The Lord has opened a door for us to participate in the Annual Jubilee held by Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in East Bend, NC. It is the week of May 6th. Pastor Bobby Watts has asked us to sing on Wednesday night, May 9th and for me to preach. We are looking forward to being back at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church once again and to fellowship with Brother Watts, his church folk and all who are able to attend.
Pastor Bobby Leonard has invited us to spend the day with him at Bible Baptist Tabernacle in Monroe, NC, on Sunday, June 3rd. We have enjoyed attending many services there in the past and are thankful to have the privilege of being with him once again My thanks to this dear pastor for opening his pulpit and extending this gracious invitation.
Pastor Keith Linzy has asked us to be with him on Sunday, June 24th, at Morning Star Baptist Church, Shelby, NC. Our dear friend, Dr. Ron Lesley, pastored there many years before retiring. We look forward to being back at Morning Star Baptist Church, and we are excited about what the Lord is doing through Pastor Keith Linzy and this wonderful church.
We are planning on starting a revival on Sunday, September 16th, held at the Community Bible Church, 5786 Red Hill Road, Camden SC. Pastor Jerry Peacock has opened his church to us for many years during this week, and we look forward to this meeting.
It will require us to return to Greenville, SC, late Sunday night, for Shirley to be at her treatments on Monday morning, and for us to be able to travel back to Camden on Monday afternoon for the evening service. Pray for her strength and for our safety as we attempt this schedule. And please be in prayer for the meeting.
Shirley and I have had the privilege of being with Pastor David Cooper and Bible Baptist Church, Marietta, GA, at the close of the Old Year and the beginning of the New Year for several years. We are looking forward to spending this exciting time with Dr. Cooper and his congregation and to seeing another the New Year come in from Marietta, GA.
On Sunday, April 15th, we will be at Victory Baptist Church, Easley, SC. Pastor Greg Phillips has graciously opened his pulpit for me. We look forward to a few days on the church grounds, and to fellowship with Pastor Phillips and his church family. Services start with Sunday School at 10 a.m., continue with the Morning Worship Hour, beginning at 11, and conclude with the evening service at 6 p.m.
Please be in prayer for the services, that the Lord will be gracious in our midst. Our desire is to see souls saved, the Church edified and saints exhorted in their living for Christ.
We have the privilege of being with Pastor David Cooper at Bible Baptist Church, Marietta, GA, on Sunday, April 8th. Sunday School at 10 a.m., followed by the morning Worship service at 11 a.m. The evening service starts at 5 p.m.
We are thankful for our dear friend and his congregation, for their prayers for us and their kindness shown to us, especially during this battle with Shirley's cancer. It is always a privilege to me when a pastor will open his pulpit on a Sunday to have us come. With Shirley's chemo treatments being weekly now (her cancer has been growing), we are obligated to be in Greenville, SC, every Monday morning until further notice. Every other week, her treatments require three days.
We thank the Lord for the many doctors, nurses and staff that labor through the Greenville Health System. God has used them to be a blessing in our lives. We thank the Lord for you and for your prayers on her behalf. Her CEA (her cancer's activity number) was 67 in April of 2017; it catapult to over 7,100 by January of 2018. The higher the number, the more active the cancer.
It is a miracle that I have her with me and that she is able to travel, within limitations. Our desire is to be used of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as He best sees fit. Thank you, again, for your prayers.
Wayside Baptist Tabernacle in Pelion, SC, will hold an Old-Fashioned Sunday on March 25th. Shirley and I have been asked to participate. I have the privilege of preaching the services on that day. Great worship and fellowship, great food and great fun in the Lord! You can enjoy coming to Church and still know the presence of God's Spirit! Sunday School at 10 a.m. Preaching at 11 a.m. Meal on the grounds to follow. Sunday night service is at 6 p.m. I appreciate Pastor Grover Williams inviting us. Looking forward to what the Lord has in store
Shirley and I have the privilege of spending the day with Pastor Mark Dibler and the good folks of Bible Baptist Church, Pickens, SC, on Sunday, March 18th. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 11 a.m., and the evening service at 6 p.m. I look forward to the fellowship and count it an honor to be able to preach in Pastor Dibler's pulpit.
Just a word about Shirley and her cancer. She has begun new infusions this past Monday, March 12th, after several month of taking chemo orally. Her CEA number has risen over 7,000 as of Thursday, March 8th. In April of 2017, it registered 67. The oncologist seeks to see it level at a number under 100. Since April, her cancer has rocketed. The new treatments (4 hours plus in duration) will be weekly until further notice. We are trusting the Lord, taking things day by day. Thank you for your prayers.
Pastor Joey Curado has asked us to spend the weekend with him and his good wife and their dear congregation on Saturday, February 24th, and Sunday, February 25th. Saturday will be a time of fellowship with Brother Joey and his good wife. I will have the joy of preaching both services on Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., the Sunday morning Worship service will follow at 11 a.m. Sunday night service will be at 6 p.m. We are looking forward to being with this wonderful group of believers. Pray for the services, for souls to be saved and the saints to be refreshed in the Lord!
Shirley has been holding a yearly Ladies' Meeting at Friendship Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC, for several years. She will do so again this year. The meeting runs Monday through Wednesday (February 18th - 21st), from 10 a.m. to noon each day. Last year a dear lady visiting Myrtle Beach from Canada dropped in on the first day. She returned to the meeting each day and has become a faithful friend of Shirley's via Facebook. Over the year, Shirley has been thrilled at how this individual has grown in the Lord! I commend the ladies of Friendship Baptist Church for how they welcomed this individual with open arms. They have made an impact for the Lord in her life.
The dates for being with Pastor Will George at Friendship Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC, have been delayed one week. The new dates are Sunday, February 18th, and Wednesday, February 21st. Shirley's Ladies' Meeting is also moved to Monday, February 19th through Wednesday, February 21st. Our appreciation to Pastor George for working with us, and our thanks to the Lord for having that week available. When the schedule has an opening it bothers any preacher; yet, the Lord knows the steps ahead. Often, like these dates with Friendship Baptist Church, the Lord knows what will be needed. I had a cancellation in January. God filled it one week before the date. We had great services at Highland Baptist Church, Vass, NC. We had two Sundays open in January, only to find that the cold/flu bug would keep us inactive anyway. Shirley is still battling a cold. She sees her oncologist on February 8th. He will test her blood to see how the current medications are affecting the cancer's growth. Since April, it has accelerated, going from a low of 67 to over 6,400 as of last month's test. Thank you for your prayers. She is a miracle, to me.
Shirley's last visit to the oncologist was Thursday, February 8th. The CEA's test results from her blood work have not yet been posted. As of January 11th, her cancer activity count had jumped over 6,400. The goal is to see it under 100, which it was last April. Still, she is able to function, and we praise the Lord for that ability!
There were two new drugs the doctor mentioned that may be the next step, since what has been used is not affecting the cancer, and he mentioned possibly re-visiting two past drugs that had showed dramatic effect when first introduced. In the short term, she is continuing with her current treatment, and a CT scan has been set for March 1st to see the physical extent of the cancer. Her next consultation is set for March 8th.
Thank you for your prayers. The grace of God and His will are what keep her going at this point. The Lord knows, and we are grateful that our Saviour is in charge of our days.
We have the joy of spending the day with Pastor Bill Pickel and Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Pacolet, SC, on Sunday, February 4th. It is always an honor to stand in another man's pulpit, and it will be privilege to preach for Dr. Pickel. The church has a printing ministry, Calvary Hill Printing Press, run by Jerry Walsh. You can find them on the web at www.calvaryhillbaptistpress.com. They have been a great help in printing the Daily Bible Reading Schedules from year to year. We look forward to being with these great saints of God!
Given the short period of time preachers often face in which to give a testimony or bring a word from the Lord, a simple Bible outline may be the best way to communicate to those who are listening. One such outline is 2 Corinthians 13:14. It is the close of Paul's second epistle to Corinth: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.
The Lord's grace is Calvary: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
God's love is Calvary: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The Holy Spirit's communion is found at Calvary: the communion of the blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16) is the cup which we bless, and it is the blood of Jesus Christ his Son that cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:7).
Calvary makes the difference. Have you been to Calvary? Have you received the salvation God has provided for us through the Lord Jesus Christ?
Pastor Bill Vaughn called me last Saturday to ask if I could preach for him on Sunday, January 28th. The church where we had been scheduled for that date cancelled, and I had wondered if the Lord would give to us an open door for that day. Brother Vaughn's call came like a voice from heaven. Shirley and I will travel on Saturday, January 27th, from Simpsonville, SC, to Vass, NC, where I will preach both services on Sunday, the 28th. Highland Baptist Church is located on U.S. Highway 1, as you head north out of Pinehurst. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., the morning Worship service at 11. Sunday night service at 6 p.m. The focus is Missions that Sunday. Pray for the services; pray for us as we travel. Shirley's cancer is increasing in its activity. The count they check by her blood to monitor the cancer has climbed to over 6,400 as of the 11th of January, 2018. The oncologist desires that number to be under 100. It was 67 back in April of 2017; but, it has been accelerating by leaps and bounds since then. God knows my wife's needs; he knows my needs; and, he knows our needs as we continue to travel for Christ. We praise the Lord that he is always faithful!
While listening to a Brother in Christ testifying to the wonderful grace of God that saved him, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). What the Lord Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary is the grace of Christ that saves.
The grace of God the Father is seen in his eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him (that is, the faith of Christ which makes us righteous [Romans 3:22], declares us to be justified in God's sight [Galatians 2:16] and secures for us the promise of God's Spirit, the Holy Ghost [Galatians 3:22; Acts 1:4-8]) (Ephesians 3:11-12).
The grace of God the Father was demonstrated at Calvary, where he delivered his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). The use of should is subjunctive in mood. We use such terms as would, could, should, might, etc. to express a wish, something contrary to fact or to speak of the future as though it were past. If I say, This should work; I think in my mind the it will work; but, I do not really know. When a member of a losing football team states, I could have caught that ball, he thinks it is a settled deal, but he was not in the game even to get a chance to try. However, when God uses the subjunctive -- the One who made all things and knows the end from the beginning -- when He speaks of the future (shall) as if it has already come to pass (should), God knows of what he speaks! The White Throne Judgment is already past to every soul that believes upon the Lord Jesus Christ! They should not perish! Why, because they have passed from death unto life by their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
The grace of the blessed Holy Spirit of God, that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:11-14).
Have you found the grace of God? Has the grace of God reached you? All you have to do is recognize your sin, repent of your dead works and place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone!
We look forward to opening the New Year with Sunday services at Bible Baptist Church, Marietta, GA. Pastor David Cooper has extended an open door, for which we are very grateful. Shirley's cancer has been growing now for several months. The tumor in her colon, is isolated due to the osmotic surgery required in July of 2016, has accelerated its growth, reaching as of Monday, December 11th, a high of 2,926. In addition, she has developed a back pain that appears from x-rays to be unrelated to the tumor. We should learn more this coming Monday (December 18th) regarding her back. For now, the oncologist has prescribed an added pain medication. God knows. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price: the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through faith in him, our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Ghost, which we have of God. Our obligation to our Redeemer is to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which are God's body and spirit (1 Corinthians 5:20). That is our heart's desire. Should Shirley remain with me by God's grace, we hope to see Pastor David and his fine congregation on Sunday, January 7th. Thank you for your prayers.
The last day of the year is a Sunday for 2017. Pastor David Cooper has asked me to spend that day with them, at the Bible Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. I look forward to preaching and to having fellowship with Pastor Cooper and his great church. The morning services will begin with Sunday School at 10 a.m. and Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. Since this is also New Year's Eve, I am not certain of the evening schedule, whether it will be the normal time or moved to a watch-night service.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!
Promised to Adam and Eve in the garden, the Seed of the woman would "bruise his heel" in our redemption (Gen. 3:15). Eve looked for God's promised Seed (Gen. 4:25). Isaiah would tell us the sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Isaiah 7:14). The Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, declares, "Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me" (Isaiah 48:16).
Coming through the daughter of the troops of women since Eve (Micah 5:1), the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4). Mary had found favour with God. She, like Eve (Genesis 4:25), looked for the promised Seed. God sent the angel Gabriel to tell her, "Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord GOD shall give unto him the throne of his father David" (Luke 1:31-32).
How is it possible that a virgin conceive? "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee," says Gabriel, "and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
God had kept his promise: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). The Judge of Israel was smitten with a rod upon the cheek (Micah 5:1). He poured out his soul unto dead (Isaiah 53:12). The Holy One of Israel, whose soul was made an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10), shed his blood, the blood of the New Testament, for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28).
If Christ died for the sins of the whole world (and he did - 1 John2:2), why did the Lord say, "...for many... '? Sadly, though whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17), man must choose Christ. Repentance from dead works and faith toward God (Hebrews 6:1) has always been the narrow way. From Cain's rejection of the lamb (Genesis 4:7) to modern man's refusal to retain God in their knowledge (Romans 1:28), men have left the Lord with no alternative but to give them over to a reprobate mind. Why? Because, when he called, they did not answer, and when he spake, they would not hear (Isaiah 65:12). Many today deny him!
However (praise God!), if we confess him before men, he will confess us before the Father (Matthew 10:32-33). If we will believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead and confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus, we shall be saved. For, with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
He that believeth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh abides in the doctrine of Christ: he hath both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:7-9). Receive God's gift of salvation in Jesus and have a very merry CHRISTmas!
We hope to be able to spend Thanksgiving weekend with our family in Pigeon Forge, TN, this coming year. My desire is to set memories for our children and grandchildren of their Mother and Grandmother, who is known to the grandkids affectionately as "Gree." This is Shirley's name, given to her by the oldest of our children's children. Shirley's cancer is once again increasing in its activity. The oncologist told us Tuesday (September 26th) that he would set up a CT-scan after our October revival to assess what changes have occurred. Her current CEA number is 467.2 (the higher the number, the more active the cancer). She has miraculously started her third year of chemo in August. Her next treatment is scheduled for October 18th. We plan on attending Freedom Baptist Church during that stay. Pastor Ed Parton and his wife are dear friends.
I have the joy of holding a meeting at Lee's Chapel Baptist Church in Gardendale, AL, from Sunday, October 8th, through Wednesday, October 11th. Pastor Paul Pschirer has kindly extended this invitation to preach to his people and to have fellowship once again with he, his wife and their dear family. It has been several years since we have seen Pastor Pschirer. Shirley and I are looking forward to the meeting. Pray for our health, safety as we travel and our financial needs. Most importantly, pray for souls for Christ and a touch from heaven in the meeting.
When the Apostle Paul writes his second epistle to the church of Thessalonica, he reveals an amazing view of God's coming judgment: it is a righteous thing! Paul declares that he is bound to give thanks to God always for this great church for two primary reasons: their faith was growing exceedingly and the charity of every one of them abounded toward each other. And while the Apostle is thanking the Lord for this church, he understands that "it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you" (2 Thessalonians 1:6).
Paul not only gives God thanks on their behalf, he also glories among the other churches for the patience and faith these Thessalonians showed in all their persecutions and tribulations, noting that they suffered for the kingdom of God. In fact, the Apostle declares that such suffering is a "manifest token of the of the righteous judgment of God" (2 Thessalonians 1:5). Such suffering is an evidence of being counted "worthy of the kingdom of God." Job was counted worthy to suffer for Christ, as was the Apostle Paul himself. So, too, were the saints of Thessalonica. As Peter writes, "Happy are ye" when ye suffer for righteousness' sake (1 Peter 3:14).
So, to you who are troubled, rest with us. It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints and to be admired in all them that believe in that day!
I have the joy of holding a meeting at the Community Bible Church, in Camden, SC, from Sunday, September 17th, through Wednesday, September 20th. The Sunday service are as follows: Sunday School (10:00 AM), Sunday Worship (11:00 AM) and Sunday Evening Worship (6:00 PM). The services on Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7 PM. Shirley and I thank the Lord for Pastor Peacock and his dear wife, whom we have known for many years, and for his faithful Church family, who have proven themselves our dear friends. Pray for the Lord's leadership in the services, for souls to be saved and for the saints to feel a touch from heaven through the preaching of God's Word.
Pastor Jeff Stewart has invited us to be with Choice Hills Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, on Sunday morning, September 10th. I look forward to preaching and singing, and hearing Shirley play the piano and testify for the Lord. These folk are dear saints of God, and we are honored to be a part of their fellowship on Sunday, September 10th.
The saint of God needs revival. It can be a personal need or a national need (a need for revival within any group of which a saint is a member): such as a family, a church body, or, literally, a nation among whom we live. Revival of the national kind is the revival desired by the writer of the 85th Psalm. He prays, Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people my rejoice in thee (Psalm 85:6)? The cause of God's anger was not the fault of the saint praying. This dear saint recognized that God had turned himself from the fierceness of his anger (Psalm 85:3). He had forgiven the iniquity of his people, having covered all their sin (Psalm 85:2). Yet, the Lord is angry with the generations that refuse to recognize what this saint knows: there are generations that refuse to acknowledge the mercy God has provided through his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for the sins of the whole world. We have been bought with a price; yet, we must repent of our dead works and received the gift of God's Son! God's promise is to all: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else (Isaiah 45:22).
After pleading with the Lord to show the us mercy and to grant us salvation, the Psalmist turns and declares what he will personally do while he waits on the revival for which he prays: I will hear what God the Lord will speak (Psalm 85:8). Not what men say; not what the talk shows discuss; not what the devil whispers. He will hear, Thus saith the Lord! In his burden for revival, in this need for revival, God the Lord will speak (1) peace unto his people and to his saints (Psalm 85:8). (2) God will warn his saints not to return to folly, but to walk before him in fear (Psalm 85:8b-9). Not the fear of the wrath of God. No! In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14). But the fear of a reverence for the One who loved us so. Like our Saviour, God hears our prayers in that we fear him so (Hebrews 5:7). (3) God will witness to his saints that his salvation is near them that fear him (Psalm 85:9). (4) The Lord will remind us of truth springing out of the earth because mercy and truth are met together, of righteousness looking down from heaven because righteousness and peace have kissed each other (Psalm 85:10-11). Christ, who is truth, came into the world in the form of man, that the Spirit of Christ might be poured out among men! (5) the psalmist will be reminded that the Lord shall give that which is good (Psalm 85:12).
Waiting on revival? Follow the Psalmist's example and listen to God the Lord!
We are looking forward to being with Pastor Karl Zielke and New Hope Baptist Church, Candler, NC, on September 3rd, for their Homecoming. Service will begin at 11 a.m., with a meal on the grounds afterward. Our appreciation to Pastor Zielke, and to the Lord, for inviting us to be a part of this great day!
Pastor Bobby Watts has invited us to testify, sing and preach in the evening service, August 27th, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in East Bend, NC. This will be our first time with Pastor Watts, and we look forward to being with him and to meeting his congregation.
Ever notice the wording the Apostle Paul uses in Titus 3:8? He declares, These things I will that thou affirm constantly. It is Paul's "I will...." Normally, we turn to 2 Timothy 4:6 when we think of Paul's last moments: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.... The date given for Paul's writing of 2nd Timothy is 66 A.D. The date for Titus is 65 A.D. Remember, we write out a will before we die. Before Paul's departure to be with the Lord, the Apostle willed that we constantly affirm the following: that we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another: but after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not be works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:3-7).
This is a faithful saying, faithful to Moses and to all of the prophets. We all were sinners. And "after that" the kindness and love of God appeared. Christ died while we were yet sinners. Jesus saves sinners. He will have mercy on you, according to the hope of eternal life, which is in Jesus Christ. This hope is the gospel: that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and three days later, arose from the dead! He did this "according to scripture": he fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies and promises. Christ shed his blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins that the Father could shed the Holy Spirit on us abundantly, through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Receive the grace of God. Let him save you by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. God is calling. Any man who thirsts can come and take of the water of life freely. That water is his word. Receive his promise: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18). Believe in the name of Christ today, and confess him as your Saviour before men!