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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published March 24, 2015

In This Edition...

Paul's Epistle...
"What Will You Do?"

Questions. Every day is filled with questions. What to do about this, what to do about that. That's the way life is.

But, after all is said and done, after all of those everyday questions are decided, there is only one question that you absolutely must answer in this life. Just one! And, upon your answer to that question rests the entirety of your eternity.

The question is simply this: What will you do with Christ on the Cross? Do you really understand why He had to die on the Cross? Do you accept what He did there or don't you?

Not everyone gets the answer right. In fact, most don't. Even the two criminals hanging on crosses on either side of Jesus were divided. One ridiculed the Lord. The other sought forgiveness, calling upon Jesus: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom" (Luke 23:42). In those two differing responses to the Cross, two eternal destinies were decided that day. Only one was promised to be in Paradise with the Lord.

The Cross was the most inglorious form of capital punishment the Romans could inflict. It was bloody. It was ultimately demeaning. It was terribly gruesome. Corpses were hung on highly-visible crosses along public roads, showcasing Rome's power over life and death.

But Jesus' death wasn't an accident. Hardly. God knew all about it from the start. It was, in fact, the capstone of God's redemptive plan for a fallen race. A plan for you. A plan for me. If we accept what Christ did on the Cross, our names are added to the "Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). God knew.

The Cross had to happen. The Lord taught His disciples in advance "that the Son of Man must suffer many things...and be killed..." (Mark 9:31). Notice that word "must!" It had to happen to fulfill God's plan. Without the shedding of blood there would be no remission for sin (Heb. 9:22). Every one of us would be eternally lost and bound for hell. Many thousands of Old Testament animal sacrifices pointed to the ultimate, once-for-all sacrifice on the Cross.

But we must get back to that question, because it doesn't answer itself: What will you do as a result of the Lord's death on the Cross? Do you accept what He did there? Do you, like the thief on the cross, ask for forgiveness? Or do you mock the Lord by saying His death was of no lasting significance? The latter, in fact, is the default answer if there is no response at all.

Recently the Booth Brothers recorded a song with the convicting title, "What Will You Do With Him On The Cross." Consider carefully the words:

   There's blood on the cross; He's dying
   There are tears on His face; He's crying
   There's power in each drop of His blood
   With each falling tear, He's aching with love

   There are nails in His hands; He's bleeding
   There's love in His eyes; He's pleading
   It's finished; He's done all He can do
   Now those nail-pierced Hands are reaching out to you

   Oh, what will you do with Him on the Cross
   Why can't you see; Your soul is lost
   Take Him; don't forsake Him
   He paid all the cost
   Oh, what will you do with Him on the Cross
   Oh, what will you do, what will you do
   With the Lord?

That's the ultimate question. And it's a question everyone absolutely must answer. It's a question you personally must answer. Before it's too late. And your answer will truly have eternal significance.

- Paul

*"What Will You Do With Him On The Cross," written by Ernie Goff, Don McHan, Billy Ready; Pilot Point Music/Psalmsinger Music, lyrics used by permission of Billy Ready.

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Coming the weekend of March 28th & 29th, 2015:

Theme Edition:   The Cross

Coming as this program will at the start of Holy Week, all of the songs and artist thoughts on this program will be about the central theme of the Gospel — the Cross and what Christ accomplished there.

Among the artists who'll be sharing their thoughts and music are Michael Booth (Booth Brothers), Chris Allman (Greater Vision), Daniel Ball (Ball Brothers), Gordon Mote, Scotty Inman (Triumphant), Matt Rankin & Ian Owens (Soul'd Out) and several others.

Please plan to set aside time to listen to this special "theme edition" of The Gospel Greats. You will be especially blessed as you consider again the enormity of what Christ accomplished on the Cross.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?

From the broadcast aired the weekend of March 21st & 22nd, 2015:

Our Featured Artists on this program were, as you heard, the Browders. As you heard, all four of their songs heard on this program have reached the #1 position on the monthly Singing News charts. That is amazing. And what makes this even more amazing — and I didn't mention this on the air — is that these four number one songs actually make it five in a row for them. Their radio song just before these (from a previous album) went to #1 back in July of 2013, "Praise You In This Valley." The Lord is obviously blessing the Browders because of their heart for ministry and, more to the point, their heart for God.

The Browders CD featured on this program, "Time Machine," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, March 27th, 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. 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.

This was our official Singing News Top 20 Countdown edition based on the magazine's April chart. It was one week earlier than our countdown normally would be. This is because the following two programs are both theme programs about the Cross (Palm Sunday weekend) and Resurrection Day (Easter weekend).

This was the fourth and final week in our 2015 Great Annual Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, please do so. Even one entry — from just one week — puts you in the running for the Grand Prize and everything else. You do need to know the "Key Word" or "Key Phrase" announced on the program to enter. But if you missed the program (shame on you) try asking around to see if any of your friends heard it and would share it with you. (Don't ask your local radio station — they're not allowed to give it out.) We sure would like to put you on the prize list!

On the Headline Update we told you about the "We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History" convention to be held March 30th and 31st. You can find info about it on their Facebook page (as Harold Timmons mentioned on the air) or, directly, here:

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

  • Gaither Vocal Band - Happy Rhythm (CD) (DVD)

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....

"Coffee Break" is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell. You may sign up for her email devotional at If you are in a tough spot, let Lorraine's devotional encourage you.

"God Has A Plan"
by Lorraine Ezell

"Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life" (Genesis 45:5).

Are you going through a situation this morning that you can't figure out? Are you wondering how you are going to make it? Are you fearful of the outcome? Do things look hopeless? Are you wondering how you are going to get out of it? Be encouraged this morning. You may not understand it, you may not have it under control, you may not be able to figure it all out, but you don't have to — God has a plan.

Whatever you may be going through this morning don't worry, don't fret, don't be anxious or fearful because while you may not understand it all or see anything good — God has a plan. His plan may be to reveal who He is to you in a greater way than ever before. It may be to work out His likeness in you. His plan may be to use what you are going through as a testimony to someone else. Who knows what His plan may be? His ways are not our ways and neither are His thoughts our thoughts. But know this — things don't just happen, our trials are not in vain and when they come, God has a plan. And His plan is to "work all things together for your good."

When you don't understand it, when you can't figure it out, when you don't know what you are going to do, just remember — God has a plan. So don't worry.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side...

Words of Discomfort

A man is recovering from surgery when the surgical nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling. "I'm okay but I didn't like the four-letter words the doctor used in surgery," he answered. "What did he say??" asked the nurse. "'Oops!'"

Medical Advice

A guy goes into the doctor's office. He has a banana stuck in one ear, a cucumber in the other ear, and a carrot up his nose. The guy says, "Doc, I feel terrible. What's wrong with me?" The doctor says, "Well, first of all, you're not eating right."

The Writer

A visitor to Israel attended a recital and concert at the Moscovitz Auditorium. He was quite impressed with the architecture and the acoustics. He inquired of the tour guide, "Is this magnificent auditorium named after Chaim Moscovitz, the famous Talmudic scholar?" "No," replied the guide. "It is named after Sam Moscovitz, the writer." Never heard of him," said the visitor. "What did he write?" In a matter-of-fact manner, the guide simply replied, "A check."

Apt Calendar Warning

"Caution: Future dates are much closer than they appear."

Water in the Carburetor

Wife:  "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor."
Husband:  "Water in the carburetor? That's ridiculous."
Wife:  "I tell you the car has water in the carburetor."
Husband:  "You don't even know what a carburetor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car?"
Wife:  "In the pool."

(That was a favorite George Younce / Glen Payne joke!)

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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