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Published August 26, 2014

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Paul's Epistle...
"I Remember The Day"

      I remember the day when the Lord saved me
      All of heaven came down
      I was happy and free
      Glory filled my soul
      For I knew the Lord had made me whole
      I shall never forget the day
      When the Lord saved me.*

Those words from a song the Perrys recorded way back in 1988 (and later covered by many other artists) have been running through my mind quite a bit lately. I don't know why.

But, in fact, I certainly do remember the day when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.

My dad was a pastor. I heard his sermons twice every Sunday. We even had Wednesday night prayer meetings back then. And, of course, there was Sunday School, Christian Endeavor, Vacation Bible School, etc. So I was immersed in the Gospel for as far back as I can remember. I had plenty of "head knowledge" but was still lacking "heart knowledge."

That all changed on February 6, 1955. (I have that spiritual birthday written in a little Bible, in my dad's handwriting, that I still keep in my desk at home.) I remember it happened during an evangelistic service at the church in York, Pa., where my dad pastored. I don't remember the visiting evangelist's name or anything that was said – other than that he gave an altar call. That's when this shy, self-conscious preacher's kid felt so convicted by the Holy Spirit that I actually got up, excused my way out of the packed pew and went up front to the altar to accept Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I remember that quite well – and always will.

That church is still there. And, to this day, I could show you where I was sitting (give or take a pew) on that night that changed the rest of my life. I could even show you where I kneeled at the altar rail (I suppose it's still there).

Some people say there's no specific time when one becomes a Christian. But the book of Acts is full of definitive conversion experiences. (Look at Saul/Paul! And see Acts 2:41.) Some confuse the once-and-done salvation experience with the ongoing process of sanctification, in which we, as Christians, grow daily (or should) to be more like Christ every day until this life ends. Some even seem to believe that Christianity can be "inherited" from parents or something parents do, such as infant baptism or confirmation.

Clearly, though, salvation is a personal, volitional matter. Accept Christ or reject Christ – the decision is left to each of us, individually. It's a willful, mandatory choice. And there is a moment in time when that choice, if in the affirmative, is made and your salvation is sealed. Given the fact that it's the most important decision you'll ever make, if you've made it, you certainly should remember it.

Some have a "radical" conversion from a life of all-out sin and debauchery. Others, like me, remember it as a time when the firm decision was made to follow the Lord whom we'd known about for years. But the end result is the same in either case — salvation!

Do you remember the day when the Lord saved you? Would you like to share your conversion experience? Send me just a concise paragraph or two of your memories of that day. I'll compile some and share them here. Testimonies, anyone?

- Paul

*Chorus from "I Remember The Day," written by Mary Spencer, published by Pleasant View Music ASCAP, recorded by the Perrys in 1988 on their "God's Little People" album. This song went to #2 on the Singing News chart in January and February of 1989.

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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 30th & 31st, 2014:

Countdown!   This will be our official monthly Singing News Top 20 Countdown, based this time on the top-tunes chart appearing in the magazine's September issue. As the countdown progresses, we'll visit with such artists as Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet), Dean & Kim Hopper (Hoppers), Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance), Lauren Talley Alvey (Talleys), Jeff Steele (Steeles) and others.

Featured Artist:   Our Featured Artist on this program will be singer/songwriter Mark Bishop, who's celebrating 30 years of writing songs, singing songs and recording. We'll have his current Top 20 song along with three other songs of his (not previously aired on TGG) from his "This Is What It's All About" CD. Find out why Mark loves to tell stories in his songs. (He wrote all of the songs on his CD.)

Headline Update:   Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees announced; GMA Dove Award nominees in Southern Gospel; more.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?

From the broadcast the weekend of August 23rd & 24th, 2014:

The Down East Boys, our Featured Artists on this program, have always had an outstanding quartet sound. But I think their current blend is the best ever with Ricky Carden, Daryl Paschal, Tony Jarman (known to fans from his days with Poet Voices, Legacy Five and others groups) and bass Joe Brinkley (who joined just this year). In fact, you heard Ricky say on the program that their new CD emphasizes the quartet sound. "If I Know Him" is a solid song, chosen as their first radio song from this CD. I'd recommend the title song, "Beyond The Blue," for a followup — another solid quartet song. I like what Ricky has posted about the group's goals: "Our goal has always been to choose songs that would encourage and challenge the Christian, while also reaching out to the lost, and pointing people to the cross, so tht Jesus might be lifted up. If we fail to do this we have failed in our calling." Well said.

The Down East Boys' CD featured on this program, "Beyond The Blue," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, August 29, 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.

It's good to have our Artist Spotlight guests, the Hoskins Family, back. As you heard Reva Hoskins explain on the program, they were off the road for seven years taking care of aging parents at home, both of whom has now passed on to glory. It looks like, in their return, the Hoskins Family has hit the ground running with a very popular radio song, "God Is Big." It features third-generation member, Abigail Aldridge, who is Angie Aldridge's daughter. And Angie, in turn, is Rick and Reva Hoskins' daughter. By the way, Angie mentioned on the air that her daughter is 16. Well, since the interview, she's turned 17, so I thought I'd set the record straight, knowing how important it is at at age. The Hoskins Family's CD, "A Gathering," is available from our webstore,

On the program you heard a brief visit with the Tim Thomas Trio from Romeo, Michigan. (That's in southeastern Michigan near the base of the "thumb.") As you heard, they have quite a heart for ministry through their music. More information about them can be found on their website,

Here's that special email address I mentioned on the Headline Update for Gold City bass Tim Riley, which you can use to send him a get-well message and/or a "happy birthday" (birthday is Aug. 29th):

Also on the Headline Update, Mark Lowry was talking about the Feed The Children program. Here's the website for more information:

Two quick items about non-Southern Gospel Christian artists of interest: Steve Green was seriously injured in a bicycle accident August 6th, breaking his collar bone and six ribs and puncturing his left lung. He won't be singing for a while, but the prognosis is good. And Carman, who was diagnosed last year with terminal cancer, is now certified cancer-free. It's totally gone! "An answer to prayer!"

For the song list from this broadcast, click here. (PDF viewer required.)

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Shelia Shares....
"What Brought That On?"

I had a call last week from someone about a radio station that carries The Gospel Greats program. Two weeks prior this station had played one segment twice instead of the playing two different segments of the program. He was upset about not hearing the missing segment. However, what happened next totally confused me.

I had listened to the man and assured him that I was sorry this had happened. I was stunned when, in a flash, the gentleman totally redirected the conversation, called me names and started yelling at me. When this continued, I realized I had to terminate the conversation somehow. I didn't like the names or the yelling and finally kindly told him this was an inappropriate conversation. He accused me of not caring about anyone and called me names again and said he was hanging up on me. I thought, "Thank you, Lord" that this call is ending. I was about in tears when the call ended.

On my way home from work, I was talking (complaining) to the Lord about this man and the Lord spoke to my heart. (It was that still small voice that we sometimes miss.) The Lord didn't empathize with me, but asked if I was going to let the enemy steal my joy. I thought about it for a moment. I decided the enemy was not stealing my joy — and I felt much better!

That same week, we had a Gospel quartet in our area. After interviewing with us, they headed off for lunch. When they reached a pizza place to get lunch, the parking lot was too small for a big group bus. The driver stopped the bus on the street, put on the flashers and four group members quickly climbed off.

As soon as the bus flashers came on, a car behind them began an incessant honking. The bus driver pulled away and the same car quickly wheeled into the parking lot, missing one group member by less than a foot. The group member went to the open window of the car and asked, "Is there a problem, ma'am?"

She began to cuss the group out and yell at them for stopping traffic. The guys explained that their large bus couldn't fit into this small parking lot and had only stopped for less than 30 seconds. The car driver told them they shouldn't be driving a bus if they don't know how to park it. One of the guys even offered to buy her lunch at the pizza place. Her reaction to that was to continue to swear at them and then rapidly wheel her car out of there.

As I thought about both of these cases, the complaints were really minor ones. No one was hurt. No one's property was damaged. The over-the-top reaction was way out of line with the minor complaint.


In each instance, I have to assume that something had happened to these individuals earlier in the day. Did someone lose a job? Did they have a fight with their spouse? Did someone close to them die? Is there sickness and fears in their own life? What is happening in their life that seems impossible to bear?

In cases like this, we need to realize the fight isn't with us individually. Then we can feel compassion for a person who is hurting to the extent of lashing out at a stranger. We can pray for the person. We can even forgive and forget.

As you meet problems today, try to see people through the eyes of Jesus. Smile. Listen. Really listen. Ask for a heart of compassion. And pray that people will see Jesus in you.

- Shelia

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On the Lighter Side...

Perspective (Classic Humor)

Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord. "God, what does a million years mean to you?" The Lord replies, "A minute." Smith asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?" The Lord replies, "A penny." Smith asks, "Can I have a penny?" The Lord replies, "In a minute."

The Photo Session

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'" A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'"

The Haircut

I was getting my hair cut at a neighborhood shop, and I asked the barber when would be the best time to bring in my two-year-old son. Without hesitation, the barber answered, "When he's four."

Walk The Talk

For years my husband, Tim, and I had complained bitterly about the lack of sidewalks in our small town, observing often that if only we had sidewalks, we would walk daily and become models of fitness. So we were thrilled when a community sidewalk project was announced, and watched eagerly as paving neared completion. Then wishful thinking and reality collided. "Well, dear," Tim said. "What'll we use as an excuse for not walking now?"

Words Of Wisdom

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

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