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Once-A-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections from Today's Leading Country Music Stars
     

Once-A-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections from Today's Leading Country Music Stars

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by Deborah Evans Price (Compiler)
 

Pour yourself a fresh, cold glass of sweet tea and ease into your favorite chair with a copy of the Once-A-Day Country Faith. You’ll enjoy a front row seat to an intimate look at your favorite country stars as they discuss the personal significance of their favorite Bible passage. With contributions from 56 of today’s top country artists, the

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Pour yourself a fresh, cold glass of sweet tea and ease into your favorite chair with a copy of the Once-A-Day Country Faith. You’ll enjoy a front row seat to an intimate look at your favorite country stars as they discuss the personal significance of their favorite Bible passage. With contributions from 56 of today’s top country artists, the Once-A-Day Country Faith includes the Bible passage that tops each of their charts as well as the reasons why this part of scripture is so valuable to them. After reading Country Faith, you’ll be inspired to identify the Bible passage that’s most meaningful to you. You’ll also listen to your favorite country artists in a whole new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310422938
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
11/06/2013
Series:
Once-A-DaySeries Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Once-a-Day Country Faith

Once-A-Day


By Zondervan Publishing

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Copyright © 2013 Zondervan
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ISBN: 978-0-310-42293-8



CHAPTER 1

RANDY Owen

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. MATTHEW 18:19–20


Whether you're on the battlefield with hundreds of others, or there's just two or three of you on the road traveling, wherever you are, you can say a prayer and know you're being heard because that's what Scripture says. It's comforting to me. My daddy always quoted Matthew 18:19–20 so naturally. It's meant a lot to me over the years and still does.

I believe in the power of prayer, especially when two or more are gathered in his name. Every year country artists, along with record company and radio folks gather at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis for a seminar to work on Country Cares for St. Jude Kids®. There are also fundraisers held throughout the year by country radio stations. When I look at the number of children who are alive today because of Country Cares, I think that's the greatest accomplishment of country radio. This year before I went to Memphis, I visited my mother and told her, "I want you to pray for me and pray with me because it's such an important weekend." It's always comforting to me to know we can gather together to pray and God hears us.

Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight." Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. MATTHEW 20:32–34


RODNEY Atkins

I have many favorite Bible passages. This one is about praying bold prayers. Jesus knew the men were blind. It took bold faith to believe their sight could be restored. They didn't ask for simple happiness, they asked for a miracle—something bold. It reminds me to ask him to help me see his plan during the dark times. Don't ask to just pass the class with a C grade. Ask for an A. God responds to big, bold prayers in a big, bold way. Ask for the faith, the vision, the guidance. Pray beyond your dreams. Pray for God to take it to the supernatural. I believe we should pray for others this way. God doesn't ask for our prayers to be logical and practical. He says just have faith.


For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 8:38–39


CARRIE Underwood

This Scripture says that you are always loved no matter what. I love all the commas in these verses—neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor demons. It's so powerful. Nothing in the world can separate us and that's so comforting. The thing that draws me to it as an adult is the way it reminds us of God's unconditional love. I love it because it basically says, "You can make a mistake and it's okay." There's nothing that can separate us from God's love. Just knowing that in my heart brings comfort. When I've messed up or when I need to know that I'm loved no matter what, I can think of that Scripture and feel peace.

They are important verses for everyone to hear. I feel like there are probably so many people out there that stay away from God and from God's love because they think: "I'm not good enough." To me, that's the devil talking and getting in your head saying, "You're not good enough. Look at all these things that you do. There's too many things in your past and in your present, too many things in the world that make you not good enough for God's love." That's just NOT true because this Scripture tells us absolutely nothing can separate us. Look at all of the examples that it uses—neither the present, nor future, nor powers, nor height nor depth. It just doesn't matter. It's just knowing that your creator loves you unconditionally.


HOWARD BELLAMY

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? MARK 8:36–37


These have always stood out as very potent words from Jesus. I think they are even more meaningful today in the society and culture we live in. Verse 36 explains the value of the soul and poses the question: "What good will it do for a person to gain the whole world but lose their soul?" This puts a lot of things in perspective in a world that more than ever borders on being totally material, transparent and phony. Verse 37 goes on to ask the question: "What will a man give in exchange for his own soul?" This question is timeless and, depending on how you believe and how you were raised, could be answered many ways. Speaking for myself, I value my soul over possessions even though I am as guilty as anyone of coveting a new truck or some other material thing. I think that's human nature. We just have to reel ourselves back in and read Jesus' words from Mark 8.


DAVID BELLAMY

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. JAMES 1:5–8


This is a favorite passage of mine because it explains asking God to answer your prayers in such a direct way. It also explains how important complete faith is and how God will not tolerate sitting on the fence. As a famous former fence sitter myself, I understand what it's like to go from asking for God's help without committing to staying faithful to trying to stay faithful when asking for God's favor. Like myself, I think most people read the first verse about praying for what they want while trying to overlook the verse about not wavering. But verse six is really the key to the three verses. And then if you go into verse eight, which reads, "Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do," it's fairly plain to see that no prayers are going to be answered without the faith that God demands.


CANAAN Smith

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." JEREMIAH 29:11


That Scripture has been my saving grace a lot of times, and I actually have it on a plaque in my house. Just when I think I've got everything figured out, and I know what's next, things will take a turn. I just have to walk by faith and realize that God knows what he is doing—and whatever happens is for my best. That really keeps you sane because nothing is consistent except God's promises and love for us.
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Meet the Author

Deborah Evans Price has covered country, gospel and rock music for Billboard magazine since 1994. She also contributes regularly to AOL’s The Boot, Country Weekly, Gospel Music Channel.com, CMA Close Up, FIRST and other publications. A noted country and Christian musichistorian, she’s authored The CMA Awards Vault, a history of the Country Music Association Awards published by Whitman Publishing as well as a historical retrospective on Word Records—“Word: Six Decades of Hits.”

Deborah has held editorial posts at Radio & Records, Country News, American Songwriter and Billboard. She has interviewed countless artists, including Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Third Day, Don Henley, Bon Jovi, Chris Rice, Charlie Daniels, Kirk Franklin, 3 Doors Down, Sarah Brightman, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Smokey Robinson, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandra Bullock, and Robert Duvall.

A respected music industry analyst, Deborah has been interviewed by key media outlets including MSNBC, CNN, the Today Show, ABC’s Prime Time Live, the Gospel Music Channel, Country Music Television, The Washington Post and the New York Times, among others. She also served as a judge for three seasons on the nationally televised “Exalting Him: Christian Artist Talent Search.”

Deborah is on the Gospel Music Association’s Board of Directors and is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Music. She resides on a hilltop south of Nashville with her husband, Gary, and son Trey.

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Once-A-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections from Today's Leading Country Music Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GardeningGal More than 1 year ago
Country Faith: 56 reflections from Country Music Stars is a wonderful celebration of faith and country music.  It’s a devotional packaged in an eye catching way.  It’s filled with beautiful photographs of country music’s biggest and newest stars.  I love the look of the book.  It is visually very appealing, artistic and draws you in. The photographs are creatively “framed” and look ready to hang on a wall or place on the mantel of a fireplace.   Each country star selects a favorite Bible verse and shares how it is meaningful to them.  It is refreshing to hear successful musicians who are willing to share their faith.  These devotions are inspiring and uplifting.  In a world where we ache for good role models, this book points us in the right direction. This devotional would be a great gift to give.  I plan to purchase another copy to give to my daughter.  She is a college senior who not only loves country music but will also be moving to Nashville this year to start her career in the field of accounting.  I hope this book inspires her to live out her faith.   I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.