All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
The ultimate guide to gospel artists and recordings
The hymn "Uncloudy Day" speaks of Heaven as a clear day where no storm clouds rise, yet many of the musical performers who have sung so passionately about that celestial place have experienced hell on earth in their personal lives. Uncloudy Days chronicles the careers of over 650 gospel artists and personalities from 1900 to the present day, and the book's 100-plus interviews reveal many stories for the first time. Bil Carpenter relates such fascinating tales as how Philip Bailey's record label pressed him to make gospel music that sounded like his pop hit "Easy Lover"; how a sex scandal almost silenced the Boys Choir of Harlem; and how Gloria Spencer—billed as the world's largest gospel singer at 615 pounds—suffered a circus-like exploitation. The book also includes a glossary of gospel terms; trivia tidbits; and lists of the all-time best-selling gospel recordings, gospel songs that crossed over to R&B charts, and gospel Grammy, Dove, and Stellar award winners. The first true gospel music encyclopedia, Uncloudy Days explores the artists who profoundly influenced early rock 'n' roll and soul music and provided inspirations for millions of the faithful.