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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published May 23, 2017

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Paul's Epistle

Last week in this column I talked about the importance of sharing your testimony with those who need Christ in their lives. And I invited you to submit brief accounts of either how you testify to others or how the testimony or ministry of others impacted your life. Several of you were kind enough to share accounts of how you've shared your witness – or how the witness of others have impacted you.

There are as many different types of testimonies as there are Christians. No two are exactly alike, because no two people are exactly alike – and God deals with us each on a very individual basis.

Here's one testimony about some very effective hellfire-and-brimstone old-time preaching:

"I remember the very night God spoke his convicting power to my heart. It was during revival. The preacher was preaching [that] heaven is real and hell is real and hot. The message was so intense you could almost feel the flames from hell. The altar started filling up with people. The next thing I remember I felt God's convicting power on me. I left my seat running and falling in the altar and God gloriously saved me. Since that day I spread God's word everywhere I go. Sometimes I see instant results, sometimes later I hear results. God's word needs to be told and shown wherever we go." – Ronald O., Alabama

Sometimes a knock on the door can change a life...

"I learned about Jesus [as a child] but then I got into the wrong crowd... My life was a mess and it was not until I was about 38 years old that I realized that I needed Him back in my life. Someone actually came to my door to witness to me and I gave my life back over to Him... I want to thank the Holy Spirit for chasing me down and never letting go." – Pam R., Missouri

Sometimes the Spirit even works through a sibling....

"Forty-three years ago, I decided when cigarettes went to 85 cents a pack I was going to quit. Well, it wasn't long until they did... [But] when that time came, I realized I could not quit! I had a sister, Joann, that went to church, and she told me if I would go to church with her, Jesus would help me quit! So I decided to go. It took me six months to go cold turkey and quit. But, by then I was loving God so much I never quit serving Him. To this day, I live for Him – not perfectly, but forgiven... He who has promised is faithful..." – Pat G., Delaware

And sometimes it's an uncle....

"Hi, Paul. I did have a chance to share the Gospel with my nephew. He was a lover of booze. He called me one night... I shared the Gospel with him. I asked him if he would like to say the ‘sinner's prayer' and accept Jesus. He said yes! He always believed Jesus was Lord and accepted him that night. With that, I believe my nephew was saved and is now in Heaven with Jesus. Even though ... he died from the results of drinking, he did accept Jesus! Yes, I felt good about that as I know my nephew was saved." – Jan H., Wisconsin

Sometimes it's even over a good meal in a very public place...

"I had the opportunity to reintroduce Christ to our young, very pregnant, waitress in Red Robbin's this past Sunday by first asking her if she wanted to join us in prayer for our meal. I always ask the wait-staff to join us unless they're slammed with customers. Anyway, throughout our meal, our young new friend kept stopping by ... and not just to make sure that our tea glasses were full, but to keep up in the conversation on what she had been taught as a child and that she had missed since she became an adult. I shared with her some quarterly ‘Word for You Today' devotions that our church gives out and with each day's devotion being short, she said that this will really get her back on track to where she should be going with her Christian life..." – Gary J.

Reader responses such as these have highlighted the fact that your witness, your testimony, is beneficial not just for the unsaved – who, through what you say, might come to know the Lord – but also for those who at some point may have accepted Christ but got far away from serving Him and now desperately need to return to Him.

May we each remember – and always act upon – what Jeff Gibson's simple but to-the-point song of many years ago reminded us to do:

       Go and tell somebody what He's done for you.
       Go and tell somebody what the Lord can do...
       How He gave you victory, how he brought you through.
       Go and tell somebody what He's done for you.*

- Paul

*Lyrics from chorus of "Go And Tell Somebody," written by Jeff Gibson, as recorded by the Kingsmen and other artists over the years. Heartwarming Music, BMI.

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of May 27th & 28th, 2017:

Countdown!   This will be the monthly official Singing News Top 20 Countdown edition, based on the chart of favorite current songs published in the magazine's June issue.

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists on this program will be the HyssongsDell and Susan Hyssong and their son, Richard. You're hear their current Top 20 chart song. The rest of the Featured Artist songs will be from a brand new CD of theirs called "Still Moving Mountains." You'll hear about the theme that's been found running through most of the songs on that new CD. Be sure to join us for our visit with the Hyssongs.

Other Guests:  Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River); Sonya Isaacs Yeary (Isaacs); Gerald Wolfe (Greater Vision); Gordon Mote; Tim Livingston; Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs); Chris Taylor (Taylors); Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet.

Headline Update:   A change for Canton Junction; remembering Rosa Nell Powell.

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From the broadcast the weekend of May 20th & 21st, 2017:

This weekend was one of our occasional Listener Favorite Call-In opportunities. Thanks to all of you who called! If you missed it, please consider registering for future Call-Ins through our website. Registered listeners receive a special email notification in advance of any Call-In opportunities and can call in at any time over the designated weekend, not just on Sunday afternoon. Registered callers also may receive additional opportunities at other times not announced on the air. Get complete information about registering here.

Our Featured Artists on this edition were the Booth Brothers, one of the most popular and most loved groups out there today in Southern Gospel music. Songs were from their brand new CD called "Between Here And Heaven." That title song, as you heard, includes some special vocal guests, the group Restless Heart. That song and another song you heard, "Until The Time Comes To Leave," share a common message — that there's plenty for the Christian to do in the here-and-now to advance the Kingdom of God, spreading the Gospel. This long-awaited recording was, as you heard, the first designed from start-to-finish to their newest member, Paul Lancaster, in mind. He blends in well with original brothers Ronnie and Michael Booth.

Our Artist Spotlight guests, Northern Ireland's Revelation trio, recently celebrated ten years of ministry. As long-time members David Strange and Thomas McAlmont continue on, they recently lost the services of their third member, Andrew Calderwood. Andrew, who has quite a testimony about how God delivered him from drug and alcohol abuse, wanted to spend more time with his wife and also expand his solo ministry so he could deliver his testimony on a more targeted basis. Thomas tells us that a young man by the name of Peter Mander is "currently filling dates with us until we consider where the Lord's call will lead us in the future." Songs on the program were from a current CD of theirs entitled "Southern Gospel Favourites." More information about Revelation can be found on their website.

Thanks again to the Fundamental Home School Group Ensemble of Livingston, Louisiana, for the spontaneous singing of our "The Gospel Greats" jingle, as you heard. They are amazing! As I mentioned on the air, if you have a choir or youth group that would like to sing our jingle and get a shout-out from us on the air, just record it and send it in (along with information about the group). Naturally, I can only use so many of these, so the sooner the better.

For more information about the 49th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing mentioned on the Headline Update, click here.

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  • Rick Webb Family"Stand Amazed" (CD)

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Shelia Shares
"Your Reservation"

A well-known, long-time Southern Gospel group will be coming through our area in July to sing. So I contacted the concert promoter and asked if we could use a quiet room at the concert venue for Paul to do a radio interview with the group. They responded that a room would be available to us for interviews. And they added that they would have complimentary meal tickets for the evening meal for us, as well. That was very gracious and generous of them.

Maybe you've considered going somewhere and been told, "You just come. We'll have a seat saved for you." You arrive and – there it is – your table is reserved. The meal ends and you find that the bill has already been paid. You were expected and, on your arrival, you were welcomed.

Jesus has a table set and reserved just for you, as He has for each believer. It begins with the banquet of all the ages – the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" (see Rev. 19:9). And there's more...

Your mansion is prepared and waiting. 1 Peter 1:3-4 tells us, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you..."

Did you see that? It is "reserved in heaven for you." As Matthew 25:34 says of the Lord at the Judgment, "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world..." You – as a believer – are expected. And the Lord will take you there!

All of that, though, didn't come without cost. Jesus' blood paid the price in full. 1 Peter 1:18,19 reminds us that "you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold ... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." The price has been paid in full through Jesus' shed blood on the Cross.

This world might be tough, but hang in there, Christian. When the time comes, the Lord will see to it that you will enjoy everything Heaven has to offer. Everything is prepared and waiting for you. There is no cost, because the price was paid. Everything is reserved and Jesus is waiting. You are expected and, on your arrival, you will be welcomed.

See you there.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side

The Intercom

My friend's son worked at a fast-food restaurant when he was in high school. One night while he was manning the drive-thru, a customer told him that the intercom wasn't working properly. My friend's son went about filling the order while a female co-worker fiddled with the intercom. She asked, "Is that okay now?" "Well, no," the customer replied. "Now you sound like a girl."

The Surly Waitress

Bill and Doug went into a diner that looked as though it had seen better days. As they slid in to a booth, Bill wiped some crumbs from the seat. Then he took a napkin and wiped some moisture from the table. The waitress came over and asked if they wanted some menus. "No thanks," said Doug. "I'll just have a cup of black coffee." "I'll have black coffee too," Bill said. "And please make sure the cup is clean." The waitress shot him a nasty look. She turned and marched off into the kitchen. Two minutes later, she was back. "Two cups of black coffee," she announced. "Which one of you wanted the clean cup?"


Parental Discretion

A young man looking to get married asked his friend. "Every woman I bring home to meet my parents, my mother doesn't like." "Oh, that's easy," his pal replied. "All you have to do is find someone who is just like your mother." "I did that already," he said, "and that one my father didn't like."

Illustrating The Need

When I asked my friend if she was planning to attend church, she just shook her head. "I haven't gone in a long time," she said. "Besides, it's too late for me. I've probably already broken all seven commandments."

Are You Ready?
1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
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