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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published July 25, 2017

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Paul's Epistle

David Jeremiah is one of my favorite "radio preachers" – I love to hear his well-researched but straightforward and down-to-earth presentation of Biblical truth with practical applications. Here's a recent column of his that, with permission, I wanted to share with you. It's an especially good checklist to print out and review periodically.

- Paul

"Your Spiritual Immune System"
by David Jeremiah

Everybody knows the principles for maintaining good physical health — nutritious food, exercise, pure water, lay off the junk food, plenty of sleep, healthy and loving relationships — right?

Yet one-third of Americans are now obese and another third are overweight. That means two-thirds of Americans, despite knowing better, are living unhealthy lifestyles.

The same is true for the way many Christians approach keeping their spiritual immune systems in top shape. Most of us know what to do; we just have a hard time putting it into practice. The disciplines of physical and spiritual exercise are equally challenging -- and the results of inaction and apathy equally life-threatening.

So, don't think the list that follows is too "basic" or "common sense." Read through it carefully and prayerfully, letting the Holy Spirit speak to you about boosting your spiritual immune system.

1. Bible study (2 Peter 1:4)

When troubles in life come, God's great and precious promises are what keep us from becoming infected with fear and doubt. God's promises are found in only one place: the Bible. Daily doses of the Word of God are required for continuing spiritual health.

2. Prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)

Prayer is like a healthy dose of vitamin C at the first sign of a cold -- the first thing we should do when troubles come. Pray for strength, pray for wisdom, pray for help. And most of all, pray for endurance and faithfulness. In prayer we claim God's promises.

3. Scripture memory and meditation (Psalm 1:2)

The more we incorporate Scripture into our hearts and minds, the more we think like God. When troubles come, instead of trying to think of a Scripture verse, the Word of God is there because that's how we think anyway. Take time to dwell on what God says.

4. Clear conscience (Psalm 32:5)

No one who has a guilty conscience — one defiled by unconfessed sin — can be spiritually healthy. Guilt leads to physical complications and it certainly leads to spiritual ill-health. How can we call on God in times of trouble when we harbor sin in our lives?

5. Worship and church attendance (Hebrews 10:24-25)

A healthy human is a worshiping human -- but not worshiping just anything. Because we were created by God, we are destined to worship Him. Failure to worship leads to isolation, introspection and infection with the disease of self-centeredness.

6. Service (1 Peter 4:10)

Because we were created to serve, we will only be truly spiritually healthy when we are using our spiritual gift(s) to serve others. If we fail to serve, we atrophy -- lose our strength and shrivel up. Discover your gift(s) and stay healthy and strong by serving.

7. Relationships (Proverbs 22:24-25)

The better part of wisdom is to avoid unnecessary contact with carriers of contagious diseases. The same is true spiritually speaking. Anger, bitterness, resentment, envy and other carnal characteristics can be caught and spread. Choose your friends wisely.

8. Lifestyle (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Living a healthy lifestyle physically doesn't guarantee perpetual good health, but your chances are better. The same is true spiritually. Living a lifestyle of wisdom, acknowledging God in all your ways, is foundational for spiritual health.

9. Giving (Luke 6:38)

It takes an investment in a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your body's immune system. Investing your resources — time, talent and treasure — in your spiritual life will return to you abundant spiritual health. We reap what we sow physically and spiritually.

10. Fellowship with other Christians (Romans 12:10)

Remove a part of the human body and set it aside, and it dies within minutes. Remove yourself from relationships with others, and the same is likely to happen spiritually. You are a "cell" in the body of Christ, and you must stay connected to be nurtured as a part of the whole.

How healthy is your immune system? You will be healthier spiritually when you implement more of these principles consistently. And the healthier you are, the more likely you are to withstand the infections of this world.
Reprinted by permission from Baptist Press (, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. David Jeremiah is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA, and founder and host of the "Turning Point for God" broadcast.
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of July 29th & 30th, 2017:

Countdown!   This will be our monthly official Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based this time on the chart of radio favorites appearing in that magazine's August issue. Listen for the #1 song from a group for whom this is a first.

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists on this program will be the Collingsworth Family, with songs from their 2-CD set called "The Best of the Collingsworth Family." This is a collection of some of their most popular songs over the years, redone with current vocals. You'll especially enjoy hearing some of these songs once again — and hearing why the Collingsworth Family is so happy to be able to bring them back in an updated form. Please join us for our visit with one of today's most popular and gifted family groups, the Collingsworth Family.

Other Guests:  Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs); Tim Livingston; Joseph Habedank; Sonya Browder (Browders); Richard Hyssong (Hyssongs); Lauren Talley.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
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From the broadcast the weekend of July 22nd & 23rd, 2017:

The Rick Webb Family, our Featured Artists on this broadcast, have been extremely blessed over the years with opportunities to spread the Gospel in song in many places, in many ways. From huge convention settings to smaller church venues, they've ministered to countless individuals over the years. Their latest CD, "Stand Amazed," a few songs from which were heard on this program, is exceptional. As Parker mentioned on the air, all of the songs "point to Jesus." It just occurred to me that three of the five songs we included even include Jesus' name in the title: "Jesus, Only Jesus," "Jesus Speaking Peace" and "Give Me Jesus." These are all exceptional songs. You'll be hearing more songs from this CD in the future, especially as they apply to our various "theme" editions. More info about the Rick Webb Family can be found on their website.

The Rick Webb Family's CD featured on this program, "Stand Amazed," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, July 28, 2017, ask for the "Featured Artist Discount," and get 20 percent off this item. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item. While ordering online, when you get to the "Checkout" page, find the "Special Instructions" lines near the bottom, type in "Featured Artist Discount - 20 percent" to get the discount. Note that the discounted price will not be reflected online or in your first confirmation e-mail, but it will be applied here when the order is processed and before it is charged or shipped.

Our Artist Spotlight guest, Matt Felts, is a most interesting individual. You've known him over the years as a member of such groups as Perfect Heart, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Skyline Boys and the Lesters. But now he sings solo, as well as serving as office manager for the Butler Music Group. But Matt also has a heart for his family. He's talked about his daughter, Abby, in the past, about how she has had to endure multiple surgeries due to a problem birth. And Matt's new solo CD, "Based On A True Story," was first conceived as a fundraiser to help raise money for those medical procedures. Because his story was too long to include in the broadcast, I've copied it to our website where you can hear a concise version of Matt's experiences with his daughter. Click here to listen. Matt's song, "The First Baseball Game," was, of course, something completely different. Who knew that baseball legend Don Mattingly was related to Matt through marriage? And that he would consent to making a guest appearance on Matt's recording. That, by the way, would make a great song for children who would want to know about all the characters mentioned in the song. Matt's CD is now available from our mailorder service,

On the Headline Update I mentioned three major multi-day music events coming up. You can get more information about the Jacobs Brothers' 45th annual campmeeting, July 26-30, in Dillsburg, PA, by calling 717-432-3921. More info about the 49th annual Brumley Gospel Sing, August 2-5, can be found online at More info about Duane Garren's 2nd annual Gospel Music Get-Together in Lebanon, MO, August 2-5, can be found at More info about the Mark Trammell Quartet homecoming, July 28-30 in Anniston, AL, is available online or by calling 256-442-1621.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.   (PDF viewer required.)
Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking on this link.

New items available this week from

  • Matt Felts "Based On A True Story" (CD)
  • Primitive Quartet "I Have A Place" (CD)
  • Primitive Quartet"Triple CD Bonus Collection (3-CD Set)

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Shelia Shares
"Pray, Believe, Have Faith"

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? When you think of all the needs in the world, do you get discouraged? If so, what do you do?

Pray. Believe. Have faith.

There is much to pray about today. Prayer should be a first, not a last resort. We need to ask for answers to the needs around us – to our needs. But, we also need to accept the comfort and reassurance that God gives.

When you face seemingly impossible situations, do you believe God or don't you? That is the bottom line.

Even Christians have moments when it just seems too much to bear.

Elijah was a great prophet of God. He had many challenges and many victories where God was proclaimed as the One True God. But, sometimes after those victories, he sank into despair.

1 Kings:19:10 reads, "So he (Elijah) said, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts...I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.'"

That sounds like a man at the end of his rope. Where could he turn?

Jonah tried to run from the Lord. He disobeyed God, but God stayed with him. Finally, he went where God told him to go; he preached and people were saved. Jonah might have been a good prophet, but he was also a regular man. He wanted his enemies destroyed. God had a different plan and Jonah responded poorly to that plan. Jonah 4:3 reads, "Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!"

Things had not gone as expected – as Jonah wanted – and he despaired.

Life today is no different. There are issues.

A child dies. A marriage ends. An accident happens and dreams collapse. Faith seems to disappear.

I can't make things right for you. I can only pray for you.

But, God is still there today. God is faithful, not just until you die but for eternity. You might give up on God, but God never gives up on you.

Read His promises. Let His love soak into your soul. Remember the past – where you could have been stuck and from where He has already brought you. Affirm again your commitment and accept His salvation, His comfort and His safety.

John 14:6 reads, "Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"

Jesus made a way, even when we can see no way. It hasn't disappeared just because we can't see it.

Faith is believing without seeing. Believing God has our best in His plan. Believing God is with us. Believing God is Who He said He is.

Pray. Believe. Have faith.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side

Following Instructions

Patient: It's been one month since my last visit and I still feel miserable.
Doctor: Did you follow the instructions on the medicine I gave you?
Patient: I sure did. The bottle said "keep tightly closed."

Today's Stock Market Report

What Goes Around...

When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. I was not so pleased. I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?" Mom, with a little grin, replied, "I remember."

Tech Support

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communication equipment. Due to the clouds and haze the pilot could not determine his position or course to steer to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign and held it in the helicopter's window. The sign said "WHERE AM I?" People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drawing a large sign, visible through a building window. Their sign said, "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER." The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map and determined the course to steer to the Seattle/Tacoma airport and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the "You Are in a Helicopter" sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded, "I knew that had to be the Microsoft building because they gave me a technically correct but completely useless reply.

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