News for May 2020

It’s the LORD’s

1Cor 10:26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

By speaking, the Word created our world. Isaiah 44:24 says that Jehovah God stretched out the heavens and the earth all by Himself (Compare to John 1:3, Col. 1:16). Therefore, the earth belongs solely to Him. He likewise made everything on, in and above the earth. By ownership, God has full right to use anything and everything to suit His purposes. For example, God owned Assyria. In Isaiah 7:20, God calls the Assyrians His hired razor, with which He shaved (brought into judgment) His people. He likewise is allowing his little virus for His purposes. I’m quick to say that such purposes are not known to us. Suffice to say, however, He will be glorified in it all at the appropriate time. I rest in that truth by faith. As collateral damage, His evangelistic work has suffered greatly during this virus pandemic, and He has allowed it to be so. I don’t like that it is so, but God knows what He is doing, and I try never to speak against God! But, we still have the possibility of a 4 day prison revival in Florida, beginning on June 16th. Please do pray that we will be able to preach the Gospel to the ladies incarcerated there.

I’ve little to report by way of prison work, and I’ll not fill this letter with fluff. But please do pray for little Harper C., who is very seriously ill. She is just under three years of age. Also, please pray for Richard P., Howard S., and Johnny I.. Linda and I love you all, and we look forward to once again representing you in the prisons of America.

News for April 2020

Waiting

Ps 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Most Americans are growing weary of waiting. Waiting, that is, for the virus to run its course. Waiting to get back to work, play, interaction with friends and family. Linda and I are certainly tired of waiting to get back to ministering to the incarcerated. Overwhelmingly, the word “wait” in the Old Testament lends itself to an illustration of an electrician binding two wires together by twisting action. Thus, two wires become one in effect, whereby the non-working wire becomes live by its connection to the live wire. That is the idea of “wait.” By faith, the believer, totally powerless, binds himself by twisting unto His God.

In this case, however, the word “wait” is taken as its normal meaning of patiently being “on hold.” We are waiting for our fishing holes to re-open so that we can practice our craft (Jesus has made us “fishers of men). There can be little doubt that God has allowed this virus to happen for reasons known only to Him. Now we set our eyes on God like the servant sets his eyes on his master; like the maiden sets her eyes upon her mistress. So we look for God’s mercy. Let us continue to ask God for mercy from the devastating effects that this virus has wrought upon our country.

Linda and I have hope of a five-day revival meeting at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, FL, next month. We submitted our paperwork. The prison has not forbid us to come. Now we wait. Our eyes are on the warden; our eyes are on the LORD our God. We look for mercy. Please pray for us in this matter.

I would also ask you to pray for two of our Rock of Ages colleagues that we work with in Georgia. Richard P. and Howard S. both have struggled with cancer in days past. It now seems as though it may have surfaced again with them. Let us pray together that God will have mercy. Let us wait for it, and bless Him when it comes.

We continue to pray and praise God for your faithful, loving care toward us. We pray for you regularly. We praise God for you helping sustain us during thick and thin times. We wait for the day that we can find fruit that will abound to your account. Keep waiting!

News for March 2020

Please Stay

Isa 26:2-3 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

In these troublesome times, many are crying out, “Open ye the gates”! It seems like there are so many closed gates now, and it happened in such a short time! A tiny virus has changed life dramatically all over the world. We daily walked through open gates without a thought, and now many of them are closed. Closed churches, closed stores have become the norm. The headline, “Please stay,” is not a plea for us to abide by shelter-in-place regulations (although that is not a bad idea), but a plea to keep your mind stayed on God. This is especially needful during the domination of Covid-19. If we can stay our minds on the God who is so much bigger than a virus, then He will keep us in perfect peace. Will we trust Him?

Our Rock of Ages team was in revival meetings at North West Florida Reception Center, with one precious soul trusting Christ as Savior. 158 men attended services, and many inmates thanked us for coming.

Following NWFRC, we held revival services at Gadsden Re-Entry, a prison designed to prepare short-term inmates for release from incarceration. This was the first time that Rock of Ages was able to minister there. The chaplain was well pleased with the meetings, and gave us an open door to return any time! A  total of 91 men attended the services, and three men were hopefully saved.

It was at Gadsden that things began to heat up with the virus situation. On the second day of the meetings, as we were checking in, the officer asked if any of us had flu-like symptoms or a fever. We knew then that trouble would likely be coming in days ahead. When I returned home on Saturday, March 14th, went to church at our home church the next day, and began preparing to travel to Connecticut to see our great-grandchild, Jacob, and then to head off to Vermont for a meeting at Lighthouse Baptist Church, in Hinesburg, VT. On Sunday night, we decided that it would not be wise to make the trip due to all the changes that were beginning to happen due to the spread of the virus. Please do pray for revival in America. We need God desperately!

News for February 2020

Our God Makes No Mistakes

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Rock of Ages held its annual Alabama Blitz for four days beginning on February 24th. There were 105 Rock of Ages missionaries and volunteers who held visitation sessions and revival meetings in 11 prisons and jails in the Montgomery, Alabama area. Each morning, from 9am ‘til noon, we met at Grace Baptist Church, in Wetumpka, for prayer, preaching, and testimonies. After our church-supplied lunches (very good!) we made our way to the various institutions for “fishing.” I’m very happy to report that there were 2158 inmates that attended our preaching services, with 209 men and women making profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps you’d pray about helping in this great campaign next year. Give me a call, and I can put you in contact with someone who can help you prepare for it. We had folks from as far away as Ohio and New Hampshire helping us!

On Tuesday morning, Linda and I found out we had been “red flagged” for entry into Tutwiler Women’s Prison, where we were supposed to minister all week. To this day, no one seems to know why it happened, for we have never had any issues before at any prison. Three others were also “red flagged.” Our only option at that point was to minister all week at Elmore County Jail, where we were cleared for entry with no problem. I must say, we were disappointed, but God makes no mistakes!

We had a team of around 20 Rock of Ages missionaries and volunteers ministering in the jail each day. Linda labored with nine other ladies in dormitory visitation each day. They met the lady inmates right where they live – at their bunks, each afternoon and evening. They passed out lots of Gospel literature, and witnessed one-on-one. Our male workers did one-on-one visitation in the men’s dorms each afternoon, and held preaching services in the dorms each evening. All in, there were 228 men and women who attended services, with 45 professions of faith at Elmore County Jail. God makes no mistakes!

Linda and I also worked together for three nights at Whitworth Women’s Prison, in Hartwell, GA, with 137 ladies in the services, and 13 precious souls hopefully trusting Christ as Savior. I also ministered in a three day revival at Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, FL, with 63 men in services, and two sinners trusting Christ for salvation. Please pray for these new converts! God makes no mistakes.

News for January 2020

You Can’t “Get in” without Repentance and Faith

Rom 10:9-10 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

In an evangelistic service, the preacher and the Holy Spirit cooperate in bringing the lost people in the service to repentance and faith, Acts 20:20, 21. Repentance is NOT a “work.” Repentance is a change of mind in the sinner which brings him to put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Almost always, when I deal at the altar with a lost person, I use our text above. The potential convert must repent, believing that Jesus is “Lord” (God in a human body), and that He is “Jesus” (which means Savior, Matt. 1:21). He must be told that Jesus saves by His work on the Cross, and by His marvelous Resurrection (v. 10). The potential convert must repent (change his mind about God) and put his faith in Jesus, and when he does so, he is saved (note v. 9, “shalt be saved”, and v. 10, “confession is made unto salvation).

I was working with around 100 men in their dormitory at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. After passing out Gospel literature there, I felt led to preach a salvation message to the whole group. While giving the invitation to the men, I explained Romans 10:9, 10 to them, and asked for a show of hands of those who would like to repent and trust Christ as Savior. Nineteen men responded, and I led these men in a prayer (Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Of course, it is not the prayer that saves the sinner, but rather his repentance toward God, and his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. On the 29th day of March, 1970, I repented before I stepped into the aisle, and was saved when I put my trust in Christ as Lord and Savior a few minutes later at the altar. Then I called upon His wonderful name in accordance with His promise in Romans 10:13. Without repentance, I never would have gone to the altar nor would I have trusted Christ.

This month, at ACI East, in Florida, we had a total of 215 men in attendance with 6 saved over three days. At Emanuel PDC, in Georgia, we had 100 men in attendance with 24 saved over three days. I didn’t have the final totals of the Central Mississippi revival, but there were at least 40 men and women saved.

My dear wife, Linda, led two lady inmates to Christ during the invitation at the ladies’ services. It is a wonderful privilege to have Linda working closely with me in the Lord’s Vineyard. We thank you very much for supporting us while we go fishing for inmates! Would you pray for these new converts? Thank you!

News for December 2019

Happy New Year from the Fultons

Exod 12:1-2 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Our Lord here changes the Jewish calendar forever. He makes the 1st day of Nissan to be New Year’s day for the Israelites. The reason for this massive change? In the month Nissan God institutes the Passover. Passover is so named because when God would see the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the doorposts and lintel of a home, he would “pass over” that household without taking the life of the first born child. He killed the first-born child in any household if the blood of the lamb was not applied to the door. From New Testament insight, Jesus is the Passover Lamb for every born-again believer (1Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us). God has provided The Lamb, and through Him the Blood. Likewise, He has commissioned His children to urge lost souls to apply the Blood to the doorposts of their hearts, so that He can “pass over” them, saving them from eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire. May the Lord help us to zealously carry out His Great Commission in 2020.

Linda and I participated in a three-day revival meeting at Emanuel Women’s Prison in Swainsboro, GA, with 388 ladies attending, with 41 making profession of faith. Linda was a great help in the meetings, counseling with several ladies, and leading many to Christ. Three other ROA missionaries and I held a three-day revival at Georgia State Prison, in Reidsville, GA this month, with 155 men attending services, and three men making profession of faith. Also, Richard P. and I held a three-day revival at the Women’s Probation Detention Center, in Claxton, GA. The Spirit of the Lord moved effortlessly and powerfully among the ladies, with 227 ladies attending over four nights, and 58 ladies making profession of faith.

News for November 2019

Merry Christmas from the Fultons

Luke 2:9-14 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men..

There was one and only one Angel that announced the Saviour’s birth. He is called “the angel of the Lord.” He appeared throughout the Old Testament, and His identity is Jesus, Himself. So the Herald Angel in our passage is Jesus, Himself. Jesus announced His own birth to the shepherds. Right after that, the multitude of angels showed up praising God, and glorifying Him. Other interesting facts to note are these: Jesus was older than His mother and the same age as His Father at the time of His birth. Also, after Mary delivered Jesus, Jesus delivered her!

The Lord permitted  me to labor with Him in four prison revivals this month. The first two were in Missouri. In visitation services and preaching services, there were 82 men who made profession of faith at ERDCC prison, and 16 who hopefully were saved at Charleston prison. In Florida, we had 5 professions of faith at Jefferson CI. I was blessed to hear several saved inmates tell us that they received lots of help from the preaching! At Rogers State Prison, in Georgia, we held a three day revival, with 18 men hopefully saved in the preaching services. The first day was a total wash-out; the preaching service was canceled for some unkown reason, and when we showed up for visitation, no officer came to escort us to the dorms, so we had no visitation, either. Such is life in the prison ministry on some occasions.

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year’s celebration!

News for October 2019

Prison in the Bible

Gen 39:20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

This is the first verse in the Bible where the word “prison” is found. Oddly enough, Joseph here is a type of Christ, incarcerated in innocence. Within the penal system in America, history tells us that a hopefully small percentage of inmates are wrongly convicted. Some inmates have spent scores of years in prison, only later to be found not guilty of the crime(s) they were convicted of. Ohio resident Ricky Jackson, the longest-held US prisoner to be cleared of a crime, received more than 1 million dollars from the state for his wrongful imprisonment. Yet I must say that every Christian was held in a prison of his own making according to Proverbs 22:5.

 

October was a busy month for Linda and me. We attended the four day South Carolina Blitz where around 100 volunteers and Rock of Ages missionaries conducted revival meetings in eight prisons and one jail. 1531 inmates attended services with 218 hopefully receiving Christ as Savior. At the blitz, Linda and I were blessed to labor with 12 others at Columbia Care Center, a prison hospital, for lack of a better way to describe it. It is privately owned, and a large percentage of the “patients” are mentally challenged to one degree or another (I felt right at home there!). We had 259 patients attend our services with 20 men and women making profession of faith. We left there, and drove to Ashland, OH, and preached both services of a missions emphasis Sunday at one of our supporting churches. From there, we drove to Grand Blanc, MI, and spent two days with our son Jerry, and his wife, Kelly. We also got to see our great granddaughter, Sophia Rose Fulton, and her mom, Brittany. We then to Grass Lake, MI, and gave a report to another supporting church which concluded its missions conference that night. We left Michigan on Thursday morning, and I preached in a three day revival meeting at Bacon PDC, in south Georgia, beginning the next day. Eighteen men professed Christ there. From there, we were off to Mayo CI in Florida for a three day revival beginning on October 17th, with one conversion to Christ. Then beginning on October 22nd, Linda and I traveled to Live Oak, FL, for a three day revival at Century CI, with 3 men hopefully trusting Christ as Savior. As always, we would ask you to pray for these new converts, and for the already-saved inmates who received help during the meetings.  Thank you for co-laboring with us!

News for September 2019

Our Silent, Colorless World

Prov 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

In reality, our world is completely silent and colorless. Sound originates in the brain. And sight originates in the brain as well. Color is perceived by light reflecting off the surface of objects. Equal amounts of red, green, and blue (RGB) light reflected off an object appear in our brain as a white object. When all RGB light is absorbed by an object, it appears in our brain as a black object. If an object absorbs all red and green light, the object is displayed in our brain as being blue. If an object absorbs all red and blue light, it appears to be a green object. When all green and blue light is absorbed, it appears to be red. In any case, objects have no color outside the brain. Sound is only sound in our brain. The components of sound (sound waves) are completely silent, and only generate sound in our brain. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound when it falls? No, it does not, because sound only originates in the brain. Sound waves (which are silent) are made of vibrating air, which are changed into vibrating ear drums, which are converted into vibrating bones, which are converted into vibrating skin membrane, which are converted into vibrating liquid in the inner ear, which cause tiny hairs in the cochlea to vibrate, which cause electrical signals to send a signal to the brain, which is interpreted as sound at a certain pitch.

Beloved, we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We have “hardware” receivers to receive color and sound in a colorless and silent world! Praise His holy Name! Do you ever take time to study some of the fascinating things God has designed and implemented in our bodies? Have you praised Him for them lately? Tim M., Keith J., and I had a good prison revival at ACI East in Sneads, FL, this month. It was by far the best attended revival we have held there! The format was a little different than most; at the chaplain’s request, we held Character Under Construction sessions each day in the Faith Dorm. The Faith Dorm is made up of inmates who apply to be housed there after they qualify. There a several different religions in that dorm, and each inmate must attend a “seminar” four times a year to remain in the dorm. Our revival services qualified as one of the seminars. The lessons taught in the Character Under Construction classes are on Power Point slides, but in this case, due to computer/projector issues, we had to teach without benefit of the slides. Of course, teaching the material offers lots of opportunity to slip in some preaching as well, and we saw two inmates trust the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. My thought was that if I was called out for preaching, I could always say I don’t know the difference between preaching and teaching! We had several inmates who testified that they received much help from the three day “seminar.”

News from August 2019

Sowing and Reaping

Gal 6:6-8 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Richard P. and I held a three day revival at the Women’s Probation Detention Center in Claxton, Ga (the fruitcake capital of America). It was my first prison revival since my shoulder surgery, and all went well. The ladies were urged to earn a Rock of Ages study Bible by bringing out the most visitors to our closing meeting on Sunday night. Twenty-one ladies sowed some time and effort into bringing out a total of 72 first-time visitors that night. We were ecstatic when 10 of the 72 inmates made profession of faith in Christ! What a reaping! How would you feel if you sowed some time and effort into bringing a visitor to a service at your church, and that visitor made profession of faith? Sow a little time and effort, and reap an eternal soul. Twenty-one ladies signed up to attempt to earn a Bible, and all 21 ladies reaped one (Bible). Some of the 21 also reaped one or more eternal souls to their account because someone they invited came and was saved. God is good all the time!

I had a setback two days after my rotator cuff surgery. On August 1, Linda took me to the ER. I was experiencing shortness of breath to the point that I thought I was smothering. A CT scan revealed that I had thrown two Pulmonary Embolisms (blood clots) into my left lung, a very dangerous situation, but God spared my life, and I am back doing what I love to do, bless His holy Name! I will be on blood thinner medication for the rest of my earthly life since the doctors say I have naturally thick blood (and maybe a thick skull as well). Also, I’m doing physical therapy on my shoulder, and am starting to get much better range of motion, praise the Lord. I can now tie my own shoes, and my own ties! I’ll be in a sling for a total of ten weeks, but I’ll still be able to do my prison work.

I’m scheduled to be in the coastal city of Savannah, GA area on September  3rd, for a three day revival at Montgomery State Prison. That is the very day that Hurricane Dorian is supposed to hit Florida. Should it turn northward, we could be in for some trouble. We are praying that the meeting will not be hindered in any way.