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.

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!

News from June 2019

The same yesterday, and to day, and for ever

Acts 8:26-29 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

I stand convinced about the reality of Divine Appointments. The above passage is just one of many such appointments orchestrated by our Lord in the Bible. In v. 26 of our text, it is the “angel of the Lord” who sets Philip in motion, and in v. 29, it is the Spirit of God who zeros him in on the eunuch. So, this “appointment” was totally Divine in nature, the angel of the Lord being Jesus, and the Spirit being the Holy Spirit.

The Lord divinely commissioned us several times this month. One such “appointment” was at Emanuel Women’s Prison, in Swainsboro, GA, where Richard P., his wife Janna,  Linda (my wife) and I conducted a three-night revival meeting. The Lord moved each night in the services. Most of the inmates were excited about the preaching and testimonies, and the Lord gathered 32 ladies into His family, if their professions were genuine. The attendance grew each night, beginning with 65, and ending with 122. Along with the evangelistic messages, we delivered sermons focusing on spiritual growth for the ladies. Each service was two hours in length, so we preached six messages in total.

The Lord opened a door of opportunity also at Emanuel PDC in Twin City, GA. The warden spent the entire afternoon with us as we engaged inmates in their dorms. In all, 19 men made profession of faith in the six dorms we visited. Afterward, the warden assured us that we would be allowed access to the men in their dorms in our future revivals there. This will be in addition to our regular revival services in the evenings. What a Divine Appointment! Please do pray for these new converts!

News from May 2019

Acts 20:20 Vision

Acts 20:20-21 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Prov 5:21-22 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

I struggle to keep these two great truths before me regularly. Paul, by inspiration from God, teaches that practicing repentance and faith is profitable. It is profitable for me to practice it daily, and to teach others to do so as well as the Lord gives opportunity. Failure to implement Paul’s teaching here is to fail miserably in vision. I must learn to see like Paul saw, and you must do likewise, for Jesus is worthy of it. The Proverbs passage teaches us that God sees all lost men  as inmates; inmates in a prison of their own making; a prison house of iniquity which binds men unto their own devices. Our vision must be corrected to see like God sees. Let’s determine to see like God sees, and go after “inmates” wherever we find them. By your help, Linda and I go after inmates in brick-and-mortar prisons; be sure that you go after them from house to house (we do also). We are blessed to have you help us in this great matter. Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support.

Please do pray for the Stinnett Ballew family. He left this world at around 5:30pm on Friday, May 31st after 50 years of faithful service to our Lord as pastor and evangelist. Only in heaven will we fully know the extent of his great ministry. God greatly used him in stirring up the saints for world evangelism. He was well known and loved for his preaching on faith promise giving for missions. He will be sorely missed. I’m better now, but I hurt my back this month, and missed the Emanuel PDC prison revival in Swainsboro, GA. However, God allowed me to participate in the Baldwin State Prison revival and the Century CI revival, with a total of seven men saved.