Rest and Recharge
Inspire is over for 2011 and I’m so thankful for everything that happened. I got to see a whole army of worship leaders get refreshed and encouraged for the calling that God has placed on their lives. The absolute biggest thrill of my life. Check out the picture from the best two days of my year right here. Now it’s time for me to take a nap and get these dead batteries plugged into some fresh power! See you soon

Inspire Worship Conference is NOW!!!
Here we go people! Inspire Worship Conference is on for the next two days. Jonathan Lee Band, Stan Mitchell, Dr. Michael Easley, Ian Cron and so many other amazing people. I am so excited about what’s God is going to do. Beyond all that I can ask or imagine.

Inspire Worship Conference
Don’t forget to sign up for Inspire registration is filling up fast!

Happy New Year!

Benefit Concert for Zach Sisk
Get your tickets NOW for a concert on NOVEMBER 19, 2010. Featuring Carl, FFH and major motion picture director Patrick Doughtie. The concert is to benefit our good friend Zach Sisk who was injured in a fall, resulting serious brain damage. Zach is 18 and needs help with medical expenses. The concert is in Boiling Springs, NC. See the tour page for full details.

Check Out Some New “How To” Videos
I’ve been getting a ton of great response from a couple new songs while out on the road, so I thought I’d help you worship leaders out there. Check out these simple how to videos for the songs “Forgiven Forever” and “First Love“. I hope they help!

New EP coming soon!!
I’m excited to announce that I just started working on a new EP! We spent some time at the beautiful Dark Horse Studios this week and zeroed in on some great new worship tunes. Look for a sneak peek preview soon!

Inspire Worship Conference May 5-6, 2016
Mark your calendar and plan on joining us for next years Inspire.
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Inspire Worship Conference
Early bird conference rate ends March 1st.
Don’t miss the opportunity to save the most on this year’s conference rate. It’s $169 for an individual and $159 for a group of 5 or more. After March 1st it will be $189 for an individual and $179 for a group of 5 or more.
Registration includes lunch both days and all conference materials.

Inspire Songwriting Contest
Back by popular demand, we are officially receiving submissions for our Songwriting Contest. This is such a great way to put your songs to the test and help make them the best they can be.
Each submission will receive a professional song critique and the top six writers get to play their song during our Inspire Café Thursday night. A winner will be chosen from those six registrants by a panel of professional songwriters and the winner will receive a professionally produced demo of their song.
Here are the Criteria:
• One (1) previously unpublished song
• One (1) submission per paid registration
• MP3 e-mail submission only to (
• Song must be submitted with a lyric sheet (.pdf or .doc file format only)
• We are looking for original, corporate & congregational worship songs
• Deadline for Submission: Midnight April 22, 2010

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Abe Valiant Cartee is here and doing well. We’re so blessed to have our third son in our arms and our lives. He’s a great little guy who looks like a cross between Phil Collins and his oldest brother. Click below to see it all in color and pictures! Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.

Summer is Going Great
I’m so happy to report that we are having one of our best summer camp seasons ever and it’s just getting started! I am rolling with a new band this summer and things are really going well for these guys in their rookie season. Craig McClellan, Ryan Mitchell and Brian Yakaboski are all doing a first class job. Heather, being what I call full on pregnant, is doing a stellar job as always. Thanks fellas and Lil’ Mama! The hard work is paying off.

Hitting the Road
The time has come for us to leave on our annual worship leading trip around the south east. Student Summer camps have been a part of our work for nearly 15 years. I was so blessed today to hear from a friend of mine who said that he works at a church with a great worship leader. He told me this guy was encouraged to lead worship at a camp I did when he was just 14. It makes me know that this work does have Kingdom value and lasts much longer than me. So here we go: pregnant wife, little kids and an aging worship leader but knowing that God has a plan for me and for those I get to lead. Please don’t forget to pray for us.
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Inspire 09 Wrap Up
We had the most incredible time during this years conference. Heather and I had the honor of hosting worship leaders from 18 different states and 2 foreign countries. It was also for us a beautiful demonstration of servant friendship, where just about everyone we know was there to help with and pray for the event. I was so incredibly blessed, I wish I had more words to say it and I am a thankful man. Check out the blog and flickr to see a little more detail.

This Week at International Ministry Headquarters
We are putting all the finishing touches on our worship conference that comes up next week. If you are still waiting to sign up, stop it. There is nothing to loose except an amazing opportunity. Worship leaders, head over to to get signed up. The deadline for submitting a song for our  writing contest has passed, and all the submissions are in. We’ll be judging them this week and letting the top six know who they are on Wednesday May the 6th. Keep your phone on.

Please pray for us as we have faced “trials of many kinds” over the past few days and I know it’s just God counting us worthy to be tested. Thank God that he sees value in refining us and making us better. I do need your prayers, so when you can, call out the name’s of the Cartee’s to God. Hope to see you at Inspire.

Inspire 09 is a month away
Inspire Worship Conference is only 4 WEEKS AWAY! I have been praying for a mighty work of healing, encouragement and calling to be done through this event. I know God’s power is at work to accomplish the things I can only dream about. If you are a worship leader seeking encouragement and refreshing go sign up now. if you know a worship leader who could use a few days away with other worship leaders, give them the gift of Inspire. Click HERE to register and get all the info you need.

Happy tax day too! I hope the check you send to your Uncle Sam is not too much of a burden. If you got a refund, rush out to your local LifeWay or other Christian music retailer and pick up a copy of my new record, “Everything You Do”. I hope it blesses you!

New Album hittin’ the streetz March 31st!!!
Hey there Spring. And Lent. I hope you guys are doing well. It’s the season for C-mail to be in full bloom and here she is. Thank goodness that C-mail is hypoallergenic, you might sneeze otherwise. I have a few high points to hit and I want to do it in as few words as possible so you can get outside and start enjoying this beautiful weather!

Update 1: Early Bird Registration for Inspire Ends April 1! That’s next week!! Inspire is the worship conference that Heather and I host each year to train and equip worship leaders for kingdom impact. The best price on registration lasts only until next week; so if you want in on a deal, act now. Due to brisk sign ups already, there will be no early bird extension and no bail outs:) REGISTER HERE

Update 2! : “Everything You Do” hits store shelves March 31 The new live worship record “Everything You Do” hits the shelves at your local Christian retailer Tuesday, March 31 (also next week). You can also get it online through itunes. I suggest you getting it online and then going to the store to buy a few for your friends who think, “computers is evil”. I am so fired up about the new record because it’s got some really good moments on it and it’s just a fresh reminder of God’s power at work in the lives of his people. You can listen to some of the new songs at

Update 3: Heather is still preggers and doing great! We are in month five of Heather’s pregnancy (click here to watch our birth announcement on y! outube). We’ll find out boy or girl next week as well and I’ll let eve ryone know how that turns out. Three kids, three and under feels like a lot, but nothing compared to the joy that they give us. Oak and Ezra are doing great. We’re in the middle of potty training Oak and sometimes when he has an accident on his Lightening McQueen underwear, we tell him it makes Lightening very, very, sad. Hopefully he will make it through without permanent emotional damage. We need patience.

Update 4: A new website is on the way! Also on March 31, we will relaunch with a completely new design and lots of new features, music, more chord charts than ever and lots of free stuff. It will bring courage to the hearts of websites everywhere. It will even have social networking. We can be friends on!

Update 5: My grandfather Carl Edward Hamrick went to his reward at the end of February. He was my hero and along with my grandmother, the reason that I believe in Jesus, love the church and play Christian music. I will miss him so much and appreciate your prayers for our family. One of the best things about burying a good man is that there is so much to say to those who remain. There’s so much to encourage people that their own race can be run and run well, all the way to the final mile. I am so thankful that I got to watch my grandfather finish well.

How to hire a mobile windshield replacement contractor

Replacing a vehicle’s windshield is a quick decision anyone should make, given that delays in the decision-making process can result to safety issues. It is definitely very important then to have one’s windshield repair as soon as possible. City Auto Glass Mobile Service

As to how to hire a mobile windshield replacement contractor, a little bit of diligence and research will greatly help. Service Website Angie’s List gave a lowdown on how a professional windshield replacement contractor goes about replacing a vehicle’s autoglass. “When a windshield gets a chip or crack, you should take care of it immediately before it can spread and cause further damage. A professional first inspects the windshield to determine if it is feasible to repair it instead of replacing it. When repairing the glass appears to be the best option, the expert normally fills the hole or ding with a unique, colorless polymer resin. A film bonded to the glass layers of a windshield keeps the glass from shattering if the vehicle has a collision, and repairs must involve the bonded film layer as well as the glass. The special resin material fills and seals the hole or crack along with the space that the chip or crack created between the film and the glass. The specialist then cures the resin and polishes it to restore the windshield with a sturdy, colorless finish that has almost the same quality as it had before the damage occurred.” Read the rest of the article here.

Here are the steps a vehicle owner must take when hiring a mobile windshield replacement contractor:

  1. Ask for recommendations. Seek endorsements and recommendations from friends, associates, or neighbors about a trusted and reliable windshield repair contractor. Such recommendation will be very helpful in finding a contractor that is great at doing its job simply because a person will definitely not recommend someone who did a lousy work or charged them with exorbitant fees.
  2. Find some local contractors through the Internet. Get at least two so that their services can be compared, with those that were recommended.
  3. Research, research, research. Seek relevant information about the companies on shortlist. Check out their webpages and social media accounts. Take a look at the services that they offer, plus the reviews and feedbacks given to them by their customers.
  4. Conduct Necessary Interviews. Talk to the company representatives of the shortlisted contractors. Ask questions related to the project. Do not forget about the cost estimates, types of material used, timelines, as well as licenses and certifications.
  5. Conduct a background check. Check if the contractor has state licenses and permits to undertake the job. Check as well about the background of the technicians they are hiring.
  6. Insurance and warranties. Ask if the company is fully insured such that if anything goes wrong with the project one can claim against the insurance. Service warranties should also be checked as well, so that if anything goes wrong they could make necessary repairs or replacement with no extra cost.

A mobile windshield replacement contractor is so far the best type of windshield replacement service to hire. Convenience-wise, it is the best and most flexible since the repairs and replacement can be done where one wants it to be done, and when the owner wants it to be done.

Why SEO And Local Search Is Important For Businesses

The Importance of Local SEO

Local Search Engine Optimization is critical when it comes to ensuring that a local business is exposed to its target audience. It is like targeted advertising, but only at the fraction of the price. Local Search Expert emphasized this fact in one of its articles. “Somewhere between 80-90% of customers now check online reviews prior to making a purchase, and this number is only expected to increase. It won’t be long before virtually everyone is searching for products and services online. Do you want them to be able to locate your business, or not?  Without organic SEO in place, people will have a very hard time finding you and will instead find your competitors.” Read the rest of Forbes’ article on “7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Invest In SEO,” here.

Why SEO And Local Search Is Important For Businesses

To convince its readers that Local SEO will definitely get the cash register ringing, the website Search Engine Land came out with an article that answers why SEO and local search is important for businesses. MadHatSEO Site Audit

“If you want your site to beat out the hundreds of other dealers fighting for the top spots, you’ve got to send the right signals to Google so that you can outrank competitors. That means you simply must have great content, you must have an awesome user experience, you must optimize your content for local searches, you must be active on social media, and you must be getting great reviews.” Read about the simple computation and formula from Search Engine Land here.

Business magazine Entrepreneur also shared more benefits of local SEO for businesses. “Each year, the percentage of online searches performed on mobile devices has grown definitively, and as you might imagine, the majority of mobile searches are performed while on the go. With the dawn of wearable devices, such as the Apple Watch, users will start using on-the-go searches even more frequently, with even more immediate needs. As a result, proximity-based searches will likely start to become popular, and local searches will be based on hyper-specific locations, rather than just on a regional or neighborhood-specific basis. In effect, wearable devices will drive a much more geographically relevant network of information and eliminate even more barriers between the digital and physical worlds.” Check out the rest of this article here.

Ensuring that a local business’ website has been optimized for local search will greatly help in getting its products or services in front of their customers.

Companies That Give Free Estimates For Leaky Faucet And Toilets

What to do with Toilet and Faucet Leaks

When a toilet or a faucet continues to leak water, utility bills sky rocket. Gallons upon gallons of water are wasted when faucets and toilets emit water, not to mention this could also cause water damage.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency shared in its website statistics on how much water is wasted when there are leaks in a home. “The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.

Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.”

But what can a homeowner do when there are leaks in a home? WikiHow shared what can be done with a leaky faucet. “Determine what type of faucet you have. A compression faucet has two screw handles, one for hot and one for cold, and is the easiest to recognize by sight. The other three types of faucet all have one central, swiveling arm that you can swing from hot to cold as desired.[1] You may have to take your faucet apart before you know which is which, because the internal mechanisms at the base of their arms are all different.” Read the continuation here.

As for a leaky toilet, Family Handyman came up with some troubleshooting suggestions. “Do you notice a small pool of water where your toilet meets the floor? Does the floor around the toilet feel spongy? Is the finished flooring coming up? If so, you probably have a bad seal between the toilet horn (where the waste exits) and the drain line. Don’t procrastinate any longer. Small leaks trapped beneath the toilet will eventually rot floor surfaces, and even the underlying framing. Wait too long and repair costs rise, especially when you figure in replacing finished flooring and sometimes underlayments, subfloors or even the framing.”

For persistent and recurring leaks though, it is always best to seek professional help from a licensed San Diego Plumber Company contractor. If expense is a concern, there are many companies that give free estimates for leaky faucet and toilets, and can work within a budget.

There definitely is no substitute for professional help as licensed plumbing contractors who are part of companies that give free estimates for leaky faucet and toilets, work on a project efficiently, safely, and more importantly with expertise.

Best Shop to get your Windshield Replaced In San Diego

Replacing a windshield can bring a bit of stress on any vehicle owner. For one, it entails costs, and next, finding a reliable shop can be tricky.

So how can you find the Best Shop to get your Windshield Replaced in San Diego? Here are some ways to find it:

  1. Ask for referrals. Post on your timeline, or personally ask friends who may have experienced replacing or repairing their windshield about a trusted Windshield Replacement San Diego – Carglass1 shop. These people will usually recommend the best shop that they know, or at the very least warn you about one who does a bad job. What is great about referrals is that they can give you tips on how to deal with the shop, and could even go as far as giving you a name of a technician whom they trust.
  2. Google it. Take advantage of the internet, but do not let down your guard. Always, always practice due diligence when picking a service provider out of the page one or two of your google search results. Check out if these are licensed service providers with appropriate permits to operate their local business. Check if these sites have appropriate insurances too should anything go wrong with their replacement or repair service. Check as well if they have service warranties, and after-sales assistance should you require that.
  3. Choose a top three from the search results to avoid getting overwhelmed. After which, research about the background of the company.
  4. Feedback is a gift. Feedback is a treasure for both the company and its potential clients. Reputable third party websites like Angie’s List and Yelp are provide feedbacks from customers that have availed of a specific product or service peddled by a certain business. These websites are worth checking.
  5. Harness the power of social media. Check on the Facebook ratings of the shop you are eyeing. Check the comments and posts on the page and watch out for irate posters. Check as well other social media accounts to find out the general sentiments of past customers on the quality of service that they provide.
  6. Interview the company. Whether be it through webchat, Social Media Messenger, phone call, or face-to-face discussion it is important to get your specific questions answered by the shop you are eyeing. During the conversation, ask as well for cost estimates, as well as how long they will most likely take to do the job.

Finding the best shop to get your windshield replaced in San Diego may be challenging but it definitely is doable.

Best Place to Get Your Mobile Windshield Replaced in San Diego

Windshield Replacement in San Diego, CA

Replacing a vehicle’s windshield could be stressful for any car owner simply because it is a major parts replacement. The good news is finding the Best Place To Get Your Mobile Windshield Replaced in San Diego is relatively easy.

Here are some ways to locate a reliable and trustworthy expert mobile windshield replacement service in San Diego:

  1. Ask for referrals. Take advantage of social media in asking friends, acquaintances and relatives about local mobile windshield replacement service firms that does a great job in the area. People are not likely to recommend a firm that has done a haphazard job or rendered an unsatisfactory service. Find SDWindshieldRepair Online.
  2. Gather two to three names and check on their credentials in their own website and social media accounts. Make sure the firms are licensed, certified and insured before engaging their services.
  3. Do not be afraid to ask questions. A direct inquiry pertaining to the specific situation at hand is one of the best ways to feel whether a service company is likely to do a good job. Get a feel of the way they entertain their customers.
  4. Check out references and feedbacks. Never hesitate to ask for references that would prove that their company can do a great job in terms of providing mobile windshield repair and replacement service. Social media accounts should be checked as well for the rating, as well as comments and feedbacks lefty by their customers. Third-party websites such as and Angie’s List also helps in determining the kind of service the mobile windshield repair firm is capable of delivering.
  5. Compare costs. Customers should ask for quotations and estimates of the cost of service for their particular job orders. Clients however should not jump into signing a job contract with the firm that charges the lowest. Low cost sometimes do not equate to a high service quality and good workmanship.

Angie’s List meantime emphasized in this article why it is important to replace a damaged windshield. “Experts say driving with a damaged windshield risks your life and the lives of drivers around you because you are more susceptible to get into an accident. A damaged windshield — or one that hasn’t been properly set and glued into place — can pop out during a collision. The windshield also provides structural support for the car, meaning an improperly installed windshield could even cause the roof to collapse.”

Auto Trader shared a guideline on how to know whether a windshield is just for repair, or it is already for replacement. “Windshield repair or replacement depends on the size, location and severity of the damage. The majority of windshield repair shops can repair quarter-sized rock chips and cracks up to three inches long. Anything bigger and most places will recommend replacement. However, some facilities use a special technique that allows them to repair cracks up to 12 inches long. So it pays to check around before committing to a new windshield. Location of the damage also plays an important role in determining your windshield’s fate. Cracks at the edge of the windshield tend to spread very quickly and can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. If they’re caught in time, they can be repaired. But in most cases, it’s usually advisable to replace the windshield.”

Read the continuation of this post here.

Finding an expert Mobile Windshield Replacement Service can be easy if the vehicle owner is willing to spend some time finding a great local company.

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About San Diego

San Diego is a City in the State of California that is nearest the Mexican Border of Tijuana, and is about 190-kilometers from the city of Los Angeles. It is known for its deep harbors, and its long affiliation with the United States Navy. It is in fact home to one of the largest fleets in the world, and is home to one of the country’s busiest ports.

San Diego has a mild climate that continues to attract tourists from in and out of the country. The wholesome family activities in the City prove to be a huge come-on for those that are in for rest, relaxation, and adventure for the whole family.

Water sports for instance is an activity that can be done along San Diego’s long and clean coastline. It is also hoe to SeaWorld which attract domestic and international tourists because of its large and famous showcase of marine life.

Moreover, San Diego is also known for its Zoos and Parks. The San Diego Zoo is one attraction that continues to magnetize families into spending in the state along with the San Diego Zoo Safari. It is also home to Balboa Park which displays various plant species.

Economically speaking, San Diego is driven by its Military and Defense industries. Apart from being home to some US Naval Facilities, US Marines Bases, and Coast Guard Stations, San Diego also hosts headquarters of defense contractors. Its economy is also fueled by manufacturing, tourism, international trade, as well as the research industry.