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The Joy Ride 12/19/13

Josh Millwood - Thursday, December 19, 2013
5 more days...

ARTIST OF THE DAY
NewSong

After 30 years and 20 #1 radio hits - NewSong is still pushing the limits to reach a new generation for Christ. Members have come and gone - and some fresh young musicians have joined the core group to produce a sound that is both fresh and classic NewSong.

When Eddie Carswell and Billy Goodwin, who continue to lead the evolving group, started out in 1981 at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia, neither of them imagined NewSong would repeatedly outdo itself for so many years. Now the guys are headed into their fourth decade of music and just keeps getting better!

A few years back, NewSong released a Christmas song that saw tremendous cross-over success. It spawned a Hallmark movie, plus sequels. That song was The Christmas Shoes. Perhaps one of the most polarizing Christmas songs of all time. If you love it, you really love it. If you hate it, you believe it is a blight upon humanity. There is no middle ground. But the success of that one song has gone on to bankroll the group for nearly a decade.

Trend-Setters: NewSong founded and continue to tour as a part of WinterJam. This massive multi-artist American tour brings Christian music's biggest acts to cities all across America and never charges more than $10. The goal - to bring the best music to everyone - and provide an incredible time of worship for the whole family!

Album: Swallow The Ocean  

Christmas Music: Swallow The Ocean (Christmas Edition)  

Twitter: @newsongonline  

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Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Video: The Christmas Shoes


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Joy in The Morning 12/19/13

Josh Millwood - Thursday, December 19, 2013

Verse of The Day

Don't be afraid of those who want to kill you. They can only kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. Matthew 10: 28-31 (NLT)

Amazing Fact  

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount, but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes, making your brain’s memory power pretty impressive.

Scriptural Pursuit

Q: God asked Jonah to go and preach against what city?

A: Nineveh (Jonah 1) Congrats to Paulette in Cambridge, MD!!!!


The Joy Ride 12/18/13

Josh Millwood - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
LESS than one week til Christmas!

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant is an award winning singer and songwriter. She won four consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards (2006-2009) at the Dove's and is never far from the top of the charts. In fact, her latest single Hurricane became the #1 most added song to Christian radio in its first week of release!

Born in Seattle, she currently lives in Nashville with her Canadian music producer husband, Bernie Herms, and their three daughters which includes a set of twins.

Beyond her artistry, Natalie Grant is an advocate for victims of human trafficking. Abolition International, which Grant founded in 2005 under the name The Home Foundation, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Next year on the Game Show Network, Natalie will host a show called It Takes A Church... - an 8 episode competition for a churches across the nation to play match maker for a single church member.

Album: Hurricane  

Christmas Music: Believe

Twitter: @NatalieGrant  

Instagram: CLICK 4 PICS  

Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Video: I Believe (Live)


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Joy in The Morning 12/18/13

Josh Millwood - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Verse of The Day

For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone. Psalm 91: 11 & 12 (NLT)

Amazing Fact 

Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. While a bloodhound’s nose may be a million times more sensitive than a human’s, that doesn’t mean that the human sense of smell is useless. Humans can identify a wide variety of scents and many are strongly tied to memories.

Scriptural Pursuit

Q: Martha, Mary, and Lazarus lived in what town?

A: Bethany (John 11) Congrats to Carol of Georgetown, DE!!




The Joy Ride 12/17/13

Josh Millwood - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
What Christmas tune is pouring out of your heart?

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY

Epic Truth
by Acquire The Fire | Genre: Praise & Worship

Wonderful - Worship From the 2013 Vineyard National Conference, Vol. 1 (Live)
by Vineyard Music | Genre: Praise & Worship

I Need You
by Seth & Nirva Ready | Genre: Urban

Can't Stop
by Benjiman | Genre: Rap

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ARTIST OF THE DAY
Barlow Girl

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2004, sisters Rebecca, Alyssa and Lauren Barlow have continuously inspired fans with intimate portraits through music. The focus is always on sharing what God has placed on their hearts. whether that be through a song on an album, or talking with a group of young fans for hours after a concert.

At the start of 2013, the sisters announced they were ending their run as a band. Obviously they are still sisters - just heading in different directions.

The girls' dad Vince Barlow is a pastor at Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago. Becca, Alyssa and Lauren got their start playing as his backup band for youth events. A lot of their lyrics deal with issues like eating disorders, self-mutilation, abortion, prayer and self-worth.

Album: Hope Will Lead Us On (farewell single)  

Christmas Music: Home For Christmas  

Twitter: @barlowgirl  

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Video: Hallelujah (Light Has Come)


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The Joy Ride 12/16/13

Josh Millwood - Monday, December 16, 2013
9 more days...

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Michael W Smith

Michael Whitaker Smith was born October 7, 1957 to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia. Michael was a typical boy – active in baseball, his family’s church activities, and playing piano. He wrote his first song at age 5 - but as a child, he longed to be a professional baseball player!

In 1982, Michael was asked to play keyboards in a band that was backing up young artist Amy Grant. Michael toured and wrote with Amy for years before launching his own solo career. In 1989 his song Go West Young Man began what would become one of the most legendary careers in Christian music.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Smitty. His new album is slated for the Spring and he's inviting his fans along for an Alaskan Cruise this summer! You can't go much further West than that, Michael...  

Album: New Album: Spring 2014!

Christmas Music: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (All THREE albums!)  

Twitter: @michaelwsmith  

Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Videos: SMITTY TV!  

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Joy in The Morning 12/16/13

Josh Millwood - Monday, December 16, 2013

Only 9 more days till Christmas!


Verse of The Day

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3: 25-26 (NIV)


Amazing Fact 

Astronauts actually get taller while in space.


Scriptural Pursuit 

Q: When Jesus was being placed under arrest, which disciple grabbed his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant?                                                                                                                                      A: Peter (John 18)     Congrats to Darlene in Lexington Park, MD!!


The Joy Ride 12/13/13

Josh Millwood - Friday, December 13, 2013
Just two more weekends til Christmas! 

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Sara Groves

This former teacher, who lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three kids probably wouldn't strike you as a famous songwriter if you caught her in the grocery store or out at the park playing - but she's already a legend in Nashvillian circles.

When it comes to songwriting, Sara Groves influences the influencers. Her most vocal admirers range from pioneers of Christian worldview music, including Randy Stonehill, Michael Card and Charlie Peacock, to her peers today, Natalie Grant, Jars of Clay, Nichole Nordeman, Point of Grace and Bethany Dillon.

Sara Groves started writing songs when she was four years old. She describes her youth as being "lonesome", and she wrote about deep issues while still in junior high school. Eventually, she took a songwriting course, prompted by her husband, and she began to take the art seriously.

Home Life: Sara and her family sold their house, downsized to a smaller space and bought a hundred year old church building in St. Paul, MN. After months of renovating the building, they opened Art House North - a public art house inspired by Charlie Peacock's work in Texas.

The Groves Mission Statement: We believe every person has a next step with God. Whether you're an atheist or the ninety-nine-year-old woman who's served God all of her life, I'm writing music about those processes, those moments to pause and ask, ˜Where am I on the road, and where would God have me go next?"

Album: The Collection  

Christmas Music: O Holy Night  

Twitter: @grovesroad  

Instagram: CLICK 4 PICS  

Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Video: Scientists In Japan


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The Joy Ride 12/12/13

Josh Millwood - Thursday, December 12, 2013
13 Days... 

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Casting Crowns

Even as Casting Crowns has become Christian music's most successful act, Mark Hall and his fellow band members have continued working at their home churches.

After all the accolades, all the awards, all the time on the road and in the studio, why does Casting Crowns continue to do what they do? The answer is simple: It’s their calling – God’s calling on the lives of these seven committed and talented musicians. To pour their lives into the students and families God has placed in their paths. To set discipleship to music. To challenge and strengthen the body of Christ.

It’s what brought them together in the first place and what keeps them going.

Album: Thrive (January 2014)  

Christmas Music: Peace On Earth  

Twitter: @castingcrowns  

Instagram: CLICK 4 PICS  

Tour: THRIVE @ THE WICOMICO YOUTH & CIVIC CENTER (2.27.14)

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Video: Preview THRIVE


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The Joy Ride 12/10/13

Josh Millwood - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Has it been the most wonderful time of your year?

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY

Wayfaring Stranger
by 4 Proches | Genre: Country

Phoenix
by Everything in Slow Motion | Genre: Hard Rock

Behold
by My Epic | Genre: Hard Rock

Bound by Love
by Rebecca Bryan | Genre: Inspirational

Bound by Love
by Rebecca Bryan | Genre: Inspirational

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ARTIST OF THE DAY
Matt Maher

Over the past few years Matt Maher has made the transition from full-time ministry at his home church in Mesa, Arizona to life as a respected worship leader with an international platform.

By following God's call, Maher has had the chance to write some incredible worship songs and work with other gifted worship leaders such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Brenton Brown, Audrey Assad, Jars of Clay and Hawk Nelson. Those songs have earned him nearly a dozen Dove Award nominations AND 2 GRAMMY nominations!

Matt Maher's challenge to those he worships with is, "In a post Christian society, everybody is called to be a missionary wherever we are. The mission field has changed. The mission field is everywhere."

Album: All The People Said Amen  

Twitter: @mattmahermusic  

Instagram: CLICK HERE  

Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Video: Lord I Need You Featuring Audrey Assad


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