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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published November 24, 2015
In This Edition
- Paul's Epistle ("Every Need Supplied")
- Coming On the Next Broadcast
- Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast
- Shelia Shares ("Actions & Reactions")
- On The Lighter Side
"Every Need Supplied"
Recent years have, frankly, been difficult for us financially. But they most likely have been difficult for you, too. The economy, simply, has become a mess. Everybody's had to cut back.
And yet, through all this, God has provided everything we need. Not everything we'd like, perhaps, but certainly everything we need. The bills somehow get paid. The bathroom scale reminds me I haven't gone without food. We cherish wonderful family and friends.
In fact, during the past few years when someone greets me and asks how I'm doing, instead of saying something routine such as "Fine!" I've often simply said, "Every need supplied." That's how I feel. And I'm content with that.
None of this should come as a surprise. It's a promise from God's Word. Although the Apostle Paul said he had "learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need," he quickly adds, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:12-13). And he makes it clear, "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).
One of the most cherished passages from the Bible, Psalm 23, makes it clear from the start: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (v. 1). "Want," in this case, means "have need of anything" and our Shepherd will surely supply our needs. Psalm 37 says, "I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed" (vs. 25-26).
Jesus put it this way: "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matt. 6:26). In fact, that verse inspired the familiar song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow."
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely and long for Heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is He,
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me...1
Jesus said, "...do not worry, saying, What shall we eat?' or What shall we drink?' or What shall we wear?' ... For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt. 6:31-33). Christ will meet the needs of those who love Him. In fact, He "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..." (Ephesians 3:20).
Knowing that, however, one could wonder why we shouldn't expect God to grant us much more so we could live in what society would consider the lap of luxury (surely a relative term given third world conditions). Proverbs 30: 8-9 provide a good reason:
"Give me neither poverty nor riches
Feed me with [just] the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You
And say, Who is the Lord?'
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God."
In other words, the Lord knows how to keep us humble while supplying all of our needs.
Paul reminds us that "our sufficiency is from God" (2 Cor. 3:5), not from anything we do. That's why, he said, "I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content" (Phil. 4:11). And when it comes to what really matters, we should be content because our needs have been supplied.
We can especially count on God to supply everything we need so that we can do whatever He wants us to do. Paul said, "God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8).
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.2
God is truly faithful. Always has been. Always will be. And we can rely on that. As the hymnwriter put it,
"All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"3
And for that, above everything else, we can today and always be truly thankful.
1. Excerpt from 1st verse of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," lyrics written by Civilla Martin, 1905.
2. Lyric from "Count Your Blessings" by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897, P.D.
3. Lines from "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," Thomas Chisolm, 1923.
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of November 28th & 29th, 2015:
Countdown Edition! This will be our monthly Top 20 Countdown Edition, based on the chart compiled and published by Singing News magazine in their December, 2015, edition. The chart reflects Southern Gospel song airplay at radio stations across the land.
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be Watts, Rowsey & Bean a unique trio made up of three singer/songwriters to sing, primarily, their own songs. And what a phenomenal sound they have! We'll visit with John Darin Rowsey, Gina Bean and Nicole Watts-Jenkins to talk about their songs and their unique role as a parttime trio, singing between their other work as soloists and in other forms of ministry. They even have a current Top 20 song! Please join us for our visit with Watts, Rowsey & Bean.
Other Guests: Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs), Jeff Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter), Darin Hebert & Karl Rice (Williamsons), Susan Whisnant (Whisnants), Dianne Wilkinson (songwriter), more.
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From the broadcast the weekend of November 21st & 22nd, 2015:
This was our annual just-before-Thanksgiving "Thoughts Of Thanks" edition. All of the songs and artist comments were thoughts of thankfulness for God's many blessings. The most common themes on the minds of artists this year were pretty much the same as always -- family, ministry and, of course, salvation. I hope you enjoyed their various views on this.
I realize that our Canadian listeners have already celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday (in October). But as I always point out on the program, thankfulness is something that we should express year-round, not just on one designated day. But that does remind me of a recent interview with the Torchmen, a prominent Canadian quartet. When I mentioned to Mike Moran that their Thanksgiving celebration is a "month early," he immediately corrected me: "No, yours is a month late." Touché.
"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17).
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"Actions & Reactions"
On my way to work on Friday, I saw a police car sitting in a school parking lot. As soon as I saw the car, I tapped my brakes. It was an involuntary reaction. I glanced down and realized I was not traveling above the speed limit. But, apparently my reaction to seeing a police car is to step on the brakes.
That made me realize that I also have reactions to people that I see.
There is a man that panhandles downtown. Whenever I turn the corner and see Ray, inside I say "Oh, no." He has been panhandling for years. He probably makes more money than we do. He has a sour disposition. I know he will ask for money.
I remember taking him for a meal at subway one time. They said he couldn't eat inside because he had caused trouble there before. We agreed to sit with him while he ate his sub, drank his coffee and warmed up. My reaction to Ray isn't generally the best.
Some weeks back, we were walking through the City and looked across the street. There were Millard and Pris, friends and members of our church. Immediately, I started to smile. In fact, we crossed the street and talked with them for some time.
As Christians, what kind of reaction do people have to us? We need to reflect Christ and that should be a big part of their reaction to us.
When I was in high school, one Thanksgiving my parents found out that one of my classmates was going to be home while his family went to visit extended family. He was staying home because he had to work on Thanksgiving afternoon. They invited him for Thanksgiving lunch and he agreed to come. We ate a delicious meal my mother prepared, then played cards and watched TV. When it was time for him to work at the gas station, he thanked my parents and left.
Some years later, he was married to one of my girlfriends and we got together for an evening. He reminded me of that Thanksgiving and then said that he couldn't wait to leave our house. When I questioned why he wanted to get away, he said that it felt like church. I asked him to explain, since we hadn't talked about church or religion.
He told me that it was a feeling he had while he was at our house. He felt like he needed to do something. He felt like he wasn't living right and needed to change that. We would say that he was "under conviction." It wasn't what was said but how we lived. The love of Christ was shown.
As a Christian, what kind of reaction do people have to me?
Does meeting me push people away from the Lord? Is it the classic, "If that's what a Christian is like, I don't want anything to do with it."
Does meeting me call people to Christ? Does it encourage them to make a change and accept Jesus into their lives?
We will each be a witness this week. But will it be for the devil or for Christ? Let your actions make a difference this week by drawing people into the Kingdom of God.
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On the Lighter Side
Classic Thanksgiving Questions
- What did the turkey say before it was roasted? Wow, I'm stuffed!
- Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of foul play!
- Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside!
- Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Yes. A building can't jump at all!
- If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!
- What type of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock!
- Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken's day off!
- What key has legs and can't open doors? A turkey!
- What's the best thing to put into pumpkin pie? Your teeth!
- What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he'd turn over in his gravy!
- Why do Pilgrims have trouble keeping their pants up? 'Cause they wear their belts on their hats!
- What is the Turkey's favorite black tie celebration? The Butter Ball.
- When is a turkey most like a ghost? When it's a-gobblin'.
What Turkeys Need To Know But Don't
- By limiting your corn intake to 175 kernels a day, you can lose thirteen pounds or three hours baking time, whatever the case may be.
- There is no such thing as the friendly ax-man.
- Hiding inside old Jack-O-Lanterns never works.
- Running helps you lose weight, but you will never fly, ever.
- Stop writing to Benjamin Franklin; he's dead, and you lost that national symbol argument long ago.
- No one buys the "you can't eat a turkey with glasses routine."
- If anyone asks you about your drumstick size, be afraid; be very afraid.
- Sweet corn meal is NOT low in calories. Stop eating it.
- Pretending to be "just a chicken" is not very smart.
- If there are not pigs or geese on your farm, you should probably worry about Christmas as well.
You Are Probably Overdoing Thanksgiving If...
- You spill more food on you than the local soup kitchen dispenses.
- Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of the Lazy Boy.
- The gravy boat your wife set out was a real 12' boat!
- The potatoes you used set off another famine in Ireland.
- You receive a Sumo Wrestler application in your e-mail.
- You set off an earthquake seismograph on your morning jog on Friday.
- Pricking your finger for cholesterol screening only yielded gravy.
- You have 5 TV sets all side-by-side to catch all 5 football games.
- Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame called twice.
- Your arms have gotten too short to tie your shoes.
- Every escalator you step on immediately grinds to a halt.
- You're sweatin' gravy.
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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