Easter says you can put truth in a grave,
but it won’t stay there.
~ Clarence W. Hall

We have some exciting things for you in this issue, including a contest to win a copy of the brand new DVD, We Bought a Zoo.  Also, Gaither Music wants you!  Specifically, your poetic creativity...read below for details.  Plus, an amazing story of the faithfulness of God sent by Homecoming fan Dixie Phillips.

One more item of note...your responses to our "questions for readers" in each newsletters have been wonderful!  So we've decided to create a new page in the printed Homecoming Magazine to include some of your answers.  Without further ado, here's today's question: Do you have a favorite Easter tradition that has been passed down through your family? Click here to answer!

A thought from the Word...

1 Peter 1:3-5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

Calling all poets! Since April is National Poetry Month (who knew?), Gaither Music is asking for poetry submissions from all the wordsmiths out there.  From haiku to sonnets, everyone can participate! It's a great way to get your creativity published online, and you might even win a Gaither Vocal Band T-shirt!  For more information, click here.
Homecoming reader Dixie Phillips is a pastor's wife from northern Iowa and a long-time Gaither fan.  She sent us a story called "The Champion," an incredible testimony of how God intervened in her family, and how the Gaither song "Because He Lives" helped to bring hope and healing during a time of great struggle.  It's a compelling and uplifting story about God's mysterious ways that is sure to bring encouragement to many. To read "The Champion," click here!
The movie We Bought a Zoo has just been released to DVD, and we are giving you a chance to win a copy of it! It is based on the true story of newspaper writer Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon), who buys a small zoo to begin a fresh start with his children after the passing of his wife.  In addition to the DVD, you will also win up to 40 copies of the accompanying faith-based discussion guide, which is great for families or larger discussion groups.  To learn more about the movie, click here, and to enter the contest, just click here!

We have a brand-new "The Song Says It" devotional for you, based on the Gaither favorite, "Then Came the Morning." We hope it will be a blessing to you, and be sure to pass it along if you think someone else might need a lift.  Just click here to check it out!