We are working hard on the March/April issue of Homecoming, and the theme centers about one of God's wonderful creations ... the gift of song. The power of a song can make our hearts leap for joy or cause tears to flow; it can unite different cultures and contribute to mental, spiritual and even physical healing.

We have songs for birthdays, holidays and worship. And for the Homecoming family and families around the world, music is a powerful and important way to celebrate someone when their earthly life is over. We have asked the Homecoming artists this question, and we'd like to hear from you as well: What song(s) do you want played at your funeral, and why? It only takes a moment to click here and leave a comment, and we greatly appreciate it! A few answers will be selected to appear in our March/April issue.

A thought from the Word...

Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed."

The brand-new Gaither Vocal Band album, Hymns, is now available for preorder. For those who may be wondering, this recording features the most recent GVB lineup which includes Mark Lowry and Michael English. You will love the beautifully performed arrangements of hymns including "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior" and "At the Cross." Also, everyone who preorders will get two free downloads not on the CD ... just click here for ordering information and to hear a preview!
Speaking of the Gaither Vocal Band, in case you haven't heard, the group has officially welcomed a new member--Adam Crabb, a veteran performer of the famed Crabb Family and a really great guy. We heard him at the Homecoming Christmas concert in Nashville, and he did a fantastic job. Bill says that the search is still on for a fifth member, whose identity will be revealed in the near future. Click here for more details. We're excited to see what God will do with the Vocal Band this year!
Billy Graham celebrated his 95th birthday in November (read all about that here), and now his son Franklin is asking for prayers for his father. Reverend Graham is reportedly "extremely weak but his vitals are good," according to Franklin. Billy Graham gave what some think may be his last sermon in November in a powerful video titled "The Cross," an impassioned message which also features testmonies from musical artists Lecrae and Lacey Sturm.
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We hope you enjoy Squire Rushnell's uplifting GODwinks stories in each issue of Homecoming as much as we do. It's encouraging to read about the surprising little blessings happening in people's lives, and it helps us to be more grateful for the blessings in our own lives. Recently, GODwinks stories have appeared on NBC's "Today" show ... read all about it and watch an amazing video here!