"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
I Corinthians 16:13
Up until now, I have never tried my hand at writing any type of review post on Homespun Devotions.
Up until now, I have never felt led to.
But, after a recent, personal encounter with the Southern Gospel group, The Kingsmen,
I began to feel God leading me to promote their latest project to the faithful readers who come by here.
First, I will say that my little family and I have attended a lot of singing events over the years.
We find such encouragement and many blessings in traveling and listening to the various
groups God sends within a driveable distance from us.
So, when we found out The Kingsmen were coming within 80 some miles from us,
we were beyond excited!!
They have been one of my favorite groups since I was a young girl growing up in Dayton, OH.
I would listen to them regularly, as a local DJ named Tim, would play their songs on a station called WGIC in Xenia, OH.
It was funny how our finding out about them coming to our area recently came about.
One evening, Zach was in the kitchen drying supper dishes,
and Kevin had started working the night shift in his home office near the kitchen.
He often puts in a CD to listen to as he works,
and Zach and I get to enjoy listening to it, too, as the sweet sounds float from room to room.
Soon, the sounds of this song, one of our all-time favorites by the Kingsmen, began playing.
I don't know about you all, but every time I hear this song, (written by Joseph Habedank),
I have a hard time stifling shouts to Almighty God!
It just speaks out the very experience of my heart.
Soon, Zach poked his head around from the kitchen to peek into where Kevin was working.
"Daddy, who is that singing that song?" he asked.
"It's The Kingsmen", Kevin answered.
"Wow, it would be neat if we could go hear them in person", Zach replied.
As soon as the words were out of Zach's mouth,
it occurred to me that I had seen their name on the Gospel Gigs website,
when I had been scouring it earlier to check out upcoming concerts near our area.
Then, I had been distracted while reading it and never got to see
where the concert was actually going to be.
(If you love Southern Gospel, and you are interested in finding out which groups are coming within a certain proximity to where you live, Gospel Gigs is a wonderful resource.
You can also sign up to have their weekly updated schedules automatically sent to your inbox.)
I immediately went back to the Gospel Gigs website, and lo and behold,
there it was.
The Kingsmen would be less than 85 miles from us the following weekend!
I was so excited and hurried to tell Kevin and Zach.
We immediately began making plans to attend their concert
and could hardly wait until the day arrived.
You never really know what to expect when you attend one of these events.
Sometimes, you feel a sense of bondage, as if you are afraid to raise your hand in praise,
or say "amen", or "praise the Lord".
There are occasions that you sit through the concert, then visit the artist's product table afterwards,
only to meet with disappointment as you find them to be unfriendly, condescending, or worse,
or that they seem to expect your compliments and are so used to hearing them that they no longer hold much significance.
You can feel "brushed off" and leave wondering why you ever made the sacrifice to be there in the first place.
Then there are those other times, when you immediately discern that the precious Holy Spirit is present in the place.
You sense a strong anointing upon the singers and the songs being sung,
and you feel a freedom to praise God and worship Him, without restraint.
Tears flow freely, as you are keenly aware of His presence,
and you realize anew that "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
2 Corinthians 3:17
So, we drove the 80 some miles to get to the place where The Kingsmen were performing that night, not really knowing what to expect, other than to have a pretty good hunch about the songs that may be sung.
Dear friends, what we found that night was truly amazing.
The blend of talent that is represented in these four guys is absolutely an orchestration of the Divine will of God.
Harmony is impeccable.
But, it goes beyond that.
It is the spirit in which these guys sing, and the spiritual depth that is contained in their song selection that makes the difference.
Their genuine love for Jesus Christ and the passion with which they speak and sing about Him
blessed our souls more than I could ever hope to put into words.
It is one thing to "seem" spiritual while on stage,
while performing, and while far-removed from the audience who listens.
It is quite another thing to show that same level of spirituality when the spotlight has dimmed,
and you are standing face-to-face with the people who came to hear you sing.
To be honest, I was curious as to what kind of reception and interaction we would find as we walked up to their product table, after the concert was over.
How relieved and grateful I was to find that these 4 guys are as humble and Christlike off-stage
as they are on.
We met Bob, Chris, Randy, and Ray Dean.
We found them to be gracious, humble, down-to-earth,
and easy to talk to.
Wouldn't you know, I forgot to take our camera, (I know...so silly of me!),
and we were having phone difficulties.
So we didn't end up getting a picture with all four of them,
but, thankfully, we finally resolved our phone issues towards the very end,
and we were able to get this picture of Zach with two of them.
We will always cherish, not only this picture,
but our memories of that special evening with The Kingsmen.
What a blessing!
A few months ago, we began hearing the song "Battle Cry",
(written by Lee Black, Sue C. Smith, and Joel Lindsey),
being played on the radio.
Battle Cry is the title of their latest CD,
and also the number one song for the month of August!!
Please take a listen.
I can't exactly put into words just what this song means to me.
I can't think of any lyrics that could more adequately describe what is going on in the spiritual realm in these last, perilous days, and I can't imagine any song that could more fully articulate the personal burden that is upon my heart right now.
It is ever present with me.
And, do you know what?
I thank God for this burden.
Because it shows that He has not allowed me to fall into a state of spiritual apathy.
Feeling this alarm and concern makes me know that my spiritual eyes are wide open.
May they ever be!
There is a battle cry going forth that cannot be silenced.
God is sifting through His people,
and soon, it will be clearly evidenced as to whose side each one of us is really on.
Can you hear the battle cry?
Will you respond to it?
Will you do your individual part to uphold the pure, unadulterated truths of God's Holy Word,
swim upstream against the current of evil,
and take a firm stand for righteousness?
Or will you ignore the battle cry and choose to succumb to floating downstream
and cave to the snare of political correctness?
There are eleven songs on The Kingsmen's Battle Cry CD,
and I must tell you that there is not one song on this CD that isn't top-notch.
Kevin and I have been huge music fans all our lives,
and the other day, after listening to the Battle Cry CD all the way through,
for the umpteenth time I might add, Kevin said,
"I have never had a CD that I like this much!"
That, my friends, is saying a lot.
In our family, we call Kevin the walking music encyclopedia.
His remembrance of the old songs, who sang them, and interesting back stories and tid-bits
is truly amazing.
In addition to "Battle Cry", which is track #1 and which I can never say enough good about,
there are 10 other tracks.
Usually, when we buy a CD, there are at least a few songs that we don't really care for,
and we always skip those while listening.
I can tell you that there is not one song on this CD that we are tempted to skip through.
The Kingsmen mentioned that they had taken two whole years to select the songs they
wanted to include on this CD.
I am sure a lot of prayer and seeking God's will went into that process.
Believe me, it shows.
The other songs that are included on the Battle Cry CD are:
I've Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken
(written by Rebecca J. Peck),
He Took Away My Burden
(written by Daryl K. Williams and Scott Inman),
Oh Yes I Am
(written by Regina Walden),
Cross of Grace
(written by Rebecca J. Peck),
(written by Ashley Franks),
(written by Ila Knight),
It Should Have Rained
(written by Dianne Wilkinson and Rusty Golden),
(written by Belinda Smith and Kenna Turner West),
Come and Dine
(written by Daryl K. Williams and Dianne Wilkinson),
Here I Stand Amazed
(written by Kingsmen baritone singer, Randy Crawford)
Now, because of the passion we feel concerning God's Battle Cry
and the way this Kingsmen CD proclaims it,
Kevin, Zachary, and I felt led to purchase five extra copies of the Battle Cry CD
and make them available to be given away here!
We're keeping things real simple.
All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section below.
Please make sure you comment in a way that we will have access to your contact info.,
so we can notify you if you should win.
If you must comment anonymously, PLEASE email us privately and let us know how to contact you, should you win!!
There is no purchase necessary.
Due to shipping costs, giveaway is available to US residents only,
and will remain open from 9/10/2015 through 11:59 PM, Monday, 9/14/2015.
Chances of winning depends upon the number of entrants.
If there are only five comments left, all five commenters will receive the prize!!! LOL!!
Winners will be picked, fairly and at random, and be announced here,
shortly after the giveaway ends.
Prizes will be mailed within 2 weeks of the end of the giveaway, Lord willing.
Wish we could give every single Homespun Devotions reader, subscriber, & follower
a copy of this CD!
It is just that good, my friends. :)
God bless you all!!
UPDATE: 9-10-2015 6:00 PM -
UPDATE: 9-10-2015 6:00 PM -
To visit The Kingsmen's Facebook page and see their nice comments about this giveaway,