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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Today's Devotional Thought and Message in Song, 4/9/2011

"Leaving that which is behind and looking toward that which is ahead, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God through Christ Jesus our Lord..." --The Apostle Paul, paraphrased.

The Apostle Paul never had it easy in his work as the first Christian missionary. He was persecuted, imprisoned, beaten, stoned, snake-bit, ship-wrecked, and suffered from a lifelong unnamed malady that he called 'the thorn in the flesh.'

Yet he never gave up.

Sir Winston Churchill, the great British Prime Minister who lead Britain through WWII, gave a speech near the end of his life that was only 8 words long.  Feeble and reaching the podium only with the help of aides, he looked at his audience a long time before speaking.  And then in his indomitable British accent simply stated the following, with force: 'Never give up!  Never, never, EVER give up!!'

Words to the wise.

Today's song is by the Gold City Quartet--one of the best ever, who sing 'I'm Not Giving Up.'  This is my favorite Gold City song.  Get ready to be blessed.  And note the low-down bass work of famed Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley.  Yeah, I get excited by the mega-low octaves of Gospel quartet basses.  Riley is one of the best, and lowest.  Enjoy...

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