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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published July 28, 2015

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Paul's Epistle
"Crossing Signs"

The other evening Shelia played for me a recorded phone call she had found from some radio call-in show that had been posted online.

The caller was quite upset. Multiple times in recent years, this caller had, while driving, struck a deer which was crossing the road ahead of her. But that's not what upset her. What really incensed her was that the one thing all of these incidents had in common was that she had just passed a "deer crossing" sign that had been posted along the road by the highway department.

"Why," she indignantly demanded to know, couldn't the state move those "deer crossing" signs to some other place where it would be safer for the deer to cross and easier for motorists to avoid hitting them?

Yes, throughout the prolonged phone call, she was apparently dead serious.

She believed, apparently, that the deer looked for these "deer crossing" signs and somehow knew that these were places they were to cross the road, just as "school crossing" signs indicate places for school children to cross the street. The caller didn't understand that those signs – in both cases – were warnings for motorists to be extra careful. She misunderstood – and therefore ignored – their purpose.

Such foolishness. It's easy to say, "What in the world could she possibly have been thinking? Who in their right mind would so completely misunderstand something like this?"

But wait... Do we ever misinterpret warning signs that are posted for our benefit? Do we ignore them because, "They're for someone else, not me?" Or, "They're for some other time or place, not now or here." Do we criticize those giving the warnings while neglecting to heed them?

Scripture is full of warnings from God about what He considers proper or improper behavior. The Ten Commandments come to mind. The Beatitudes are examples for living. But we know these instructions were given for our benefit. They're right there in the "Owner's Manual," the Bible. As 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..."

Nevertheless, so many in society today ignore the warnings and go ahead and do what they've been told explicitly by God not to do. And then, when things go wrong because of what they did, they blame God. They criticize God for allowing such things to happen, even though they disobeyed His instructions and, indeed, His warnings, in the first place. "It's God's fault! It couldn't be my fault! It's just not fair!" Some even outwardly deny God, but then blame Him anyway. "If there's a God, why did He let this happen to me?"

Such a person ignored the "warning signs" God posted for us in His Word. Or they simply thought it certainly didn't apply to them.

Please, don't ignore the warning signs God has given us. Obey them so that, when the time comes for that most important sign — the sign of the Son of Man in the heavens (Matt. 24:30) — you will already be enjoying the ultimate "safe crossing."

- Paul

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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of August 1st & 2nd, 2015:

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists will be the Anchormen with songs from their new "Tapestry: Woven Treasures" CD. We'll visit with Terry Carter, Derrick Boyd, Will Lane and Phillip Hughes. You'll find out why one of the songs ties in so well with Derrick's surprising testimony. And you'll hear their remake of a classic. Please join us for our visit with the Anchormen.

Artist Spotlight:   Our Spotlight guest will be Quinton Mills, whose signature song from the 1980s, "I Found The Lily In My Valley," is still popular. Songs on this visit, though, will be from his current CD, "Broken Promise Land." You'll find out what Quinton's been doing in recent years and why he senses such an urgency for getting the Gospel out.

Other Guests:   Wayne Haun; Matt Dibler (Inspirations); more.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
Click here to hear the audio announcement regarding this next program.

From the broadcast the weekend of July 25th & 26th, 2015:

Yes, I know, we just had the Jim Brady Trio as Featured Artists less than six months ago — just after the group started on the road. But interest has been high in this new group — their sound, their ministry in music. And, of course, Jim's writing as well as ever. So — especially since they have August's number two song — I wanted to have them on again to update you about what's been happening. And, as you heard, "what's been happening" has been very good. Be watching for Jim and Melissa Brady and Tim Parton to come to your area to sing. I think their new radio song, "Good Lord Willing," will be another "hit" for this new trio.

The Jim Brady Trio's CD featured on this program, "A New Chapter," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, July 31, 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. As the very first CD from a prominent new trio, this probably will be a collector's 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 the monthly official Singing News Top 20 Countdown Edition, based this time on the chart of radio favorites published in the magazine's August issue. I call them "radio favorites" because the chart research is based on the amount of airplay current songs receive at radio stations that play Southern Gospel music.

Information about the 47th annual Brumley Gospel Sing in Lebanon, Missouri, as mentioned on the Headline Update, can be found online at

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

  • Dixie Melody Boys - Revival    (CD)
  • Mark Trammell Quartet - Don't Stop Running    (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
"Healing Wounds"

On July 16, I visited Conestoga Oral Surgery to have a molar extracted. Anything to do with dental work is a "crisis" for me.

I asked for prayer. Specifically I asked for prayer for "peace, no problems with the extraction and healing." Boy, did God answer!

I was a nervous wreck. My blood pressure was high. The doctor told me all the awful stuff that could go wrong. I signed the consent form. Then the doctor gave the local anesthesia to numb the area. While they waited for it to take effect, he and his assistant left the room.

As I sat there with my nerves on high alert, I started to praise the Lord. I told Him I wasn't praising to bargain with Him, but because I needed to remind myself that I trusted Him. I praised Him for knowing the beginning and the end. I thanked Him for being faithful. I quoted the Scripture about His plans for my good and not for evil. I thanked Him for loving me. Suddenly, I was singing a brand new simple song in praise to the Lord. I realized I was much calmer and I knew He was present in the room.

The doctor came back and started the procedure. The tooth was extracted in one big piece. It was removed before I had time to panic. No sutures were needed. I told them God gave me exactly what I asked.

The doctor told me the bone would grow back in my gums, given time. But, over the next days as I healed, there was a big empty hole where the tooth had been. I needed to keep it clean and be sure anything bad was rinsed from the area.

Many people have gaping holes in their lives. They have raw wounds. They have hidden holes caused through choices and circumstances they didn't choose.

Some people fill the gaping wounds with thoughts and acts of revenge. Some allow bitterness to fill the hole. For others there is unforgiveness and miserable regret that fills the wound and their lives.

But other people make a choice to be healed. They fill that same mammoth hole with forgiveness of themselves and forgiveness toward others. They don't wait to be asked, they simply forgive. They look to God to be faithful and use everything for good and not for evil. They leave the revenge up to God. They refuse to live in past failures and continue to trust God to open doors and allow them to grow in Him.

Is it easy?   No.

Waiting for the hole in my gums to heal and fill takes time. It requires care. It requires attention to what I put in that area. I need to cleanse from things that would infect it.

The same is true of wounds in our lives. It requires care, attention and not allowing anything to take root and infect thoughts and actions. God is a healing God. Allow Him to touch your life.


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On the Lighter Side

The Collector

A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it. "Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector. "Yes, that was it!" "You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!" "Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther."

Giving Thanks

To close each day's activities in summer and on holidays in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, a huge fireworks display lights up the sky. One night a small boy about three years old was perched on his father's shoulder. The child sat mesmerized, aware only of what was exploding in the heavens. When the fireworks were over, the little boy looked up into the sky again and said, "Thank you, God."

It's So Humid...

It's so humid in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight, that I just swatted at what I thought was a mosquito chasing me. It was a minnow. (Actual blog comment from Rodney Griffin.)

So That's Why...

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child offered an answer right away: "They couldn't get a baby-sitter."

The Commandment

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "Honour thy father and thy mother," she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill..."

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