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Published July 29, 2014
In This Edition...
Paul's Epistle... (Guest: "The Katydid's Reminder")
Coming On the Next Broadcast...
Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast...
Shelia Shares... ("Doing What You Can")
On The Lighter Side...
This past week I received an interesting story about something that happened to newsletter reader Charles Baker on the previous Sunday. It provides a good reminder for each of us. So, with his permission, I want to share it today with you.
"The Katydid's Reminder"
by Charles Baker
As I drove away from church this morning, I had only gone a couple of hundred feet when I noticed a large Katydid perched on the hood of my truck. I was already traveling about 25-30 miles per hour and the wind was whipping the insect pretty violently. I expected that he would immediately be blown away by the force of the air, but it didn't happen.
I admit, my truck hasn't been waxed recently and it probably had a little "road film" over the paint but that was all that this critter could be holding on to.
I watched as the wind grew fiercer and the little body was buffeted unmercifully. I reached speeds around 60 miles per hour.
The Katydid remained firmly attached to my hood.
I marveled at the tiny legs and feet having such a tight grip on a surface with almost nothing upon which to maintain the grip. I began to believe that it was not adhesion but simply will power that held him there.
I watched in amazement for about ten miles. He was still there.
I confess I've never had much compassion for insects. My reaction to a bug-spattered windshield is more concern for visibility than for the life of the bugs. However this one affected me differently.
I began to feel a sympathy for the bug that was almost certain to be dislodged soon and perhaps become the spatter on a car behind me. So... I turned on my flashers, pulled off the road, gently picked up the critter and tossed him onto some vegetation where he'd be safe. After all, with his tenacity he deserved it!
All the way home I pondered:
How many times have any of us had to just hold on when there was nothing left to hold to?
How strong the winds that buffet us, although they are not of our choosing?
How helpless do we feel when we have little control over our circumstances?
I'm glad that there is someone in full control of every situation who has many, many times more compassion than I would ever have!
Lord help me to remember the Katydid! Help me to place my trust in the Lord, the only one who can move me back into a safe place.
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Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking here.
Coming on the broadcast the weekend of August 2nd & 3rd, 2014:
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be Paul's Journey, a Texas-based quartet that's rapidly attracting a nationwide following. You'll hear songs on this program from two of their most recent CDs. On the first hour, you'll hear two songs from their current "Mission of Mercy" CD, including that title song. On the second hour, you'll hear four songs from their new "A Tribute To The Classics, Vol. 2" CD. If you love the old Southern Gospel classics, you'll love their renditions of these songs. We'll visit with Rod Treme, Dennis King, Stan Watson and Dodd Meadows.
Artist Spotlight: We'll visit with Doyle Lawson, who's equally at-home in front of Gospel and Bluegrass audiences. In fact, as he'll explain, sometimes his Bluegrass concerts turn into Gospel concerts. You'll hear three songs from his new Gospel CD, "Open Carefully, Message Inside," including his current radio song, "He Made The Tree." Join us as we visit with Doyle Lawson, who's celebrating more than half-a-century of singing.
Other Guests: Jim Brady (as a songwriter, with two recent quartet songs); Kelly Clark (Nelons); Ernie Haase (Signature Sound); more.
Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
From the broadcast the weekend of July 26th & 27th, 2014:
Our Featured Artists on this program were the LeFevre Quartet Mike LeFevre (baritone), Jordan LeFevre (lead), Thomas Nalley (tenor), Brandon Barry (bass) and pianist Michael Lott. Three of their four songs that you heard on the program were from a new CD entitled "Something Familiar." They called it that because most of the songs on there are old favorites, classic Southern Gospel songs. However, one of the three songs I included was a new one from Jerry Goff. (Wasn't Mike's impersonation of Jerry during comments before the song great? Sounded just like Jerry!) So perhaps I didn't do justice to the concept of the recording due to the lack of time. But any long-time Southern Gospel quartet lover will enjoy the entire CD. The fourth song included on the program was part of the countdown, "Put It Right There," which was from the quartet's previous CD. A concept video of that song can be viewed here.
The LeFevre Quartet's CD featured on this program, "Something Familiar," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, August 1, 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. 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.
Gordon Mote had some interesting comments on the program about the need to remember traveling Gospel artists in prayer that they will be able to devote sufficient time to their families, that their families will be understanding and supportive of their work which involves so much time away from home. This is an issue close to the heart of any traveling artist who has a family back home.
This was our official Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based on the top-tunes chart of Southern Gospel favorites appearing in the magazine's August issue. The chart is compiled based on the amount of airplay each song receives across the country on radio stations that play Southern Gospel music.
On the Headline Update I mentioned the new foundation Dan Keeton is creating to help hurting families and children who are victims of domestic violence and child abuse. You can write to Dan about this: Dan Keeton, 1552 S St. Hwy 207, Rush, KY 41168. Phone 615-530-4242.
On the Headline Update I also mentioned a new book that Jerry Goff has created with photos and brief biographies of Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. We're told now that the book is not available quite yet, but will be soon. It will eventually be available at some concerts and at the Hall of Fame & Museum at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN, in the museum store. I'll try to let you know more about this as information becomes available.
For the song list from this broadcast, click here. (PDF viewer required.)
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"Doing What You Can"
Mary Kathryn turned 90 this year. She attended our church. She was a widow, but an active lady, an encourager with a dry sense of humor.
At church when I asked, "How are you?," I never knew whether it would be "Well, I'm here" or "I'm blessed." Both were usually accompanied with a mischievous smile.
A few months back, she fell and broke her back. She ended up in the hospital and then a nursing home. I visited her about three weeks ago and we had a good chat. I took her a CD and, while there, shared her devotional reading and scripture passage for the day. I knew she would appreciate that.
She told me she was ready to go "home." She was talking about heaven. I told her that God must have a reason for her to be here since He hasn't called her home yet. She confirmed that others told her the same thing.
It was just a couple weeks before this that Mary Kathryn had come into church with an envelope. In it were 20 one dollar bills, which she handed to Paul. She knew that on our frequent walks through the city, Paul gives out Gospel of John booklets with a one dollar bill marking the John 3:16 location. She wanted him to use the bills for the homeless people that we meet.
She told us that she couldn't personally walk through the city to meet these folks, so she could give from what she had and we could pass along her gift where it was needed. That is what we have been giving out in our Gospel booklets over the last several weeks.
On Monday of last week, Mary Kathryn got her heart's desire and it was God's time to call her home. She will be missed, but she leaves behind many good memories.
And, her ministry didn't end with her death. Her gifts to the homeless continue and if just one should surrender to the Lord, Mary Kathryn will have a part in that reward.
What are you doing with what you have? What impact are you making for eternity?
I've had people tell me that they can't do what I do. They are exactly right. Nor can I do what they can do. You see, God gives each of us individualized things that we can do for Him.
What are you doing with what you have? What impact are you making for eternity? Do it today. Tomorrow might be too late.
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On the Lighter Side...
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her 4th grade class. After explaining the commandment to honor thy father and mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."
Our son was a DJ at a university radio station. During one shift, he ran through his material faster than expected. He asked listeners for requests, but no one phoned. So Sam played a few more wild hard-rock numbers and asked for calls after each one, but still no response. Finally he got serious with his audience. "Okay," he threatened, "if I don't get any requests, I'll play something my parents would like." The phone rang immediately.
"What's the usual tip?" a man growled when a University of South Carolina student delivered his pizza. "Well," the student replied, "this is my first delivery, but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you, I'd be doing great." "That so?" grunted the man. "In that case, here's five dollars." "Thanks," the student said, "I'll put it in my college fund." "By the way, what are you studying?" "Applied psychology."
While leading a tour of kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one little girl and an x-ray technician. "Have you ever broken a bone?" he asked. "Yes," the girl replied. "Did it hurt?" "No." "Really?" the technician said. "Which bone did you break?" "My sister's arm."
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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