Greater Vision tops Texas Gospel Canada’s Mid-March Southern Gospel Chart

Greater Vision - You've arivedGreater Vision has our number one song for the month of March: You’ve Arrived. Our chart is compiled by volunteers who give their time to create programming for Texas Gospel Canada.  While the song is on top of our chart, it’s nearing the top of the Singing News’ list.  They report You’ve Arrived as their #5 song for the month.

Greater Vision is made up of Rodney Griffin, Gerald Wolfe, Jon Epley and Chris Allman. Gerald founded the group in 1990, and the “new guy” is Jon, the Baritone singer.  Congratulations to Greater Vision for taking our top spot this month.  And thank you for making good Gospel music!

Here is the Mid-March chart:

  1. You’ve arrived – Greater Vision
  2. God says you can – Hyssongs
  3. The power of an empty tomb – Erwins
  4. Love still flows – Taylors
  5. Go ask Moses – Mark Trammel Quartet
  6. Lot with a little – 11th Hour
  7. Hallelujah March – Heart2Heart
  8. Can I get a witness – The Sound
  9. Glorious God – Lauren Talley
  10. It never gets old – The Perrys
  11. You are loved – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  12. Come to the well – Kingdom Heirs
  13. Keep me close – Whisnants
  14. Sometimes it’s the radio – Joseph Habedank
  15. This storm – Brian Free & Assurance
  16. The Healer hasn’t lost His touch
  17. I’ve ever been glad – The Kingsmen
  18. Name above all names – The Guardians
  19. Walking through fire – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  20. I got saved – Diplomats

 

Can apologetics get in the way of your witness?

chessChristian apologetics, a term that comes from the word apologia, meaning “defense,” is giving answer to those who question our faith.  It’s something I believe is part of what 1st Peter is talking about when it says we should be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks for a reason for our faith, although I think the scripture is referring to far more than logic, epistemology and debate like we see on social media.

While I think apologetics is interesting and important for Christians, I also see a danger if one focuses too much on this endeavor. This may seem like an odd statement from someone on a station that has so many features that focus on apologetics.  But I mention it here because of something very important: Faith that leads to salvation is a gift from God.  No one is saved because they concluded something through some formula.

Ephesians tells us saving faith is a gift from God, not of works, so that no one can boast of something they did.  Too be clear: I believe this means when we seek God, and ask him for salvation, we receive a faith that leads to salvation.  One does NOT receive this faith by some lab experiment. Philippians tells us salvation leads to the peace of God, which “surpasses all understanding;” it’s certainly not from epistemology.

When you witness to non-believers, or discuss our faith with anti-theists, do you do so with meekness, or ego of your own intellect?

What are your thoughts?

Walt Mills passes away

waltmillsEvangelist and singer, Walt Mills, has passed away. Mills is best remembered by southern gospel fans for his hit, “I’ve Got A Feeling”.

A family member made the announcement on his Facebook page:

“Our beloved father, father in law, grandfather and husband Walt Mills was promoted to his heavenly home tonight around 5:30pm CST. He is now rejoicing with those that have gone on before him. We will greatly miss him and look forward to seeing him again one day in that place called heaven.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Mid February Southern Gospel Chart

Here are the Texas Gospel Canada Top 20 Southern Gospel Songs for Mid February 2020:

1 Going There – Triumphant Quartet

2 The People that God Gives You – Bowling Family

3 Come Sunday Morning – The Old Paths

4 Come to the Well – Kingdom Heirs

5 God Says You Can – Hyssongs

6 What Only God Can Do – Michael Booth

7 Go Ask Moses – Mark Trammel Quartet

8 The Power Of An Empty Tomb – The Erwins

9 A Lot With A Little – 11th Hour

10 Hallelujah March – Heart 2 Heart

11 Can I Get A Witness – The Sound

12 Be That Kind – Zane & Donna King

13 Days Like This – Martins

14 Glorious God – Lauren Talley

15 This Is The Place – Gaither Vocal Band

16 You Are Loved – Jeff & Sheri Easter

17 Keep Me Close – The Whisnants

18 This Storm – Brian Free & Assurance

19 When The Answer is No – The Talleys

20 When God Says Wait – The Browders

Taylors release first song from their Salvation’s Song project

The TaylorsTexas Gospel Canada added a new song from The Taylors to our Southern Gospel Music channel this evening. House of God is the first single from The group’s new project Salvation’s Song.

In this song, The Taylors remind us of the purpose of the church: a place where saints and sinners alike can find rest for their souls. Ernie Haase of StowTown records said he hopes the song will encourage listeners to be true to the character of Christ to everyone who comes through the doors.

“This song might also bring hope to the backslidden or non-believer that their local church could be a place for them to find refuge and hope in Jesus for this life,” said Haase

The Taylors are in their 13th year in Southern Gospel. The brother-sister trio, made up of Jonathan, Suzanne, and Chris Taylor, is based in North Carolina. Listen for their new song House of God on Texas Gospel Canada!

World Vision Canada recognizes extraordinary Canadians with the Heroes for Children Awards

NEWS RELEASE FROM WORLD VISION CANADA

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World Vision Canada’s Heroes for Children Award recipients from left to right: Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada, Pastor Ed Buller, Cherie Wai, Maria Martini, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Don Joshua, Suanne Miedema, Chair, World Vision Canada Board of Directors

MISSISSAUGA, ON  World Vision Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Heroes for Children awards. Each year, World Vision recognizes individuals who have displayed their heart for children, and their extraordinary efforts toward making the world a better place, especially for children.

“I’m delighted to recognize the invaluable contributions of World Vision Canada’s Heroes for Children Award recipients and all they do to serve the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada. “Along with our award winners, we are so grateful for our volunteers, sponsors and partners across Canada and their generous support.”

The recipients of this year’s Heroes for Children awards are:

Courage Award: Don Joshua
Don Joshua has volunteered for World Vision Canada for more than 15 years; for many of those years he would come into the office to help every week. His sensitive approach to donor communications and ready smile has made him a valuable part of the office. Don’s dedication has been an inspiration to staff and supporters.

Ken McMillian Memorial Award: Pastor Ed Buller (Heart of Worship International Church)
Pastor Ed Buller and the Heart of Worship International Church family are no strangers to World Vision, having hosted events such as 30 Hour Famine and the Matthew 25 challenge. Pastor Ed also brought the World Vision Global 6k for Water to Winnipeg for the first time and convinced 13 other churches to join, resulting in more than 600 participants raising more than $42,000.

Ruth Roberts Award: Cherie Wai
At just 20 years old, Cherie Wei is a bright young leader with an intense passion for the developing world. A youth ambassador since 2014, she later became the President of the University of Waterloo World Vision Club where she organized numerous fundraising events. Her voice was instrumental in 2018 where she joined the World Vision delegation at the G7 and was a leading advocate for educating girls in crises (the G7 that year culminated in a landmark Government of Canada declaration). Cherie continues to use her voice and network to spread awareness of and engage others in World Vision’s work.

Power of Generosity Award: Maria Martini
The founder and executive director of Food For Famine Society (FFF), a charitable organization based in Langley, BC., Maria Martini was inspired to make a difference after learning how a fortified peanut paste product known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) could be used to treat young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. She partnered with a RUTF manufacturer and struck a partnership with World Vision in 2012. In that time, FFF has donated nearly $6 million in RUTF packets. This year, Maria and FFF have committed to donate almost two million more packets to World Vision Canada programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Somalia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Voice for Children Award: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Dr. Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and recognized public speaker. A medical doctor and the founder of the renowned humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited millions of war-affected children globally.