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Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014
In This Edition...
- Paul's Epistle... ("Intolerance for Tolerance's Sake")
- Coming On the Next Broadcast...
- Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast...
- Shelia Shares... ("Knowing The Real Thing")
- On The Lighter Side...
"Intolerance for Tolerance's Sake"
One of the most highly-vaunted "virtues" promoted by secularist liberals is "tolerance." Christians who believe the Bible and hold to its eternal truths are told often enforced by leftist governments that we must be completely tolerant of those who don't share such Godly values. Anyone who doesn't accept what they espouse is "intolerant." In fact, such people are increasingly being charged with "hate" crime offenses. Yes, Christians are literally going to jail for publicly speaking what the Bible says about such things as homosexuality and marriage.
But have you noticed that this "tolerance" thing works in only one direction? While Christians are told to be completely tolerant of the chosen lifestyles and values (or lack thereof) of today's liberals, liberals have no desire whatsoever to be tolerant of true Bible-based Christian views. And they just don't seem capable of seeing the great hypocrisy that, to the rest of us, is so evident in this.
Eminent brain surgeon, author and commentator Dr. Ben Carson recently wrote, "One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance."
While evidence of this mounts daily from the White House all the way down to City Hall, an unsettling example of America's future (if unchecked) was unwittingly provided recently by the mayor of Houston, Texas a celebrated lesbian (whose "wedding day" photo with her "wife" has been widely circulated in news accounts).
As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Mayor Annise Parker was incensed that some pastors in Houston actually had the gall to stand up in their pulpits and denounce her city's new legislation that would allow men in women's restrooms and women in men's restrooms, all in the liberals' overarching grand goal of "prohibiting discrimination." (Go figure. I'm still having trouble comprehending how supposedly reasonable people could have supported, much less even considered, such a "bathroom bill.")
In response to this nonsense, more than 50,000 Houston voters took a stand and signed a petition against the bill which is more than three times the number needed to repeal the measure or to let the public vote on it. The city's secretary certified the petition as valid, but, presumably acting on the mayor's directive, the city attorney threw out the petition. (Who says they have to follow the rules when their "cause" is so "just?")
Mayor Parker was also incensed by sermons about God's plan for marriage as only being between one man and one woman. Obviously, neither she nor her "wife" were very happy about having anyone speak out against same-sex marriage.
So, to accumulate evidence of this "rabid intolerance" on the part of Christian preachers (no other faiths were targeted), the city issued subpoenas to five area pastors to turn over any speeches, writings or sermons on gender identity or the "bathroom bill" because the mayor said they were "fair game" for prosecution.
The matter is not yet settled, although Mayor Parker has been back-peddling a bit in the face of all this brouhaha. But surely she had no idea what a national firestorm she would stir up. She has unwittingly fired a shot across the bow to awaken Bible-believing Christians that their rights to speak God's word freely in our land are summarily being challenged or taken away. That, of course, was not her intent. But God has a way of using very negative circumstances to produce very positive results. But the results will only be positive if Christians now boldly and publicly take a stand against such abrogations of the Constitutional freedom that, in the past, has allowed us publicly to express the truths found in God's Word.
As author Eric Metaxas recently said, "Never in our history has religious freedom been so brazenly defied. A bold red line has been crossed. The Houston mayor's inexcusable demand to see the sermons of pastors is an outrageous and shocking affront to all Americans and to liberty itself. If the American church does not rise up and stand against this, there is no American church."
And stand up we must. After all, Jesus Himself said, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38 NIV). How could this be any more clear? German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak, not to act is to act."
Although Mayor Parker has certainly provided a high profile example of the problem, similar things are happening every day all across the country. In fact, they happen so often it seems as if we are becoming numb to them. And that's exactly what the enemy of our souls wants.
How did such ungodly people get into places of power in the first place? Americans voted them in. Voters who would never personally espouse such immoral stands either didn't know about the candidates' views in advance, or, even worse, just didn't care. And/or they simply didn't vote.
All of that sort of makes this coming Tuesday's elections far more important, doesn't it?
Pray that Americans will elect candidates at all levels of government who will stand up for Godly values. And then you be absolutely sure to vote!
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of November 1st & 2nd, 2014:
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be one of today's favorite "new" quartets, the Soul'd Out Quartet. You'll hear several songs from their new "Great Life" CD, including the title cut, "What A Great Life." You'll hear their new radio single, "Hey Everybody," along with several more songs, all written by group member Matt Rankin. We'll visit with Matt, Bryan Hutson, Dusty Barrett, Ian Owens and pianist Michael Howard. You'll appreciate the "heart for ministry" of this outstanding quartet. Please join us for this visit.
Artist Spotlight: Our Artist Spotlight guests on this program will be a most unusual quartet with a musical style that's a cross between 50s "bee-bop" and barbershop, all done, at least for this visit, a cappella. They're the Penny Loafers Kevin Slemp, Michael Hunt, Larry Nichols and Alan Pike. You'll find out why their name and their unique style have opened unusual doors where they can take the Gospel. You'll even hear a song they recorded just for you during our interview. Please join us for our visit with the Penny Loafers.
Other Guests: Rodney Griffin (as a songwriter); Mark Bishop; Karen Peck Gooch (about a new movie she's in); Jeff Whisnant (Whisnants); more.
Headline Update: Remembering Norman Wilson of the Primitives; more.
Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
From the broadcast the weekend of October 25th & 26th, 2014:
Our Featured Artists on this program were the Old Paths Quartet, often simply referred to as the Old Paths. They are Doug Roark, Tim Rackley, Jeremy Peace and Daniel Ashmore, along with their new 17-year old pianist, Josh Townsend. Yes, this was the second time we featured their "These Truths" CD (we did first back in March), but they subsequently had a number one song from it ("Long Live The King" back in July) and their current song, "Love Them To Jesus," is, as you heard, in the top 10 for November. As Tim mentioned on the program, they were surprised back in August when his daughter, Brianna, went into kidney failure. He's hoping to be able to donate a kidney to her late this year or early next year to eliminate the need for regular dialysis. Please remember the Rackley family in your prayers. By the way, the Singing News column about "Long Live The King" was in the magazine's October issue on page 56.
The Old Paths' CD featured on this program, "These Truths," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, Octrober 31, 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, including a new 19-song compilation of some of their most popular songs, called "Decade." 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 monthly Top 20 countdown edition, based this time on the top-tunes chart appearing in Singing News magazine's November issue. The chart is based on airplay at Southern Gospel music radio stations across the land.
On the Headline Update, I mentioned the new reality TV show about the Todd Allen Family. It will air Tuesday evening, October 28th, at 10 p.m. Eastern time on the TLC channel. If you enjoy it, please let the network know.
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 Springside.com:
- Torchmen Quartet - A New Perspective (CD)
- Torchmen Quartet - Hymns - Lest We Forget (CD)
- Russell Bennett - Sings From The Gospel Jukebox (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.
"Knowing The Real Thing"
A good local buffet (at only $10.00 per person) is, whenever possible, a wonderful Saturday treat for Paul and me. Generally, if we are at a buffet, I eat what I call "real" food. But, on this particular buffet, I always get a cup or two of their delicious beef vegetable soup.
Recently, I got my cup of soup and took a spoonful. Something was wrong. I took another tiny taste and realized something was definitely wrong with that soup.
I set the dish by the edge of the table for the waitress to pick up. When she came, I quietly told her that I thought the beef vegetable soup was spoiled. She said she would have someone from the kitchen check it out right away.
As we finished the rest of our meal, one of the cooks came to our table. He first made sure I was the person that had complained about the soup. Then he asked if I have a seafood allergy, which I thought was a strange question. Then he explained. The spices for the beef vegetable soup and the spices for the seafood bisque are beside each other in the kitchen store room. Someone put the wrong spices in the beef vegetable soup. By now, the kitchen staff had already removed the soup from the buffet and the cook thanked me for alerting them to the problem.
I was glad he took the time to explain to me that the soup wasn't spoiled, as well as why it had such a strange taste.
I thought about how I knew with just one bite that there was a problem with the soup. I had enjoyed that particular soup at that particular restaurant many times. I knew how that soup should taste. I knew the real thing.
As Christians, the question is whether we are close enough to God and familiar enough with the Scriptures to recognize the truth and in turn to recognize what is spiritually false. Can we spot "truths" that are spiritually contaminated? Can we spot something that is counterfeit...not the real thing?
Stay in the Word. Stay in prayer. Stay close to God so you recognize the Spirit's voice. Knowing the real thing is the only way to recognize the counterfeit.
The Bible says that Satan masquerades as an "angel of light." Knowing the true "Light Of The World" means we will be able to recognize the devil's deceptions for what they are.
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Psalm 34:8
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On the Lighter Side...
First guy: "I'm really in the doghouse. I ran afoul of one of those trick questions women ask."
Second guy: "What kind of question?"
First guy: "She asked me if I would still love her when she was old, fat, and ugly."
Second guy: "That's easy. You just say, 'Of course I will.'"
First guy: "Yeah, that's what I meant to say. But what came out was, 'Of course I do.'"
Learning From Experience
A funeral service was being held for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service the pall bearers were carrying the casket out when they accidentally bumped into a wall, jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan and open the casket to find that the woman is actually still alive! She lives for ten more years, and then finally dies. A funeral is again held at the same place, and at the end of the ceremony the pall bearers were again carrying out the casket. As they were walking, the husband cries out, "Watch the wall!"
My dad bought my mom a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it. "Oh," said my dad, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet." "How come?" I asked. "Well," he answered, "because with a clarinet, she can't sing."
A father and son were riding in their truck together one day and the son asked the father, "Dad, how high can you count?" The father replied, "Well, I don't know, son how high can you count?" The son immediately replied, "One thousand, five hundred, forty-two." The father said, "Why did you stop?" The son shrugged his shoulders and said, "Well, church was over."
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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