December 19, 2015
In this edition we will share some of the recent calls to our daily program then, at the end, we’ll venture outside the studio just a little to consider some music of the Christmas season. Oh, and something really special provided by a listener named Margaret. I think you’ll enjoy that, too.
We’ll start first with a call from James who says his Christian life has somehow jumped the track. Let’s see if we can help him get back on track again:
Concern for the children is the subject of Rose’s call. The younger a child is exposed to the gospel, she says, the better the chance they will come to Jesus as Savior.
The words all of us dread to hear: you have cancer. I experienced its ultimate result with my late wife, Diane. And I know many of you have had similar experiences. We all look for answers, for healing and restoration of health. But what is the truth about our expectations of God when we come face to face with a potentially terminal diagnosis, and the sometimes well-intended, but terribly misguided input of others? Fidel posed that question to us via eMail.
What a privilege it is to be on the air with a live program; a program that offers access to our listeners to get immediate answers to their questions or the ability to discuss topics that are many times frustrating. That’s the importance of having Basic Gospel on the air each day. But we have a much bigger vision than where are today. To discuss those issues, here is Bob Christopher:
We all have our favorites and because it is the season I would like to share with you three of mine; one secular, one modern Christian classic, and one ageless, magnificent Christian classic.
On what was described as a “blistering hot” summer day in 1945, Robert Wells and Mel Tormé wrote what, to me, is the greatest secular yuletide song ever written.
Although Nat “King” Cole had the original hit version in 1946, the superb arrangement of Percy Faith and the perfection of the Johnny Mathis vocal make their version of “The Christmas Song” stand alone.
With lyrics and music written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, “Mary, Did You Know” was originally recorded by Michael English on his solo debut album in 1991. Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album.
The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic. This is the wonderful Pentatonic version of Mary, Did You Know.
During my radio career I had the privilege of playing recorded versions of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah many times. As a member the 180-voice choir at First Baptist Church of Dallas, I experienced the spiritual and emotional impact of this master-work.
At this Christmastime I would invite you to share with me the UK’s Royal Choral Society performance of Handel’s glorious Hallelujah Chorus.
(Thanks to Wikipedia and YouTube for providing background information on each of these favorites.)
Thanks! God bless! And a very merry Christmas, everybody!
p.s. here’s our official Christmas video in case you missed it. Be sure to leave a message.