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Published March21, 2017
 

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Paul's Epistle
"Christ In You"

Often we'll hear someone, probably a family acquaintance, say to a boy or young man, "I can see your father in you." Or to a daughter, "I can see your mother in you."

It means there is clearly some undeniable resemblance there. A physical resemblance, perhaps. Or perhaps a similar way of talking. Or, more likely, a certain way of behaving which is characteristic of the parent. They see inherited traits or mannerisms.

Has that ever happened to you?

Now let me ask a more important question. Has anyone ever said this to you: "I can see Christ in you."

That's surely one of the most welcome comments any true Christian could ever receive from someone else. But what does it mean? It means that our way of behaving, our way of interacting with others, the way we talk, the things we say, our values, our goals – all of those characteristics that we exhibit – are representative of Christ.

Should people be able to see Christ in you? Absolutely! After all, as Paul wrote, "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

We are to live our lives remembering that we, as Christians, have been "bought at a price" by Christ's death on the Cross, and that, as Paul reminded the Corinthians, "your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, whom you have received from God" (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The "old man" was "crucified with Him..." (Romans 6:6). So "you have put off the old man with his deeds..." (Colossians 3:9).

In other words, our lives should be Christlike in every way — not like they were before we accepted Christ — to the extent that people around us will notice.

Some years back the expression "What Would Jesus Do?" – "WWJD" – became popular. Trite as the expression has become in some ways, it really does represent what our attitude should be each and every day. We should, as someone once said, be so much like Jesus that the world can't tell us apart."

In fact, that was the theme of a song by the Hinsons some years ago, which included the line, "Just wanna be so much like Him the world can't tell us apart."

Why is this important? Why should we strive to live a life that honors Christ though all of our actions, our demeanor, our conversations and interactions with others? Well, we should want to do that, of course, because we love the Lord. But Ronny Hinson's song provided an additional answer:

     "Then I can reach ‘em, touch ‘em with more than my hand.
      I'd like to teach ‘em to love, each his own fellow man.
      And tell of His coming, just like He said at the start.
      We shall be changed, be so much like Him,
      The world can't tell us apart."*


Yes, "Christ in you [is] the hope of glory," as Paul wrote (Colossians 1:17). Christ in us gives us hope for what Christ has in store for us beyond this life (see 1 Cor. 15:19).

But for the here-and-now, "Christ in us" means we are subject to His "great commission" to reach the world with the Gospel (see Matt. 28). Each of us is to live a life that is an example of Christ to others. After all, we are, as Paul called Christians, "ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us..." (2 Cor. 5:20). We as Christians are the "only Jesus" the lost will ever see in this life. Are we representing Him well?

If we truly live like Christ did, if we show that kind of love to others, people will be curious. They'll wonder what you apparently have that they obviously don't. And the door will be open — you'll have the opportunity to tell them about the One you love so much that you pattern your entire life after His. You'll have the opportunity to point them to Jesus and the salvation He alone offers.

So... Can the world see Jesus in you?

- Paul

*Excerpt of lyrics from "Until The World Can't Tell Us Apart," written by Ronny Hinson, Songs of Calvary BMI, recorded by the Hinsons on their 1980 "Song Vineyard" LP. This was, by the way, one of the first – maybe the first – Hinsons LP that I acquired when The Gospel Greats program began in 1980.

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of March 25/26, 2017:

Countdown!  This will be our official monthly Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based on the top-tunes chart appearing in the magazine's April issue. Find out where your current favorites rank nationwide.

Featured Artists:  Our Featured Artists on this edition will be the Taylors, a trio of siblings Jonathan, Christopher and Suzanne. You'll hear how they're adjusting to being a trio since their sister, Leslie, left the the group to pursue church ministry with her husband. You'll hear selected songs from their current "Hope & Healing" CD, including their current Top 20 chart song. Please join us for our visit with this popular young trio, the Taylors.

Other Guests:  Gerald Wolfe (Greater Vision), Amber Eppinette (11th Hour), Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs), Richard Hyssong (Hyssongs), Jeff Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter), more.

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From the broadcast the weekend of March 18th & 19th, 2017:

We always enjoy our visits with this week's Featured Artist, Mark Bishop. In fact, Shelia and I have made it a point the past few years to get together with him (over food) on the Singing At Sea Cruise — just to visit (in addition to any interviewing, which is, in fact, where the interview you heard on the air was recorded). Mark's new CD is called "Seasons" for a reason. It goes back and includes several of Mark's best-known songs from the past decade-and-a-half of his solo ministry — and, as he noted on the air — you can know where he is in his life, and what's on his mind, by the songs he writes. He's very "transparent" in that regard. But, using himself as an example, he reminds us that we all go through various "seasons" in life, with changing priorities, changing goals, changing likes and dislikes, etc. I hope the three older songs from Mark that we played on the program brought back some memories for you, and that the two new songs we included touched you as well. More info about Mark can be found on his website.

Mark Bishop's CD featured on this program, "Mark Bishop Seasons-A Collection of the Best," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, March 24, 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.

This program marked the fourth and final week of our 2017 Great Annual Giveaway — your last chance to enter and win. Remember, even one qualifying entry is enough to win (even the Grand Prize), but entering once for each of the four weeks increases your chances. I hope you heard the "Key Phrase" on the air that you need to enter for Week #4. If you missed any of the earlier programs, and, as a result, couldn't enter, perhaps you can ask friends who might have listened. Maybe they would be kind enough to give you the "Key Phrase" for those missed earlier weeks. But please do not call your local radio station — they're not allowed to give this out other than during the regular broadcast. Remember, the entry deadline for all four weeks is the same: we must have all entries by noon on March 27, 2017.

As heard on the Headline Update, David Phelps is leaving the Gaither Vocal Band. You can catch up with his solo schedule on his website, www.davidphelps.com.

With the changes at the Inspirations that Archie Watkins told you about on the Headline Update, there's a new booking number: 828-506-5588. All previously-booked appearances will be honored.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.
http://www.thegospelgreats.com/cue20170318.pdf   (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 Springside.com:
  • Guy Penrod "Classics"  (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
"Choices"

Life is all about choices.

There are the big choices such as a lifetime partner and your career. Deciding to have children. Choosing a church.

There are also smaller decisions. What are we having for lunch? Do you want to go to the ballgame? Are we going to exercise today or just nap?

There are decisions that have few consequences. Do I want the grape or peach jelly? Do I buy the red blouse or the green one?

Sometimes we act like the squirrels we see on the roads in our neighborhood. They run one way, then the other, darting back and forth. And finally we see them lying in the middle of the street. They decided too late.

Spiritually, we also make choices. Some are basic. Do I believe in God or not? Am I willing to accept His great gift of salvation?

Joshua 24:15 reads, "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

There are daily choices to be made. Sometimes we make those choices without thought. Sometimes we need to make daily living choices and think about what we are deciding and doing.

What do you choose?

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side

The Threat

After a worship service at church the other day a mother with a fidgety seven-year-old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, "If you don't be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!" It worked.

Just Like Dad

Ten-year-old Bobby was having a conversation with his grandmother while eating breakfast:
Bobby:  Nanna, I'm a fat old man.
Grandma:  Bobby! What did you say?
Bobby:  I'm a fat old man.
Grandma:  Now, Bobby, why would you say something like that?
Bobby:  Well, everybody says I look just like my daddy.

You Know You're From The Far North When...

Shorts


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



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