Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
                                                                                                         -Acts 2:38
  
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He’s back!!!!! After nearly three years on the road helping spread the gospel and doing his best to bring the lost back to Christ, Reggie Saddler returns to Franklin Presbyterian with his wife and daughter to bring his special brand of gospel music to the church at the end of the lane!
Yessiree, it all happens on Sunday, August 18th at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  What is more, because everyone will exhaust their energy supply clapping and singing (and maybe even dancing) along with the Saddlers, we will serve dinner.  All you have to bring is yourselves and your Jesus-loving hearts (and a few dollars to support the love offering for the Saddler’s ministry).
It’s been awhile, but the wait most certainly will be worth it.  Here is a family with so much musical talent, putting in all on the line, day and night, for Jesus Christ. Rarely do we see folks give it all to the Lord the way the Saddlers do.
And it shows throughout every fiber of the leader: Reggie Saddler, an authentic disciple of Christ.  At 74, he moves around the stage like a 10-year-old.  With a voice that is silvery, silky and soulful, he leads his family in self-written songs (and old-time favorites) that ignite the soul and unite the hearts of all in Christ.
 
Reggie Saddler was one of the biggest attractions at soul shows, night clubs and colleges in his heyday.  With his group, the Reggie Saddler Revue, he sold thousands of records; hit after hit. 
As the 60’s gave way to the late 70’s, he built his back-up band to seven professional musicians strong and worked with major stars and entertainers.  His resume included stints with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Drifters and the Platters.
He did shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, performing with Don Rickles and Redd Foxx.  He performed at Lake Tahoe with Dick Clark’s Rock-N-Roll Revival, alongside Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Rick Nelson, and many others.
The Walt Disney Corporation hired him away, and he worked their venues in Florida and California.  Over 80,000 saw him perform in a Tokyo, Japan stadium.
Reggie was riding high.
But there is one thing I’ve learned about Reggie in the 45 years I’ve known him.  He is one deep man.  He knows there is more to life than money, hits and fame.   
It was in Los Angeles, California where Christ got hold of him.  While on tour, Reggie visited Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  Dr. E.V. Hill was preaching.  Reggie saw a better way in the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
He gave his heart to the Lord, left rock-n-roll and began his walk with Jesus Christ.
But, thank goodness, he never stopped singing. With his wife, Bridgette and their grown daughter Ingra they travel full time.  They sing and Reggie preaches.  And they
 
 
inspire and move others to open their hearts and allow the work of the Holy Spirit to take place.  And as a result of his ministry, thousands have turned their lives over to Jesus Christ.
Reggie touched my heart years ago at UNC.  While I loved listening to him play at concerts and Beta house parties, nothing compared to the breaks; when we could visit, and I asked him over and over about chordal progressions and harmonies.  Reggie is a master song writer and I was one college boy who wanted to know more.   His patience was endless as we talked music.
And he hasn’t lost a step.  His song, The Real Thing hit number 3 on the Singing News Top 80. Others followed suit: We’ve Got to Tell the Truth (number 9), I’ve Got Me a Home (number 18), and my personal favorite, This Is Not My Home (number 29 and climbing).
All of these songs can be heard on YouTube.  But Reggie is a master of the traditional gospel songs too.  You’ll likely hear Precious Lord, The Lord’s Prayer and a host of others the night of the 18th.
God calls us to repent and return to Him.  If repentance is real, if the heart is in the Lord, God promises that the Holy Spirit will fly right in and make us new creations… giving us new life, new joy and new community.
No greater examples of this than Reggie Saddler and his family. So join us in this celebration of life together in Jesus Christ on August 18th at 5:00 pm.  We can sing, dance and share fellowship with one another and the community, AND show the world what Christian love truly is!
  
  
 
                                                                                                                                           Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                                                               Pastor John