, appreciate everything it has done for our town. As for the actual properties left behind . . . I was offered the opportunity to buy them, and I have a plan brewing.”

But Miranda still has her Pink Pistol location in Lindale, Texas, which she will be moving to a new location for expansion.

“It feels full circle to have everything under one ‘roof’ basically where it all began in my hometown of Lindale,” Miranda said in a statement. “I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the employees who worked hard to help me bring the store in Tishomingo to life, as well as the patrons who came to experience the Pink Pistol and supported the store. Sometimes you need to close a chapter to build on a new beginning or go back home.”

Could Blake’s words be a hint about his plans for the building? Brewing? Perhaps a bar or brewery is in the works in Tishomingo. We’ll have to stay tuned and find out what Blake has in store.

– by Lisa Konicki NashCountryDaily

Chrissie Rossouw AE Top20 On Nashville’s NBRN.FM

RadioWorldTop20ChrissieRossouwAirplayExpress Top 20 With Chrissie Rossouw Debuts on Nashville Radio This Morning

Be part of history as AirplayExpress’s first ever Top 20 radio show hosted by Chrissie Rossouw debuts on Nashville Radio NBRN.FM this morning at 11AM [Central Standard Time CST] Nashville Time & 6PM [Central African Time CAT] South African time

NBRNradioMaritz001Chrissie will be counting down this week’s exciting Top 20 for the first time ever from Nashville Tennessee. Frans Maritz from Wildhorse Entertainment has negotiated this opportunity for AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld and Chrissie Rossouw with radio station owners The Bradford Brothers.  NBRN.FM has created a regular slot for the AE Top 20 every Saturday morning  starting today. This will also be an opportunity for South African freelance Disc Jockey Chrissie Rossouw to be introduced to the Nashville Country music scene as she herself is exposed for the first time to the incredibly talented artists on this Top 20.

ChrissieRossouwIconChrissie Rossouw will run down the AirplayExpress Top 20 every week in line with AirplayExpress efforts to promote the Artists on AirplayExpress. This chart features only the songs downloaded for the week on AirplayExpress by professional people in the Music, Film and Television Industry including the lifeline of AirplayExpress, the Radio Stations, Disc Jockeys, Music Promoters and Producers. The show will be available every week on Monday at AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld for download by Radio Stations for airing on their radio stations and worldwide networks.

AETop20Week21HeaderIf you are a radio station somewhere on this planet please let us know that you are airing the shows downloaded from AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld so that we can give you the exposure you deserve for your support by publishing your broadcast times. To offer your shows on Down South Country Stereo they need to be featured on AirplayExpress RadioWorld download pages. NBRN.FM is a proud member of the AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld family.

AirplayExpressRadioWorld002Be the first Radio station in your country to air the AirplayExpress’s International Top20 Chart Show. First in South Africa, Down South Country Stereo 24.7, and now first in the USA, The Nashville Broadcast Radio Network NBRN.FM. Will you also be part of history as you air it first in (Australia, Japan, Britain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, France, Holland, Panama, Dubai, Transvaal, Free State in June and July or wherever you may be in the world.

Contact AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld at to be part of this adventure.

– WHISNews21

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

JamesBarnson001Image result for gospel music today logo ken and jeanBreaking Now! The Oklahoma based TV program Gospel Music Today to report on James Marvell’s #1 song “Only Christian Country” June 26 at 4:30 pm in Tulsa on KWHB TV47, then on demand all week worldwide at

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

Colt Records/AirplayExpress Artist James Marvell Gets Around In The Music Industry


buck trent and marvellHe has been blessed to be on the ground floor of many musical trends. Did you know, Marvell was a member of the late 60s Warner Brothers’ band Mercy who recorded the solid gold classic, “Love Can Make You Happy”?  Historically, Mercy topped Billboard, Cashbox and RecordWorld’s Top 10 with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles in 1969.

anenIn the early 70s, Marvell and Mercy band member Buddy Good headed to Nashville with a mission to bring good clean country music and anti-drug messages to country fans and it’s youth.

James and Buddy formed The Country Cavaleers, a unique MGM duo who turned heads in country music with their long hair half way down their backs but singing pure country music. In 1971 CMA said: “The Cavaleers have scored a First in the world of Country Music.” See Youtube  video –

willie and marvell for video 2The 80s took James Marvell into jewelry designing. He created some of the most collectible turquoise jewelry of that day. He designed  the famous Johnny Cash, June Carter, Bill Monroe and Willie Nelson turquoise collections which were purchased by thousands of country fans worldwide.

Marvell then set his sites on Christian Country Gospel Music and Branson Missouri when Willie Nelson opened a door for him in 1992 at his Willie Nelson Ozark Theater.

Worship services branson missouri (3)The Johnny Minick Family, a well known gospel group would come to Willie’s Theater to hold their weekly worship and preaching services along with great music. Minick saw Marvell as a very enthusiastic and sincere entertainer who truly cared about the ministry and approached him to be a part of the program.

barbara fairchild ricky skaggs james marvell (4)It had to be the Lord because Marvell immediately caught the vision and promised the Minicks he would do anything possible to help promote the important weekly event.

Marvell was led to utilize every opportunity in the theater given to him by Willie and his contacts around Branson to makesure that Minick had a crowd.

worship services branson 1992 (2)What started as a weekly gathering of 15 or 20 grew quickly into capacity crowds
at Willie’s 1,500 seat Theater. The media caught Marvell’s enthusiasm donating large promotional articles every week about the new Branson Gospel Services.

Later, Barbara Fairchild joined in and promoted it from the Mel Tillis Theater across town where she performed. The news exploded and the Fire Marshall had to turn folks away because of capacity crowds! The rest is now history concerning those early days of Theater Worship in Branson Missouri.

james marvell 2016This was one of the most memorable times in Marvell’s career because of his love for Branson Missouri, it’s people and friends he made there.

Around 2004 James came back to Branson to be a special guest  on The Jim Owen Show. Owen pitched one of his great songs to Marvell titled “I Prayed and I Prayed”.

Fellow Branson stars like Randy Plummer, Buck Trent and others cheered Marvell on when the song went to #1 in Country Gospel making it the first #1 hit to ever come out of Branson, Missouri!

See YouTube video of Marvell’s early days in Country Gospel 1991 –

 – Faye Marvell 4 WHISNews21

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman


Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Inspiration Station For All In Need This Morning

Devotional: On The Home Front


I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always. 1 Samuel 2:33 Being the high priest in Israel was a prestigious job, and Eli seemed suited to it. Yet he failed badly on the home front. ‘…His sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice’ (1 Samuel 8:3). As a result, God told Eli He ‘…would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed against God, and he failed to restrain them’ (1 Samuel 3:13). As a parent and leader you need to answer this question: If God applied the same standard to you as He did to Eli, how well would you do? Eli ended up losing his credibility, his children, his career, and eventually his life. He missed the mark because he made some critical errors.

Let’s look at them and see what we can learn:

1) He had the wrong emphasis. He emphasized the Word of God to the people in his congregation, but not to his own children.

2) He had the wrong expectations. He thought his children would ‘get it’ because they lived under his roof and worked in the church. But it doesn’t work that way.

3) He set the wrong example. Eli failed to live at home what he taught at work. He had 20/20 vision when it came to his profession, but where his family was concerned he was blind to his own weakness.

Leadership on the home front isn’t about power and control; it’s about ‘giving yourself’ to the people who should matter most (Ephesians 5:25). So, how are you doing on the home front?

Prayer Heavenly Father,

help me to be an example on my home front and to live out what I believe.

Forgive me when I do not. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Willie Nelson Kicks Off Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival

WILLIE-NELSON-DRAKE-WHITE-740x400Legendary Renegade Willie Nelson Kicks Off 2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival

We don’t get many moments to share with a legend like Willie Nelson So many of music’s greatest legends have come and gone

Buffalo-Chip-BIKERNET-500x200The great Willie Nelson will perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Friday, Aug. 5 We don’t get many moments to share with a legend like Willie Nelson So many of music’s greatest legends have come and gone. In the world of country music, renegades who played by their own rules like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard have all left a wave of musical memories in their wake. But one performer who dared to be different and led the movement is still entertaining and will be creating more magical memories at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® this August. The great Willie Nelson will be giving Buffalo Chip guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as he jumpstarts the Chip’s 35th anniversary party. The living legend will kick-off the party on Friday, Aug. 5 with Drake White.

Buffalo-Chip-2Nelson’s nearly endless portfolio of beloved music has been a soundtrack of his life as well as America’s. Songs like “Hello Walls,” “Crazy,” “Willingly,” “Bloody Mary Morning,” “Blues Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain,” “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” “Good Hearted Woman” and “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time” helped him earn a staggering 11 Grammy Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 9 CMA Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards and many more. Willie Nelson is an 83 year-old American icon who has inspired generations with his talent and independent spirit. His appearance at the Buffalo Chip on Aug. 5 will offer a connection between the people who adore him and the legend who has championed their way of life and American values.

KID-ROCK-LIGHTNING-SHOT-507x760“We don’t get many moments to share with a legend like Willie Nelson,” said Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff. “He’s taken us all on one hell of a ride, and he always brings us back home.

This concert opportunity is one you’d kick yourself later for missing.” Prior to Willie Nelson’s performance, rising country musician Drake White will also make his way to the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage. White’s debut Top 40 hit “The Simple Life” propelled him into the spotlight in 2013, and by the end of 2015 “Rolling Stone” said he was “an electric performer with a gospel howl” and “Huffington Post” hailed him as one of the top country artists to watch in 2016.

Buffalo-Chip-SRS-740x400The list of celebrated musicians scheduled for the 35th anniversary of “The Best Party Anywhere®” continues to grow, with the lineup currently including the following acts: Friday, Aug. 5 – Willie Nelson, Drake White Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3 Doors Down Sunday, Aug. 7 – Kid Rock, Leon Russell Monday, Aug. 8 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King Wednesday, Aug 10 – Reverend Horton Heat Thursday, Aug. 11 – Miranda Lambert Saturday, Aug – “Weird Al” Yankovic More band announcements will be forthcoming until the Buffalo Chip’s 9-day festival schedule has been announced.


Those wishing to purchase passes may do so by going to or calling 605-347-9000.

– Top 40 Charts

Jim Rose Remembers Radio Friday May 27, 2016


May 27, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1515



WEST TEXAS RADIO LEGEND PASSES INTO THE WIND Longtime Country radio programmer and AM Drive personality Mike Lawrence passes away unexpectedly on Saturday night, ‎May ‎21, ‎2016 in his home in NM. Lawrence and his wife and co-host, Dana Carole are beloved local personalities on KNFM FM in 1990 and later KGEE FM for the next 11 years. Mike and Dana most recently spend 13 successful years on Brazos Communications Country KHKX FM (Kicks 99.1) Odessa, TX until December of 2014, when they retire to NM.

IF YOU THINK THIS ISSUE OF JRRR IS WORTH READING…Please forward this entire issue to five of your friends and associates! To subscribe to Jim Rose Remembers Radio send your full Name, City, State and Country of residence plus email address to

MR ED’S CAREGIVER PACKS IT IN Mister Ed TV sitcom first airs in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, 1966. Mr. Ed, talking palomino horse is gelding Bamboo Harvester. Former Western film actor Allan Rocky Lane is Mr. Ed’s voice. Alan Young plays Mr. Ed’s owner, awkward architect Wilbur Post. The Posts reside at 17230 Valley Spring in the San Fernando Valley. On Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016 Emmy award-winning actor, radio host, TV host Alan Young passes away at 96.

SAN ANTONIO JUDGE RESCUES IHEART MEDIA A San Antonio, TX lawyer for iHeartMedia pleads that threats of default notices that begin in early 2016 harms the company. In 2015 iHeartmedia has the worst stock return of any other publicly traded San Antonio company. State District Judge Cathleen Strykerpermanently blocks bondholders unhappy over a recent transfer of assets within iHeart’s radio, billboard and digital company from filing default notices against the company in connection with the transfer.

CBS DUMPS RADIO STATIONS Tim Pohlman who becomes market manager of CBS Radio’s seven radio station Chicago cluster in January 2016 brags: I made my first quarter numbers. In recent years, several of CBS Radio’s Chicago stations experience ad revenue slumps. But Pohlman seems to have a knack for making his ad sales numbers. Pohlman says the most probable scenario for a spinoff of CBS’s radio assets is most likely sometime early in 2017.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and quite possibly in the world? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! David Gold and Brad Witt May 28, 2016. •GARTH BROOKS Country music star set for first show in San Antonio, TX in 18 years on July 22 and 23, 2016 in the AT&T Center. •BILL PHALEN Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame member and founder of Western Cities Broadcasting in Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Jose and Sacramento passes away at 73. •CUMULUS flips NASH WZRR FM (99.5) to Talk 99.5 Birmingham’s Real Talk on Tuesday, ‎May ‎24, ‎2016.


•1955 THE RED BUTTONS SHOW last airs on NBC TV on May 27th. ‎•1969 ABC TV airs first episode of The Johnny Cash Show on June 7th with guest Bob Dylan.•1975 PAUL MCCARTNEY releases his fourth studio album Venus and Mars on May 27th. •1986 REBA MCENTIRE’s Whoever’s In New England rises to #1 in Billboard Country on May 31st. ‎•1994 LARRY KING ends his radio show on May 27th. •2006 JASON ALDEAN’sWhy snares #1 in Billboard Country on May 27th.


BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360/KBUY-1540/WBAP-820/KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) Hi Jim, I just wanted to let JRRR readers (who have followed my turmoil over the last year or so) that my latest PET scan showed a “sparkle” where my original colon cancer had been. I’ve been about 9 months “free” and my oncologist’s nurse (who called Friday) indicates, although it has returned, it’s not substantial and he is considering additional “mop up” chemotherapy. He will be meeting with Becky and myself next week to go over all the results and options. I appreciate the kind words and prayers I received, previously, from my radio family at JRRR, so I kindly request additional prayers for this situation. I may be old, and beat to heck (from both broadcasting and the cancer), but this old dawg still has a LOT of fight left! Thank you all in advance. Ben Harold.

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JAY WALKER (Dallas-McKinney, TX) [CBS Radio/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] Subject: On my soapbox. There are not many who put the thought into their product like you do. That is why I enjoy reading your newsletter, there’s no BS or agenda. Another of my reads is Tom Taylor’s as he does a decent job with a broad range of coverage. National, and regional plus regulatory and general broadcast news. With millions of pages available online there’s a lot not worthy of common sense HAHA. Jay

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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: us guys. As it happens for us all the time…a simple night out turned “extra” special…no brag, just fact…last night Kendall and I went to a comedy show at the Improve and as fate has it we sat next to an astronaut…his name is Clayton Anderson…Google him if you like. He spent 150 days on the international space station. At any rate that kind of good karma is our stock and trade in the Dunaway household…love it. Chuck

TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 20, 1920 The Canadian Marconi Company’s XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) in Montréal gives what it claims to be the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and quite possibly in the world.

JOAN PATE-DAY [late Sam Pate’s sister] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: 61 years and holding. Come May 14 my Bill and I will be married 61 years. The night of our wedding all we could afford was a hamburger, fries and a Weber’s Root Beer. We made a vow to have that exact meal each year on our Anniversary. So far we have made it. This year was close as I had three heart attacks, one respiratory failure. The desire for that burger made me try harder to recover. My Bill worked for the railroad and in his off time drove the news unit with the letters across the top for K.L.I.F-1190.

SOCRATES (469-399 BC) My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman


Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Inspiration Station For All In Need This Morning

Before, Behind, Beside


I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken

Some years ago our family visited Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Known as the world’s longest cave system, there are more than 400 miles of caves waiting to be explored. We went on the Wild Cave Tour. I should have known by the name that this was probably a demanding exploration, but hey, the family was excited so I decided to be brave. This cave was all about facing the darkness. A Guide led our small group through some physically demanding areas of the cave. We had to climb, crawl, squeeze, and move through dark spaces where even the cave dwelling creatures (spiders, scorpions) were environmentally albino due to the lack of light. (Did I mention there were also bats?) I have to admit, I was very apprehensive, which is an adult way of saying, “I was freaking out!” I kept reminding myself that all I needed to do was keep my eyes on the Guide in front of me, trust the Guide watching the group from behind, and remember that when passages widened, I would be able to see my husband beside me again; and I was relieved.

Our Father in heaven promises us that we are never alone. He goes before us, behind us, and walks beside us along this journey we call life. “You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5. When life overwhelms us and is seems like we are sinking into the dark confines of a cold, dreary cave, His Word reminds us that there is nowhere we can go that He is not there; loving and leading. When you are faced with life uncertainties and times of darkness, it is good to remember: The Lord goes before me: Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

The Lord goes behind me: Isaiah 52:12 “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Lord stays beside me: Acts 2:25 “King David said this about him: ‘I see that the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

Are you struggling today? Do you feel like you are overwhelmed in darkness, unable to see even inches in front of you? Cry out to Jesus. “For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

Prayer Thank You Father that I am never alone.

You will watch over me and keep my mind in perfect peace as I fix my eyes on You.

You uphold me and strengthen me according to Your Word; I simply need to take hold of Your hand.

Jesus, You are my Rock and my Salvation and it is in Your name, that I pray. Amen.

Little Nettles Blake Krause On “The Voice” Finale

VOICE 2016Little Nettles, Blake Krause On “The Voice” Finale

The finale of  “The Voice” last night included a whole bunch of star-studded performances including Alison Krauss performing “Willin”, Little Big Town with ‘One Of Those Days”, Jennifer Nettles  “Unlove You’ and Blake Shelton with his not so friendly kids tune, “She’s Got A Way With Words”. The audience loved the show, did you?

– WHISNews21

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