The Bible Baptist Church of Marietta, GA and its pastor, Dr. David Cooper, have become very dear to my heart (as they were very dear to my wife). Dr. Cooper has asked me to fill-in on a Sunday night (January 27th) and to preach at a Pastor’s fellowship on Monday (January 28th) at his church. I am happy to be of service at any time these fine folk will have me.
Pastor Terry McMillan has asked me to fill-in for him on Sunday, February 3rd. I look forward to fellowship with his church family and to seeing him back at his home church for the evening service. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., followed by the morning Worship Service at 11 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.
Pastor Jerry Peacock has opened the door for me to preach a revival meeting at the Community Bible Church in Camden, SC, beginning Sunday morning, February 10th and continuing nightly through Wednesday evening. Sunday night’s service begins at 6 p.m. Services on Monday through Wednesday begin at 7 p.m.
Pastor Will George has extended an invitation to preach at Friendship Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC, on Sunday, February 24th. For many years, he and his church hosted an annual Ladies’ Meeting, with my late wife, Shirley, speaking. I look forward to being back with him, and to having fellowship with him and with his dear congregation.
Pastor Bill Vaughn and Highland Baptist Church, Vass, NC, hosts the 2019 Sandhills Jubilee, March 11th-14th. Before the first service Monday night, the church will serve a meal. Preaching services are held Tuesday through Thursday in the morning and again each evening. Lunch and supper will be served Tuesday through Thursday. My late wife, Shirley, always loved being at Highland Baptist Church, especially during the Sandhills Jubilee. We were unable to attend for several years due to her battle with cancer. I look forward to seeing Pastor Vaughn and his church family, as well as enjoying the great preaching and singing. Thank you for the invitation, Dr. Vaughn!
Pastor Bill Pickel has extended an open door on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Pacolet, SC. The Calvary Hill Baptist Press prints the Daily Bible Reading Schedules for us each year. Dr. Pickel and his church have been prayer-warriors on our behalf during Shirley’s battle with cancer. I look forward to being back with them again for both services on that date.
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.
I have been asked to teach Sunday School and to preach both services at Trinity Baptist Tabernacle in Gaston, SC, on Sunday, December 23rd. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 11 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m. This will be their Christmas Sunday!
With the passing of my wife, Shirley, came various items to which I am attending. One has been to complete necessary information for the Department of Social Services. That required to travel to Cordele, GA, for a few days. While there, I was able to visit several old friends and to speak with others by phone. I also had the joy of being at my home church, Third Street Baptist Church, to visit with the good folk there and to spend time with my pastor, Rev. James Kelley. He extended the privilege of preaching at the church Wednesday night.
I thank the Lord for their prayers, cards, visits while Shirley was still with me, and for Pastor Kelley driving up to South Carolina to the funeral service.
Pastor Zach Nix has asked me to teach Sunday School at Roanoke Baptist Church in Liberty, SC, and to preach the evening service on Sunday, November 25th. The Sunday School lesson will deal with the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.
Since the death of my wife, I have been keeping myself as busy as possible, that includes spending a few days with my daughter and her family in Pennsylvania. Sunday night, November 18th, I have the privilege of seeing some old friends and preaching at Bell Creek Baptist Church in Dixie, WV, in their evening service, before heading back into the Carolinas for Thanksgiving. The service begins at 7 p.m. Though it is my first time at Bell Creek Baptist Church, it will be a joy to see Pastor Shane Wynn and his dear wife once again, and to catch up on their family. Pray that the weather will not be a hindrance, that the Spirit of God will have free reign and that souls will come to Christ.
Each year our ministry prints a Daily Bible Reading Schedule to encourage as many people as possible to read through the Bible. The 2019 Daily Bible Reading Schedule is now in print. We have limited copies. You can receive your copy free of charge by e-mailing me through the website and giving us your address or your church’s address. (We will send it “in care of” if you use your church’s address.) You can request multiple copies for your Church, Sunday School class or family and friends.
The Schedule is a thin, 5.5 X 8.5 (the size of half a sheet of paper) calendar, with boxes to check off each day’s reading to help you keep tract. You follow the pattern of reading 3 chapters in the Old Testament and 1 chapter in the New Testament each day. You will complete the New Testament in September, and finish the Old Testament in November.
My daughter reminded me that the day of my wife’s funeral, November 6th, was also the day that the 2018 Bible Reading Schedule ended for the year. She said that she had finished her Mother’s personal copy of the schedule, since Shirley was unable to read the last week or so of her life. Shirley took her last breath here and her first breath in glory on November 2nd!
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Thank you for your prayers regarding my wife, Shirley Huntley Hughes. She fought a long, hard battle with cancer, and died from complications on November 2, 2018. On behalf of my family, we thank the funeral director and his staff (Fletcher Funeral Services, Fountain Inn, SC) for their kind and professional care.
The main funeral service was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, on Tuesday, November 6th, and was streamed live. A second service was held that afternoon at Hoopers Creek Baptist Church in Fletcher, NC, where her body was placed beside her father’s grave. We thank the pastors and their staffs for their kindness and their help.
I thank all of you who took the time to travel and to attend. It was a blessing to see you there. The crowd was amazing to me, and I know that many others were not able to attend due to various obligations. Shirley spent 20-plus wonderful years teaching at Tabernacle Christian Schools during the day and Tabernacle Baptist College in the evening while we lived in Greenville, SC.
The Lord has graciously opened a door in which to minister the Word of God this coming Sunday, November 11th. It is in Pelion, SC, at the Wayside Baptist Tabernacle. I will be preaching both the morning and the evening services, the Lord willing.
Please pray for me as I begin to travel again. Things are very different. God bless you.
I have the privilege of filling in for Pastor Ralph Byars on Sunday, October 28th, at the Redemption Baptist Church, Enoree, SC. Located on Highway 221 between Enoree and Laurens, the church is some 30 minutes from where we are staying, which will allow me to be close to Shirley during her struggle with cancer. Please be in prayer for the services and for my wife. Thank you.
The heart of a preacher is to preach, and to miss an opportunity is difficult; however, no one preacher is key to anything: the Gospel we preach is key. As some of you know, my wife has been battling cancer since it was first discovered in June of 2015. Now into the fourth year, she is on hospice. Her needs at this time require that I tend to her now; and, the Lord willing, there will be another opportunity to preach Homecoming at Community Bible Church in Camden, SC.
I trust they will have a wonderful day in the Lord! Thank you for your prayers for my wife.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the capstone of the Old and New Testaments. It draws everyone’s focus to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Deliverer (Romans 11:26; Revelation 19:11-21), the King of Kings who will reign on the throne of his father David for one thousand years (Revelation 19:16; 20:4), the Judge of all men (Revelation 20:11-15) and the Lamb of God who, with God the Father, will reign for ever and ever (Revelation 22:3-5).
Many outlines have been offered by men in their studies of the Revelation. The best outlines, however, are the natural outlines found within the book itself. One such outline is found in the seventh verse of the opening chapter, sandwiched between the Apostle John’s responses of Amen and Even so, Amen.
Revelation 1:7 reads — Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him, and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
John had just finished declaring that, as a believer in Christ, we will be made kings and priests unto God and his Father. For this, we rejoice with the Apostle: to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. That is the good news, glad tidings to a weary saint in a wicked world. But, then, the mood changes. John is reminded of the judgment of God and the severity and finality of his judgment. You see it in the outline given in verse 7, and the seriousness of these events require the Apostle to pause for a moment. Thus we find these words: Even so, Amen.
Here is that simple, four point outline: (1) He cometh with clouds. (2) Every eye shall see him. (3) They also which pierced him shall see him. (4) All kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
(1) He cometh with clouds — The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again. His return to this earth, when he sets foot upon this soil, will be to deliver Israel from the beast, the kings of the earth and their armies (Revelation 19:19). Seven years prior to the day of deliverance, the Lord Jesus Christ will descend on the day of the resurrection and the rapture, when the saints who have died in the Lord will have their bodies resurrected and the saints who are alive will have their bodies changed. He will meet them in the air, and so shall they ever be, with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
When the Lord comes with “clouds,” it will be with that great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1), the armies of heaven (Revelation 19:14). They are clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Like the “cloud” that received the Lord when he was taken up out of the sight of his disciples (Acts 1:9), he will so come in like manner (Acts 1:11).
(2) Every eye shall see him — God does not need man’s technology to accomplish his ends. The reference to every eye seeing the Lord Jesus Christ is in relation to judgment. Every eye shall see him on the day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).
Verse 10 of Philippians 2 actually says should bow and should confess. You see, God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name (Philippians 2:9) because Jesus Christ made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:7-8). For that reason, men should and men will bow to him and confess who he is to the Father’s glory!
This bowing and confessing will take place at the great white throne (Revelation 20:11-14), where those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus will be sentenced to the second death: the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14). All who bow to him in this life, trusting in his sacrifice for their salvation, will not be touched by the second death. They will have been resurrected (staring with the Old Testament and New Testament saints on the day of the rapture of the Church) before the White Throne judgment, as the start of what the Bible calls the first resurrection. They are blessed because the second death has no power over them. They have passed from death unto life (John 5:24). Instead, they shall be priests of God and of Christ through the Millennial Reign (Revelation 20:6) and throughout Eternity (Revelation 1:6).
(3) They also which pierced him shall see him — among the judgment of all of the wicked men you can name, there will be a special session of judgment where the Lord Jesus Christ will gather before him those that pierced him. From the high priest and the chief priests to the elders and rulers of Jerusalem, from Pilate to the least Roman soldier who mocked or beat or abused the Son of God. That is a most sobering thought.
(4) All kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him — The torment of Hell is revealed by the Lord Jesus when he tells us of a rich man and his conversation with Abraham. The rich man is in Hell, Abraham is in Paradise below, the place Jesus called Abraham’s bosom. And, a great gulf is fixed between them (Luke 16:20-28). The scope of the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:12-13) and the eternal torment of the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10) should cause men to flee to the cross of Christ (John 3:16) and to receive forgiveness of their sins (Romans 3:21-26).
By the grace of God, the work the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary, men and women shall be saved by his blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation (Revelation 5:9).
The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth in him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:8-13).
Pastor Robin Taylor has invited me to preach their Homecoming on October 7th at Harvest Baptist Church in Bessemer City, NC. Shirley and I look forward to a great day in the Lord!
UPDATE: I am looking forward to being with Pastor Robin Taylor at Harvest Baptist Church in Bessemer City, NC, on October 7th for their annual Homecoming celebration. However, Shirley will be unable to make this trip. She is doing as well as can be expected. I think better than expected, but she is very weak and tires quickly. Our daughter will stay with Shirley as a drive up for the service and Homecoming meal. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Every day is a joy; and we rejoice in each sunrise we see together. One day, we will see the Son of God together, on that resurrection morning. What a day that will be!
I wish to thank Pastor David Johnston for his most gracious invitation to preach on this Sunday morning. Shirley was unable to attend the service; but, we thank the Pastor and his folk for their blessing bestowed upon us.
Shirley is starting her second week without any medication designed to counter her cancer. Hospice is a great blessing, and we thank you for your prayers.
On August 29th, Shirley received her first blood transfusion in her battle with stage-four cancer. This was the first time in her life she has had a transfusion. She received 2 pints. It brought her hemoglobin up from 6.4 to 9.5, and she was cleared to travel to our meeting in Durham, NC.
With added strength from the transfusion, Shirley was able to attend services on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday morning. However, she was unable to attend Sunday evening's services.
Her hemoglobin has dropped to 8.4, as shown by the blood work from earlier this afternoon. She was hoping to be able to do without a second transfusion, and her oncologist agreed to let the decision be made in the morning after seeing how she would do this evening. Unfortunately, she has been experiencing some blood loss around her colostomy since leaving the cancer institute, which (praise the Lord!) has stopped. So, we will hear in the morning from the Cancer Institute as to where and when the transfusion will take place tomorrow.
Shirley has that wonderful peace the Lord gives, and it is a blessing to my soul. She has started her fourth year of treatment since they found the cancer in June of 2015, and she has outlived the statistical predictions of 18 months to two years. We have you and the Lord to thank. You, for your prayers; God, for his grace. He has kept his promises; and he will continue to do so.
Whatever happens regarding Shirley and her cancer, God has a glorified body for her one day, a body that will never be touched by cancer. And, this glorified body is not just for her. No, it is for all who will place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The blood that he shed on Calvary has paid for our sin debt. His resurrection from the dead has guaranteed our resurrection unto life and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in him (Acts 26:18).
Layman's Chapel Baptist Church is hosting a special Labor Day Sunday with four visiting preachers. Two will speak in the morning and two will speak in the evening. I have been asked to be one of those four men. We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend at Layman's Chapel. Pastor Terry Byrd is a gracious host. Pray for the services.
We are looking forward to being a part of a special YOUTH RALLY that will be hosted by Layman's Chapel Baptist Church, Durham, NC, on Saturday, September 1st. Pastor Terry Byrd has invited me to be among the preachers. Call the church for more details about the time and activities, and bring your youth to this special event. The church number is 919-620-0471.
I will be filling in for Pastor Bill Cole at Faith Baptist Church, Laurens, SC, on Sunday, August 26th. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 11 a.m. The church serves a meal on the grounds and holds an afternoon service following the meal.
Shirley's last CT-scan has shown increases in her cancer in both the liver and the lungs. On Tuesday, July 17th, we met with her oncologist. He had come to the same conclusion Shirley had reached the previous week: the side-effects of the chemo were causing more harm than good. He has stopped the infusions. As he stated, "We are entering a new stage of Shirley's cancer."
He has ordered a pill that he wants her to try. She begins taking the medication August 1st. Four pills every morning for 21 days, then seven days off. If she needs to do so, she can drop back to three pills daily. We should know if they will help her within a few months. Pray she can tolerate the medicine and that it will help her.
We thank you for your prayers. God is good, all of the time! Salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest gift God can give, and he has provided it for the whole world, if men will receive it by faith. Shirley is God's child, not because I think so or say so, but because the Scriptures declare that we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).
Shirley received the Lord jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of nine. Have you received the gift God gave of his only begotten Son, who shed his blood on the cross of Calvary for our sins?
Choice Hills Baptist Church will be hosting the Independent Baptist Preacher's Fellowship of South Carolina on Monday, August 6th. Starting time is 10 a.m. A lunch will be served, followed by the afternoon session. We look forward to attending the fellowship. It would be great to see you there!
The Apostle Paul gives us the most detail of his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 9) as he stands before king Agrippa (Acts 26). It is in Paul's defense that the Apostle reveals the purpose of his ministry and his witness by the Lord's own words: "...to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" (Acts 26:18).
"Faith that is in me" is faith that is in the Lord Jesus Christ! It is faith in his name (Acts 3:16). To Jesus give all the Old Testament prophets witness, that "through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins" (Acts 10:43). It is faith in his person, in his actions: his death, his burial and his resurrection!
Such faith has power to give us (1.) forgiveness of sins and (2.) an inheritance among "them that are sanctified by faith that is in me." Who are those saints? Hebrews 11 gives us a catalogue of many of them. It is God's will that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10:10).
Christ died once: "for by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14). He died for all (the whole world - 1 John 2:2). He died for Adam, he died for me, and he died for you. Through faith in him, you can have forgiveness of your sins and an eternal inheritance with all who are trusting the Lord Jesus Christ! That is the POWER of FAITH in JESUS CHRIST!
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?