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Published October 21, 2014

In This Edition...

Paul's Epistle...
"Did I Mention?"

When was the last time you told the Lord in prayer that you love Him? Seriously. Simply, "Lord, I love you."

So often, that thought just doesn't come to mind as we pray. We're full of petitions – asking for this, asking for that. But what about simply telling the Lord you love Him?

That was on songwriter Kyla Rowland's mind when she wrote the song the Perrys recorded called "Did I Mention?" On a recent broadcast, you heard her say this was, for her, a "very personal" song:

"I went to my little room and I started praying. And the Holy Spirit – He's a comforter, but He can also rebuke. And that's what He did that day. The Holy Spirit just spoke to my heart ... and it was just like He was playing a recording of the prayers that I had been praying for the last few weeks.

"And all of them were, ‘I need,' ‘I want,' ‘bless me,' ‘give me...' And I felt so little... I said, ‘Lord, what have I done?' And I knew I had done that and I was thoroughly reproved. And I said, ‘Lord, let me pray now – I'm gonna make this up to You,' like I could. But in my heart that's what I wanted to do.

"And so I just began to praise Him and I began to thank Him and tell Him how much I loved Him for His omnipotence – but yet for His tenderness to me personally. And it was just a prayer of thanksgiving.

"And right in the middle of the prayer, I said, ‘but Lord, did I mention that I love you?'

"You know, when the Holy Spirit comes – sometimes He just hovers sweetly but sometimes He comes in power. And when I said, ‘did I mention that I love you, did I mention, Lord, that I adore you?...' Well, I went straight to my piano and [wrote the song. It was a] simple little song, probably the most simple song that I have ever written, but it was sure precious to me."

     "Did I mention that I love Him
     How I worship and adore Him
     When I can see no way, He makes a way.
     And did I mention He's been faithful
     To every promise He ever made me.
     I love Him, that's all I want to say."

So, when was the last time you told the Lord you love Him? Such an expression of love has a way of energizing your prayers. If you want to be like Him, you need to love, because God is love (1 John 4:8). Don't you love hearing someone say they love you? So does the Lord.

Although Kyla's song, above, is written in the third-person, I love the old hymn that addresses the Lord in the first-person:

     "My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
     For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
     My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
     If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now."

And why does He deserve our complete and unqualified love?

     "I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,3
     And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
     I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
     If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now."

So... Have you told the Lord today that you love Him? Whether you did or didn't, right now would be a great time to do it. Go ahead.

- Paul

1. "Did I Mention," Kyla Rowland, chorus, Christian Taylor Music BMI.
2. "My Jesus, I Love Thee," William Featherston, 1864, 1st verse.
3.  See 1 John 4:19.
4. "My Jesus, I Love Thee," 2nd verse.

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of October 25th & 26th, 2014:

Countdown Edition:   This will be the monthly Top 20 Countdown Edition, based on the top-tunes chart appearing in Singing News magazine's November issue.

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists will be the Old Paths Quartet, with four songs from their current "These Truths" CD. Included will be their current chart song, "Love Them To Jesus" — the theme of which is, in effect, the "theme" of this quartet. (You'll find out why.) Tim Rackley will provide an update on his daughter who requires a kidney transplant (he hopes from him). You'll even hear a song with a Christmas theme. Join us for our special visit with the Old Paths Quartet.

Headline Update:   Remembering Roy Bray and Bob Johnson; a new reality TV show about a Gospel music family; the SGMG's Lifetime Achievement Award winner; more.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?

From the broadcast the weekend of October 18th & 19th, 2014:

Since the 1950s, the Kingsmen have been one of Southern Gospel music's premier quartets. They still are, despite the inevitable membership changes. In fact, some of today's group members will tell you they grew up listening to the Kingsmen! Their new CD, "Battle Cry," clearly illustrates that this quartet is still in the forefront of today's quartet singing. It's one of their best recordings in, as one group member said, perhaps 15 years. "Oh Yes I Am" is their first radio single, and it's one that is catching on fast on radio and among fans in concert. I'm hoping their next single will be the CD's title cut, "Battle Cry." It's another great song. But there are several more on there, too, that would qualify. More info about the Kingsmen can be found online at this link.

The Kingsmen's CD featured on this program, "Battle Cry," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, October 24, 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.

The Artist Spotlight segment on this program was our first opportunity to visit with the Forgiven Quartet from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and I'm glad we did. They have a good sound and an obvious heart for ministry through their music. The group has been singing since 1981, and founder Mark Green remains a part of the group today. They travel and sing primarily throughout the Midwest, having sung in more than 20 states. I thought it was especially interesting to find out that this quartet now has the last touring bus of the Cathedrals. That's history on wheels!  More info about the group can be found online at this link.

We visited many times with the late Charles Johnson, especially back in the 1980s and 1990s, and he was always a very gracious gentleman. His music was loved and enjoyed by Southern Gospel fans and others, as well. As they say, he was one of a kind. And he will be missed. (Info about his passing was on the Headline Update of this program.)

Southern Gospel Prayer Chain items not included on the air:

Heather Ruppe was recently in a bad auto accident — a truck rammed the passenger side of her car, "totaling" her car. But Heather wasn't seriously hurt — for which she's thanking God.

Stan Hill of the Chuck Wagon Gang is recovering from heart bypass surgery a few weeks ago.

Sylvia Greene of the Bradys has been plagued by "Sudden Hearing Loss Syndrome." Occasionally she's totally deaf, and doctors say even surgery won't help. But prayer and medical treatment has restored much of her hearing, which, of course, is pretty essential for a singer. So her prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving.

For the song list from this broadcast, click here. (PDF viewer required.)

Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking here.

New items available this week from

  • Chuck Wagon GangMeeting In Heaven (CD)
  • Quinton MillsBroken Promise Land (CD)
  • Tim Livingston I Just Miss You (CD)
  • Hoppers Kids (CD)

Click here to view those Southern Gospel music items in this week's Springside Music Update newsletter — including 20 percent discounts on this week's new 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 or to order. Your purchases from Springside help support The Gospel Greats program.

Shelia Shares....
"Everybody's Going Through Something"

There is a current song Karen Peck & New River have made popular entitled "Everybody's Going Through Something."*  How true.

I have a pastor friend in Texas fighting colon cancer. This past week, he had a heart attack. How do you handle something like that?

His message to his Facebook friends read, "Thank you to all who stood in the gap for me in prayer!! The great news is the cancer is contained in the colon only. The heart attack was from a clot that cleared with blood thinners. God gets all the glory!"

I recently heard about a concert promoter. He was doing a great work, had large crowds at his concerts and people were being blessed and encouraged and saved through those concerts. Then, he disappeared from sight. All concerts were abruptly canceled. What happened? He ran off with a woman who was not his wife.

When I told Paul about this, his immediate comment was, "What was he thinking?" And my response was, "He wasn't thinking." How sad to lose a lifetime of service for God as he ran towards sin.

This same weekend a listener to The Gospel Greats program, who is also a friend, wrote me a message. Here is part of it:

"As always, thank you for your kind words (on Facebook posts). I have not posted this. After 34 years on the job, I left my job at the end of 1999 and went on disability. Many years I didn't manage my money properly, but I raised my children and bought my home and vehicles. Now, I lost my insurance for my meds. I would ask that you would pray for my insurance situation. I can appeal again, but I can't afford wait any longer. I know God understands when it seems like there is no end in sight."

Do you see the difference in these situations? The difference is based on whether we go to God for His help or run away from God, trusting instead in ourselves, preferring sinful pleasures.

Two Scriptures comes to mind:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5).
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).

Everybody's going through something. I'd rather go through something with Jesus. What about you?

- Shelia

* "Everybody's Going Through Something" written by Don Poythress, Karen Peck, Kenna West.

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On the Lighter Side...

Four Little Words

Heather and Marcy hadn't seen each other in a while, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Marcy confided that there really wasn't anyone special in her life. Heather, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found. "He's perfect. He's handsome and last night when we went out to dinner he said the four little words I've been waiting to hear a man say to me!" "He said, 'Will you marry me'?" Marcy asked breathlessly. Heather replied, "No, he said, 'Put your money away.'"


After years of scrimping and saving, a husband told his wife the good news: "Honey, we've finally saved enough money to buy what we started saving for way back in 2000." "You mean a brand-new Mercedes?" she asked eagerly. "No," he replies, "a 2000 Mercedes."


A wife texts her husband on a cold winter's morning: "Windows frozen." Her husband texts back: "Pour some lukewarm water over it." The wife texts back five minutes later: "Now the computer is completely messed up."


Suzie was in kindergarten. There was a boy in her class that wasn't listening to the teacher. The teacher said to him, "Since you don't want to listen, you sit at that table by yourself." After a few minutes, Suzie raised her hand and said, "I don't want to listen either. Can I sit with him?"

The Organist

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, at the end of the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. "Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances." During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up." At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star-Spangled Banner." And that is how the substitute organist became the regular organist.

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1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
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