|Pastor Scott Hanks|
|Pastor Scott Hanks|
|Sunday Night at FBC|
I flew to Omaha, NE, and then drove to Lawrence, KS, last night and preach for my friend Pastor Scott Hanks who pastors the HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH of Lawrence. He has been their pastor for 16 years and is doing a marvelous job. God gave us 5 souls and the folks were very responsive and obviously love the Lord, their church, and their pastor.
I taught Sunday school on my lesson of "FORGIVENESS." The pastor gave an altar call after the lesson. It was a great moving of the Spirit of God. Many came to me after the services and said it was exactly what they needed. I preached on "WHO SHALL BE DAMNED?" God blessed the invitation with 5 souls.
I then was taken on a tour of their new church auditorium that is just about complete. It is going to be beautiful and very practical. Please do yourself a favor and visit this soul winning church in Lawrence.
I then had lunch with the pastor and some of his staff. I drove 3 1/2 hours north to Plattsmouth and joined my son Dr. Scott Gray for the service tonight. WOW! I had not seen the completed new church auditorium until tonight. The FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Plattsmouth, NE, is one that will take your breath away! Dr. Raymond Wicks led his church in finding the land and building this building. You must visit this church sometime! You will love the spirit of the pastor and the people. Scott preached first and I preached second my sermon "GOD THE BUILDER." The folks started coming to the altar before the invitation began. It was a tremendous Sunday night crowd and a great response. Scott and I will be preaching again at 7 pm on Monday night. If you are in the area please come and be with us! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!
At the end of each year I total the number of sermons, souls I've led to Christ, and those who followed the Lord in baptism for the previous year and an accumulate number. I have done this since coming to Texas in 1980. To God be the glory! Through December 31, 2010, I have been allowed to preach 26,835 sermons, lead 15,406 to Christ, and have 4,512 of those converts follow the Lord in baptism. In 2010 God gave me 449 souls and 113 of those following the Lord in baptism. GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!
|Pastor Bill Davis|
|Pastor Charles Hamilton|
|Mike Trusted Christ|
|Fireplace in Texas|
|Peaches in the Snow|
|Bob II & Family|
Who would have believed it! It snowed for the second time in two years in Texas. We had 3 inches and it was beautiful. I was in Virginia preaching and missed being here on Sunday for the snow but Mrs. Gray has learned how to take pictures on her cell phone. Can you believe that? Now we will not have to depend on our teen grandchildren for technical expertise!
I flew in on Monday and a snow storm hit where I was on Tuesday. It has been very cold in the teens at night! I will be flying to Raleigh Durham, NC, this week end and hopefully the snow storm that hit the East will have dissipated by then. GOTTA LOVE SNOW!
|Dr. Ron Talley|
I had the wonderful privilege of preaching at the HYLES BAPTIST CHURCH of Chesterfield, VA., this morning. I will be preaching tonight also at 6:30. Dr. Talley and I attended college together and my wife and I love the Talley family dearly! This man of God is doing a phenomenal job of leading this church in the winning of the lost to Christ. He is one of the finest preachers to ever mount the pulpit in my opinion. I have heard the best and he is one of the best! God bless you Dr. Talley. God gave us 8 precious souls this morning. The buildings were packed and the Spirit of God had liberty to work. The music was old fashioned and the people very responsive. WOW! I loved it!
What a great name for an independent Baptist church! There is no other man of God I could think of that epitomized more of what God had in mind for His men than my preacher Dr. Jack Hyles. Dr. Talley did not name the church it was already given this name when he became pastor in September of 1986. There were nine people in attendance and five of those were his family. God has blessed and continues to bless!
This is not man worship they exhibit here but it is admiration. Without a leader there would never be a cause and without a cause there is distain for leaders.
Dr. John R. Rice became aware of God's hand being on Dr. Hyles and that is why he promoted him so much in THE SWORD OF THE LORD. In fact one time in the late 70's I asked Dr. Rice to host a SWORD CONFERENCE in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He told me that Dr. Hyles scheduled all of the SWORD CONFERENCES and that he had complete confidence in this "man of God." So much for the distain that Dr. Rice had for uplifting a "man." Dr. Rice always gave Dr. Hyles the key-note preaching time on the schedule. Keep those cards, letters, and emails coming! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!
|Pastor Tracy Curington|
This morning it was my honor to preach for my good friend Pastor Tracy Curington. He pastors the BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH of Ardmore, OK. He and his dear family started this church 5 years ago and he is certainly doing a wonderful job of reaching Ardmore with the Gospel. There were 15 saved on Saturday, 6 saved on Sunday, 3 professions, 1 addition, and 1 baptism today! The service tonight starts at 7 pm and I am looking forward to preaching once again tonight!
I have always admired these men of God whom God has laid on their hearts to start churches. These are heroes of the faith in my mind. I think of my dear friend Pastor Doug Jackson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Pastor R. A. Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, and many others who obeyed God and started churches. These and many others such as Pastor Craig Bryan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Pastor Dave Carlson of New Hampshire are heroes of the faith. There are too many to mention here but they are what made America great in the past! May God continue to bless you dear men of God!
If you are ever in Ardmore please make plans to attend one of the services of the BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH. You will sense the Holy Spirit working in their services! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!
|Meagan & Joe With Grandma|
|Joe & Aly With Grandma|
|What are they drinking?|
My mother went home to Heaven on Christmas Day 2010. She left behind a heritage of integrity, character, and honesty. She was as tender as she was tough. Mama and Daddy lived through a depression and were survivors. Daddy went to Heaven in January of 1990 at age 80. Mama was 98 went she went to Heaven. She was met not only by our Saviour but also two sons, a husband, and many other friends along with many family members.
Our family delayed our annual Christmas gathering until Friday night. This is a highlight of the year for us. We had fun, food, fellowship, and a lot of sarcasm. This is a sarcastic bunch to say the least! We had a great time! GOTTA LOVE FAMILY!