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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published April 25, 2017

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Paul's Epistle
"Not A Coincidence"

On the broadcast last weekend you heard excerpts from my phone call to Darlene DeWitt, notifying her that she was the Grand Prize winner in our 2017 Great Annual Giveaway.

Each year, all qualifying entries are entered into our computer system which then picks the winner based on a random-number-generating system. So we personally have nothing to do with which entrant is drawn as the winner.

For this reason, Shelia and I have marveled over the years at how often there seem to be special circumstances involved resulting in the winner's selection. We've had missionaries who needed such refreshing. We've had individuals who recently lost a spouse and needed an uplifting experience. Such circumstances can't simply be "coincidences."

This year was no exception. I received an email from this year's winner about the unusual circumstances that led to her even entering the giveaway. In fact, she calls it a "miracle." Here are excerpts from her story:

Since 2012 I have been going to Florida to help take care of my elderly mother and give my brothers a break. I also have been dealing with some [other] stressful [family health] issues... This required me to be away from my husband, home, church family and my elementary Sunday School class for months at a time. Caring for my mom has been physically exhausting and emotionally draining...

I was traveling on I-75 north, heading back home from Florida, shortly before The Gospel Greats program was to come on the air. I was so tired and exited off to find a motel. To my surprise, no motel rooms were available at that exit, which never had been a problem before when traveling. I told the Lord, "Okay, I don't understand what's going on, but I trust you to provide a nice room further up the road." However, if I had gotten a room there, I might have missed The Gospel Greats program because of getting settled in the room and going to dinner.

So I got back on I-75 and turned up The Gospel Greats to keep me energized! ...At any rate, while listening to the Gospel Greats program, brother Paul announced about The Gospel Greats 2017 Great Annual Giveaway for a Gospel Singing Cruise called Singing at Sea. I thought, "How amazing is that?"

Paul said to enter to win this cruise for two, plus $1,000, the person would need to provide name, address, contact phone number, e-mail address, the radio station on which you hear Gospel Greats, AND the Gospel Greats key phrase, which he repeated for the week (the last week of the Giveaway opportunity!). Well, I was traveling at 75 mph on I-75 so I could not write the phrase down, and I was not sure my tired brain could remember it, so I kept repeating it over and over to myself. Once I reached Georgia, I was able to find a very nice motel room for the night and made it a point to write down the info and phrase. However, once I arrived home, I could not find my note! I asked the Lord to help me remember the key phrase, and He did! He also allowed me to win! Thank you Jesus!

What a blessing! My husband and I are thrilled that we will be able to do this trip, which we have dreamed about for years. We're really looking forward to this time together with no family interruptions (Lord willing) and being able to enjoy all that wonderful Gospel music and the funny shows too...

Thank you, again, for this wonderful giveaway. May God bless you in return for it.

Of course, I love to hear this kind of testimony. And I'm looking forward to meeting Darlene and her husband, Lew, on the cruise next February, Lord willing.

I'm so glad the Lord takes care of choosing just the right people to win, even if He chooses to work through our computer system to do it.

By the way, as I finish writing this, Shelia just handed me a printed business card from Lew & Darlene. Prominently displayed on the card is Matthew 19:28, which seems quite appropriate: "With God all things are possible."

- Paul

PS: See more notes about our recent 2017 Great Annual Giveaway below.

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Special Note for 2017 Great Annual Giveaway Entrants

If you entered our 2017 Great Annual Giveaway earlier this year, you should have received by now (in the mail for USA entrants) a special Springside catalog from us along with special discount coupons which were only for giveaway entrants. (Non-USA entrants received special information by email.) One of these was a special one-day discount for orders phoned in or submitted online (with a special "key code") last Thursday. Due to response to that special event, we are extending the offer to another one-day event this Thursday, April 27th. All other terms printed on the coupon remain valid. Please don't forget to take advantage of this special exclusive offer.

Coming on the broadcast the weekend of April 29th & 30th, 2017:

Countdown!   This will be our official monthly Top 20 Countdown, based on the monthly chart of current radio favorites published in Singing News magazine's May issue. Listen especially for one song that jumped up the chart faster than any other in recent memory.

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists will be the father-son duo Wilburn & Wilburn. We'll have two songs from their current "Shoulders" CD — including their current chart song — plus two live-in-concert songs from their new "Live From The Smokies" CD (which is part of a DVD-CD set). Jonathan will have some advice for Gospel singers in general. And you'll hear a most unusual story about their unexpected encounter with exotic wildlife on the road. Join us for our visit with Wilburn & Wilburn.

Other Guests:   Karen Peck (Karen Peck & New River), Gary Casto (Tribute Quartet), Amber Eppinette (11th Hour), Lauren Talley (Talleys), Jeff Whisnant (Whisnants), Gerald Wolfe (Greater Vision), more.

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

Our Featured Artists on this program were the Kingsmen, featuring songs from their brand new CD called "They Don't Know." This is an impressive recording — an impressive selection of songs which the Kingsmen render well. The title song, "They Don't Know (What The Lord Can Do)," is their current radio song and reminds us about the doubters we encounter every day. "Cost Of The Cross" reminds us of the price Christ paid on the Cross of Calvary. "Fade To Black" is a most unusual song for the many unbelievers out there who feel this life is all there is. There are, in fact, so many good songs on this CD that I played six of them instead of the usual four for a Featured Artist. Kudos to Ray Reese, Bob Sellers, Randy Crawford, Josh Horrell and, of course, Brandon Reese for a job well done with this new CD.

The Kingsmen's CD featured on this program, "They Don't Know," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, April 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. Note, too, that our "Featured Artist Discount" applies to any other currently in-stock recordings by this artist. 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 on this program was Joseph Habedank. Joseph traveled with the Perrys for a decade before becoming a solo artist. But he's been writing songs all along, and his new CD, "Resurrection," includes ten new songs from his pen. "Here He Comes" is the song you've been hearing a lot on the radio, a neat song about the Lord's coming, His life and His future return. Joseph's new CD is available from (direct link).

Lew and Ruby Darlene DeWittCongratulations to the Grand Prize winner in our recent 2017 Great Annual Giveaway.  She's Ruby Darlene DeWitt of Villa Rica, Georgia. Ruby and her husband, Lew, will be guests on the 2018 Singing At Sea Cruise from Templeton Tours, sailing from Tampa, Florida, to Key West and Cozumel.  They also get a $1,000 cash prize.  Thanks to Templeton Tours for making the cruise available again this year, as they have for more than three decades.  Thanks, too, to all of you who entered.  Those who won CDs from our Bonus Prize Stash have been mailed their prizes.

As you heard on the broadcast, Ben Speer recently passed on to Glory after battling advancing Alzheimer's disease for some time. Ben leaves a "big hole" to fill in Southern Gospel music. He was involved in so many ways, through his publishing, his singing, his work with the Stamps-Baxter School of music, his work as music director for the Gaither Homecoming videos, his studio work, his arranging, etc., etc., etc. Ben Speer was always exceedingly kind to us. Whatever we needed, he was quick to provide. I remember the pride he exhibited years ago when he showed me around his studio on Nashville's Music Row. There, encased in glass for historic display purposes, was one of the Speers' original microphones.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on this link. (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
  • Triumphant "Thankful" (CD)
  • Jim McComas"Lift Them High" (CD)

Click here to view those Southern Gospel music items in the current Springside Music Update newsletter — including 20 percent discounts on the week's new releases. Or get the Springside Music Update newsletter by email directly each Thursday morning. Details can be found here. Or call 800 38 MUSIC during weekday office hours to ask about current specials or to order. Your purchases from Springside help support The Gospel Greats program.

Shelia Shares

It was a Saturday morning, so the roads were full of cars. The car in front of me was going slowly. My mind was on a lot of things. So, it was a bit unexpected when the car in front of me stopped.

It didn't slow down. It stopped. Right there in the middle of the road. Then, it slowly started again.

I knew I would make a left at the next corner, so I continued to follow the car at a safe distance. Wouldn't you know it, they put on their blinker to turn at my corner.

After stopping for a while in the middle of the road, the car made a very wide turn. I turned, as did the car behind me. Five yards down that street, we once again came to a dead stop in the middle of the street. That was enough for the car behind me. He flew past us both.

We started off again. At the end of that street, I turned left and, I was glad to see, the slow car continued plugging along straight ahead.

We were driving close to a state driver testing location and I assumed that this was an inexperienced driver. The large irregular corner turns, the driving off the side of the road and the unexpected dead stops fostered that idea.

I hope this driver soon realizes that driving too slowly and making sudden "no reason" stops can be as dangerous as driving too fast.

It got me thinking, though, about how we can sometimes "drive" erratically in our spiritual lives.

We're "driving along spiritually" doing our Bible reading and praying. Then, we stop. We get too busy and throw out spending any quality time with God. When we "drive off the side of the road," we don't even realize it. We're just too busy. And the spiritual gets left behind to go where it will.

A circumstance in life happens and suddenly we don't know what we believe. Someone throws a new idea our way and it is tempting to stop where we are and go wherever it leads. We see an obstacle in our path and we want to find a smoother road to travel. We know God is asking us to do something and, well, we just don't want to do it.

We make a sudden stop and look for a "smooth road" that will take us to a more comfortable place.

We are all on this journey of life. Losing our focus on the road that is set before us is dangerous to us and to those around us. Keep driving. Don't be distracted by fear or by those around you. The mansion is already built for you and waiting at the end of the road. Drive steadily forward. Don't stop now.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side


A teacher was telling her class about plant names that have the word "dog" in them: dog-rose, dogwood, dog violet. She asked the class if they could name another flower with the preface "dog." Steven raised his hand and said, "How about a 'collie' flower!"

Shopping Advice

Kathy was shopping in the mall with her two children and a display in the window of a lingerie store caught her eye. "Do you think Daddy would like this?" she asked the kids, as she pointed to the lacy pajamas with matching robe. "No way," four-year-old Ryan replied. "Daddy would NEVER wear that!"

Bachelor Cooking

Two confirmed bachelors were sitting and talking. Their conversation drifted from sports to cooking. "I got a cookbook once," said the first, "but I could never do anything with it." "Too much fancy cooking in it?" asked the second. "You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way, 'Take a clean dish and...'"



An old pastor stood in his pulpit addressing the congregation about the drought that had lasted for at least eight months. As all stood filled with faith, he told the congregation they would gather that night for prayer. "Folks we are going to pray for rain so come prepared to see God move in a great way." That night as many assembled the old pastor stood and asked a simple question. "Folks, where are your umbrellas?"

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1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
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Until next Week...Keep Looking Up!

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