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Oak Ridge Boys sing “Amazing Grace” at President George H.W. Bush’s Funeral

After playing their records for several years, I finally got the opportunity, a few years ago, to see “The Oak Ridge Boys” in concert.
It was one of the most memorable, and enjoyable concerts I’ve ever experienced.
I would honestly say that, “I’d see them again tomorrow.”

They are as busy as ever: Their new Gospel Album, “17th Avenue Revival,” comes out in March. They still tour year-round, and are currently traveling on their 29th annual holiday concert tour, “Shine the Light on Christmas,” which is taking the group to 32 cities in 18 states.

This latest holiday tour began on November 14th, in Branson, Missouri.

They would interrupt the tour for a very personal performance:
From their website, https://oakridgeboys.com, they explain:

DEC 1, 2018
The Oak Ridge Boys Remember President George H.W. Bush
“… he was fortunate enough to have been married to one of the most wonderful women who ever walked this planet … We started to sing for him … when he was VP, and we have been singing for him ever since. We have performed our songs on Air Force One, in Kennebunkport many times, and at his home in Houston … at the White House and several of his key birthday celebrations … we would even call him and sing to him when he wasn’t feeling well and Barbara swore that we had a healing effect on our FRIEND. We have laughed together, shared tears together, fished together, hiked together, shared a lot of lobster together, and sang together. We WILL sing for him again one day. THIS is ASSURED!
Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall
The Oak Ridge Boys

In addition, Duane Allen wrote this:
“He was like a daddy figure to me, and he was all about making everyone around him have a good time. The sting of death always hurts, but I have so many memories to make me smile. The Oak Ridge Boys have sung “Amazing Grace” for him on Air Force One, in Kennebunkport, at the White House, and over the phone when he was in the hospital. However, singing “Amazing Grace” at his funeral will be the most difficult assignment we will ever have.”
Duane Allen, The Oak Ridge Boys

Here’s the performance from CBS News and CBSNews.com:

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Senator John F Kennedy on Jack Paar Show: June 16, 1960

On June 16, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy made history by being the first presidential candidate to appear on a late-night television program.

We must remember the times.
In the year 1960, a political candidate making an appearance on a late-night entertainment show was something which had not been done … because, in many circles, such an appearance would be frowned upon.

For example, as Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times, “By the standards of 1960, a Presidential candidate’s appearance on an entertainment program was considered a bit shocking.”

John F. Kennedy would become known as the first “TV President.”

We have only a short clip from the show, but it is amazing how the statements Senator Kennedy made, resonate so clearly with our times, with our world, today.

His response to questions regarding why he went into politics, the responsibility of the United States in world affairs, the responsibility of the office of President, the issue of enemy countries sending “fellow travelers” into the United States, and how important it is for the United States to set an example which citizens of other countries would want to follow.
Senator Kennedy stated that “in the final analyses, they have to believe in freedom themselves. I don’t think you can sell freedom … In the long run, the best asset we have is the desire of people to be free.”

In other words, you can’t “inject” democracy.

For the record, this was 58 years ago.
Yes … 58 years ago.

Robert F Kennedy on Jack Parr Show: March 13, 1964

It was the first public appearance of Robert F. Kennedy, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

This year, Thanksgiving was on November 22.
Like many of you, Thanksgiving is a special day for me. In fact, the entire weekend (for me … 4 days!!!) is something I look forward to, all year.

This year, it seemed that I paid more attention to “November 22” than to “Thanksgiving.”

It may be because, for the past few months, I have been researching the history of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. I have read much, and watched many documentaries and films on their lives, and their families’ lives and history. As I’ve read, and viewed, the one thing that strikes me the most, personally, is how close “John and Bobby” were. That is the one thing I have “taken away” from my studies. I just completed a Library display entitled “A Brother’s Trust,” which I will share in the future.

On March 13, 1964, it was exactly 16 weeks after November 22, 1963.
In his introduction of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Jack Paar stated, “ … A man whose own life reminds us of what brother really means …”

Many of you may remember that Senator John F. Kennedy, as a presidential candidate, had appeared on “The Jack Parr Show” on June 16, 1960.

I think that, even though I didn’t know them personally, I feel a personal connection. Because … I have brothers, too. While I don’t exactly remember President Kennedy, I remember the times that followed. I remember, very well, Robert Kennedy. I remember “the times which followed” both. I remember well enough to ponder, in a deeply emotional way, “what might have been.”


“Tortured for Christ:” Watch the Movie Online for Free

What a great opportunity this is!

The Voice of the Martyrs is partnering with Faithlife TV to offer an exclusive online viewing of the Tortured for Christ movie. Just use the link we have below to register with your email address, and you will receive a link to watch the Tortured for Christ movie on Oct. 22-23 for FREE.

This is the same movie that gained national attention last March, showing in over 550 theaters, many sold out.

This is the dramatic presentation of the bestselling book by the same name, featuring the testimony of The Voice of the Martyrs’ founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 14 years in Communist prisons because of his work in the underground church. The book and movie tell the story of his stand for Christ and subsequent persecution in communist Romania.

Filmed in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this powerful film uniquely presents the story in a live action format. The dialogue is presented in English, Romanian, and Russian (with English subtitles) to hold to the authenticity of this true story.

Just click on the link below, to register now for this special online event, and view the Tortured for Christ movie for free.

After you register, you will have the opportunity to receive a FREE digital copy of the Tortured for Christ book.

Here’s the link to register:
“Tortured for Christ” Movie

Now, we share the movie trailers.
Here’s the one we originally share with you, prior to the movie theater opening:

Here’s another trailer to share:

Again, here’s the link to watch the movie for free, online:
“Tortured for Christ” Movie for Free Online

 

 

 

 

Using Isaiah 54:17 to “Beat the Devil:” Part Three: The Explanation

Hi Friends:

So … Now … how do you tie in the new Game Show “Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild” with Isiah 54:17?

… Yes … that “Snoop Dogg.”

Yes … that verse …

Here goes:

We were watching a movie, on the TBS Channel. Sprinkled liberally (I think that’s the first time I’ve ever written that phrase), throughout the multitude of commercial breaks, were the promos for a new version of “The Jokers Wild” game show.

When I was a kid, “The Jokers Wild” was one of my favorite game shows. I remember that, not only did I like the old show, but I always did really well on answering the questions.

However … the official title of this new show was “Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild.”

Yes … that Snoop Dogg.

Should I watch it?
Can I watch it?
Should I watch it?

Yes, I had to “talk myself” into watching it.
I’m being honest.
I didn’t know what to expect.

There were only two factors which drove me to watch the show:
One, I was a big fan of the original.
Two, Carol and I enjoy “parodies” or “spoofs” of shows, or people, etc. This is strictly an enjoyment of comedy. One of our favorite (and I won’t mention which one) “spoofs” is a parody of a game show (not “Jokers Wild”). This particular parody is very funny, has great lines and it features great impressions.

I didn’t know what to expect.
I know … some may say … “What did you think would happen?”
But, honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.

My intentions, I felt, were pure.
So, I watched the first episode.
The second season had already started, but we had the “On Demand” feature, which allows you to watch previous episodes.

I must note this is not a review.
This is just what happened.

I watched the first show.

I know they allow curse-words on network television (one of the reasons we don’t watch network television), but I didn’t think the TBS show would be “worse.”

I have never seen a game show where the host was allowed to curse.
I’m not making this up …
I had just never seen that …
He walked out, at the introduction of the second or third show (I can’t remember which), holding what was obviously a mixed drink in his hand …
I’m not making this up …
I had just never seen that …

In effect, the show is, literally a “tour-de-force” of Snoop Dogg.
Almost every category has a “Snoop Dogg” reference.

I can’t believe I’m explaining this …

For those of you who don’t know, the show is, in its set-up, faithful to the original. Yes … I used the word “faithful.”
The “Game” Board is set up like a big slot machine …
Even the host’s description of the game board uses a curse work in its description …
I’m not making this up …

I can’t believe I’m explaining this …

There’s a big slot machine … each contestant has a “handle” which they pull, like a slot machine, which then makes the board spin like a slot machine … instead of fruit, or carrots, or numbers, categories come up, just like when you pull the handle of a slot machine …
You get the idea … the contestant then answers questions based upon the categories which “spin out.”If two or more categories … or “the joker” appears … this increases the amount of money the question is worth …

This is done in front of a live audience … which goes berserk at every opportunity …

Ever notice how difficult it is to explain how a game show operates?
I can’t believe I’m explaining this …

Anyway … by answering the questions, your score increases.
The contestant with the most money wins … and, gets the chance to “spin the wheel” for 25,000.00 cash!!!
Wait … no, it’s not a wheel … but, spin the slot machine for the “big prize.”
Instead of categories, money amounts come up … three amounts (like categories) of money come up with each spin …
What you win, with each spin, is added together, and, you can stop … don’t spin again, and keep what you’ve won … or … you can spin again … However … if “The Devil” comes up in the spin … you lose all your money … Game Over …

So … if you can “Beat the Devil” (meaning “the Devil” does not appear in your spin) … you get the grand prize of 25,000.00!!!!
25,000!!!
But … You must “beat the devil” in order to win …

There has got to be a lesson there …
I can’t believe I’m explaining this …

Anyway … this was the first show … Episode One … Season One …
I watched it …

The contestant who made it to the “Final Round,’ where she spins the handle (still don’t know what they call that) for 25,000 … steps up to the handle to spin …
But … before she does … as she grabs the handle to spin …
As both hands are gripped tightly on the handle, to spin … her head bowed down … she makes this statement:
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper …”

Yes … as I watched … she bowed her head … and I saw it …
I heard it … 
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper …”

I saw it … I heard it …
So did Snoop Dogg …
So did Snoop Dogg …

I nearly stood up in my chair!
I had never seen that!
I had never heard that!
Before the contestant pulled the handle … before she spinned …
She quoted Isiah 54:17.
She said … and, wait ‘till you read this …
She said … “In front of God and everybody …”
Including Snoop Dogg …
She quoted Isiah 54:17 …

I literally stood up in my chair.
Snoop Dogg?
He yelled, “Speak it, Sister!!!”
Yes, he did.
Yes, he yelled … “Speak it, Sister …!!!
I saw it.
I heard it.

Please note this:
I have wanted, for weeks now, to go back and watch that episode, to make sure I “had it right,” especially Snoop Dogg’s response. For I was sure (it is forever ingrained in my mind) what she said …
I wanted to see, again … his response …
It was either “Speak it!” or “Preach it!”
I’m ok with either.
What I can’t do … is watch the show again … I’ve tried to make time, but I can’t …

Oh … How did she do?
She won the 25,000.00.
Yes, she won the 25,000.00.
This was the first episode … the first season …

Yes … in the context of the game, she “beat the devil.”

This made an indelible impression on me.
For, I had never seen this.
I had never heard this.

She won.
I don’t care if it was a game show or not … it made a huge impression on me.
A huge impression.

Keep in mind I pray and study God’s Word every day.
I certainly hope you do, too.

Yes … are you ready for this?
Yes … I thought back to how Jesus beat the devil, when He was tempted in the wilderness.
How?
By speaking God’s Word.

I’m just saying …

In closing, I’ll add:
I had to … I had to … watch another couple of episodes of the show … just to see …
The next contestant did not win the “big money.”

But … there is something else I remember from either the second or third episode (that’s all I watched):
At the championship round, on one of the shows, after the contestant had lost … in other words, they had been “beaten by the devil” (in the shows language) … Snoop Dogg … always on the contestant’s side …
exclaimed … and, I mean, he repeatedly exclaimed … as the “Devil” had come up … Snoop Dogg …

In front of God and everybody … Exclaimed … repeatedly cried out:
“He’s a liar!!!”
“He’s a liar!!!”  
“He’s a liar!!!”  

I saw it.
I heard it.

I haven’t watched the show since.
I can’t.
Even to get an exact quote … I can’t watch it again.
I can’t.
I shouldn’t.

But … when the contestant, in that first episode, bowed her head and said,
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper …”

That made a huge impression on me.
I won’t forget it.

By the way, this series led to a large amount of research … including learning about the life of Snoop Dogg.
Allow me to share this with you:
When he was very young, he began singing and playing piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church in Long Beach, California.
In 2018, he released his first gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

God will use every means necessary to reach us.
Any means necessary.
Especially to those who have been exposed to the truth.
Any means necessary.

Just so we can read it again, here’s the full verse:
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17

So, really …

When was the last time you heard someone speak this verse?
When was the last time you spoke this verse?

Blessings to you, and your family,

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Using Isaiah 54:17 to “Beat the Devil:” Part Two

Hi Friends:
We are still trying to get to the explanation of the title.

Just so we can read it again, here’s the full verse:

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17

So, really …
When was the last time you heard someone speak this verse?
When was the last time you spoke this verse?

It was while watching a movie on the TBS On-Demand channel that I saw the promos for a new version of “The Jokers Wild” game show.
This used to be … “way-back-when” … one of my favorite game shows. I have always liked shows which feature “question and answers” to test your knowledge.

So, I started researching the history of “The Jokers Wild” game show.
As I progressed, I ran into a lot of “I Remember” moments.
Enough of those moments to add this installment of what will be a three-part series, into our “I Remember” category.

Perhaps, when we hear of a game show which tests your knowledge, we first think of “Jeopardy!”
I remember the original “Jeopardy!” hosted by Art Fleming. The original daytime version debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964. Don Pardo was the announcer until 1975, and John Harlan announced for the 1978–1979 show.
I used to love Art Fleming coming out, raising his arm, and saying, “Thank you, John Harlan!!!” or “Thank you, Don Pardo!!!” as he walked to the podium. Art Fleming just seemed to be a nice man. As a fan of old-time radio, and, I guess now, old-time television, it was always important who the announcer was. I remember when the announcer was a big part of the show in those early years of television.
The daily syndicated version, the “current version,” has featured Alex Trebek as host and Johnny Gilbert as announcer since 1984.
1984?
Alex Trebek has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984?
That’s 34 years.
34 years.

There is an old saying in the radio business that, “You know you’re getting older when they start making “re-makes” of songs that you used to play when they were brand new.”
I guess now, the same can be said for game shows.

“Jeopardy!” is one of those shows that, when you walk in the room where the show is on … you have stop, and try to answer at least one question … or, more. It just “grabs you” and, certainly that is one of the secrets behind its appeal. Just like “The Wheel of Fortune,” when the game is on when you walk in the room, you just have to stop for a moment, and try to solve the puzzle.
While I was never a fan of “Wheel of Fortune,” I used to love “Jeopardy!”
Have you noticed that “Jeopardy!” is always spelled with an exclamation point?

Anyway, I remember, when I was a child, that Mama used to love to watch “Jeopardy!” So, I loved it, too.
I remember … “Jeopardy!” was on at 10:00 …Right after “The Phil Donahue Show,” which Mama also would sometimes watch.
I can still remember certain episodes of “The Phil Donahue Show” with Billy Graham as guest.

Oh, boy … do I remember “The Jack LaLanne Show” … That would have to be one of my earliest television memories …
One man, and one chair … His fitness show ran from 1953 until 1985.

Both my Mom and Dad used to watch his program. I remember that much of Jack LaLanne’s audience were stay-at-home mothers. His wife, Elaine LaLanne, was part of the show to demonstrate the exercises, as well as demonstrate the fact that doing the exercises would not ruin their figures or musculature.
Remember this?
Jack LaLanne also included his dog Happy as a way to attract children to the show. Later, another dog named Walter was used, with LaLanne claiming “Walter” stood for “We All Love To Exercise Regularly.”

Which leads me to remember … Charles Atlas …
I remember Daddy was a big fan of Charles Atlas, and I can remember, every morning, Daddy doing exercises made famous by Charles Atlas.
Of course, I was a big fan of Charles Atlas.
I think every American boy was.
Yes … I remember those “kick sand in the face” ads on the back of comic books and magazines.
And … yes … I remember ordering the “Charles Atlas Course,” as well.

Daddy always … always … watched the world news at 6:30.
Didn’t matter if we were in the middle of supper or not …
He would grab his plate, and go into the living room, sit on the couch, and watch the news.
Always.
I remember Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.
I remember Walter Cronkite.
I remember, on Saturday nights … Roger Mudd hosting the Saturday Evening News on CBS.
We always watched that …
Wrestling was on, from Chattanooga, at 5:00, so the news would follow at 6:00.
I remember … when we got one of our first hogs/pigs, Daddy named it “Roger Mudd.”

I remember … after the news … if we were lucky … we’d get to watch “Truth or Consequences” with Bob Barker, and then … if we got to watch that … we could watch “Dragnet.”
I remember … that, sometimes, we would watch “To Tell the Truth” with Gary Moore hosting.
That was usually the only hour of TV we got …
Except on Thursday night … when “The Waltons” were on.
On Friday nights … we got a bonus:
We were able to watch “Sanford and Son.”
I remember “Chico and the Man,” which would follow.

We were all awake, watching Walter Cronkite, when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

Anyway … back to the game shows …

I was a fan of “The Jokers Wild” years ago.
I remember that I always did well on getting the answers correct.
I don’t get to watch “Jeopardy!” anymore, and I have no real interest in “game shows,” but I still love anything that carries a “question and answer” theme.
For example, when writing Part One of this series, I needed to check spelling and correct definition of a word. I use the Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary and Thesaurus.
Of course … before I left their website … I had to take at least one quiz … I did pretty well on it …
So, the point is, I still like quizzes, and the like, which test knowledge.

So, I thought I’d check out the new “Jokers Wild” television show. As written, I was a big fan of the show, many years ago.
When it first aired, the show was billed as
“The game where knowledge is king and lady luck is queen.”

By the way, Jack LaLanne would say that
“Exercise is king and nutrition is queen.”

As I researched the history of the show, it read like a “who’s who” of game shows.
“The Jokers Wild” first aired on CBS from 1972 to 1975, and from 1977 to 1986 in syndication. A children’s version, titled “Joker! Joker!! Joker!!!” aired from 1979 to 1981, and
a revival of the series aired in 1990 and 1991. The creator of the show, Jack Barry, hosted the show from 1972 to 1984, and is the host I have always associated with “Jokers Wild.”

In my research, I discovered this:
Jack Barry was not the original choice to host the show.
Allen Ludden hosted the first two pilot episodes for CBS.
Tom Kennedy, Wink Martindale, and Allen Ludden were the three top choices to host, but each was already committed to other shows. Kennedy was tied to “Split Second” for ABC, Ludden had just started hosting a revival of “Password,” and Martindale was to host “Gambit.”
They offered the hosting job to Dennis James, who had originally been the favorite to land the host job for the upcoming Mark Goodson–Bill Todman Productions’ game show “The New Price Is Right.” When CBS agreed to a weekday daytime version of “The New Price Is Right,” Vice President of Daytime Programming B. Donald “Bud” Grant wanted 15-year “Truth or Consequences” host Bob Barker to host “The New Price is Right” instead of Dennis James. Bob Barker originally said he would gladly host “Jokers Wild,” but Grant convinced him to take the hosting role on “The New Price Is Right” instead, which, as you know, Bob Barker would then host for 35 years. Meanwhile, Dennis James was hired by Goodson to host a night-time syndicated version of “The New Price Is Right.”

By the way … I remember … “Password” with Allen Luden.
Remember how popular this show was?

“The Joker’s Wild,” with host Jack Barry, debuted on CBS, on September 4, 1972, on the same Labor Day as “The New Price Is Right,” as well as “Gambit.” It ran until June 13, 1975, airing at 10:00 AM.

That’s enough for now …
Next time … I promise … to fully explain the title of this series …

As our thoughts … and our pens … turn to …
“Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild.”
Yes … “that” Snoop Dogg.”

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Real Men/Real Brave: The Kind of Men Who Signed our Declaration of Independence

Real men.
Real brave.

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
What sort of men were these?
24 were judges and lawyers.
9 were farmers and plantation owners.
11 were merchants.
The remaining 12?
They were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

Personal note: “Politicians” were in the minority … Commonly, they are listed as the last “group.”
One, as you’ll discover, served in Congress without pay.

They were all educated … “men of means” … and, all knew that signing this document put their lives … their property … their “means” … in jeopardy …

These 56 men were willing to sacrifice everything … to insure our freedom.

Please hear the story of Thomas Nelson, Jr.
The Governor of Virginia.
He signed it.
Then, lived it.
I’m not sure when we started calling certain citizens, like politicians and judges, “honorable,” or adding “The Honorable” to their titles, but … please hear the story of Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr …
The Honorable Thomas Nelson, Jr.

At the end is a full list of all 56 signers.
56 men.
Real men.
Real brave.
Real heroes.
Real Americans.
Real statesmen.
United Statesmen.

Produced by “Clear Glass Productions.”

“I am thankful to have this time … not to look at what we’ve become … but, to look back at what we were …”
Richard. Vincent. Rose.