The Gigantic Songbook and Sheet Music Giveaway

A local church has asked me to give away well over 1,000 copies of 257 different songbooks, choral music, hymnals, and sheet music. Readers able to pick them up in the Asheville, NC area will incur no charge; readers unable to pick them up in person will be asked to cover only actual costs of shipping materials and postage. Indicate which titles you would like in the comments below. There is no need to leave your mailing address in the comments; we will follow up via email for shipping information.

This giveaway has ended. Thank you for participating!

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Are you involved in church music?

This is partly in preparation for a post tomorrow, and partly out of general curiosity:

Are you involved in church music? Do you lead your church’s advisory program, or help in another capacity? If another capacity, do you help vocally (e.g. choir or praise team) or instrumentally (e.g. piano, organ, or another musical instrument)?

Also: Would you be interested in seeing occasional posts on Southern Gospel songs that can be used in a church context?

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Sony’s Thoughts: God is Not Obligated

“‘Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 7:13).

This verse jumped out at me this morning. Have you ever thought about the fact that God is not obligated to answer our prayers? He invites us to ask and tells us we will receive; He says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much; but many treat God as a fairy godmother who is obligated to answer our prayers, and that is not necessarily the case. We were created to serve Him, not the other way around.

I’m very grateful to have a God who meets every need and gives me many desires but I need to find out what He desires and please Him. I can then present my requests to God but I trust Him to answer my prayers in His way in His time. He is always faithful to do that.

“Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). I’m so grateful I serve a God like that. May I be willing to hear His voice so that my prayers are not hindered.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Wholeheartedly

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

This is the verse I’m holding on to lately and, once again, I find God’s Word to be true. The key is also to wait patiently on the Lord but, for those who seek Him with all their heart, they will be found by Him.

In our fast-paced society, waiting is the last thing we usually want to do but it is necessary to find the center of God’s will which is the only safe place to be. I’m still learning to wait, to seek Him in everything. I used to be better than I am but, like so many people, I’ve found myself in the race of life where life is moving faster than I can keep up with it.

No more. I’m focusing on drawing closer to God, trusting Him to guide each step because I know if He’s leading, I have nothing to fear. He will cover me, protect me, provide for me, etc. There is no peace and joy and assurance apart from that. I pray I will be faithful to continually lean on His everlasting arms. What love the Father has for me … and I for Him!

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Sony’s Thoughts: Continual Worship

This morning in church I found myself being quiet at times, listening to those around me lifting their voices in praise. It felt like a small glimpse of what Heaven will be like. Only on that day there will be millions of saints throughout the ages lifting their voices in praise to the One who is worthy of continual praise. I look forward to that day but I’m aware that this kind of worship must begin here. Our life should be one of worship, not just on Sunday but everyday. 

The song comes to mind: “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.” May I be a sanctuary from which worship flows continually. 

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Sony’s Thoughts: Cast Your Cares Upon Him

Do you ever feel like life is one big, never-ending trial? People say God won’t give you more than you can bear but I beg to differ. I do know, though, that He won’t give you more than He can bear. Peter tells us in I Peter 5:7 to cast all our cares about God for He cares for us. There is nothing that will happen today, tomorrow, next year that He hasn’t ordained, and He can surely bring you through.

Practice doing that today. Casting is an action. It’s not something that automatically happens. God won’t forcefully take your burdens but He is close by, patiently waiting for you to release them into His loving care. You do not have to walk this trial alone. Praise Him for His love and care.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Bless Them Which Persecute You

I’ve been thinking for a while that the next article I write needs to be on the importance of doing the right thing even when others don’t. We often think in terms of fairness instead of honestly trying to figure out what Jesus would do so we can act accordingly. It’s interesting that, while this has been on my mind, this is one area I’m struggling in right now. At times, I am honestly not sure what the right thing is but at other times, I have to fight to let God’s Spirit lead me instead of giving in to how my flesh would like to respond. That is what I’m going through right now but I pray to fight the good fight. I see so many who start the fight well but don’t finish well. I want to be one who is faithful to the finish.

Last night after receiving news that someone who was once a dear friend is being spiteful toward us, my flesh began to rise up. God immediately brought to mind Romans 12:14: “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” No matter how hurt I am or how frustrated, my job is to pray for that person. God sees what I’m going through and He will handle them. I’m responsible for my thoughts and actions. I want God’s favor in my life so I need to reflect Him.

I share this, not to complain, but I know I’m not the only one who has gone through this. I’m not sure there’s a greater hurt than to have a former friend turn against you. I think it’s easier to love enemies than to love former friends who have positioned themselves as enemies; yet, God commands us to love them as well. He loved those who crucified Him so He’s not requiring more than He is willing to give the grace for if we will let Him heal our hearts. As hard as this is, I am at peace, knowing He loves me and He has a purpose for this trial. I may not like it and wish with all my heart I didn’t have to walk through it but, if this is what He chooses to use to draw me closer to Him, so be it. I know He is here and, no matter what happens, He will not let go of my hand. Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Life is Short

It was timely for me when I received the latest issue of Homecoming magazine and the title was about accepting loss. In the homeschool world in which I work, we’ve lost several people unexpectedly. These are not people I’ve been overly close to but people I’ve gotten used to seeing at conventions and various events. 

As uncertain as life is, it’s true that it is appointed unto men once to die. This should inspire us to make sure each moment counts. We should take time every day to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us . In the scheme of things life is really short. This becomes more real to me every day. 

For the Christian, death is nothing to fear but it should cause us to be sober as we evaluate our lives and what we’re accomplishing for Christ’s Kingdom.

 

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Southern Gospel LP Swap #6

Some sites make it relatively easy to swap books and CDs. But I have yet to find something similar for Southern Gospel LPs. So I occasionally set aside a day and a post here for this.

We post the duplicates we have, and, optionally, the ones we seek. Since not all LPs have the same value, we indicate whether we would swap it for, say, 1, 2, or 3 others, rating a common LP as 1 and a rare one as 3. (If it’s worth more than 3, just sell it on eBay!)

Here are my current duplicates:

  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Bill Gaither Songs by the Blackwood Brothers
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Family Singing Time
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Following You
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Hits of the Century
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Hymns, featuring I Must Tell Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Hymns of Gold
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Jesus, Let Me Write You a Song
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Joy Comes in the Morning
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – The Joy of Knowing Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Learning to Lean
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Lift Up the Name of Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – Through the Years with the Blackwood Brothers Live!
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers – We Come to Worship
  • worth 1 – Dixie Echoes – Sing Songs of Faith
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys – 12th Anniversary (no cover – otherwise would certainly be worth 2 or 3!)
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys – Free Indeed
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys – From Then Till Now
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys – Sing Gospel Hits Vol. II
  • worth 1 – New Gaither Vocal Band – Passin’ the Faith Along
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen – Because of Him
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen – Suddenly There’s a Valley (worn and no cover)
  • worth 1 – Nelons – Live! (as Rex Nelon Singers)
  • worth 1 – Oak Ridge Boys – At Their Best (worn and no cover)
  • worth 1 – Oak Ridge Boys – Sing Their Favorites
  • worth 1 – Henry & Hazel Slaughter – All in the Name of Jesus
  • worth 1 – Sons of Song – Something Old Something New
  • worth 1 – Statesmen – All Day Sing and Dinner On The Ground
  • worth 1 – Statesmen – Songs of Faith
Cassettes
  • worth 1 – Chuck Wagon Gang – I’ll Fly Away
  • worth 1 – Babbie Mason – Heritage of Faith
CDs
  • worth 2 – Ball Brothers – Strength – brand new
 
Here’s what I’m looking for.
 
Anyone else interested in jumping in this month?
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