Blog 78 for 9-22-2018
NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION
September 23-29 the National Quartet Convention will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. 40,000 people are expected to attend during the week. Bess and I will be attending the Tuesday Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Dr. Jerry Goff will be the master of ceremony for this event. We are excited for three of our friends that will be inducted: Ann Downing, Mark Trammell and Tracy Stuffle.
Ann Downing has been a close friend and distant cousin of Bess's since 1969. She made her debut into Southern Gospel Music as a member of the Speer Family. After a five- year ministry with the Speers, she and her husband, Paul Downing, formed the Downings. For several years they were one of the most popular groups on the quartet circuit. I used them in the early 70s at Tidewater Central Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for several mini-evangelistic events. At one of those meetings over 100 people responded to the invitation in a single service. That remains, until this day, the most outstanding service in my ministry. After the death of Paul in the early 90s, Ann has traveled as a soloist, and has had an effective ministry. Her career now spans 55 years. Congratulations, Ann!
Mark Trammell has been my friend for about 20 years. He really deserves to be in the SGMA Hall of Fame. Through the years Mark has made his mark on Southern Gospel Music as one of the most outstanding baritone singers. His group, the Mark Trammell Quartet, is one of the most popular and effective groups traveling today. Mark is an ordained minister of the Gospel and often preaches during the group's appearances. A big congratulations to Mark.
Tracy Stuffle has been a regular singer in the Saturday Nights In Lakeland concert series for about 18 years. After a debilitating physical attack Tracy became an amazing miracle of God’s healing power. Even though he was wheelchair bound he continued to travel with the Perrys until God called him home. He really did make his mark on Gospel Music through the years.
During the NQC week Bess and I will have the opportunity to fellowship with many of our friends. One of the very special times for us has always been to see and visit with people in the huge lobby and food court of the LeConte Center that have watched us through the internet ministry. If you are at NQC this year, be sure to look us up. We will be there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. It will be fun to chat!
There really is a song in my heart!
Blog 78 for 9-22-2018
WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND?
“TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE AND GO TO GIVING.”
I just love our devotional readings each morning from Dr. John Henry Jowett’s writings of the late 1800s/early 1900s. Recently it was about the wedding that took place in Cana of Galilee, when Jesus turned the water into wine. (John 2:1-11)
In Dr. Jowett’s writings, I realized that we may have a share in God’s miracles. We have something to do. We have something in our hands. We are partners with God.
Here’s what he was talking about. God transforms our best (what part we do, our best) into His better (the awesome miracle).
1. WE must fill the “waterpots.” Our LORD changes the water into wine.
2. WE must bring “5 loaves and 2 fish.” GOD provides the meal.
3. WE must “let down the net.” GOD pulls in the haul.
4. WE must “plant the seed.” GOD turns the handful of seed into a ripened harvest.
Jesus, today, right now, I offer my hands, that I might partner with You in Your miracles, that I might be a “workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Here are my hands. What will You have me do?
There’s an old, out-of-date poem that I used to know, which had the phrase in it,”Take what you have and go to giving.” I’ve been trying to locate it so I could share it in this blog, but have not been successful in my search. But, never you mind, the chorus to the gospel song “I’ll Do the Miracle,” goes like this.
“You do what’s possible; You do the praise. I’ll do the miracles; I’ll make the way. You put your trust in Me. You keep the faith; Then when you can’t go on, that’s when I’ll do the miracle.”
Use me. Here are my hands!