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Published June 18, 2013
In This Edition...
- Paul's Epistle... ("The Reminder")
- Coming On the Next Broadcast...
- Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast...
- Shelia Shares... ("Ask")
- On The Lighter Side...
Losing an expected child is painful. I know. About 25 years ago, Shelia and I lost what would have been our third child.
We were blessed, at least, in that the miscarriage was very early in the baby's development. But as painful as that loss was, I can't begin to imagine the degree of pain and the loss felt by parents of a full-term child just days away from expected birth.
That's what happened recently for Master's Voice member Ricky Capps and his wife, Sheena. In the words of their post, their "full-term baby girl went to be with Jesus."
How would you react to such a thing?
Ricky posted this to his facebook page:
"I hardly ever post personal things on fb, but we need to call upon our friends and family! I really cannot communicate how heavy our heart is tonight. Our precious little baby went to be with the Lord today. What a privilege to live out this gospel that [we] preach and sing about. There is grace! There is peace! He is still worthy!"
Later, Ricky added this:
"As I held my little girl's lifeless body, I was reminded of how thrilling it must be for her to know exactly what Jesus looks like. I am a professional minister, and my little Karis knows so much more than her daddy does about eternity. Baby your daddy loves and misses you. I can't wait to hold you again."
Many months earlier, on the Master's Voice website, in his biographical section, Ricky had written these words: "When I die, if people can't say that I reminded them of Jesus, then my life was in vain."
By that standard, little Karis Capps did not die in vain. Without ever even taking a single breath, she has reminded her loving daddy and mommy and family friends about Jesus.
And now, she has even reminded you.
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of
June 22nd & 23rd, 2013:
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this edition will be the LeFevre Quartet today's version of a group dating back to the 1920s. We'll visit with Mike and Jordan LeFevre and get to meet their relatively new members, Randy Byrd, Thomas Nalley and Michael Lott. You'll hear five songs from their current "But For The Cross" CD, including that title song and their current radio song, "Come And See." You'll even find out why Jordan LeFevre was, at first, reluctant to become the lead singer in his dad's quartet. Be sure to join us for our visit with the LeFevre Quartet.
Artist Spotlight: We'll visit with the Gaither Vocal Band's Michael English and hear three songs from his new solo CD, "Some People Change." He'll tell you why his approach to this CD was a little different than the past two. And he'll talk, especially, about two songs he's included that have very special meanings to him, including a new version of his very popular rendition of "In Christ Alone." Join us to hear the heart of Michael English in this brief visit.
Other Guests: We'll have brief visits with Ronnie Booth (Booth Brothers), Doug Roark (Old Paths) and Phil Cross.
Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
From the broadcast the weekend of
June 16th & 17th, 2013:
This was our annual Father's Day weekend "honoring fathers" edition. Most of the songs and artist comments reflected this theme.
Our Featured Artists on this program were Canton Junction, the quartet formed at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, by Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron Crabb and Shane McConnell. Matt, Tim and Aaron are all well-known in Southern Gospel music, and Shane (who replaced founding member Michael Sykes) is a long-time studio singer from Nashville. Songs by Canton Junction on this program came from their new "Show Me Your Way" CD. Just so there is no misunderstanding, the majority of songs on this CD were also on their first "Canton Junction" double-CD set last year (which has been discontinued). They selected which songs to repeat and added a few new ones. It's a most unusual approach, but reflects the fact that this new CD will receive much wider distribution than their initial effort, packaged in a more conventional manner.
Canton Junction's CD featured on this program, "Show Me Your Way," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, June 21, 2013, 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. This "Featured Artist Discount" applies to Canton Junction's first-ever live-in-concert DVD. 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.
On the Headline Update I mentioned the "Silver Telly" award the Nelons received recently for the concept video of their song "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" You can view that video online at this link.
Information about that big 93rd Annual Singing Convention in Benson, North Carolina, can be found at www.gospelsingingconvention.org. The dates are June 21, 22 and 23.
For the song list from this broadcast, click here. (PDF viewer required.)
Get 20 percent off this week's new Southern Gospel releases. Get the free Springside Music Update e-mail newsletter each Monday. Details can be found here. Or call 800 38 MUSIC to ask about this week's specials.
On my way home from work, I drove to the bank to make a deposit. I used the drive-through window and when the teller completed the transaction, she asked, "Do you need anything else?"
"Yes," I responded. "Could I have a lollipop?"
She laughed, asked what color I wanted and included the lollipop with the banking transaction papers. I thought about how many times I had done the bank run and left without the lollipop.
There is a spiritual application here. In James 4 we are told, "You do not have because you do not ask." How many times do we face difficult situations and never ask for God's help? How many times do we lack wisdom because we've not asked for it? How many times do we lack peace, because we try to summon the strength to be at peace rather than ask the Lord for it?
After the recent tornados in Moore, Oklahoma, a lady was standing in the rubble of what had been her home talking with reporters. She was asked what she was doing now. She said she was looking for her dog, who, she suspected, was in the rubble somewhere. But, while she was talking on camera, the TV crew's producer noticed some movement in the rubble. It was the lady's dog, which was quickly rescued from the debris. The woman, overjoyed, said, "I thought the Lord answered just one prayer for my safety. Obviously," she said while hugging her seemingly uninjured little dog, "He answered two."
Isn't that just like the Lord? He doesn't give us just what we need. He gives us exceedingly above what we need. Why? It's just because He loves us.
So, ask the Lord to give you what you need. Be specific. You might not only get the lollipop, but it might be the color you like the most. You might have your life spared, as well as the life of your best friend. You might get what you need to make it through a tough situation, as well as that part that makes it above and beyond what you could think or ask.
"You do not have because you do not ask." Ask.
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On the Lighter Side...
The Gift of Music
"Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for my birthday," little Joshua said to his uncle. "It's the best present I ever got." "That's great," said his uncle. "Do you know how to play it?" "Oh, I don't play it," the little fellow replied. "My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night!"
Capturing the Essence
When I went to get my driver's license renewed, our local motor-vehicle bureau was packed. The line inched along for almost an hour until the man ahead of me finally got his license. He inspected his photo for a moment and commented to the clerk, "I was standing in line so long, I ended up looking pretty grouchy in this picture." The clerk looked at his picture closely. "It's okay," he reassured the man, "That's how you're going to look when the cops pull you over anyway."
Murphy's Laws of Parenting
1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.
2. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.
3. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.
4. A sure way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
5. For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
6. Toys multiply to fill any space available.
7. Yours is always the only child who doesn't behave.
8. If the shoe fits . . . it's expensive.
9. Backing the car out of the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.
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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