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Published December 3, 2013
In This Edition...
Paul's Epistle... ("Saying Grace")
Coming On the Next Broadcast...
Notes from Last Weekend's Broadcast...
Shelia Shares... ("Thanksgiving Afterthoughts")
On The Lighter Side...
Last week before Thanksgiving I saw a cartoon in the local newspaper that showed a truckload of mashed potatoes crashing into a frozen turkey factory. One fireman arriving on the scene shouts to another, "Quick! Someone say grace!"
But what struck me, even more than the fact that this religious reference actually appeared in the comics in a positive context, was the use of that term, "saying grace." Is that expression used as commonly as it used to be? Some may say, "Please offer the blessing." Or others might simply say, "Would you pray for the food?"
Apparently, the "grace" part of the expression originated in the 12th century from old French gracier, from grace. One of a variety of meanings for the word was to "thank." The Latin root was gratia. We see it today in the common Spanish word for "thanks," gracias.
So, "saying grace" is simply "saying thanks." And, of course, we are saying thanks to God for His many blessings on our lives, including the food he has provided for us to eat. Indeed, such prayers are acknowledgments that the food is truly provided by God as one of His many blessings. And we are asking the Lord to bless the food to our bodies for good health and strength.
Praying for meals shouldn't be taken lightly. It has plenty of Biblical precedent. Paul, on a storm-tossed sea with the ship's crew and passengers fearing for their lives, took time to say grace for the food they had: "And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat" (Acts 27:35).
The Lord, Himself, provided the example. Before feeding the multitude, as recounted in John 6, the Lord took time to be thankful: "And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted" (John 6:11). The matter-of-fact way John reports this would seem to indicate the practice of giving thanks in such a way was unexceptional quite common.
Of course, the idea wasn't new with the New Testament. It goes back to a Jewish traditional prayer called the "birkat hamazon," based on Deut. 8:10: "When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you." In fact, even today, Christians in many cultures "say grace" after, not before, meals. Some actually do it before and after which really wouldn't be a bad idea.
But, to get back to my original thought, I like the word "grace" in this context. Grace is, by its most common definition, God's unmerited favor. And He certainly has shown His favor by providing for our needs, especially the nutritious food for which we should never fail to "say grace."
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Coming on the broadcast the weekend of
Dec. 7th & 8th, 2013:
Christmas Music! All of our music on this program (and the next two weeks) will be Christmas music sung by many of your favorite Southern Gospel artists. There's no better way to enjoy the season than to include such great Christmas music!
Featured Artists: Our Featured Artists on this program will be Greater Vision, Legacy Five and the Booth Brothers, who've come together to record a new "Jubilee Christmas A Cappella" recording. It's six Christmas favorites, sung acappella by all of these groups' singers together. We'll visit, especially, with Gerald Wolfe and Scott Fowler, who'll tell why this recording is so unusual and just in time for Christmas. Please join us for this special visit.
Christmas Spotlight: We'll have a special Christmas Spotlight visit with the Kingdom Heirs with songs from their brand new Christmas recording called "The Heart of Christmas." You'll hear three of their songs including a traditional favorite and two newer Christmas songs, done as only the Kingdom Heirs can do them.
Other Artists: We'll also visit with such artists as Jonathan Wilburn (Wilburn & Wilburn), songwriter John Darin Rowsey, Larry Riddle (Primitive Quaretet) and Jeremy Peace (Old Paths Quartet).
Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
From the broadcast the weekend of
Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st, 2013:
This was our official Singing News Top 20 Countdown edition, based this time on the magazine's top songs chart appearing in their December issue. The chart is compiled by polling radio stations that play Southern Gospel music to determine local favorites. Then all of those local charts are combined to produce a chart reflecting Southern Gospel favorites across the land.
There were no Featured Artists on this edition due to time constraints. I wanted to get all top 20 songs in, and the chart this time included a few lengthy songs that made it impossible to find room for the Featured Artist visits. As you heard, though, we did talk with quite a few of the artists associated with the songs in the countdowns.
I mentioned on this program that the next three weeks will be all Christmas music and Christmas thoughts from various artists. This is one of my favorite times of the year, and I certainly invite you to listen each week through Christmas for great music and interesting thoughts about what make the Christmas season so extra special. Then, our "Gospel 2013 In Review" countdown of 2013's top 40 Southern Gospel songs will begin the weekend after Christmas and conclude the following weekend. Please plan to be with us throughout the season for some very special and interesting programs.
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where we take a step back and think about the things for which we should be grateful. It's a great time to enjoy family and create memories.
But sometimes, Thanksgiving has a way of creating the wrong kind of memories.
Dave Ramsey (of the "Money Matters" broadcast) asked his Facebook fans about some of their Thanksgiving horror stories, and they responded in full force. Here are two of the stories:
"When my husband and I were newly married, a friend brought us a wild turkey he had killed. We were thrilled! I set about preparing it. The house smelled fantastic. It was time to take it from the oven and I was wrapping up all the little stuff to complete the meal so we could have our feast. It was about then that our doorbell rang. It was the guy who gave us the turkeyand the game warden. Apparently he had taken the turkey out of season and was in big trouble. They ask me to remove the turkey and bag it for them. We said goodbye to our Thanksgiving turkey and ate veggies and stuffing. I am quite certain someone enjoyed that turkey that year, but it wasn't my family." Gina
"When I was younger, I had hamsters. One had been missing for about two weeks. We were at the table during Thanksgiving dinner and we kept hearing this scratching noise. Next thing you know, Stimpy the AWOL hamster had chewed through the upstairs floor and dining room ceiling around the chandelier and landed in the gravy. I can still hear my mom's screams." Ashley
So if this was not your favorite Thanksgiving for some reason, know that it could have been worse much worse and give thanks. We are indeed a blessed people!
Note: Check out Dave Ramsey at daveramsey.com
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On the Lighter Side...
Little Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, "What'cha doing, Tim?" "My goldfish died," replied the boy tearfully, without looking up. "I've just buried him." The neighbor was concerned. "That's an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn't it?" Tim patted down the last heap of earth, then replied, "That's because he's inside your dumb cat."
At my granddaughter's wedding reception, the DJ polled the guests to see who had been married longest. It turned out to be my husband and me. The DJ asked us, "What advice would you give to the newly married couple?" I said, "The three most important words in a marriage are, 'You're probably right.'" Everyone then looked at my husband. He said, "She's probably right."
On The Radio
Because our new refrigerator was taller than our old one, I told my wife I'd have to cut away part of an overhanging cabinet to make it fit. Not wanting to mess it up, I called a local radio home-fix-it program for advice. I was in the middle of getting the instructions when my wife burst into the room. "You won't believe this," she said, "but there's a guy on the radio with the same problem!"
She's just turned 32, but the way she's turned it, makes it 23.
A husband who forgets his wife's birthday will get something to remember her by.
When a man has a birthday he takes a day off. When a woman has a birthday she takes a year off.
I was so surprised by my birth, I was speechless for a year and a half.
She was looking forward to her 30th Birthday. But she was looking in the wrong direction.
"Have you known your wife long?" "Ever since we were the same age."
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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