Why do we face trials?

Floyd Rogers, Texas Gospel Canada Volunteer

Why do we face trials throughout life? Why would God create a world full of problems? Those questions assume that God created a flawed universe.  But God didn’t create a universe rife with maladies. Genesis 1 tells us God’s creation wasn’t just good, it was very good. But Genesis 3 describes various pains men and women face because of sin.

The Bible doesn’t give us the details a scientist would like to have so he or she could reproduce the same change in a laboratory.  That’s not it’s purpose. But it seems Genesis clearly tell us that corruption is the result of sin. The trials we face are the result of a creation that has become corrupted through rebellion against God.  We suffer from our own sin and the sins of others.

Consider this: God will set things right one day. If that day is today, then grace ends today and along with it so dies a chance for anyone to repent. Because of this, we suffer while all people are given grace and time to accept Christ. It’s not fair, but not because of something God did.  The world is unfair because people have made it that way through sin that corrupts God’s creation.

What are your thoughts?

The Browns Release Encouraging New Music with EP Brave

SPECIAL FROM STOWTOWN RECORDS

Nashville, TN (June 19, 2020) – StowTown Records announces the release of the highly-anticipated EP, Brave, from Christian music’s multi-talented family group, The Browns. The group, comprised of siblings Adam, Michaela and Andrew and mom Shelly, is from Le Mars, IA, the Ice Cream Capital of the World. The family owns and operates Browns Century Theater in downtown Le Mars, where they perform regularly throughout the year when not touring the U.S.

The first single and title cut from this newest recording has already seen tremendous success at Southern Gospel radio, and the follow-up single, “Better Off There,” penned by Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Jimmy Yeary and Wayne Haun, is ministering to the hearts of listeners across the globe. With themes of hope, eternity, and assurance, the strength of the songs they chose and co-wrote is remarkable. Other songs chosen for this recording include the gospel song “Take Me Back”  by legendary artist AndraĂ© Crouch, the soul-stirring “Not Even For A Moment” (Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun) and country hit “Brave” (Scotty Inman, Lee Black).

StowTown label co-founder, Ernie Haase, shares, “The Browns have been a mainstay with StowTown Records. We believe in them and all that they do. It’s not just about recording music, it’s about what they have done with the music; opening a theater, writing and presenting musicals, and their BRAVE approach to sharing Jesus in the digital age keeps them fresh and relevant. I admire them greatly!”

Their family blend is unbeatable, their energy is undeniable and their musicianship is unmatched. When combined with the production and arrangements of award-winning producer Wayne Haun, the result is a pinnacle project from a passionate group ready to take the world by storm with their message. “Our family is always excited to share new music,” states Michaela, “but we believe that this album, at this time, is going to be such an encouragement to all who hear it. We are praying it will bless many.”

Brave is distributed exclusively by Provident/Sony and is available at retail and digital outlets worldwide.

‘Born for This’ is a song of encouragement

Kenna Turner West is a co-writer of “Born for This.”  It’s the latest song from New Legacy.  Kenna approached StowTown records about adding the song to New Legacy’s project asking that they listen closely to the message of the lyrics. The StowTown folks did, and quickly added it to the collection of songs picked for release.

StowTown Records’s Kim Pennington said in an email to Texas Gospel Canada that after listening to “Born for This,” she realized it has a relevant message; one that would encourage listeners to take steps of faith in troubled times.

“If there ever was a time in which we need to make sure we’re fulfilling the purpose for which we were born, it is now,” she said.

Here’s the group’s website link if you would like to learn more about New Legacy.

“Born for This” debuts on Texas Gospel Canada today (June 16.)

The Perrys ‘It Never Gets Old’ is #1 on this month’s Texas Gospel Canada chart

A group with a five-decade history of traveling and singing Southern Gospel has the number one spot on the Mid-June Texas Gospel Canada Top 20.

The Perrys started out in Dawsonville, Georgia, USA with brother and sisters Randy, Libbi and Debbie in 1970. They sang as a trio in their early years, then expanded in the 80s with the addition of bass singer Tracy Stuffle and later soprano Denise Henton. Tracy Stuffle sang with the group until his death in 2018.

The group’s latest song is It Never Gets Old from their Keep Movin’ Along project. It has become a favorite among listeners and has risen to the top spot on this month’s chart based on airplay.

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

1 It never gets old The Perrys
2 Can I get a witness The Sound
3 The God I serve Karen Peck and New River
4 I see revival Crabb Family
5 I believe the book Legacy Five
6 If God pulled back the curtain The Nelons
7 When I turn to you Jason Crabb
8 Glorious God Lauren Talley
9 A song to remind you The Steeles
10 Yes Triumphant Quartet
11 I will glory in the story Austin and Ethan Whisnant
12 Nothing at all HighRoad
13 That little crowded room Tim Menzies
14 Learning to dance in the rain Jeff & Sheri Easter
15 I rest assured Poet Voices
16 House of God Taylors
17 God has provided Himself a Lamb Mark Trammell Quartet
18 Love like I’m leaving Gaither Vocal Band
19 After the storm Erwins
20 Love don’t 11th Hour

 

Do you unintentionally share your faith like a scribe or Pharisee?

I’ve talked to people who have very complex ideas about God.  Some of those same people even claim that others who do not understand all of the details of their complex ideas are not really Christians, or at least heretics. Some of their conclusions may be sound deductions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their conclusions are correct.  Even faith is a gift, not something that springs from our own ability so that anyone can boast.

Consider, some inferences people make from the Bible are so complex that the average person would have difficulty understanding them, let alone someone with less-than-average intelligence or a mental disability.  That’s not an insult to anyone; people have different abilities. If salvation were dependent on one’s intelligence or ability to decipher complex issues, would it be fair?  If that were true, wouldn’t that make salvation more of a prize than a gift?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s fair to set a standard for being a “real Christian” that includes agreeing with a complex inference made from the Bible, especially one that excludes anyone with less than exceptional intelligence.

At some point demanding others to agree with a rigid inference made from scripture sounds a lot like that described in 2 Timothy where we are reminded to avoid quarreling over words, saying it only leads listeners to ruin. Around the 16th verse it says to avoid irreverent, empty chatter, which leads to more ungodliness 

Do the things that you post online serve only to undermine the faith of others or make you appear to be just as smart as the scribes and Pharisees?

What are your thoughts?