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Paul Heil's "The Gospel Greats" syndicated radio program.
Published March 4, 2014
In This Edition...
- Paul's Epistle... ("Bad Things, Good People" Responses)
- Coming On the Next Broadcast...
- Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast...
- Shelia Shares... ("Wake Up!")
- On The Lighter Side...
"Bad Things, Good People" Responses
Many thanks to all of you who have responded to my four-week series seeking to shed some light on the age-old question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" A key theme, as you know, was that God allows things to happen so that we learn to trust Him more. Here are edited highlights of just a few of the many thoughtful responses I received, mostly citing examples of just how God used their individual "trials" to "grow" their faith.
"Paul, I have really enjoyed this series... I lost my wife of 62+ years and best friend on January 19 of this year. I needed those words and lessons. I retired at the end of 1996 and since that time I have been to very few places that she was not with me. I miss her terribly but we shall meet again. It is written that He would not put on us more than we are able to bear and I believe this... We must go on in the path that God has chosen for us and wait for our time or the return of the Lord to Earth. I am looking forward with new anticipation for either of those occurrences." C. R.
"I agree Christians are not exempt from bad things happening to us. It's how we as Christians handle the situation to show the non-Christian that our faith in God will make us a stronger Christian. We should praise God in the good and bad times." (Anon.)
"Personally, I seem to learn [such lessons] the hard way. Throughout my life, going through rough times, and then sometime later in my life I was able to help someone else going through something I had experienced previously. Being a psychiatric physician assistant and psychotherapist, you can imagine how handy my bad experiences helped in my practice. My veterans were amazed when I described to them the symptoms they were having and put the diagnosis of PTSD to it. They were able to communicate with me easier and learn to trust me sooner because of experiencing what they were feeling..." B. N.
"...This series touches me the most... When my siblings and I were young...we were abused in every way imaginable... I was constantly picked on at school and had no real friends. I have been married for 27 years and we have had problems some significant. Last year my job was cut back to parttime and I have trouble finding a fulltime position because I am 61 competing in my field against pharmacists who are much younger. Now there are rumors we may be cut even more. It just seems all of my life something bad always seems to happen. I have observed that for the most part, those who do things that appear to be contrary to what God would want us to do thrive... I do realize that God causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on everyone and that we should pray for those who do not believe. But, still I struggle with the fact that bad things always seem to happen, no matter what..." O. M.
Note: The prophet Jeremiah wondered about the same thing. He wrote, "Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?" (Jeremiah 12:2b). But regarding what happened to him personally, he said, "You, O Lord, know me; You have seen me, and You have tested my heart toward You..." (12:3a). "Tested" is a key word here.
"I just hate to see Paul's essays on this subject ending! I have had such understanding of things in a different light, thanks to his words. Sometimes you (me) think you know everything, but someone else will come forward, like Paul, and give you so much to think about that your heart is full of great things while you do think about this. I am sure Paul wanted us to be thinkers and has inspired that in me and I am sure many others with this series..." D. S.
"As I read the first installment of Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people,' it occurred to ask the question different Why should good people suffer any less than those who make bad choices?' We are no better than anyone else; instead we are all sinners but many of us have decided to accept God's gracious gift of salvation and a walk with Him. In fact, as a result, we are more equipped to deal with the hardship and difficult times because...we have a Savior! One Who walks and talks with us. One we can lean on and off-load our burdens to. One who gets the big picture. If we as good people do not experience the trials and tribulations of those who are not good, how then can we relate to them with any chance of understanding, compassion or empathy? Christ Himself humbled Himself and came to us in human form to show how we are to live and treat others. What a model!..." R. C.
"As I have learned from many experiences, people (all of them/us) have problems, as you mentioned in the beginning of your series. The perfect world, the perfect life for mankind created by God in His image was over at the garden of Eden. But options are given, praise the Lord! We (I) must endure for family, children, church, neighbors, co-workers, friends, nurses and doctors, the LOST! Because they are all watching especially during our trials and difficulties. Not because they are cold and thoughtless, but because they want to know how to handle it themselves! Jesus endured all things, even one with Satan himself, to show fallen man that we also can do it. He also displayed his dependency on His Father (our Father). And, further, sent "The Helper," our concierge, so to speak...." K. M.
This last writer makes a very significant point. People around you are watching. They want to know if your "Christian talk" really does match your "Christian walk." If your Christian faith-talk is genuine, it will affect your Christian faith-walk. May our everyday actions never bring shame to Christ in how we individually react to those "bad" or difficult things that will inevitably come our way.
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PS: This is totally unrelated to the above, but I was recently honored to be interviewed by Daniel Mount for his online publication, the Southern Gospel Journal. Here's a link to that interview (text) online. I was tremendously heartened by the very kind responses posted there by readers.
Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking here.
Coming on the broadcast the weekend of
March 8th & 9th, 2014:
2014 Great Annual Giveaway! This will be Week #3 (of four) of our big 2014 Great Annual Giveaway. Listen for the "Key Phrase" that will validate your entry for your chance to win one of thousands of prizes we have to give away, including the 2015 Singing At Sea Cruise from Tampa, Florida, to the Caymans and Cozumel. After you hear the "Key Phrase" on the air, you can enter online here.
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be the Old Paths, with songs from their current "These Truths" CD. This quartet has had two #1 songs in the past 15 months. You'll hear their latest song that just could do it again for them. They'll also share some other great new songs (and their new take on an older song). Be sure to listen for our visit with Tim Rackley, Doug Roark, Daniel Ashmore and Jeremy Peace.
Other Guests: Chris Jenkins (Kingsmen); Ricky Canden (Down East Boys); last year's Singing At Sea Cruise winners.
Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
From the broadcast aired the weekend of
March 1st & 2nd, 2014:
Our Featured Artists on this program were the Mark Trammell Quartet with songs from their exceptional new CD entitled "Your Walk Talks." As you heard Mark explain, this CD is their first recording of mostly-new songs in nearly three years, since their previous CD ("Timeline"), although a new recording, was actually a collection of classic songs. It's good to see Nick Trammell's songwriting bearing fruit, with two songs on this new CD. "Don't Stop Running" will make a good radio song when the time comes. "Your Walk Talks" is certainly a catchy song, but its important message is timely, too. By the way, we interviewed the Mark Trammell Quartet about their CD on this year's Singing At Sea cruise last month. You really do need to go on that cruise if you love great Southern Gospel music (and food)!
The Mark Trammell Quartet's CD featured on this program, "Your Walk Talks," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, March 7, 2014, 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.
I am so glad Jeff Easter and his dad, James, have finally had a chance to record a CD together. As you heard Jeff explain, the idea sprang for a duet Jeff and James did on Jeff & Sheri Easter's previous CD, a song called "I Won't Have To Worry Anymore." James was a guest vocalist. But it came across so well that Jeff wanted to do an entire CD with his dad. It's mostly classic country-Gospel songs, but it includes a brand new song that Sheri wrote and which became the recording's title song "Like Father, Like Son." This new CD is available through our Springside webstore.
More information about the 16th annual Parker Homecoming, mentioned on the Headline Update, can be found at this site: http://www.harvestersquartet.com
Here's a link to a great new music video by Tim Livingston of his new radio song, "Over The Next Hill."
For the song list from this broadcast, click here. (PDF viewer required.)
Click here to view this week's Southern Gospel music specials in the Springside Music Update newsletter including 20 percent discounts on this week's new Southern Gospel releases. Or get the Springside Music Update newsletter by email each Monday. Details can be found here. Or call 800 38 MUSIC during weekday office hours to ask about this week's specials.
The little girl was with her mother in the waiting room while her older sister was being examined by the dentist. The girl kept busy playing with toys until she noticed her mother sitting with her eyes closed. She marched up to her mother and looked her straight in the face.
Then loudly she said, "Mommy, wake up. This is not church."
Of course, "Mommy" opened her eyes to the laughter of everyone in the waiting room.
Resting while waiting for someone is no crime. Actually, it can be a good use of time.
However, how often has God wanted to look us straight in the eyes and say, "Wake up. This life is no game. Church is not a social event. Church is not a "runway show" for your clothes. Your little worries are not the be-all' and end-all' of real life. Wake up and tell people about me!"
What has taken your attention? What is your primary focus? Have you managed to fit God into your actions and thoughts? Do you have time to listen to the Lord? About whom do you spend most of your time thinking? What do you spend most of your time doing? Is God just a compartment of your life or does He have a place in every activity? Are you so overwhelmed with the daily grind that you forget the One who made you and the One who controls every daily happening good or bad of your life?
Church, wake up! Give God His rightful place of priority. Begin each day with God and end every day with God. Include God in the daily stuff of life. Church, wake up!
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On the Lighter Side...
Bob deliberately sat behind the cleverest boy in the class and was accused of cheating and copying his answers from Billy. When Bob asked why the teacher thought this, she answered, "All of your answers are the same, apart from question 2 where Billy wrote, I don't know the answer,' and you wrote, neither do I."
Reputedly this is an actual classified ad from a San Francisco newspaper: "To all you hunters who kill animals for food, shame on you; you ought to go to the store and buy the meat that was made there, where no animals were harmed."
"Why do you keep talking about my past mistakes?" said the husband. "I thought you had forgiven and forgotten." "I have, indeed, forgiven and forgotten," said the wife. "But I want to make sure that you don't forget that I have forgiven and forgotten."
Was Ist Los?
Q: What do they call pastors in Germany?
A: German shepherds.
Are You Ready?
1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
Pray for the President!
Until next Week...Keep Looking Up!
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