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Phillip Black

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It's No Secret
8/14/2011 8:37:19 PM

Hello Friends.

Back in the 50's there was a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, womanizing partying, etc.

One of his bigger hits at the time was "I won't go hunting with you Jake, but I'll go chasing women".

One day, along came a young preacher holding a tent revival.
Hamblen had him on his radio show presumably to poke fun at him.

In order to gather more material for his show, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings.

Early in the service the preacher announced, "There is one man in this audience who is a big fake."

There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would call that conviction), but he was having none of that.

Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 am demanding that the preacher pray for him!

But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it."

But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until about 5 am at which point Stuart dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God.

But that is not the end of the story. Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women, quit everything that was "fun".

Soon he began to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd.

He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.

Hard times were upon him.

He tried writing a couple of "Christian" songs but the only one that had much success was "This Old House", written for his friend Rosemary Clooney.

As he continued to struggle, a long time friend named John took him aside and told him, "all your troubles started when you 'got religion', was it worth it all?"

Stuart answered simply, "Yes".

Then his friend asked, "You liked your booze so much, don't you ever miss it?"
And his answer was, "No".

John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily."

And Stuart's response was, "It's no big secret.
All things are possible with God."

To this John said "That's a catchy phrase.
You should write a song about it."

And as they say, the rest is history.

The song Stuart wrote was "It Is No Secret"

It is no secret what God can do.

What He's done for others, He'll do for you.

With arms wide open, He'll welcome you.

It is no secret, what God can do....

By the way......... the friend was John Wayne.

And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen ?

That was Billy Graham.

Just wanted to share this with you all Today.

God Bless You My Friends,


“There may be trouble all around, but I am calling you to a place of peace. Be still and know that I am God. Come to Me, and I will give you wisdom, strength, and grace for everything you face." Psalm 46:10
RE: It's No Secret
8/14/2011 9:06:15 PM

Phil, that is very interesting story and one I had not heard before. These are the things that should be upheld and applauded but they get lost until someone like you reminds us.

Thank you!!


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RE: It's No Secret
8/14/2011 9:15:11 PM

A great story Phil.

We need to remember how clear His message is.

Thanks for sharing.


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RE: It's No Secret
8/14/2011 9:23:47 PM
Thank you so much for sharing that, I still have tears in my eyes.......

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RE: It's No Secret
8/14/2011 11:07:25 PM

Thanks Phil. What an inspiring story. I hope everyone checks the link and listens to the song. Just beautiful!

Hope you don't mind if I take this chance to share the following video of Brooks and Dunn performing "Believe" Everytime I hear this song it brings a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat.

Have a wonderful Sunday,


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