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Our October Schedule & A Request for Prayer

Thank you for your continued prayers. A precious lady at a church recently asked me, “What can I pray for specifically?” I love that. Specific prayers bring specific answers. Please pray that God would give His strength for a busy season of ministry. Without Him we can do nothing. With God all things are possible. I know I need the Lord’s enabling. Pray for souls to be saved. We have seen an unusual number of people come to faith in Christ in recent weeks. The salvation of one soul is a miracle! I long to see this fall become a true season of harvest. October is typically a month when many churches have revival meetings. No preacher can bring revival.…

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Now That You Are Called

Several weeks ago I published a short post on how to know when you have been called. (You may read the original post here.) It was encouraging to hear from so many who are sincerely praying about the Lord’s will for their life. We need more people laboring for souls, not fewer! I had the privilege of having lunch with a couple of young men recently who surrendered to be preachers in a youth meeting last year. Our conversation was a reminder that those who have been called must begin immediately to both prepare and act on the call of God upon their lives. The night that I yielded my life to God’s will a wise old preacher said to…

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Exciting Days – Our September Itinerary

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Not every day is the same. In fact, in itinerant evangelism, every day is different! The schedule changes. The surroundings vary. But one thing is sure: every day is a gift from God, a day to give Him glory. This is not only true of the “big” days, the public days. It is also true on quiet, hidden days. The Lord works on the most ordinary, mundane days of our lives to fulfill His plan. We often think of Paul preaching on Mars Hill or planting a church in some great metropolis. But what of the days where he simply walked…

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“How Do You Know When You Have Been Called?”

When the Lord first began dealing with me about being a preacher I asked my dad, “How do you know when you are called to preach?” He gave what I thought was a vague answer at the time. “You’ll just know.” Now, I find myself giving the same answer to others! He was right. You will know. A divine call is inescapable. You can disobey it but you will know it. For the record, I believe in a divine call to the ministry. It is my conviction that the ministry of a preacher or some other form of vocational Christian service is not something that we choose for ourselves – it is something that God chooses for us. If I…

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Our August Itinerary and A Quarterly Update

This summer has been exceedingly busy and blessed. We thank the Lord for His goodness in our lives and in the work He has called us to do. God has allowed us to see much fruit and I am praying that He will cause it to be “fruit that remains” for His glory. Over the last weeks of this month I will be in a number of youth camps and several churches. The final days of July will be spent in special evangelistic meetings in Australia. We deeply need your prayers. This week we posted an update on the second quarter of this year. I hope you will take the time to read the article in it on “No Lone…

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I Only Have One Message

Dr. Tom Malone used to joke about having five sermons and five hundred titles. My pastor challenged me years ago to work constantly at preparing new Bible messages. That counsel has been of inestimable value to me. It is easy to let your soul grow stale when the Bible is so fresh! As I have labored to study and prepare new messages I have come back to one essential. It was one of the first homiletics lessons I ever received. As a teenage preacher, struggling over what to preach in a certain meeting, my dad extended to me a priceless truth. He said, “When you don’t know what to preach, just preach Jesus.” Then he added, “And when you think…

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Some Thoughts On Our Recent Campaign

It is a joy to be home for a couple of days after a busy season of meetings. Just a few days ago we conducted a Go Reach America Campaign in the Tri-Cities region. The Lord blessed in a wonderful way and we give Him the glory for it! As I have had some time to reflect I wanted to share a few things the Lord did in my own life. He always works on both ends – saving souls and teaching us! Here are a few of the truths the Holy Spirit has impressed on my heart… It is a privilege to labor with others for souls. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one; because they have a…

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Our May Itinerary

Forgive me! Over the last few weeks I have heard from many of you who regularly read the blog and pray for us. The month of April was exceptionally full and I posted very few articles. I hope to get back on a more regular schedule in May! Thank you for keeping up with our family and praying for the ministry. I am preaching in our home church tonight and leave later this week for a special area-wide campaign in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia. These are busy days and God is working. We need your prayers. Please come see us this month if you can… Monday, May 1 – Cranberry Baptist Church, “Come Home” Revival, 7 pm,…

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Our January 2017 Itinerary

This morning I preached the first meeting of the new year. The Lord’s Word and Spirit was so very precious. Only God knows how many more meetings we will be allowed. “Our times are in his hand.” I want to make every one of them count for eternity. January 1, Sunday morning service, Clearbrook Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA, Pastor Brian Ratiff January 3-5, Conference on Revival and Evangelism, Beacon Baptist Church, Raleigh,NC, Pastor Tim Rabon January 8-11, Winter Revival, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hickory, NC, Pastor Scott Hooks January 15-17, Revival, Rosedale Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, Pastor Scott Tewell January 21, Youth Rally, Gospel Light Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA, Pastor Roger Waggoner January 22-24, Revival, Gospel Light Baptist Church, Baton Rouge,…

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Getting the Most Out of a Church Meeting

Boredom seems to be the order of the day. Why go to church anyhow? Church attendance nationally is on the decline. Even among those who go, few seem to enjoy being there. It is a religious routine. An empty form. Surely this is not what the Lord had in mind when He said, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). I believe the meetings of Christ with His primitive church must have been very meaningful. The assembly of the early church in Acts was purposeful and powerful! And so it should be to us. God’s people should…

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