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.
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 have the opportunity to enjoy attending the wedding of Miss Angela Humphries to Mr. Van Billingsley on Friday evening, June 8th, in Sanford, N.C., and staying over through Sunday and preaching at Truth Missionary Baptist Church in Moncure, NC, for Pastor Ronald Humphries, Sr., June 10th. Miss Angela is Dr. & Mrs. Humphries oldest daughter.
My wife Shirley was able to continue with her cancer treatments on yesterday (June 5th). Her neutrophils were so low the previous week that she was not able to take a treatment. Neutrophils deal with our immune systems, and hers was too low at the time. However, they have risen during the week, and we are grateful.
Her cancer is again increasing by the numbers shown through her blood work. From a high of 7,100 in February of this year to 2,900 seven weeks after starting her new, weekly chemo sessions. With missing two of the last four weeks, her numbers have risen to 3,800 plus. Pray that she will have the strength to continue her treatments and that the cancer will again begin to subside, by God's grace. Thank you!
The Scriptures use many terms to describe how we are saved through Jesus Christ and what he did on Calvary by shedding his blood for our sins and then rising again from the dead. For example, Paul declares that we are saved by hope (Romans 8:24). He writes that we are reconciled by the death of God's Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Romans 5:10). Indeed, the blood cleanses us from all sin, and the resurrection insures our justification!
The preaching of the cross is the power of God unto salvation (1 Corinthians 1:18). The gospel of Jesus Christ is also the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Yea, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes in the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the grace of God freely given, whereby we are saved (by grace ye are saved - Ephesians 2:5 & 8). We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).
The most amazing way the Lord describes our being saved eternally is through the power of words! That is what God told Cornelius when he ordered the centurion to send for Peter, who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved (Acts 11:14). Words whereby thou shall be saved.
What are those words? They are the words of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the words Cornelius had hoped to hear, knowing that God was preaching peace by Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36) through the Lord's earthly ministry and substitutionary sacrifice on the cross. Peter testifies to that. Peter also testifies to this: To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43)!
What was a head knowledge to Cornelius and his household in Acts 10:37 became a heart knowledge in Acts 10:43. The next words we read in Scripture are these: While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word (Acts 10:44).
Have you heard the word? Have you heard that the Son of God died for our sin and that he arose from the dead? Have you heard that he is the judge of all men? Have you heard that whosoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins at their judgment? I have. I am trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Will you?
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 Kevin Hembree has invited me to preach for him at Calvary Baptist Church, Greenwood, SC, on Sunday, May 20th. Morning service begins at 10:30 a.m. The evening service begins at 6:00 p.m. Shirley and I are looking forward to being back at Calvary Baptist Church.
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.
Shirley and I have the joy of spending the day, Sunday, May 6th, with Pastor David Johnston and Temple Baptist Church in Laurens, SC. There will be a church-wide meal after the morning service. The evening service begins at 6 p.m. The church is located at 21215 U.S. Hwy. 76 E., Laurens, SC.
On Monday, April 23rd, Shirley had blood drawn before her cancer treatment, to test the CEA level of her cancer. In April of 2017, her cancer activity level was down to 67. By January of 2018, it had rocketed to over 6,400. By February, it was over 7,100. The oncologist stopped her bi-weeekly treatments and, in March, replaced them with weekly chemo infusions. The latest test has shown a drop in the acceleration of her cancer: her numbers have been reduced to 2,900! Praise the Lord!
This has been a great encouragement. She still must continue with her weekly treatments; however, the reprieve in the cancer's growth has been a fresh breath for Heaven. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for her.
You probably saw these when you were a child, the "connect-the-dots" pictures in the coloring books. You would draw a line from one dot to another, and either a portion of a drawing would be filled in or an entire picture would appear. Words are like those dots. In a paragraph, you follow the related terms to find the "picture" the writer wants presented to your mind.
Using Romans 10:15-17, connect the dots: connect the key words that reflect the same idea. We begin with Romans 10:15 (And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!). The first "dot" : preach the gospel of peace.
Romans 10:16 (But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias [Isaiah] saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?) The second and third "dots" : the gospel and Esaias' report.
Romans 10:17 (So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God). The fourth and fifth "dots": they are faith and the word of God.
Let us view the picture: (1.) preach the gospel of peace; which is (2.) the gospel, the same gospel of Isaiah's (3.) report. This is the (4.) faith which we preach and which we desire all men to receive. It is (5.) the word of God.
Peter told Cornelius and all in his house that day, "The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) that word, I say, ye know..." (Acts 10:36-37). Those Romans knew "the word" which God sent, preaching peace by Jesus Christ. Notice: God was doing the "preaching" (through Christ and now, by his Spirit, through us). And, God was preaching peace between God and man by the Lord Jesus Christ. That "word" was the gospel of peace, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you heard it? Have you seen it, this "faith" which comes from hearing the word of God?
Moses and all of the prophets give witness to it. The purpose of the Old Testament is to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
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.