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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published September 27, 2016
In This Edition
- Paul's Epistle ("One Way, One Name, One Door")
- Coming On the Next Broadcast
- Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast
- Shelia Shares ("It Is Finished")
- On The Lighter Side
"One Way, One Name, One Door"
There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian faith than the belief that salvation is available only through the atoning work of Christ. Only He can provide forgiveness for sins and thereby provide the way for an eternity in heaven with Him.
That's why findings in the most recent U. S. Religious Landscape Study* by Pew Research are so shocking. The survey which covered an amazingly large sample, 35,071 American adults found the following:
- 80 percent of mainline Protestants believed that many religions, not just their own, can lead to eternal life.
- 79 percent of Catholics believe this.
- 52 percent of those identified as evangelical Christians (more than half!) actually said they believe that many religions can lead to eternal life.
Say what? What are these people hearing in their churches? Haven't these people read their Bibles? Ever?
Similar findings in another Pew study eight years ago prompted the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, Albert Mohler, to call this "a theological crisis for American evangelicals. [These findings] represent at best a misunderstanding of the Gospel and at worst a repudiation of the Gospel."
All of this is one reason why I'm so happy the Down East Boys recently had good radio success with their song called "One Way, One Name, One Door." The lyrics, composed by songwriter Roger Duncan, say it all:
In this modern day we're living in
Some people now are proclaiming
There's many roads to Heaven you can take.
But if you really want to know
The truth about this matter, oh,
Then brother let me tell you
What my Bible has to say:
There's only one way that you'll ever get to Heaven
Only one way that you'll ever see that land.
Only one name whereby we can find salvation.
Only one name with the power to rise again.
Only one door that will lead you to that city.
Only one door that will open wide the gates.
My brother, you can find all three
In Jesus Christ my Lord,
One way, one name, one door.
Now they say that there's no difference in
The gods of other religions
And Jesus Christ, they're pretty much the same.
That's when I remind them of a tomb
That's empty in Jerusalem.
And that my Savior is the only one alive today.
The "Way" reference is from John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
The "Name" reference comes from Acts 4:12 "...there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Also from John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
And the "Door" reference comes from John 10:7 "Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep."
Despite what society even much of so-called "Christian" society is saying these days, this is one matter on which there is absolutely no "wiggle room" for any Bible-believing Christian. Christ is absolutely the only Way, the only Name and the only "Door." There is no other.
"One Way, One Name, One Door," written by Roger Duncan, published by Asheville Music Publishing BMI and Chris White Music BMI. Lyrics quoted by permission of the publisher.
* Study published 2015 by Pew Research Center
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of October 1st & 2nd, 2016:
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be "America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music," the Hoppers. We'll visit with them about their brand new CD, "Life Is Good" a CD that has already produced a #1 song, "Jesus, The One!" This is the Hoppers' first regular CD in about four years (you'll find out why). We'll talk with Connie, Michael, Dean, Kim and Karlye about their songs. Please join us for our special visit with one of Southern Gospel music's foremost family groups, the Hoppers.
Artist Spotlight: Our guests on this Artist Spotlight segment will be the Goulds Tim Gould and his daughters, Kelsey and Christa. As they talk about their recent songs, you'll hear their heart for ministry. Songs are from their current CD, "Where Are The Voices," including that title song.
Other Guests: Phil Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family, about a recent tragedy narrowly averted); Chris Allman and Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision); Brian Free (Brian Free & Assurance); more.
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From the broadcast the weekend of September 24th & 25th, 2016:
Our Featured Artists on this edition were the Mylon Hayes Family Mylon and his wife, Wendy, along with their three children (all teenagers), twins Conner and Bailey and their daughter Kennedy. The title of their current CD, "Devoted," is quite appropriate for this family. They are devoted to carrying the Gospel message wherever they can. In fact, on their website, they put it this way: "This family's desire is to lift up the Lord with the music they sing, pointing people to the Cross. The Mylon Hayes Family hopes you see Jesus and realize His great love for you in the songs they sing and the words they say."
"One More Opportunity," their current (top 20) radio song, is a good example of how they look at things each day is one more opportunity to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel. Another song you heard, "I Choose To Stand," is another timely song during times when it becomes increasingly difficult to stand for Christ and against society's deteriorating morals. If you get a chance to hear this family in concert, please do so.
The Mylon Hayes Family's CD featured on this program, "Devoted," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, September 30, 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.
This was our monthly official Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based on the radio airplay chart of favorites appearing in the magazine's October issue.
For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.
http://www.thegospelgreats.com/cue20160924.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
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"It Is Finished"
My mom died in April, 2009. She had suffered with memory loss and no longer knew who I was. My siblings and father were gathered around her bed when she took her last breath and went home to Heaven. It was a great loss to those of us left behind, but we knew we would see her again when we made that same trip to see Jesus.
The week of her funeral, my father told each of us children that he would no longer be taking all his medicines. We each gave him our blessing. He flourished for a few weeks and then he started to decline in health. It was seven weeks later that my dad joined Jesus and my mom in Heaven.
When my dad talked to me, he told me he had completed what he needed to do on this earth. He had been here for my mom.
For many years, my dad had suffered with heart problems. His first open heart surgery was in 1975. The medical technology was fairly new then and the doctor said it wasn't totally successful. He gave dad ten years to live. Dad lived 34 more years.
As mom aged, she no longer knew my name. The Christmas before her death, she no longer knew that I was family.
Although mom didn't know my dad's name, she knew he was "her man." Right up to the end of her life, she recognized "her man," and would follow him anywhere. If he took his walker to leave their room, she grabbed her walker and followed his footsteps.
My dad had several surgeries over those 34 years. He took his medicines so he could be there for mom. When she died, he felt he had completed his work on the earth. That seven weeks from her death until his was the longest they had ever been apart since their marriage 67 years before. He arrived in Heaven in time to celebrate her first birthday celebration there. I still miss them both.
Jesus said few words on the cross. But, when He said, "It is finished," it was not a hopeless cry. It was not an expression of defeat. "It is finished" was a cry of victory. Jesus had completed every task that was set before Him on this earth. He had lived with one purpose and that was to do what the Father willed Him to do. He came to earth to die for everyone of us and knowing His death was imminent, he said, "It is finished."
There is no defeat in death if we know where we are going. There is no defeat in death when an eternal reward is within reach. There is no defeat in death for the Christian who has accepted Jesus' payment for their sins and knows they will see God.
When I die, don't say "She lost her battle." When I die, say, "It is finished. Shelia has won the victory."
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On the Lighter Side
A little boy got on the elevator in the Empire State Building in New York City. He and his daddy started to the top. The boy watched the signs flashing as they went by the floors: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. They kept going, and he got nervous. He took his daddy's hand and said, "Daddy, does God know we're coming?"
I was scheduled to fly from North Carolina to Germany, where my husband was stationed in the military. As I checked in at the airport, the ticket agent asked me some standard security questions. "Has anyone given you any packages that you didn't pack yourself?" he asked. I told him that my mother-in-law had given me a parcel to take to her son. He looked at me very carefully and asked: "Does she like you?"
The kindergarten class had settled down to its coloring books. Willie came up to the teacher's desk and said, "Miss Francis, I ain't got no crayons." "Willie," Miss Francis said, "you mean, "I don't have any crayons. You don't have any crayons. We don't have any crayons. They don't have any crayons. Do you see what I'm getting at?" "Not really," Willie said. "What happened to all them there crayons?"
- About all you can get with a nickel these days is heads or tails.
- Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
- Money used to talk. Then it whispered. Now it just sneaks off.
- Baseball what a great job! Where else would a .250 efficiency rate get you a $10 million raise?
- Have you ever been tempted to call a maternity ward and ask if they deliver?
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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