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The Hemphills – “Revival” (1987)

The Hemphills – “Revival” (1987)

One of the most popular albums in the Hemphills’ discography is this 1987 release, “Revival”. After 14 years with the Benson Company, this would be their last album before signing with Homeland Records.

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The Hemphills – “I Can Smile” (1986)

The Hemphills – “I Can Smile” (1986)

Much like the album cover, things were bright and cheery for the Hemphills! With “I Can Smile”, they were back with the Benson Company under newly acquired, RiverSong label, and there were lots to smile about with this album!

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HISTORY

StowTown Records Vault Series

StowTown Records Vault Series

On Friday, November 27th, 2020, StowTown records surprised SG fans by releasing a digital remaster of a long-out-of-print record by the Cathedrals, Smooth as Silk. This album, originally released as a table project in 1979, is noteworthy for being the first full...

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My 2022 SGMA Hall Of Fame Nominees

My 2022 SGMA Hall Of Fame Nominees

The Southern Gospel Music Association is currently accepting nominees for the Hall Of Fame. Each member of the SGMA is asked to submit two living and two deceased individuals for consideration. Three of my 2022 nominees are the same as my 2021 nominees. (My other...

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VIEWS AND COMMENTARY

The Convoluted Cathedral Quartet Catalog Condundrum

The Convoluted Cathedral Quartet Catalog Condundrum

The Cathedral Quartet is among the most well-loved and respected gospel groups in history. There isn't a quartet singer today who isn't familiar with the rich history of the Cathedrals, and you would be hard pressed to find many fans who don't own at least SOMETHING...

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SONY’S DEVOTIONS

Man Makes His Plans

On Tuesday, my brother and I were driving home from New Jersey. We were scheduled to stay with friends in Ohio but not long after we crossed the Ohio border, my brother felt like we could make it home. We both liked that thought since we could then have Wednesday to...

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Remember!

"If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'--you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt."  ~Deuteronomy 7:17-18 Remembering. It seems like...

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Turn Your Burdens to Prayer

I confess that I am guilty of taking way too many burdens upon myself. Family members who don't know the Lord, others making bad decisions, some having financial difficulty ... you name it, I feel it, and it can literally affect my health. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus...

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Looking Forward

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians...

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Come Worship the King

Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing. And ever o'er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing. ~from It Came Upon...

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There’s Power in Prayer

I've been thinking lately of some of the prayers that God has answered for me--both recently and in times past. I can also think of some that He hasn't, but I am increasingly convinced of the truth of James 4:2: "You do not have because you do not ask." It's also true...

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Thankful for God’s Mercy

In reading through Exodus, I am struck by God's mercy--even to Egyptians who had no regard for Him whatsoever. Emphasis is often placed on the plagues that God sent their way, but more often than not, He warned them of what was to come if they continued to disregard...

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Thankful for Memories

When people list what they're thankful for, the most common responses among Christians are God, salvation, and family, and I would affirm that I am thankful for those things. But I also realized last week that I am thankful for the gift of memories. If you have had a...

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We Are So Blessed

We are so blessed by the things You have done,The victories we've won, and what You've brought us through.We are so blessed; take what we have to bring.Take it all everything. Lord, we bring it to you.. If you think about it, the first couple lines of this verse...

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Listen to Our Hearts

When words are not enough to tell you of our love Listen to our hearts I've realized lately that "I love you" often sounds insufficient to express how I feel about the people I love. How much harder is it to tell my Savior how much I love Him! I'm glad that the Spirit...

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Pray for the Persecuted Church

Voice of the Martyrs has called an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church today and throughout the month of November. I don't think it was coincidental that my daily Bible reading this morning was Psalm 70. As I read the Psalms, my focus is typically on...

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