December 31, 2019 - Home Sweet Home
What a wonderful Christmas season. Lynda and I were able to spend two weeks at home. We had some friends and family come by for a few days, but had a very quiet Christmas, with just the two of us. It was surely, "all is calm, all is quiet." The weather in Oklahoma was beautiful. There was no white Christmas, but I will take a warm one any day. It was practically perfect in every way.
We finished the year at our home church, Bethel Assembly of God. We had a great day and give thanks to Pastor Ron Meador for the open door and for treating us like part of the Bethel Church family.
We are so excited about 2020. This will be the greatest year yet!
December 10, 2019 - Pensacola
Lynda and I spent this weekend in Pensacola. It was great to be back in the emerald coast. I preached Sunday morning at First Assembly of God. Thanks to Pastor David Scruggs for the open door for ministry.
On Monday night we held our last missions dinner of the season. We had a great crowd, great food and a great offering. We are so thankful for everyone that made our dinners successful this year. The salvation of lost souls will be your reward.
Now, we are looking forward to a merry and peaceful Christmas with family and friends at home in Duncan.
December 6, 2019 - Dinner, Dinner and Dinner
We hosted three dinners this week. The first was in Houston at a very unusual restaurant, the Carriage House. The place is filled with antiques and serves some of Houston's best comfort foods. The dinner was to honor the memory of John Durham. John was a great supporter of our dinners. It was a joy to have his widow, his daughter and his son at the dinner. Lots of friends from Houston and Katy came and it was a pleasure to have Lynda's children and grandchildren.
The second dinner was in Bryan at Brazos Valley Family Worship Center. We honored the memory of Joel Withem. It is so hard to believe that these great friends are gone. Sister Withem and two of his daughters were with us for the dinner. The last dinner of the week was at the Senior Citizens Center in Lumberton, Texas. No, that does not mean we are getting old. Thanks to Pastor Chris Kirkendall and Faith Christian Center for renting the building for us.
If you have never been to one of our dinners, we do have fun. There is never any pressure to give. We just enjoy sharing our vision with our friends and we let God speak to people about what they can do to help us and we are so thankful for those who do.
December 3, 2019 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Lynda and I were back with our friends at Brazos Valley Family Worship Center for Sunday. It is always good to be with these precious people.
November 27, 2019 - Close to Home
We were blessed to be close to home this weekend. We had our missions dinner in Duncan and what a great time we had. My oldest brother, Austin caught, cleaned and cooked fish with all the trimmings for the dinner. It was wonderful. Thanks to everyone who came and all those who helped.
On Sunday we were in Chickasha, Oklahoma at Newsong Church of God. The pastor, Chuck Davis, was a teenager at the church I pastored in Comanche a few decades back. It was great to be with Chuck and the great church.
November 18, 2019 - Mesquite, TX
Lynda and I drove to the Dallas Metroplex to preach at Trinity Life AG. Pastor Joe Chiles formerly served as an associate at our home church, Bethel AG in Duncan. The church is in a season of transition. They sold their old building and are anxious to build in a great new location. We had a wonderful time and two precious ladies received the Holy Spirit baptism.
November 11, 2019 - Happy Birthday, Lynda
Look who had a birthday on the way home from Brazil. We had to overnight in Recife and Mrs. Lynda got to celebrate a new year in a new country and even got a new Brazilian dress. It was very hot in some of the meetings and a precious Brazilian sister also gave Lynda her beautiful fan.
November 10, 2019 - Sao Luis Again
After the crusade ended, we stayed in Sao Luis once again and I was able to minister in another AG church. The local pastors want us to return for a conference in 2020. God's will be done.
November 9, 2019 - Harvest Revival Crusade Brazil
I have never experienced anything quite like our Harvest Revival Crusade in Brazil. What an honor it was to work with Brazilian Evangelist Rubens Cunha and his incredible team. Rubens made such an impact on me, both through the tremendous skill he has for campaign evangelism, but also by his quiet and humble spirit. These days it takes a lot to impress me, but Rubens made a deep and lasting impression on this evangelist.
We started the week with a three night seminar to train leaders for the crusade. The response was incredible. Rubens spoke, I spoke and one of our team members, John Sullivan spoke. On the last night I am sure that at least 100 received the Holy Spirit Baptism. It may have been twice that many.
This is our fantastic team. Of course, you know Lynda. The others are Scott and Carol Bass and John and Gina Sullivan from Katy, Texas. Every team member participated in some area of ministry. They were a pleasure to work with. The young lady is Tiffany Cannon, a missionary to Brazil from Michigan/Minnesota. Tiffany is battling some health issues but if a merry heart does her good like medicine, she is sure to be healed. Tiffany redefines "happy camper." If you happen to see her, ask her what she would do for a cookie.
When we were doing the seminars in the evening, we spent the days ministering in local schools. It is almost unbelievable how open the schools were. We could preach the gospel without compromise. We were in twelve different schools and must have ministered to 2,000 students. I don't think I would be exaggerating at all if I said 95 percent of the students prayed the sinners prayer with us. Many came forward for prayer for healing and deliverance.They were hurting so badly and just wanted someone to hug them and love them. The local churches are doing follow up in the schools. May the seed sown produce a harvest.
After one of our school assemblies, a student gave Rubens razor blades that she was using to cut herself. We gave the book My New Life in Christ, by Rubens, to the students. What a great trade, blades for new life. Suicide, cutting and self mutilation is pandemic among the Brazilian youth. Pray for them.
On Friday morning, we visited a very poor neighborhood and gave away food. As we prayed with people, several received the Lord as their Savior. I prayed with this man on the horse cart to be saved. We had a bus in the neighborhood to take people to the nightly crusade meetings.
On Saturday morning, we help a seminar for pastors and church leaders. We had a wonderful time of prayer and ministry. Jimmy Swaggart Ministries gave every pastor and church leader present a copy of the Portuguese language Expositors Study Bible. This was an amazing act of generosity. Our thanks to Brother Swaggart and his team.
At the same time we were holding the pastors meeting, other team members were hosting a Kids Krusade for hundreds of children. Many heard the gospel for the very first time. I am still amazed at how Rubens' team is organized to touch every aspect of a community with the gospel campaign.
Last but certainly not least is the Harvest Revival Crusade. For three nights, the presence of God came down on that field and changed lives. There were powerful healings, outstanding deliverances and even more importantly 3,400 people received Christ for the first time. The local churches are trained to do follow-up on every one of those people within 24 hours of their conversion. Heaven has a full record of the results of this season of harvest.
On the second night, it came a downpour just thirty minutes before the crusade was to begin. This is very, very unusual for that area. Rubens cautioned us that the people were afraid of rain and would not come. He compared it to when Texas gets ice or snow. We immediately began to pray, rebuking the storm. I begged the team to pray fervently. While praying, I felt God wanted us to praise Him. We had covered the crusade in prayer from the first day we began planning. God is in control of the weather and only He can change it. Daniel, my translator, confirmed what I had felt and said God told him that as Paul and Silas praised God in the jail, we should praise Him. I began to sing songs of worship. I told God that no matter what happened I was going to praise Him in the storm. I felt a strange peace. Did it quit raining immediately? No, the downpour continued but when we got the field, there were people everywhere. Some were seeking shelter in the few places available. Some were in the field in the rain. When the rain stopped, thousands came to the field. If you are going through a storm today, just praise God in the middle of it. If He doesn't calm the storm, He will calm you.
Here is just one of many healing testimonies from the crusade. This man was a professional soccer player in his youth. He had an illness that prevented him from playing the sport. God healed him in the crusade and he was happy to get his kick back.
On the last night of the crusade, we did my illustrated sermon on the rich man and Lazarus. It is quite a production, with props and the works. We are the only evangelists that carry hell in our suitcase. This is the team of youth that helped Lynda with the message. We were so blessed to meet so many wonderful people in Santa Ines. They will always be in our hearts.
November 3, 2019 - Sao Luis
To get to the crusade in Brazil, we flew from Houston to Orlando, to Belem, Brazil and then to Sao Luis. From Sao Luis we drove to the crusade city of San Ines. While in Sao Luis we visited a few of the sites in this beautiful port city on the Atlantic Ocean. I was also blessed to preach at one of the many Assemblies of God Churches in the city. What a great altar call we had! Daniel Lima was my translator for the entire trip. He is a remarkable and talented young man.
October 28, 2019 - Chickasha, OK
It's just a short drive up the road to Chickasha, Oklahoma. We were blessed to preach at Grand Assembly. I held a great revival in this church nearly 10 years ago but also held revivals in the old building more than 45 years ago. We had two great services. After Chickasha we drove to Houston to get ready for our trip to Brazil. Your generous giving made this second Harvest Revival Crusade possible. Thank you.
October 24, 2019 - Revival
When I started preaching as an evangelist, it was very unusual to be invited to speak on a Sunday. Almost every invitation was for 6 nights or more. That has totally flipped today. We seldom preach revivals and most invitations are for Sunday only. Elgin, Oklahoma was the exception. It was good to be in the same church every night for four nights. Even better, we drove back and forth and slept in our on bed every night. Special thanks to Pastor Larry Thoma and his congregation.
October 19, 2019 - The grass is not always greener
When we got home from Illinois, we had had the first frost in Oklahoma. After the frost our lawn ended up in this weird pattern. Never seen anything like it.
October 15, 2019 - Heavener, Oklahoma
Our second dinner of the season was with our good friends in Heavener, Oklahoma. We love these people. While we were in Heavener I took Lynda to see the Rhunestone and fed her some pie at the Southern Belle. The Rhunestone is a large rock carved by the Vikings centuries before Columbus came to America and he Southern Belle is a converted World War I train coach owned by one of our missions supporters, Debbie Crabtree.
October 14, 2019 - Missouri
I have always said of all the places I have ever lived, I liked Joplin, Missouri the best. I have to confess that Duncan has knocked Joplin off that throne, but it was still great to be back in the four state region. We had our first dinner of the season in Joplin. We forgot to snap any photos, but we really enjoyed the friends that came.
On Sunday we preached in Webb City, Missouri just out of Joplin. The pastor is Chad Degonia. We knew Chad when we lived in Joplin and it was really good to be in service with him in a church he has planted.
I also so made a special effort to visit Paul and Marjorie Dilts, retired missionaries and pastors. The Dilts have had some health issues but still have the victory. In the 1990s I had two revivals for Brother and Sister Dilts. One lasted eight weeks and the other twelve. It was a season I will never forget. I love you Brother and Sister Dilts.
October 12, 2019 - The Boyz.
On the way from Casey to our next appointment we stopped in Cape Girardeau to see my two Matthews. We had a nice visit, a good dinner and got to meet Lil Matt's girlfriend Hannah. I wish I could see them more often.
October 11, 2019 - The small town with big things.
It is always good to be back in Casey, Illinois with Pastors Ken and April Wade. Ken was one of my students and we have been coming to Casey for years. The little town is famous for all of the Guiness Book of Record breakers they have. Here are a couple of the latest. The only issue I see is I should be the one caught in the mousetrap.
One of the biggest things in Casey is Pastor Wade's son, KJ. Every year we make a trek to the Moonshine store and eat a moonburger, KJ's burger might be another record breaker.
September 30, 2019 -Victorville
When we returned from Turkey, we drove out to Victorville, California for two great services at Turning Point Church. Thanks to Pastor Ron Folkner for hosting us! For everyone who grew up in my generation, Victorville was the home of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
September 28, 2019 -Mission to Turkey
Lynda and I were excited ever since we were invited to go to Turkey. The country is rich in Christian history, but starving for the gospel. We arrived in Istanbul and visited Hagia Sophia, built in 360 AD, it is one of the oldest Christian church buildings in the world. We also visited the bazaar, the largest in the world. What a wild and crazy experience.
Our purpose in Turkey was to meet with the Association of Campaign Evangelist. I was blessed to speak to this great group of men and women from around the world. Lynda and I have never met a more dedicated and unselfish group of people whose only goal seems to be to reach unreached people for the Kingdom of God. Our host for the meeting was Karl Hargestam. Karl is the father of the organization we work with in Ethiopia, the Joshua Campaign. We loved these folks.
We had the privilege to visit some great places in Turkey, including the sites of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation. There is so much in each place, it is impossible to show everything we were blessed to see. I will post a few photos and notes on each of the ancient cities we visited. The first was Ephesus, such an important city to the early church, but a church that lost its first love. I was privileged to speak in Ephesus at the church which hosted one of the first councils of the early Christian church.
Laodecea was the lukewarm church in the Bible. Nobody wants to copy this church that was neither cold nor hot. The Turkish government is working to restore the large theater in Laodecea.
We spent the night near Laodecea in the modern city of Pamukkale and awoke to see beautiful hot air balloons filling the sky. The area is a tourist attraction because of the thermal springs and the beautiful terraces formed by calcium deposits.
Literally just up the hill is the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. Although not mentioned in the Bible, it is significant because it is reported to be the site of the martrydom of the Apostle Phillip. This place has absolutely the most beautiful Roman theater I have seen anywhere in the world.
In the Revelation, Philadelphia is the church of brotherly love. Today there is little love or anything else in the site. There are ruins from an early church and just a few stones from the Roman period. We did enjoy a great meal with Karl and Jennifer Hargestam and their Mission One Eleven team that made the journey with us.
Our next stop was Sardis. In Revelation this was the church of the living dead. Sardis has the ruins of a Roman era gymnasium that is simply stunning. One can only imagine the beauty of the structure in the ancient period. Next door is a very large Jewish synagogue. No doubt early Christians took the opportunity to preach the gospel on these very mosaic tiles.
Just across the way from the gymnasium are the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. What a grand structure it must have been. I have included some photos so you can see the size and intricacies of the columns.
There is not a lot to see in Thyatira. The ancient ruins are mostly buried under the city. There are plans in the future to raze several blocks of buildings and uncover the treasures that lay beneath. As you can guess that is not so popular with the residents and shop owners who occupy the land. A few Roman ruins and a Byzantine church are viewable. It is interesting how the archaeologists doing the restoration take the ancient and blend it with modern pieces to remake a site.
The next city on our itinerary was Pergamos. Most of the ancient ruins are on a high hill and the best way to access them is by cable car. Those who know me know that heights are not my favorite things and cable cars . . . well, you know. Anyway, we rode to the top of Pergamos and so glad we did. The view was beautiful.
The ruins of Pergamos are quite spectacular. The city has the steepest theater I have ever seen--by far. I think the ancients who visited the theater were at least part goat.
We stopped by a Turkish carpet factory. Despite popular opinion, no one flew on a carpet. They were beautiful though. Every carpet is hand spun from the silk cocoon or from wool. The dyes are all natural, including the same purple that Lydia used in New Testament times. Every thread is hand tied. Some of these rugs take on craftsman years to make and can cost more than $100,000. Lynda tried her hand at the craft. We were even able to purchase a small wool rug for our entryway. We will always remember our wonderful time in Turkey.
The last of the seven church was Smyrna. The ruins are located in the modern city of Ismir. It is a shame that so many of the ruins have been pillaged, stolen, destroyed and even recycled over the centuries. Still, it is great to visit the places where the apostles shared the good news of Jesus Christ. We pray that Turkey will once again experience a move of God's Holy Spirit. We finished our journey where we started, in Istanbul. Lynda and I snuck away from the group and enjoyed dinner at Burger King. Yes, we had it our way. Then we found a little pastry shop and had an absolutely delicious desert with ice cream. Wish you could have been there.
September 16, 2019 -Bloomington, CA
Unlike the Beverly Hillbillies, we loaded up a plane and our truck and headed for Turkey, via California. Our first services was a week-end revival in Bloomington at the Pentecostal Church of God. Pastor John Deatheridge was such a good host. The services were great and a number received the Holy Spirit baptism
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 graft. 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 Convention of 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 is showing 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 and I 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.