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Published September 16, 2014

In This Edition...

Paul's Epistle...
"You Remember The Day - Part 3"

Well, I asked last week – and you answered. And you overwhelmingly wanted to hear more "I Remember The Day" testimonies. We'll have to wrap it up today – so the biggest problem has been choosing which ones to include in this limited space. But here are a few...

"Last week when you asked people to share testimonies of how they came to know the Lord, I almost sent in mine, but thought it wouldn't be of great interest as I was only a child when I accepted Jesus into my life. Then today I read Jim's testimony of being saved at age seven and tears filled my eyes as my own experience came back to me and I praised the Lord anew for saving me FROM so many of the things older people had been saved OUT OF. I went to Sunday School and Sunshine Corner from as young as I can remember, taken by older kids in the street, as my parents at that time weren't saved and had no interest in church for themselves, although they were happy for us to go. One ordinary Sunday afternoon in September, when I was nine years old, the things my Sunday School teacher had been saying for months suddenly made sense! It was like a light suddenly switched on in my head. When she asked if anyone wanted to ask Jesus to be their Savior, I went to the front of church where she prayed with me and I prayed the sinner's prayer. There was nothing spectacular, just the peaceful assurance that all was now well with my soul. I can testify to God's keeping power, as I am now 61 and He has never let me down..." – Spencer L.

"When I was 14 the Baptist church was near so I started to attend this church with a group of teenagers. The teens always sat in the back on the left side of the church. Conviction started shortly after, and one Sunday the Pastor said, ‘Oh, you don't have to walk forward to be saved; you can ask Jesus to come into your heart right where you stand.' Asking Jesus to come into my heart, where I stood, avoided [the need for me to walk] the aisle in front of all the other teenagers. But the next Sunday the Pastor said, ‘Jesus said, "If you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father in Heaven."' The Pastor further said, ‘You only have to take one step forward and God will carry you the rest of the way.' ‘Right,' I thought. I took one step and do not remember walking the aisle. I do remember to this day the Pastor reaching out for my hand and saying, ‘What took you so long?'" – Paul W., age 76

"At age twenty-five I ‘went forward' and followed all the proper stuff. Ended up teaching Sunday School. But was never mentored. After a marriage problem, I went back into the world. For 25 years! Life became more and more of a mess. Finally, while driving one day I was listening to [the radio program] ‘Unshackled' and the Lord went to work on me. After many years I finally began talking to the Master. I told him I was tired of running away and asked Him to do the driving from now on. One thing I asked – ‘God, I know You are real, but would you please show me that you heard me?' Well, I had a very bad temper and a dirty mouth. Some days later I was working and things were going wrong. Usually resulting in a rage. Strange – no rage, no bad words. ... And I shouted, ‘Praise God, my rage is GONE!' Such peace I never experienced. He did indeed send me a sign that He heard me! All that happened 25 years ago, and the rage IS gone. And the marriage has been restored. Oh, what a Savior!" – Jerry S.

"Sixty-three years ago this coming January 2nd, during the preaching in a Sunday evening service, I felt ill, sort of sick to my stomach. I was seven. Because my parents were involved in the services, I sat with another family. Their teenaged daughter hurried me to the ladies' room. When nothing came of the upset, she questioned me. Learning it was the result of the sermon, she talked with me about repenting and baptism. We returned to the sanctuary and I went to the altar. After a time of repenting, and with the permission of my parents, I was baptized in water, in Jesus' Name, that same evening... This year, I will be 70 on Thanksgiving Day. I have seen God's faithfulness in that He's kept me all these years." – B.

"Yes, I remember the day I asked Jesus into my heart. I was in my 40s (don't know why it took so long) but I couldn't shut up about it. I wanted everyone to know that Jesus was my Lord and Savior but wanted them to be saved, too. Why don't we continue to keep telling about Jesus after a while? Is it because they think we're nuts or what? I do witness when I get the chance but not enough people listen..." – J. H.

Salvation experiences, such as those we've been quoting, cast the spotlight on that one all-important moment in our lives that change and define the rest of our lives – for eternity. The significance of that can't be overstated.

One reader's comment got me thinking – it's great to remember that experience, but what is the evidence that God is alive in your life today? How do you see His guiding hand in your life today? How have you seen Him lead you since that day you originally found Him?

I know that's a big question, but for the sake of space, send me a "sentence testimony" (okay, perhaps two sentences or the equivalent — a few lines) and, if I receive enough, I'll share some here next week.

- Paul

PS: Thanks again to all of you who sent in your testimonies. If you felt about it the same as I did, even just putting your memories down on paper (or computer screen) was a personal blessing.

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of Sept. 20th & 21st, 2014:

All-Quartets Edition!   Celebrating the start of the National Quartet Convention, this will be our annual All-Quartets Edition. Every song on this program will be sung by a quartet. You'll hear the best of today's quartets plus some classic quartets such as the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers and the Cathedrals. And our guests will offer thoughts about why quartet music is so special as the foundation for what we call Southern Gospel music. Please join us for this All-Quartets Edition -- a favorite of listeners each year.

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists on this program will be one of today's top quartets, the Triumphant Quartet. They'll share songs from their new "Awesome God" CD and tell you why their song selection for this recording was unlike anything they've ever done. We'll visit with Clayton, Scotty, Eric and David. And you'll hear all about their new pianist.

Special Segment:   We'll have a special segment with Bob Jones, Jr., of the Songfellows Quartet. He'll share some thoughts about why classic quartet music was — and is — so special. And you'll hear four classic quartet songs, as sung by the Songfellows.

Special Feature:   We'll include a "Yesterday's Voices" feature with and about the late Rosie Rozelle, one of the classiest quartet tenors of all time.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?

From the broadcast the weekend of September 13th & 14th, 2014:

Each year when we do our all-hymns edition, we get tremendously positive response from listeners. That's why I'm glad to see so many groups are doing hymns recordings. The most recent of these is the brand new "Hymn Revival" CD by Gold City, as you heard on this program during our Featured Artist visits. If you love the old hymns as much as I do you probably found yourself singing along with some or all of the six songs we featured from this new CD. Gold City had intended to put the song "Power Of The Cross" out to radio as their first single. But after Tim Riley suffered his "mild" stroke back in July, they decided to put out another song instead — "Part The Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour." Tim's featured on the first verse of this song and it's quite appropriate as he continues to regain his strength and recover from the stroke. His recovery has been exceptionally rapid, surprising doctors. But please keep praying for his complete recovery.

Gold City's CD featured on this program, "Hymn Revival," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, Sept. 19th, 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.

The second hour of this program included all ten of the finalist songs nominated by Singing News magazine readers as "Song of the Year." The winning song will be announced during the Fan Awards Ceremony at the National Quartet Convention, Thursday, September 25th.  All ten of the songs featured are available on a new CD, available through

Information about the National Quartet Convention, as mentioned on the Headline Update, can be found at

On the Headline Update I mentioned the special 5K run the Southern Gospel Music Association is hosting at the NQC as a fundraiser for their Hall of Fame and Museum. The link for more info and to register was much too involved to mention on the air, but here's the link for information and here's the link to register.

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.

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  • Gold CityHymn Revival (CD)

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Shelia Shares....

Pastor/singer/writer Jim McComas recently moved to a new house and shares a key lesson he learned in the moving process. His thoughts, shared here by his permission, might be helpful as you go through circumstances in your life.

- Shelia

"Lessons Learned from Moving"
by Jim McComas

It's all out there somewhere. I know it.

Several weeks ago we loaded up all of our earthly possessions into several vehicles and transported them all to Nashville, Tennessee.

What we didn't bring in the house right away, we stored out in the garage for the time being. Just about every day, we go on a scavenger hunt looking for various items - sometimes we are successful in finding them, sometimes we are not.

On those occasions when I get frustrated because I can't seem to find what I am looking for, I reassure myself that it's all out there somewhere — I am 100 percent sure it is — even though I can't see it right now. In time, things will all be sorted out, the confusion will be over, and all will be in its proper place again.

As a child of God, I know that God has a great plan for my life and for my family. Jeremiah 29:11 says when the Lord thinks of His children He has "thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end." [NKJV says, "to give you a future and a hope." SH]

And I also know that no matter how bad circumstances may get in my life, Romans 8:28 still says "And we KNOW that all things work together for good to them that love God..."

Sometimes I feel lost and confused, like some of the pieces of my life are missing and I'm not gonna ever find them. When those times come, I just need to reassure myself that God's got it all covered. In His time, all things will be sorted out, the confusion will be over, and all will be in its proper place.

What a blessing to know that my peace, my joy, my happy ending — it's all there! All I have to do is trust Him!

Have to go now - Gotta find some suitcases! I know they're out there somewhere!

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On the Lighter Side...

The City That Never Sleeps

Our family was dazzled by the sights and the bustling crowds during a visit to Manhattan. "This is the city that never sleeps," I told my eleven-year-old daughter. She thought about that for just a moment before concluding, "That's probably because there's a Starbucks on every corner."

The Ultimatum

A musician who joined an orchestra on a cruise ship was having a terrible time keeping time with the rest of the band. Finally, the band leader said, "Look, either you learn to keep time or I'll throw you overboard. It's up to you — sync or swim."


Worship brings all kinds of responses, as I observed in church recently. An elderly woman was standing with eyes closed and hands raised in prayer and praise. The three-year-old standing in the pew in front of her turned around and gave her a "high-five."

How Long?

After the pastor finished his sermon, he stayed at the doors and shook folks' hands as they went by, making sure to give a smile and a kind word to each one. By the time he finished, most of the people milling around in the church lobby had left except for a few. The pastor noticed in particular one elderly woman who was sitting on one of the benches, nearly in tears, rocking back and forth. Concerned, the pastor walked over to her and heard her say, "How long, Lord? How long?" Touched, he laid a hand on the white head. "Ma'am, God has heard you. I am sure that He will come through for you." She looked up at him with a small smile and thanked him. Feeling that he had done a very good deed, he turned and was about to walk out when the door to a small women's restroom opened and someone came out. The pastor definitely had a feeling of chagrin when the old woman yelled, "Praise the Lord!" and ran inside.

Wise Words

You wouldn't be worried about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they actually do.

Are You Ready?
1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
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