Poet Voices #1 on Texas Gospel Canada chart

The members of Poet Voices have been singing Southern Gospel Music as a group since the quartet was formed by lead singer Phil Cross in 1991. According to the group’s Facebook page, its identity was strongly tied to the writing of Phil Cross and the group’s sound was considered, “progressive” at the time.

Poet Voices is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and although performances have been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group recently recorded at Daystar Television Network for an episode of Gospel Music Showcase.

The group recently created a video of their latest song “I rest assured” for those who cannot go to a gospel show due to the corona virus threat. The video was made using social distance meeting software.

“I rest assured” continues to inspire audiences over the radio and online and takes the number one spot on the Mid-July Texas Gospel Canada Top 20.

Here is the Mid-July Texas Gospel Canada Top 20:

1 I rest assured Poet Voices
2 House of God Taylors
3 I see revival Crabb Family
4 The God I serve Karen Peck & New River
5 I will glory in the story Austin & Ethan Whisnant
6 Can I get a witness The Sound
7 When God says wait Browders
8 It never gets old Perrys
9 I believe the book Legacy Five
10 Walking through fire Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
11 When I turn to you Jason Crabb
12 Preacher’s daughter Pardoned
13 If God pulled back the curtain Nelons
14 Glorious God Lauren Talley
15 A song to remind you Steeles
16 The Healer hasn’t lost His touch Tribute Quartet
17 Days like this Martins
18 Love like I’m leaving Gaither Vocal Band
19 God has provided Himself a Lamb Mark Trammell Quartet
20 Keep on living Eric Horner


What happens after death and before the second coming


What happens to our loved ones after death? Are they “sleeping” until the second coming? For starters I think sleep is an obvious metaphor. The body is no longer functioning. But I would also suggest these questions have an assumption woven into them. They assume we are limited to time and space after we die.

Here are a few things to consider. Scientists say we perceive time, but we only have a vague understanding of it.  They say time and space are relative. It’s hard to imagine two different places where time is not the same, but it’s fact.  It’s also something for which if we couldn’t compensate our GPS system wouldn’t work.

2 Timothy 1:9 says, “… This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” There are other scriptures that talk about a beginning to time. Given this alone we see that time is not eternal, it was created by God along with the universe. Luke tells us the rich man, after his death, asked God to send Lazarus to warn his family. That was AFTER his death, yet the second coming has not yet happened.  I think this is at least circumstantial evidence that we will not be limited to time after we die.

The science behind of all this is too much for me to understand, and I admit some of this is only an extrapolation from scripture, not scripture itself. So why is any of this important? Because it shows the limitations of our understanding, and how God and His creation are not limited to our understanding. Though we only have an idea of what heaven will be like, and only a glimpse of life after death, the bigger question here is, are you ready?

Do Christians lose their individuality?


It’s not uncommon for those opposed to our faith to present stories of individual Christians doing bad things as evidence that there is something malicious about a belief in God. It’s interesting that while they cite wars and other wrongdoings that history tells us were carried out by individuals who claim to be Christians, it’s also not uncommon for anti-theists to reject the idea that atheism must be equally bad given that some atheist leaders have started wars and done malicious things. They excuse such actions by saying atheists are individuals who make their own decisions. Well, is religion is to blame whenever a Christian does evil? Is it true that only atheists are capable of individual decisions?

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Christians lose their ability to disobey God and do wrong. In fact, there are plenty of scriptures about repenting when we do something that goes against God’s will. It’s also true that church office in ancient times was a requirement for political office creating a temptation for evil people to falsely claim to have faith. The political power also presents a temptation for those with true faith to take their eyes off God.

Given that atheist and believers have done evil, and that there is no evidence that anything, but an individual’s bad choice is to blame when he or she does bad things, why do so many resort to this argument to “prove” some malice among believers?

What are your thoughts?

Looking forward to live concerts

Many of us are ready to return to a normal life. The online concerts have been a good substitute, but there are a lot of folks who really miss attending concerts in person. There’s nothing like an auditorium full of people enjoying the experience of a live event together.

The Kramers recently posted a video of their NQC performance from last fall. That feels like a lifetime ago, but the video brings back fun memories. StowTown records shared the video with us, and we thought it would be good to share it with you.

If you know of a Southern Gospel concert in your area taking place within local guidelines, please post it to our Facebook page and let others know where they can go to enjoy the music.


Here’s when to listen for some of your favorite speakers

Texas Gospel Canada broadcasts short features from some of your favorite ministers and speakers on our Southern Gospel Channel.  Here is our weekday schedule

12 a.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld
1 a.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
2 a.m. Just a Thought Ravi Zacharias
3 a.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
4 a.m. Family Minute John Fuller
5 a.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
6 a.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
7 a.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
8 a.m. Faith Baptist Chuck Beickel
9 a.m. Family Minute John Fuller
10 a.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld
11 a.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
12 p.m. Bibles for the World Various speakers
1 p.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
2 p.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
3 p.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
4 p.m. Family Minute John Fuller
5 p.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld
6 p.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
7 p.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
8 p.m. Just a thought Ravi Zacharias
9 p.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
10 p.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
11 p.m. Ontario Baptist Minute Various speakers

Special Music Programs:

11:04 a.m. Monday: Joy for the Journey

11:01 a.m. Tuesday Gospel Radio Favorites