The Revival Meeting originally scheduled to start September 16th at Community Bible Church in Camden, SC, has been postponed until October 21st, the Lord willing.
Although Florence is causing great difficulty around the area, the primary reason is my wife’s health. She has been a cancer patient since June of 2015. By the time it was discovered, her colon cancer had already spread to the liver and the lungs. Too much for surgery, the suggested treatment was chemo.
Every two weeks she took chemo by infusion, with the chemo being given a few weeks here and there by pill form. At the start of this year, the infusion became weekly, until she could no longer stand that level, which was the end of July, 2018. Stivaga, by pill, was utilized for five weeks. It was halted on last Tuesday, September 11th, when we learned that her body could no longer stand any treatment.
Her hemoglobin has continued to drop due to internal bleeding. It was 7.2 on last Tuesday, after hitting 6.4 just two weeks prior. She received 4 pints of blood over two days, this past Wednesday and Thursday. At the oncologist’s recommendation, Shirley signed up with Hospice on yesterday, September 14th.
She is extremely weak, has dizzy spells, no appetite to speak of. As the chemo wears off in her body, she may begin to perk-up some. Regardless, she is trusting in her Lord and Savior, whatever she may face.
I thank the Lord for his great salvation, a free gift to all who will humble themselves to receive it. Repentance from death works, and faith toward God is the path to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Thank you for your prayers, and for your help as we weather this difficult time physically and financially. God bless you.
Though I will be preaching a revival meeting at the Community Bible Church in Camden, SC, starting on September 16th, I have been invited to preach their Homecoming on October 21st! Shirley and I are looking forward to the revival meeting and to returning for their Homecoming!
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 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?
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.