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.

News from July, 2019

The Glory Awaits

Rom 8:16-18 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

At our sending church, just as our Tuesday night (July 23rd) revival meeting started, Bro. Vaughn, our first speaker of the night received word that his daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and two granddaughters were in a horrible car accident just 35 miles from their home in North Carolina. Around 45 minutes later, he was told that his two granddaughters had been killed. As I thought about it, Romans 8:28 came to mind. What a tremendous promise! Please do pray for the Vaughn family in this time of their grief.

We lost our three day revival meeting at ACI East, in Sneads, FL, this month. Just as we were arriving at the prison, we received word from the chaplain that the whole prison was in lock-down. Minutes before we arrived, an inmate had stabbed three officers. Thankfully, all three survived, but the sin of one man may have caused an unknown number of inmates to miss being saved. Only God knows.

Richard P. and I had many Divine Appointments in Leesburg, GA, at Lee County Jail, and Lee State Prison. We preached in eight dormitories at the jail, with 22 men calling on the Lord for salvation, and six men were hopefully saved at the prison during our three-day revival meeting there. The attendance grew each night, and the altars were filled each night with folks getting help from the preaching. Please do pray for these new converts!

On July 30th, I will be having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. The surgeon said I would be six weeks in recovery, wearing a sling during that time. I will try to do as much ministry as I can during that time, with the help of your prayers. Please pray for my rapid recovery!