September 8, 2023
In This Issue 
Christian Music & Entertainment
from The Atlanta Christian Web
Firm Foundation
Songwriter and worship leader Cody Carnes‘ new live album, "Firm Foundation," just released. The title track is the fastest rising song on this week's Billboard CCM charts moving up 5 spots to #15.

“This album is a collection of worship songs written out of some of the encounters I’ve had with God over the last few years. These songs celebrate the God who never ever fails, and they carry His certain hope in uncertain times. They have encouraged my spirit and led me through some of the most challenging moments of my life. When everything around me is shaken, I’ve never been more glad that I put my faith in Jesus. Christ will forever be my firm foundation.”

In 2020, he released his studio album, "Run To The Father," which earned him his first GRAMMY Award nomination. He also received GRAMMY nominations for “The Blessing” and the album "The Blessing (Live)" for the 63rd and 64th Awards, as well as “The Blessing” being named “Song of the Year” (2021) and “Worship Song of the Year” (2020) at the GMA Dove Awards.
In 2022, he released his first ever live project, "God is Good!," which also produced his first No. 1 radio single, “Ain’t Nobody,” and received a K-LOVE Fan Award nomination. The album was also recently nominated for two GMA Dove Awards for “Worship Album of the Year” and “Long Form Video of the Year.” The awards will take place in Nashville in October. 

Carnes is originally from Texas but now resides in Nashville with his wife, Kari Jobe, and their two boys, Canyon and Kingston, The Carnes also both serve at their home church The Belonging Co. in Nashville. 

"Firm Foundation" was recorded last summer during a two-night live worship event, which also produced his first-ever live album, God Is Good!, and resulted in his first radio No. 1 single “Ain’t Nobody.” Last year’s album

"Firm Foundation" was given to me.," he said. "I had been on the verge of a panic attack for a couple weeks at that point in my life. I woke up one day and I felt like the Lord said, you’re going to sing your way out of this today. And I said, okay, how are we going to do that? And so I started writing "Firm Foundation" that morning. God was just giving me the song and speaking to me through it. And it was such a beautiful morning because I’m walking around my house and I’m writing the song, and I’m singing it over and over. By the time I’d been done writing it, I’d been singing it for a couple of hours.

"Just through those declarations of faith, my heart had completely turned upside down from anxiety and fear to just this confident hope in Jesus. And so that song was just birthed out of that transformation that happened in me, of God leading me through that moment, seeing my way out of that pit, basically. I’m so thankful for that song, for that moment. And I feel like the song does the same thing when I lead it in rooms. I can see it happen. The same thing happening in people, and I hear stories of that all the time. And God is so great. He really just does pull us out of those moments, those pits."

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Talks Music, Faith
It's been over 50 years since Gary Puckett and The Union Gap stormed the charts with their first Top 10 hit, "Woman, Woman," but Puckett retains his enthusiasm for music and connecting with an audience.

"I love the people and I love the music," Puckett said in a recent interview from the Florida home he shares with his wife, Lorrie. "What else would I do? This is what I have done all my life."

Watching out for others is important to Puckett, who became a Born Again Christian in 1990 after following the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for many years. While meditating in Hollywoodland in 1985, Puckett said he heard the Lord tell him there was a better path to follow.

Puckett prays before taking the stage, but does not see himself as a preacher or use the concert stage to proselytize.

"We are trying to shine His light," Puckett said, "without us saying anything about it."

He recalls the late 1960s with mixed emotions, noting the social upheaval at the same time he and The Union Gap enjoyed incredible success.

Puckett and the band racked up six consecutive Gold Records and Top 10 hits including "Young Girl," "Woman Woman," "Lady Willpower" and "Over You." They outsold every band in 1968, including The Beatles.

One thing that was different about Gary's hits were the content. All were basically mini morality plays. "Woman Woman" was about infidelity. "Young Girl" was was telling a girl she was too young for him.
"Lady Willpower" was about abstinence as was "Don't Give In To Him." And the most obvious, their last charting hit, "Let's Give Adam and Eve Another Chance."
 The lyrics said it all...
 He raised his hand and said, "
They'll need a place to stand"
And created what we now call the land
He raised his hand and said,
"They'll need a place to fly"
And created what we now call the sky
And then He gave life to a man (a man)
and a woman (a man)
And said, "The rest is in your hands"
When He created all the beauty that we see,
I know He had in mind a better life
you and me.
But as we grow stronger,
More people hunger just for the right to be free.
Let's give Adam and Eve another chance
To bring their children back together
Let's give Adam and Eve another chance
Show us how to love one another .

In the summer of 1970, he and his band, along with the Guess Who, played at the White House for members of Britain's royal family.

Still, he has some regrets about those years.

"I wish I had not thought that I knew better than anybody else," Puckett said. "I wanted to continue recording and to write, but I wanted more control over my musical life. The problem was that things were changing, and I wasn't aware that things were changing. Life just takes its turns... The political scene and the musical scene were changing. By 1971, the 1960s were being booted out the door."

In recent years, Puckett has put out a holiday album, "At Christmas," and compiled "The Lost Tapes," a collection of 1970s recordings overlooked by the major labels during the disco and Glitter Rock era.

More recently, Puckett released "Live in Las Vegas," which captures his band in concert performing hit songs that date back 50 years.

"Fifty years" Pucket, 74, said with a laugh. "Back then I would not have believed that I would have gotten to the age I am -- but here I am!"

"Like I said before 'What else would I do?' I love the music and the people. The fact that people love these songs so much really encourages me to stay out there and continue to play and sing."
Gospel Is Medicine
in a Divisive Climate
Grammy winner Kirk Franklin has been making gospel music inspired by R&B, hip-hop, and rap — and bringing contemporary gospel to a new generation.

His latest single, "All Things," has been at #1 on Billboard's Gospel Music charts for two weeks. That marks Franklin's 10th #1 single on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. He just released a new single, "Needs."

Both are from an upcoming "Father's Day" album due out on October 6th. It will feature guest appearances from Le’Andria Johnson, Chandler Moore, Tori Kelly, Jonathan McReynolds, Jekalyn Carr, Kelontae Gavin, and Maranda Curtis.

Kirk's lengthy Reunion Tour with Israel Houghton, David & Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett and The Clark Sisters hits State Farm Arena in Atlanta on October 13th.

He says that gospel is “medicine for hearts and souls that are often malnourished in a society that … the climate is so negative, is so divisive.” 

Kirk continues, “I think that at the core of gospel music is that we're trying to lovingly and compassionately push people to a fact … that you were built for something bigger than the moments that you live in right now.”

It’s not his job to convert anyone to believe in Jesus, he points out, and instead the music itself should be honest and vulnerable enough to motivate big discussions. 

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Billboard Magazine's Current Top Gospel Music Chart

"All Things"
(2nd Week At #1)
(from Father's Day)

"Always Peace" 
(from Transitions)

"Feel Alright (Blessed)"

"Great God" 
(from Old Fellowship Hour)

"I Wanna Say Thank You"

This Week's Fastest Rising
Gospel Music Songs

Lord Do It For Me (Live In Memphis)
(from Imprint)
(Up 5 Spots From #11 To #6)
Watch The Live Performance Video -

“Live Again"
(Up 4 spots from #20 To #16)
Watch The Official Music Video -

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Gospel Music Songs
Metro Atlanta Christian Concerts & Family Events

Sunday, September 10
CS Lewis'
The Screwtape Letters
At Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway,
Atlanta, GA 30339
 (770) 916-2800, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 6
Lauren Daigle,
Brandon Lake
The Kaleidoscope Tour
At State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
Elevation Worship,
Steven Furtick
At Gas South Arena
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097
7:00 pm. (770) 813-7500

Friday, October 13
Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, David & Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett and The Clark Sisters 
Reunion Tour
At State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 15
Phil Keaggy Concert
Benefitting Inspire
Special Needs Ministries & Community Outreach
At Church on Main
2400 Main Street E, Snellville, GA 30078
5:00 p.m. (770) 978-7000

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‘Jesus Calling’ Devotional Author Sarah Young Dies
Sarah Young, a devotional author who wrote in Jesus’ voice and became one of the most-read evangelicals of the 21st century, has died at 77.
Young formerly attended Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. The wife of a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) missionary to Japanese people, Young suffered from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses that sometimes forced her to stay in her room for 20 hours a day. In her isolation, she started to practice “listening prayer” and journaling what she felt the Spirit tell her.

“Messages began to flow … and I bought a special notebook to record these words,” Young later wrote. “I have continued to receive personal messages from God as I meditate on Him.”

A few pages from her journal found their way to a women’s prayer group in Nashville in the early 2000s. One of the women shared them with her husband, who was vice president of marketing at Integrity Publishers, and Integrity asked Young if she could write one message from God to the reader for every day of the year. She agreed, and they published "Jesus Calling" in 2004.

With an additional marketing push after Integrity was absorbed by Thomas Nelson, the book earned a top 10 spot on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s bestseller list in 2009. It remained atop the list, month after month, for the next 15 years, ultimately selling more than 45 million copies. In August 2023, "Jesus Calling" still outsold T. D. Jakes, Lee Strobel, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Louie Giglio, and Max Lucado.

"Jesus Calling" still sits at #2 this month on the Christian Booksellers' Top 50 list while "Jesus Calling With Scripture References" is at #26, and "Jesus Calling Large Text With Full Scriptures" is at #30.

A children’s version of "Jesus Calling" has also sold more than a million copies, as have two of Young’s follow-up devotionals, "Jesus Always" and "Jesus Today." Two others, "Jesus Lives" and "Jesus Listens," have sold half a million copies each.

Her "Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith" podcast is #89 on the top 100 Christian podcasts.

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Christian Booksellers'
Top Christian Books 
#1 - Gary Chapman
"The Five Love Languages"
The Secret to Love that Lasts, New Edition

#2 Sarah Young
“Jesus Calling”
Enjoying Peace
In His Presence

"Raised To Stay"
Persevering in Ministry When You Have a Million Reasons to Walk Away

"Good Boundaries and Goodbyes"
Loving Others Without Losing
the Best of Who You Are

#5 John Bevere
“The Awe of God”
The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life

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August's Best Selling Christian Books
Tennis star COCO GAUFF gives glory to God after second major win in 2 weeks
A tennis star is expressing gratitude to God after winning her second major competition in two weeks. 

American tennis player Coco Gauff became the 2023 Western & Southern Open Women’s Single Champion after winning a match at the annual tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, two weeks ago. In remarks following her victory, she declared, “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

“I spent a lot of nights alone, crying, trying to figure it out,” the 19-year-old athlete added. While acknowledging that she still had “a lot to figure out,” Gauff proclaimed, “I thank Him for covering me.”

Gauff also showcased her Christian faith in an Instagram post celebrating her victory over the Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova in the Women’s Tennis Association 1000 event. “Most importantly, thank you, God, for always keeping me covered,” she wrote. 

Coco reached her second grand slam final on Thursday after defeating Muchová at the US Open. Gauff, now the youngest women’s finalist at the US Open since Serena Williams in 1999, triumphed 6-4 7-5 against Muchová and will face Aryna Sabalenka in Saturday’s showpiece.

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Billboard Magazine's Current Top Contemporary Christian Music Chart

“Thank God I Do”
(from Lauren Daigle)
(17th Week At #1)

“I Believe It (The Life of Jesus)”
Watch The Live Performance Video -

(from House of Miracles)

“This Is Our God”
(from I Believe)

"Holy Forever”
(from Always)

This Week's Fastest Rising CCM Songs

“Firm Foundation (He Won't”
(from Firm Foundation)
(Up 5 Spots From #20 To #15)
Watch The Official Lyric Video

“I Believe It (The Life of Jesus)”
Watch The Live Performance Video -
(Up 2 Spots From #4 To #2)

Click Here For This Week's Top 25
Contemporary Christian Music Songs
Atlanta Christian
Radio Station Guide
Top Contemporary Christian Stations

104.7FM, The Fish

93.3FM - The JoyFM

106.7FM, K-LOVE

91.5FM - Victory 91.5

Top Gospel Stations

102.5FM - Praise 102.5

Top Southern Gospel Stations

90.7FM & 91.7FM - NewLife Radio

Top Religious Talk Stations

970AM - Faith Talk 970

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Metro Atlanta Christian Radio Stations With Links To Their Official Websites
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SGN Scoops Magazine Top 100 Southern Gospel Music Charts

#1 - Karen Peck & New River - “Dance” (from 2:22)

#2 - The Whisnants - “Been Blessed” (from Been Blessed)

#3 - Greater Vision - “Think About There” (from Think About There)

#4 - Scotty Inman - “Anywhere Jesus Is" (from Anywhere Jesus Is)

#5 - Mylon Hayes Family - “Jesus Loves You” (from Steady & Sure)

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Earn Your Success -
Success doesn’t count unless you earn it.

By Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

On April 21st, 1980, 26-year-old Rosie Ruiz took first place in the women’s division of the Boston Marathon. Her victory garnered national attention for two reasons. First, she set a new world record. Second, no one remembered seeing her over the course of the race until she neared the finish line.

Boston Marathon officials launched an investigation and discovered that Ruiz had slipped out of the crowd and entered the race just one mile from the end. It was later determined that she had also cheated in the New York marathon the year before. In that race, she made up ground on the runners ahead of her by taking the subway.

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#1 CCM song for 17 weeks, "Thank God I Do" - Click Here

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"Feeling Good (Blessed)" by Erica Campbell - Click Here

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10 Money Myths Broke People Believe

Who do you go to for financial advice? In a YouTube clip from The Ramsey Show, money expert Dave Ramsey warns listeners to be careful where they get advice about money. According to Ramsey, 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. This means 78% of Americans should not give out financial advice. “When your broke friends have an opinion [about finances], just smile. No, thank you,” Ramsey said.

These are the top 10 money myths that broke people believe.

1. I Can Save Money Later - A Ramsey Solutions blog post said being able to save money later is one of the biggest money myths believed by broke people.

Building a solid future starts today, not the day you start to earn more money. Even if all you have to set aside is a little bit of money, it’s less you’ll need to worry about saving later.

2. Used Cars Aren’t Safe - Who drives used cars? Millionaires do, according to Ramsey Solutions, and eight out of 10 millionaires make this purchase without going into debt. Research the type of used car you want to buy, pay for it with cash and you won’t need to worry about taking out a loan or making car payments.

3. My Family Needs the Best or Else They Won’t Be Happy - You don’t need to buy your family everything they want the moment they want it. This doesn’t put their happiness at risk. As the post on Ramsey Solutions reads, the better approach for parents who want to raise money-smart kids is to show them the value of the dollar through hard work.

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Music Notes Green
Natalie Grant performs National Anthem before the Sept. 7 Lions @ Chiefs NFL Kickoff Game - Click Here

Karen Peck and New River Sets Record for Southern Gospel Chart

Podcast: Sadie Robertson Huff,
Lauren Daigle Talk Conquering
Fear Through Faith - Click Here

Podcast: Katy Nichole Talks Surrender on Candace Cameron Bure Podcast

 This Is It Restaurant Announces The Miracle Church Giveaway Campaign

Leanna Crawford Marries NBA Player Cody Zeller - Click Here

Natalie Grant Releases Duet
with Dolly Parton - Click Here

Needtobreathe's Seth Bolt and wife, Tori, Become Parents of New Baby Girl

Behind The Song: Phil Wickham Shares The Heart Behind His Current #4 Song “This Is Our God” - Click Here

Four Albums Dropping This Month That We Can't Wait To Hear
- Click Here

Church members say they’re forced to have service outside as they battle Riverdale over property - Click Here

Smyrna First Baptist OKs selling
church to city - Click Here

Christian/Gospel Music -
This Month's New Releases -
Tauren Wells Performs “Joy In The Morning” on Fox & Friends - Click Here

Franni Rae Cash Cain Announces She’s Taking A Break From We The Kingdom - Click Here

“Thank you, Jesus. I'm so thankful right now,” Deion Sanders, after winning his first ever game as HC at Colorado

Coach Frank Reich debuts with Panthers as he leans on faith, lessons from seminary - Click Here

Cade Klubnik enters season amid hype as Clemson QB, thankful for how 'incredible God is' - Click Here

Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins seeks God's glory as he prepares for 12th NFL season

CeCe Winans Interviewed for Fox News Sunday Special - Click Here

Christian GP ‘over-stepped boundaries’ by praying with patient, tribunal rules

Thousands of Christians Call on 'Trump's Pastor Friends' to Condemn Threats

Jeopardy! ‘distances itself’ from controversial Bible final clue during Tournament of Champions reruns

Gold City Announces New Lead Vocalist

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