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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published February 13, 2018

In This Edition

Paul's Epistle
"God Loves..."

Love is in the air! With our "love theme" edition of the program last weekend and, of course, Valentine's Day tomorrow, all the world is thinking about love.

But, of course, the greatest love of all is God's love. After all, "God is love" (1 John 4:8b).

So I thought it would be interesting to search Scripture to find out some of those things the Bible tells us that God loves. Here are just a few of them:

Perhaps the best-known example of God's love is found in the familiar John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Romans 5:8 reminds us that "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

And Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that God's love in Christ is sure: "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

All of this was because of God's "great love with which He loved us" (Ephesians 2:4). Christ "loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).

So... What or who does God love? He loves you — with a depth of love that's far beyond human comprehension.

Say it out loud right now — yes, you — and believe it:   "God loves me!"

- Paul Heil

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of February 17th & 18th, 2018:

The Top 20 of the 1970s!   Join us for this very special edition, counting-down the twenty most popular Southern Gospel songs of the 1970s! It's based top-tunes charts compiled by the Singing News during that decade. You'll hear the songs that were most popular back then (many of which are still being sung today). And you'll hear comments from the artists (singers or songwriters) involved with every one of those songs. Some are from our interview archives and some of the interviews are new. If you were enjoying the music back in the 1970s, this will bring back great memories. If you weren't familiar with the music back then, let us introduce you to some great songs. Join us for this very special feature edition of The Gospel Greats program!

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From the broadcast the weekend of February 10th & 11th, 2018:

This was our annual just-before-Valentine's-Day "Love Theme" edition. All of our songs (other than some Featured Artist selections) were about love — God's love for us, our love for Him and our Christian love for one another. Several of the songs this year were songs about God's love being "forever" or "enduring." Which, of course, it is.

Our Featured Artists on this edition were Jeff & Sheri Easter with songs from their current CD, "Sing It Again, A Collection of Favorites." Jeff and Sheri aptly described their song selection criteria for this recording — classic songs that have become favorites of theirs over the years. Fortunately, they're favorites of most other long-time Gospel music lovers, too. Except for the new title song (which is moving up the song charts), I remember growing up with all of the other songs I included. I recall when I was in grade school we had a record of "Keep On The Sunny Side" which we pretty well wore out. Thanks to Jeff and Sheri for this pleasant trip down memory lane.

Jeff & Sheri Easter's CD featured on this program, "Sing It Again," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 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.

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Shelia Shares

This week is Templeton Tours' Singing At Sea cruise. It is a wonderful week of travel and food and Gospel music. One of my favorite things is fellowship with other Christians. It is truly a foretaste of heaven.

Last year Paul and I led two sessions of "Name That Gospel Great." It is our version of "Name That Tune." The first session was in an atrium and we had about 75 people attend, and others looking in over the balconies. The second session was in a large auditorium and we had around 200 people join us. It was fun.

The first session was a time of worship. We named a lot of hymns and people wanted to sing, so we did. Although unplanned, there were testimonies from us and from the audience. Paul gave some background on several hymns. It was just a great time of worship, celebrating the great songs of the church and enjoying the memories they evoked.

The second session was fun. It was towards the end of the cruise. People had enjoyed a week of great preaching and Bible study. They had enjoyed times of fellowship and prayer around tables and in many other settings. They had visited places they'd only dreamed of visiting. They had heard as many of the 25 Gospel groups as they could fit into the hours. They had enjoyed a floating old-time campmeeting.

So the second session was fun. Again, unplanned, Paul and I went with the flow. As we so often do, we played off each other and people seemed to love it. I remember looking at the crowd and seeing a pretty staid preacher we had met on a previous cruise. I saw him, not just smiling, but full-fledged laughing. It was invigorating to laugh together and enjoy the God-given gift of laughter, knowing that the next day reality would once again set in with its own problems.

This year Paul and I are again leading two sessions of "Name That Gospel Great." I have no idea how it will go. We've done our homework to set it up and now we leave the results up to the Spirit. He knows best.

I would ask your prayers for this week. Pray for good health. Pray for good fellowship. Pray for times of Spirit-filled worship with other believers. Pray for times of laughter. Most of all, pray that the Holy Spirit will have freedom on the ship to touch lives as He chooses. As long as God is in control, the Singing At Sea cruise will be a great time of renewal and encouragement.

(By the way, if you want to join us next year on Templeton Tours' 2019 Singing At Sea, we'd love to be your "hosts." Check out and if you sign up, indicate "The Gospel Greats" as your hosts. That enables us to again give a cruise to a blessed The Gospel Greats' listener during our Great Annual Giveaway.)

- Shelia Heil

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On the Lighter Side

Do You Love Me?

"Do you love me with all your heart and soul?" asked Vickie on Valentine's Day. "Mmm hmm," replied Wendell. "Do you think I'm the most beautiful girl in the world?" "Mmm hmm." "Do you think my lips are like rose petals?" "Mmm hmm." "Oh Wendell," gushed Vickie, "you say the most beautiful things!"

The Gift

Johnny asked his friend, Tony, whether he had bought his wife a gift for Valentine's Day. "Yes, I bought her a belt and a bag," replied Tony. "That was very kind of you," Johnny added, "I hope she appreciated the thought." Tony smiled as he replied, "So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will work better now."

The Helpful Teacher

The teacher who was helping one of her pupils put on his boots. He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling, and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. Unfortunately, it wasn't any easier pulling the boots off, than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet. He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.' She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?' like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they got the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots. But my Mom made me wear 'em today.' Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots BACK onto his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?' He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

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