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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published June 28, 2016
 

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Paul's Epistle

The dictionary defines a parable as "a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle or moral lesson." What follows, then, is a parable written by evangelist and author Ron Susek which first appeared in his email newsletter a year ago. It spans the time from the American Revolution to the Second Coming and beyond. The truths expressed and their impact could be considered even more timely today.

- Paul
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"Hush, We Know Best"
by Ron Susek

Once upon a time there was a very bad king. He forced his subjects to labor hard, then took from them much of what they earned. He placed himself above the law and demanded that his subjects worship in his kingdom's church.

Wearied by the king's oppression, many of his subjects ran away. Risking their lives, they sailed the high seas to put an ocean between themselves and the wicked king. They dreamed of freedom, but the king's soldiers followed them, demanding taxes for the king.

In time, the runaways said, "No more!" and aimed their weapons at the king's soldiers. Puffs of smoke rose from muskets on both sides until the king's men surrendered.

They worked hard to build a government that allowed no room for a tyrannical king. Filled with hope, they decided to be governed by the will of the people, and that elected leaders would be considered servants, not kings.

Their religious background taught them that the heart of man could not be trusted. Knowing the axiom, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," they insisted on the right to bear arms to protect themselves from would-be kings. They formed a government with checks and balances to keep servants in and kings out. Further, the people, not kings, were to determine the law. They even established a Supreme Court as guardians over their laws.

Their plan looked like a fool-proof protection from a repeat of the evil king. But there was one flaw; many whom they elected emerged as kings dressed like servants. The craving to be king was a widespread human malady. These "servants" had ravenous hearts but lacked listening ears. These elected "kings" argued amongst each other for power. The people shuddered to see them ascend above the law, just like the old king.

The kings began by excommunicating God from His creation. They threw all mention of Him out of their schools, destroyed symbols of Him on public property and forbade prayer to Him in social settings. The people spoke out, but the new kings said, "Hush, we know best."

To further erase God's role, they forbade creationism to be taught, insisting that mankind evolved from natural selection directed by time and chance; a strange, unproven theory. The people protested. The kings said, "Hush, we know best."

Replacing God, the kings became social engineers, sending doctors to wage war on defenseless babies huddling in wombs. The populace angrily marched and said, "We sought freedom from such tyranny." The kings said, "Hush, we know best."

Some troubled citizens appealed to the kings to redefine marriage to include those who did not desire the Creator's design. The kings said this was fine. The populace cried, "No!" The kings said, "Hush, we know best."

In time, taxes and debt went up as freedom and opportunity went down. The kings boasted vainly of their good deeds while the struggling people wept aloud. Soon it was clear, the only One who could slay the devilish desire to be king was the God who had been dismissed. Rather than humbly seeking this God, Who would have met them at the cross of repentance, the kings continued saying, "Hush, we know best."

The kings, however, did not count on one thing — many of the people still prayed to the God whom the kings tried to banish. The people pled for deliverance, clinging to His promises. Suddenly, at the sound of a trumpet, the skies filled with a host this world had never seen. All the kings of the earth trembled, knowing their end had come.

And the meek, who had been told to hush, shouted praise to their God as they mounted horses to rule the world with the King of kings and Lord of lords — Jesus Christ, the very Son of the true and living God. And the words of Jesus came true: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
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Column above copyright Golden Quill Publications, used here by permission. More info about the writer, Ron Susek, and his evangelistic association can be found at http://www.seaministries.org/ronsusek

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of July 2nd & 3rd, 2016:

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists will be the trio now known as Allegiance, with songs from their brand new CD entitled "Time To Sing." We'll talk with long-time members Kasey Kemp and Jake Sammons about their songs. We'll also find out all about their newest member, tenor Heath Pannell. Listen especially for the CD's title song, as well as "God Will Provide The Wind" and a song that's been generating great responses all across the land, "I Will Stand." Find out why that song is more timely than ever. Please join us for our visit with Allegiance.

Artist Spotlight:   Our Artist Spotlight guests on this program will be the Proverbs, based in Ontario, Canada. We'll visit with three of the group's members and talk about some of their latest songs. One of them, called "One," is especially timely. You'll also hear a song called "Going Home Forever" that's become extra special to group member Kathy Daw. You'll enjoy our visit with, and these songs from, the Proverbs.

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From the broadcast the weekend of June 25th & 26th, 2016:

This was our monthly Top 20 countdown edition, this time based on Singing News magazine's monthly chart appearing in their July issue. The Singing News determines the top-tunes chart based on airplay of current Southern Gospel songs at radio stations across the land that play Southern Gospel music.

Our Featured Artists on this edition were the Lore Family. Based in Portsmouth, OH, they are Darren and Sandy Lore and their children, Fayth and Samuel. We featured this same album of theirs, "Mount Testimony," more than a year ago — back in April of last year. But songs from it continue to get strong airplay, including their current top 20 song, "Trace The Grace." "World Of Hurt," their next radio release, is, as Darren said on the program, a very timely song because of all of the "hurt" we're seeing in the world today. I enjoyed that last song I played, "Joyous News," both for its overall joyful sound but also for its message.

The Lore Family's CD featured on this program, "Mount Testimony," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, July 1, 2016, 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. 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.

My mention on the Headline Update of the Gospel Singing Jubilee TV Show brought back memories. If memory serves, when I worked briefly in local television back in the late 1970s, the syndicated show was aired on the station where I worked. Although designed for Sunday mornings, I think it aired here on a different day at 6:30 a.m. That was long before local TV stations had much of anything on the air before 6 a.m. Forty years later, I'm glad the Southern Gospel Music Guild has paid special tribute to the Jubilee and its host, Les Beasley.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.
http://www.thegospelgreats.com/cue20160625.pdf   (PDF viewer required.)

Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking on this link: http://www.thegospelgreats.com/update.mp3

New items available this week from Springside.com:

  • Cathedrals - Reunion Live (DVD)

Click here to view this Southern Gospel music item in this week's Springside Music Update newsletter. 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
"Do Overs"

Each week I try to find time to write a "Shelia Shares" column to share with you in this newsletter.

As I begin to write the column, it doesn't sound exactly like what you are reading right now. Generally, my initial attempt is similar to the finished product. But, sometimes I throw away what I have written and start again creating an entirely different story line.

Even if the story pattern remains the same, I am very thankful for the delete button on the computer. Sometimes a word isn't quite right, so I substitute another word. Sometimes a phrase gives a wrong impression. Sometimes it sounds too wishy washy and sometimes it sounds too harsh. I rewrite and delete until the story is what I want to present to you.

Each week I record this "Shelia Shares" and the audio version is available on our web site. I try to read exactly what I have written. But, sometimes I attempt to read a sentence several times before I am satisfied that it is read correctly. I want to be happy with the inflection and the emphasis and the words. In the case of the audio, I am thankful for programs that edit my speech, cutting out the errors.

In life, do you ever wish that you could delete the words you have said? Do you wish you had been more clear in presenting what you intended to say? Do you wish you had kept a thought to yourself or been more positive in how you expressed it?

In life, do you wish you could have "do overs" with what you have done? Do you wish you could make decisions again based on life experiences and added wisdom? Are there parts of your life that you wish you could simply delete?

You and I both know that life doesn't work that way.

But, God has a plan. When we accept the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, our sins are gone. If they are confessed, they have disappeared and God won't be judging them. Those sins are erased from the Master's list. The delete button has been pushed. Confessed sins are buried too deeply to be dug up (Micah 7:19). They are covered by the blood of Jesus and when we face God, it is as though we had never sinned.

As thankful as I am that I can edit what I write and how I present it verbally, I am immensely more thankful that Jesus has made my life pure before God. When I confess, Jesus pushes the delete button and it is never recalled again. We have a God of second chances. Thank God for the gifts of forgiveness, mercy and grace that last for eternity.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side

The Mixed Blessing

The fourth-grade teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes. When she returned, she found the children in perfect order. Everybody was sitting absolutely quiet. She was shocked and stunned and said, "I've never seen anything like it before. This is wonderful. But, please tell me, what came over all of you? Why are you so well-behaved and quiet?" Finally, after much urging, a little girl said, "Well, one time you said that if you ever came back and found us quiet, you would drop dead!!"

The Parting Gifts

A priest, a rabbi, a doctor and a lawyer are gathered at a mutual friend's graveside to mourn his passing. The priest says to the others, "I would like to honor our good friend in a special way." He pulls a $100 bill from his wallet and drops it on the casket. The rabbi agrees, "That's a fine idea," and drops his own $100 bill on the casket. The doctor, not to be outdone, does the same. The lawyer murmurs, "What a wonderful thought," as he gazes down at their friend's casket. Whipping out his pen, he quickly writes a check for $400, drops it into the grave and takes the three $100 bills as change.

The Secret

At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy. "No woman," said one man, scornfully, "can keep a secret." "I don't know about that," huffed a woman guest. "I have kept my age a secret since I was 21." "You'll let it out some day," the man insisted. "I hardly think so!" responded the lady. "When a woman has kept a secret for 27 years, she can keep it forever."

Today's Definition

Auction: A place where, if you're not careful, you'll get something for nodding.

Today's Oxymoron

"No one goes there anymore; it's too crowded."


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!



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