September 10, 2019 - Done!
The longest move in history is finished. I unloaded the van for the last time. We have no stuff in Houston and no stuff in Pensacola. All of our stuff is in Duncan, Oklahoma. Whew! What a relieve it is!
September 9, 2019 - Foley, AL
While we were in the area, we preached at Family Revival Center in Foley. This church faithfully supports our missions projects. It was good to be back with Pastor Tommy Howard and the good folk in Foley. While we attended the conference we stayed in Foley with our ministry partners, Ezra and Beryl Bunch. Thanks to everyone for your kindness and hospitality.
September 8, 2019 - Light the Fire Again
Lynda and I attended a BRSM reunion and the Light the Fire Again Conference in Pensacola. One of my former students, Daniel Kolenda, hosted the great conference. It was so good to see so many friends and enjoy the presence of the Lord!
August 26 , 2019 - Back and Forth
The first Sunday in August we were at Family Life Assembly of God in Katy, TX. Pastor Albert Cortez was at General Council in Orlando and we were honored that he trusted us to fill in for a day. It is always great to preach at FLAG and they blessed us with a great offering for our Harvest Revival Crusades.
Lynda closed on her house in Houston, so we made two trips back to Houston. While there I made two trips down to the valley to see my dentist. I am still having problems with the infection in my jaw bone. For my 67th birthday I got another oral surgery and bone graff. Please pray for me for all of this mess to heal.
We also spent a Sunday with our friends at Brazos Valley Family Worship Center in Bryan, Texas.
July 25, 2019 - Oklahoma
After the PCG convention we made a quick trip to Houston to get another load of stuff and to put Lynda's house on the market. Please pray for a quick sale. I think one more trip to Houston and we will have all of our stuff in Oklahoma. Hallelujah! While in Houston we celebrated our third anniversary. Time goes by so quickly. I am so thankful that God sent this wonderful woman into my life. She is such a blessing to me and this ministry. Since it was our anniversary the restaurant gave us a complimentary slice of Texas Pecan Pie with ice cream. Blessed and highly FLAVORED.
We have preached two weekends in Oklahoma this month. I am so thankful that doors are opening for us here. We held services in First Assembly in Tishomingo and Bethel Church in Duncan. Thank God for his blessings!
Last night at the Wednesday night Bible study, Pastor Ron Meador said Bethel was going to make us "our evangelists." The church is going to support us monthly. What an incredible blessing. Yes, there is no place like home.
June 29, 2019 - The Pentecostal Church of God
Lynda and I attended the Centennial Conventionof the Pentecostal Church of God in Bedford, Texas this week. I spent a good part of my life serving the PCG, but have not been to a convention in a long time. I wrote a new book on their history and was at the convention to introduce the book. We had a great time. I knew so many people and everyone was so very gracious to me.
A highlight of the convention was the Friday night service when Randy Lawrence spoke. Randy is one of my former students at BRSM. He is the National Youth Director of the PCG and President of Messenger College. Of course, I am prejudice, but Randy did a fantastic job of preaching at the General Convention last night. Several people told me it was the best message of the convention. I agree--homiletically sound, unscripted, real, from the heart, funny, on the level of the audience, passionate, Pentecostal and powerful. I could go on and on but you would think I was his grandfather. Randy isshowing us that a new generation will not bow at the altar of compromise. The PCG is so blessed to have him.
If you want a copy of the new book, it is available on the website. Click the picture below to be directed to the bookstore.
June 24, 2019 - Back and Forth
We are still moving some things from Houston, so we have lots of back and forth from Texas to Oklahoma. We also preached in Bryan, Texas and Elgin, Oklahoma. We have been to Bryan many times, but this was our first ministry at Elgin. It was great to connect with Larry and Belinda Thoma and make new friends there. Most of all we are happy for lives changed in the altars.
May 25, 2019 - No place like home
Our new residence is really taking shape. I love it. Lynda has done a wonderful job of decorating. We chose a map of the world for our living room. We want to be constantly reminded that we are here on earth to reach the lost "for God so loved the World." May those who come through our doors remember his last words were "Go ye!"
May 20, 2019 - My Mentor
We did not have a preaching appointment on May 19, so Lynda and I drove to OKC to be in church with Cecil Brown. Brother Brown was my pastor when I was a teen. I love him so much. I have been to many schools and hold many degrees but this man taught me more about ministry than I learned in all my education. He is a class act. A humble servant of God. I am glad men like this showed me what a minister should be. I wish I could live up to his standard.
May 13, 2019 - A New Book
Talk about bad timing, while all the moving and other activity has been going on, I have been trying to finish a book. The Pentecostal Church of God are having their 100th anniversary convention in June and I wanted to finish a book before the convention. I started this project twenty years ago but it lay on the shelf for most of the last nineteen years. I have been busy, making phone calls, pouring over newspapers, visiting archives and writing. Praise the Lord, the book went in the mail today. I should have it in time for the convention. By faith, I have reserved a booth at the convention. Pray everything goes well at the printer.
May 12, 2019 - Moving on up
May 7 and 8 were moving day. We bought our home in November and are finally completing the move. Everything has gone smoothly and we (mostly Lynda) are busy unpacking everything we just moved. Oh happy day!
May 4, 2019 - Kountze
The last Sunday in April we started a revival at the Assembly of God in Kountze, TX. We had met Pastor and Mrs. Mike Brown on a trip to the Holy Land and fell in love with this lovely couple. It was so good being with them and Irene's brother A. J. Laird who drove down from Tulsa for the services.
Sometimes, God just does something so wonderful you want to say "WOW!" Many of you have heard me preach about those Wow Moments. Well, we had one of those in Kountze. This gentleman, John Brown, is 90 years young and God baptized him in the Holy Ghost in our revival. How wonderful is that? I think I will say, "WOW!"
April 27, 2019 - Back to the Pursuit
Friday night, April 26, I flew back to Knoxville to be with the wonderful people at The Pursuit. There is such a hunger at this church. I pray God will give them the outpouring for which their hearts are longing.
April 15, 2019 - Baton Rouge
From Missouri, we drove back to Pensacola to get the final things out of my container there. All my stuff in Pensacola is officially gone. Of course, I do still have a beautiful daughter there. Baton Rouge is on the way back to Houston and since our schedule would not let us attend the Easter Campmeeting, we stopped at Family Worship Center for service. Brother Swaggart will always be my favorite preacher.
April 13, 2019 - My Boyz
Since we were pretty close to Cape Girardeau, we drove up to see the two Matthews. I wish I could see my boys more often. We went out for a nice dinner but unfortunately what I had eaten for lunch gave me food poisoning andI was as sick as could be. That was a miserable night.
April 11, 2019 - Arkansas
We had never been to Refuge Assembly of God in Jonesboro, AR but what a great church. Pastor Matt Smith, his staff and congregation were all so very kind to us. We are thankful for a wonderful week of revival and give God the glory for all the wonderful things he did.
April 5, 2019 - A Crazy Week
When I moved from Pensacola, I left a 45 foot container filled with books. The new owners were gracious enough to give me a year to move the container and the clock was ticking fast. For a year, I searched for a place to put the books. One plan after another fell through. Finally, I located a lot near Waurika Lake in Oklahoma where I could put a container and store the books. Now, how do I move 20,000 pounds of books? On Friday March 29, I drove from Houston to Pensacola. On Saturday morning I rented a 26 foot truck and some guys from Teen Challenge in Pensacola helped me load it. I spent the night in Pensacola, drove to Foley on Sunday morning and preached at Family Revival Center one of my favorite places. I drove back to Pensacola, got the truck and drove all night to get to Oklahoma. Some young men from the Comanche football team helped me get the books into the new container. Lynda met me in Oklahoma and we drove to Bryan, TX to speak at the memorial for my dear friend Joel Withem and then drove straight back to Duncan to get ready to leave for Arkansas on Friday. Wow, makes me tired just to write all that.
In the process, I lost my cell phone off the back of the rental truck. Sorry, there are no photos of the big move.
March 21, 2019 - Brrrrr
March might not be the best time to schedule a meeting in Albert Lea, MN but we had a great time despite lots of snow. Actually, the weather was remarkably warm and so was the hospitality of our northern friends. This is Pastor Ryan Quigley's first church as lead pastor. He is doing a marvelous job and showed us some wonderful hospitality. Again, we were honored that we were the first evangelists Ryan chose to preach a revival for him. How sweet is that?
Lynda and I enjoy having some fun while we travel so it was a delight to find the Spam Museum in Minnesota. People think I am crazy but I do like Spam. Yes, I know, I am a redneck.
March 4, 2019 - Back to Oklahoma
Lynda and I had a great time at The Link in Elk City, OK with Pastor Brent Gifford. Brent pioneered this great church and their progress is amazing. This was their first ever revival in the church. How blessed and honored we were to be their first evangelists. Thank God for his blessings!
February 25, 2019 - Tennessee and North Carolina
The next weekend, Lynda stayed in Houston and I flew to Knoxville, TN. She was packing at the house in Houston. We are finding it quite difficult to move when you are never at home. lol. I was in service at the Pursuit, a church pastored by one of my former students, Jeff Timbs. The church is really hungry for a move of God and it was great to partner with them for Friday Night Fire.
For Sunday, I drove to Statesville, NC to be in service with Pastor Grover Crosswhite at Cornerstone of Victory Church. It was supposed to be a short drive over the mountains, but rain had caused a mudslide that closed the interstate. I have a bit longer drive but enjoyed a powerful service and great hospitality.
February 18, 2019 - Texas and Oklahoma
When we got home from Ethiopia we literally hit the ground running. On February 10 we were with Pastor Phil Gibson and his good people in Burleson, Texas. I have been at this church many, many times, but I don't think I have ever felt a sweeter presence of the Lord.
We spent the week working on the new house in Oklahoma and on February 17 we were in McAlister, OK for services at Abundant Life, a Pentecostal Holiness church. It was so great to be with some of our dearest friends, Warren and Caroline Harkins and Jack and LaDonna Barron.
February 6, 2019 - Bako, Ethiopia
Another tremendous Harvest Revival Crusade is in the history books. We had a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Bako, Ethiopia. Our great team worked together to see many outstanding miracles and 2,408 people received Christ for the first time. To God be the glory. Thank you to everyone who gave to see this great event become a reality. Your offerings reached so many with the gospel, we are so grateful.
January 29, 2019 - Back to Addis
It is always great to land in Addis Ababa and know that a great crusade is just around the corner. It is also great to be greeted by our good friends Per and Abbi Akvist. One of our ministry partners, Donna McGhee gifted per with an Expositor's Study Bible. We enjoyed a nice dinner in our favorite restaurant in Ethiopia. This is a South African restaurant and has only been in the country for the last two years. Western food--our teams love it.
January 27, 2019 - England Swings
For It was a great pleasure to be with our friend Pastor Jon Featherstone in Wembledon for a special service. Our Ethiopia team left Houston on Saturday and had a long layover in London. We took advantage of the opportunity for ministry and a little cold and rainy site-seeing in London.
January 20, 2019 - Pray for our Friend
For the last week, Lynda and I have been working almost day and night, finishing some end of the year bookkeeping, preparing and packing for Ethiopia and building some props for my illustrated sermons. The crusade is less than a week away.
I preached at Brazos Valley Family Worship Center in Bryan, Texas again this morning. When we have an open Sunday, we often go to Brazos Valley. Our friend, Pastor Joel Withem has been battling leukemia for over a year. He is a valiant fighter. Please continue to pray for Brother Joel for a complete healing.
January 11, 2019 - Acts 6:4
Like the previous four years, we started the year at the Acts 6:4 Conference in Texarkana, TX. Every year this great conference grows in attendance and power. It was wonderful being in Texarkana with Lynda and so many of our friends.
In January 2012, James Dodd and I attended the Prayer and Bible Conference. I was nearly 60 and I told James we were the youngest two guys there. It was clear the conference was dying or maybe already dead and just not buried. Later that year they announced the name would be changed, the meeting would move to SAGU and it would be held in the Spring. For all practical purposes the season for this once powerful Pentecostal meeting had ended.
At the same time Conservatively Speaking was a pretty small Facebook group that Andy Harris had started and only a handful of us served as moderators.
In October 2012, I wrote Andy and told him the changes in the P&BC opened the door for conservatives to host a winter conference. I suggested Shreveport, he suggested Houston, but we both thought it would be a great idea. That conversation was the genesis of Acts 6:4.
Months later, my late wife was diagnosed with brain cancer and I resigned from CS to devote my time to caring for her. Because of her illness, I was unable to attend the first conference but have not missed one since. I am so pleased with what Acts 6:4 has become. Jason Stidham has done an incredible job of shaping and leading the conference. This year's meeting has been absolutely awesome. There is not another meeting in the United States that can compare in Pentecostal fervor. I am happy to have sown a small seed that took root and grew into such a powerful meeting.