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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published January 27, 2015

In This Edition...

Paul's Epistle...
"Lives Matter"

How's your imagination? Here's an exercise for you.

Imagine, if you can, that everyone in these 16 states – Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, New Mexico and Nevada – would suddenly disappear! Vanish! The entire population! Gone!

Now image that the entire population of Canada – not just a province or two – but the entire population of Canada were also to disappear! Also completely gone!

My point? If you were to total up the populations of those 16 states and the entire nation of Canada, it would, according to the latest available government estimates, come to a little more than 55 million. That's huge! That's unthinkable! So many lives – gone!

But 55 million is the number of children who have been killed by abortionists in the United States since the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 42 years ago legalizing abortion. 55 million lives — gone!

We recoil in horror at the online photos of headless corpses strewn about the streets in the Middle East and Africa, victims, for the most part, of Islamic terrorists. But what about the mutilated bodies of babies, hacked apart each day in the USA, with the government's consent, by abortionists, and dismissively consigned to bio-waste dumpsters?

It's a huge business. Abortionists get rich quick. And, through government support for the nation's leading abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, you, as a taxpayer, are helping pay for it. May God forgive us.

(A recent Knights of Columbus-Marist poll found that 68 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, funding which has significantly increased under the present administration. And I heard on the radio just this morning on the way to the office that President Obama has again promised to veto anything Congress sends him that would reduce abortions.)

In strictly human terms, can you imagine the positive impact some 55 million Americans, who today would be age 42 or younger, would have on the American economy? How many scientists, how many evangelists, how many doctors, how many pastors, how many Godly teachers would there be today — had they not been denied life? And, ironically, the taxes they'd pay would help cut the nation's monumental debt. Lives really do matter! In so many ways!

But the economy is the least aspect this issue. A Pew Research Center study noted that 49 percent of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong. There's a strong religious component, too, as Pew found that 75 percent of white evangelical Protestants said that having an abortion is morally wrong. That's about three times as many as the "unchurched" who feel that way.

That's what people think. So, what does God think (which is what really matters anyway)?

Can there be any doubt? God abhors abortion. Abortion is, after all, murder – and we know what God thinks about that (Exodus 20:13). God is the One who gives life in the first place (Acts 17:25). The Creator is still creating — He creates each unique new individual life. He knits us together in the womb, "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13-14). He has a plan for each person, as He did for Isaiah, who said the "Lord formed me from the womb to be His servant" (Isaiah 49:5). Our God is so big that I believe He mourns each and every individual son or daughter who dies in this way. (I can't even begin to imagine God-sized mourning.)1

All of that would certainly seem to indicate that an individual's life begins at conception. "We know that, from the moment of conception, a baby has all of its DNA that it needs for the rest of its life," says Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. The child "has everything inherent that it will need for later on. Really, the only difference [between the pre-born and adults] is in size and development."2

Interestingly, this very concept – that life, personhood, begins at conception – if accepted, would completely negate all pro-abortion laws. Who says so? None other than the U. S. Supreme Court. Where? In the very decision that created the current mess – the Roe v. Wade decision.

In that decision, the court wrote, "If...personhood [for the unborn] is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment [to the U. S. Constitution]..."3

Wait... What?  Why haven't you heard about this before? Because strong pro-abortion political and media forces don't want you to hear about it. It could wipe out – abort – the lucrative abortion business.

How? Well, this part of the Supreme Court's ruling, taken at face value, could be read to indicate that the Court itself was saying, "Look, here's a way to solve this question. Congress, if you choose to declare personhood to begin at conception, then do so – and this abortion ruling will be moot." But for 42 years, Congress has lacked the political resolve to do this. And, to our shame, Christians have apparently not done nearly enough to convince them to do it.

Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  This matters!  Today's Congress is more likely to pass pro-life legislation than any Congress in many years. But, because the opponents of such legislation are so powerful and vocal, Congress needs to hear encouragement directly, personally from you on this (literally) life-and-death issue. And they need it today.

- Paul

1. Although abortion, as murder, is a sin, God, through His grace, is in the business of forgiving sinners who truly repent. That's to encourage anyone reading this who may have had an abortion-related experience. God will forgive (see 1 John 1:9).
2. Quoted in the Christian Post, Friday, Jan 23, 2015.
3. Roe v. Wade [410 US 113 at 156-7].

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of January 31st & February 1st, 2015:

Countdown!   This will be our official monthly Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based this time on the chart appearing in the magazine's February issue.

Featured Artists:  Our Featured Artists on this program will be one of America's favorite family Gospel groups, the Collingsworth Family. We'll visit with several of the group's members and hear songs from their current "The Lord Is Good" CD. You'll also hear a live-in-concert song, not available as such on CD, from their "We Will Serve The Lord" DVD.

Greenbrier Giveaway: We'll remind you how you could win a pair of tickets to this March's new Greenbrier Quartet Festival, a three-day event at the famous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Quite a few top quartets will be featured. We have six pairs to give away.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?

From the broadcast the weekend of January 24th & 25th, 2015:

Our Featured Artist on this program was Ivan Parker, who's just come out with a brand new CD called "Threads Of Mercy." You heard four songs from that new recording, along with Ivan's comments about the songs. I was struck by, in just those four songs that we included, there's a common theme of encouragement — a theme of God's faithfulness to us as we go through all sorts of trials. And "Silent Prayer" was a remarkable song about how God understands the cry of our hearts even when we can't articulate our concerns. (Romans 8:26.)

Ivan Parker's CD featured on this program, "Threads Of Mercy," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, January 30, 2015, 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.

Southern Gospel music fans in general might not have known the name of Lari Goss. But he certainly had an impact on the music they heard. Lari was right there at the head of his class when it came to arranging, producing and musicianship. As you heard on this program, he received just about every honor that the music industry could bestow — and rightly so. Lari was a "class act," and knew what he was doing — and for Whom he was doing it. That's why, as you heard Mark Trammell mention on our special tribute segment, Lari's primary goal was to be sure the song effectively delivered its message. Lari, who recently passed on to Glory, will truly be missed. He was a real gentleman.

On this program I mentioned again how you could enter to win pairs of tickets to the Greenbrier Quartet Festival this March. Check out the special online entry form for more information.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.    (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

  • Goodman Revival - Songs In The Key Of Happy   (CD or DVD)

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Shelia Shares....
"Press On"

The story is told of the noted evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who was speaking to a woman about witnessing. Moody shared with her a few of the ways he had been working to spread the message of Jesus.

The woman listened and then promptly told Moody everything that was wrong with what he had done and how it wouldn't work anyway. She just didn't like his method of evangelism.

Moody looked at the woman and then surprised her by saying, "I don't really like mine all that much, either. What's yours?"

After the woman stuttered around for a bit, she finally admitted that she didn't witness -- she didn't have a method of witnessing.

Moody said, "Then I like mine better than yours."

Anyone who is serving the Lord will be criticized, often by people who, themselves, don't actually serve. Anyone who is sharing about Jesus will be criticized. Satan knows that discouragement of the Christian is one of his greatest methods of stopping progress for the Lord.

So, if you are doing all you can do today to serve the Lord and point other people to Him, don't allow a handful of critics to stop the message. Ask the Lord to help you do a better job. Ask the Lord to give wisdom. Then tune out the critics and listen to the Spirit's prompting.

Whatever you do, don't stop when the Lord has given you a message to share. Press on! Persist until you hear those cherished words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side...

Golf Questions

Jill:   I just don't understand the attraction golf holds for men.
Mary:   TELL me about it! I went golfing with my husband one time, and he told me I asked too many questions!
Jill:   Well, I'm sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask?
Mary:   I thought I asked legitimate questions ... like, "Why did you hit the ball into that lake?"

Medical Condition

I'm allergic to food — I break out in fat.

Rags To Riches

A young man asked an old rich man how he made his fortune. The old guy looked at him, hooked his thumbs in the pockets of his expensive worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932, the depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent a few minutes polishing the apple and sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent a few minutes polishing them and sold them for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month and by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $6.40. Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

What day?

"Where is my Sunday paper?" the irate customer calling the newspaper office loudly demanded, wanting to know where her Sunday edition was. "Ma'am," said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on Sunday." There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition ... as she was heard to mutter, "So that's why no one was at church today."

How's That Again?

If something's worth doing, it's worth doing rihgt.

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

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