Prayer letter September 2017

Happy Birthday …

Gen 25:34 (KJV) Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

What a shame it is that the Bible records first mention of the wonderful truth of birthright in such a shameful way. But alas, such is the depravity of man, and God does not gloss over it. In the New Testament, the best birthright comes with the second birth, the new birth, which makes the believer a child of God. In short, it makes him joint heir with Christ, such that what Jesus owns, he owns. It doesn’t get any better than that! God has made Jesus to be wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption to every born again Christian!

When dealing with new converts, I always try to remember at some point to remind them to write down in their Bible that day of their conversion, the day of their new birth. While preparing this letter, these things were on my heart because of a young man whom God allowed me the privilege of leading to Christ at Baldwin State Prison in Georgia this month. The interesting thing about him was that prior to the preaching service, everyone sang the Happy Birthday song to him. Not only was it his birthday physically, but it became his birthday spiritually! In all, there were 7 men who professed faith in Christ in the 2 nights of meetings there. Let’s pray for them to become fishers of men there as they serve out their sentences.

Whenever we have prison meetings, we always try to have services at the local county jail also. This month, Richard P., Eric P., Eddie G., and I held 8 preaching services at Baldwin County Jail in Georgia on Saturday. There we held 2 services with the ladies, and 6 with the men. These jails have large turnover of inmates, as opposed to most prisons, which have a more static population. Typically, in the jails, there are more inmsyrd who are new to being incarcerated, making them more fearful and broken than those in prison. Be that as it may, we were able to lead 49 men and women to Christ as God made Himself known in their midst. In each dormitory we left a good stack of Gospel booklets and tracts for the inmates. We also were able to distribute two boxes of Rock of Ages study Bibles to those inmates who had no Bible. Would you pray for these new converts to become mighty men and women of God?

Linda and I were in Michigan for the wedding of our grandson, Josh, on the 30th of September. On the 27th, we preached the midweek service at Harvest Baptist Church, in Grass Lake, MI. Harvest is one of our supporting churches. We had a wonderful with them, and hopefully they were blessed by the preaching of God’s Word. We love you, and thank you for your prayers and support. We are blessed!

Prayer letter August 2017

Hurricane Harvey …

Job 37:11-14 (KJV) Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. 13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. 14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

Clouds, wind, and rain are more wise than man, for they always “… do whatsoever he commandeth them …”. These participate with God, their Maker, in three ways: “… for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.” I cannot say with certainty which of the three gave rise to Harvey; perhaps God’s purpose was for all three. America certainly could use God’s correction, and definitely needs His mercy. America has mountain-peak levels of division now, and it appears that she is forgetting some of that now for the sake of the victims of Harvey. I pray that this might be the prelude to revival in America, that God might “… heal their land” 2 Chron. 7:14. May God’s perfect will be done through the devastation of Harvey. Let’s continue to pray for those in his pathway.

Linda and I attended the Rock of Ages national conference which was held at Gantt Street Baptist Church, in Cayce, SC, from Sunday, July 30th through Friday, August 4th. There was great fellowship, Godly music and anointed preaching each morning, afternoon, and evening. We had to leave the conference on Thursday morning because my diverticulitis had been troubling me (doing fine now, praise the Lord).

I’m happy to report that Emmanuel Baptist Church in the great state of Georgia took us on for monthly support this month. Linda and I were blessed to present our burden for inmates at the church, and God blessed wonderfully. This new support came at just the right time, and we are very grateful.

Linda and I ministered with Bro. and Mrs. P. at Whitworth Women’s Facility (prison) in Hartwell, GA for 3 days this month. For each of the 3 evening services, Officer L., a lady officer, was our escort to, during and from the services. As we were leaving on Sunday night, God impressed me to speak to her: “Are you saved or do you think you need to be?” She immediately replied, “I need to be.” We had the joy of leading her to Christ as we knelt together before Him. Afterward, Bro P. asked her, “What impressed upon you the need to be saved?” She answered, “I listened to the preaching for three nights in a row!” Please do pray for this new convert to Christ. We also ministered the Gospel of Christ at Emanuel Probation Detention Center for a three-day revival with 31 professions of faith. I also held 8 services at Haralson County Jail with 17 men and women professing trust in Christ as Savior. Thank you for allowing us to represent your church in God’s Harvest!