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Sunday, July 31, 2011

SUNDAY NIGHT SERVICE IN MANCHESTER, NH.

Gospel Light Baptist Church
I preached tonight at the GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH of Manchester, NH. The auditorium was full and the altar was also full at the invitation time!

I preached tonight my sermon "GOD'S SIMPLE PLAN FOR A SOUL WINNING CHURCH" out of Luke 14:12-24.

1) Make church a feast
2) Call the poor
3) Do not expect the converts to pay the bills
4) Trust God to pay the bills
5) Prepare for the converts
6) Remove the converts' excuses
7) Bring your own converts to church
8) Turn your bidding into compelling

Proverbs 26:2 says the curse causeless shall not come. In other words there is a reason! In the Scripture we have what I call "cause and affect." For every affect there is a corresponding cause. God has a recipe book called the Bible! We seem to relish making the things of God hard instead of easy. God has a simple plan for a soul winning church. GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!




WONDERFUL SUNDAY MORNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Pastor Dave Carlson
This morning Pastor Dave Carlson, who pastors the GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH picked me up for Sunday school and Sunday morning preaching service. This man of God started this church 19 years ago. He and his dear wife have certainly done an excellent job of spreading the Gospel to this strategic New England city. We had 10 saved, 5 professions and 3 baptized this morning. The buildings were full and the people were very attentive to the teaching and preaching.

Benjamin Sabri
In between Sunday school and the preaching hour the pastor introduced me to a young man by the name of Benjamin Sabri. This young man with his family fled Iraq 9 years ago. He trusted Christ and was baptized at GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH. His parents were already saved and baptized. He was very attentive during the preaching hour and I gave him a Dr. Pepper that someone had given to me. 

I hate Dr. Pepper! I told the people it tastes like bug spray. Someone asked me after church how did I know what bug spray tasted like? Good question! The answer is when my wife was spraying bug spray one time it hit my mouth and that is how I know how terrible Dr. Pepper is! Ha!

Colonel Gibson
On my flight from DFW to Boston, MA., I sat next to a Colonel in the US Army. We struck up a conversation and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him. He is stationed in the country of Chili.  I asked him if he was going to get paid and he laughed. I told him a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, while a depression is when you lose your job, and a recovery is when Obama loses his job!

After a while I gave him one of our church Gospel tracts. I went over the Scripture and explained to him how he could know for sure that he was going to Heaven when he died. He was so kind and soon we bowed our heads and he invited Christ into his soul! WOW! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

FLYING TO BOSTON!

I will be leaving the house at 5 am to be taken to the Tyler airport. I will then fly to DFW and on to Boston where I will be driven to New Hampshire to preach for my good friend Pastor Dave Carlson. He pastors the GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH of Manchester, NH. 

I am looking forward to spending some time with this dear man of God. He is a wonderful pastor and a great personal soul winning. There will also be a Monday night service at 7 pm. If you are in the area please take time to be with us! I believe it will be a blessing to you and your dear people.

Mrs. G is going into the hospital Tuesday morning at 6 am for her complete hip replacement surgery. I will be flying back into to Tyler Tuesday at 1 pm where my daughter Karen will pick me up and we will head directly to the hospital to be with her. Please pray that everything will go as the doctors have planned. The only worry I have is Karen driving my car. She is a red head but I believe she has blond roots! Ha! She is directionally handicapped! Ha!

I had a great week of soul winning last week with 7 trusting Christ and 2 baptisms. God is so good! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEW BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

Two of my new books arrived on Saturday. "HEAVEN" and "24 CARAT FRIENDSHIP" are now available. If you will call 903-759-3977 or 903-576-1307 and ask for Mrs. Diana Ayres she will give you a special rate on these new books. This will only last through the end August 15, 2011. I hope you will take advantage of this special!

Also, the manuscript for "WHEN PRINCIPLE WAS KING" is complete and being gone over by our proof readers. There are photos galore of Dr. Hyles! The truth of his principles will be found in this book! We will offer a special for pre-orders soon! This is a 408 page hard back book! First class! Hard hitting! No holds barred!

If you want any of our other books please call Mrs. Ayres direct and you will be able to order any of them. You may also go to SOLVECHURCHPROBLEMS.COM to order books. Also SMASHWORDS.COM have many of my books on E-Book form.


Monday, July 25, 2011

MONDAY NIGHT SERVICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Monday Night Service
Tonight I preached for Pastor Bill Davis who pastors the CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH. The building was full and the people very responsive. I preached my sermon "THE DANGER OF CHANGE."  

Steve Shutt & Mike Riplinger
Attending Tonight at the service was Mike Riplinger, husband of Dr. Gail Riplinger, and their son-in-law Steve Shutt. What a blessing it was to meet them and spent a few moments together. What a great service these dear folks are providing for America in their strong stand on the King James Bible. I would recommend all of Dr. Riplinger's material to any one who wants to know the truth about the Scriptures. Also, Steve is traveling the country providing in depth information about the history of the Scriptures.

Dr. John Hamblin
Evangelist John Hamblin was preaching in the area with Dr. Shelton Smith in a SWORD OF THE LORD CONFERENCE. He texted me and asked if we could have lunch together. We both had fish! You would be so proud of me! He gave me a copy of his new book "GIVE ME THAT OLD-TIME RELIGION." You wont believe this but he actually paid for the meal! Ha! You know how evangelists are! Tight wads! Ha! This is a great preacher of the Gospel and I am glad to call him my friend! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!

GREAT LORD'S DAY IN NORTH CAROLINA

Mrs. Ruth Carter
Yesterday was a wonderful day at the CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH. The Lord gave us 15 saved with two of those following the Lord in baptism. 

Between Sunday school and preaching I met a dear lady Mrs. Ruth Carter who is 96 and has been teaching a Sunday school class since age 15. She teaches a young girls class at the church. WOW! Thank the Lord for these dear saints of God who are the real heroes in the faith.

MAY I ASK A QUESTION OF "IS IT RIGHT TO QUESTION?"

I Peter 3:15, "...and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"

Too many of God's people check their brains at the door when they enter into church. Loyalty to a man who is disloyal to truth is in reality disloyalty to God. There is a difference between nitpicking and serious questions about the "...hope that is in you..."! 

I have some questions, does the King James Bible contain preserved inspiration, can a saved person be possessed by devils, does God hate man for what he did to Jesus his Son, does the Holy Spirit ever become depressed, can a woman be used of God, can divorced people serve God too, is the "body of Christ" all Christians or a local church, and does the Lord's Supper contain sexual innuendos?

GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

PREACHING AT CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH

Pastor Bill Davis
This morning I had the honor of preaching for my good Pastor Bill Davis who pastors the CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH. This dear man of God surrendered to preach under a Gospel tent meeting in Mocksville, NC., in 1994, when Dr. Hyles and I preached together for Dr. Darrel Cox.  He and his dear family  are celebrating their 9th Anniversary as pastor at CORNERSTONE!

We had 5 saved, 4 professions, and 1 baptized this morning. The buildings were packed and the people had a wonderful spirit. This is a wonderful soul winning church. I will be preaching tonight at 6 pm and on Monday night at 7 pm. If you are in the area please join us!

Mrs. Jess Thompson
I was up early and had my quiet time. I went to the breakfast area here at the HAMPTON INN. The room was full and I found a place to sit. I had my ball cap on and a pullover on. I got my coffee and sat down. Then the lady who prepares the breakfast bar for the motel walked up to me and placed her hand on my arm and asked, "Are you a man of God? I said yes I am! She said would you please pray for me! I told her yes I would. I then asked her if I could talk to her when the place cleared out and she said yes. After the folks left I gave her a Gospel tract from the church and carefully went over the Scriptures and explained to her how she could know for sure she was going to Heaven. In a few minutes she bowed her head and trusted Jesus Christ to save her from going to Hell. Amen!

Marcellus Shipwash
After church today a young lady walked up to me and said I want to thank you. I asked for what? She said you led me to Christ last year when you were! WOW! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Friday, July 22, 2011

FLYING TO GREENSBORO, NC

It has been extremely hot in Texas with record breaking temps over 100. I couldn't help but notice our Crepe Myrtle tree in front of our house today. I am amazed that it is doing as well as it is with all of the 30 some plus days of extreme heat. 

I will be up at 2:30 in the morning to get ready for a trip to Shreveport, LA., to catch a plane to DFW and then on to Greensboro, NC. My flight leaves at 6 am. I will be preaching for my good friend Pastor Bill Davis. He pastors CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH and is doing a great job. They have seen 35 baptisms in the past few months and recently had 191 on a Wednesday night service. Pastor Davis had surgery on one of his knees and is home resting. Please pray for him he has a lot of health issues!

I got the results back from Dr. Williams and the mass on the outside of my bladder is not malignant. He has me scheduled to come back in month to check to see if it is still growing. If it is he said we may have to consider surgery. I hope not!

Mrs. G is still scheduled for a complete hip replacement on August 2. She went through a two hour video and preparation time with the doctors for the surgery last Wednesday. She is not excited about it but she is such pain she has to do it. Well this is the latest news from the geriatric couple of the month! Ha!

Two of the 14 books at the printers are being shipped today. The books are the on "HEAVEN" and "24 CARAT FRIENDSHIP." I am excited about the rest of them coming in within the next 30 days! I am especially thrilled about my "PERSONAL SOUL WINNER'S GUIDEBOOK." It will be filled with great practical truths to help any soul winner.

Also, my book "WHEN PRINCIPLE WAS KING" will be a hard back and we are hoping to have it out by the end of the year. 400 plus pages of an insight into the principles of Dr. Jack Hyles! This is a must for any young person who desires to serve God full time! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PREACHING IN BAY SHORE, NY

Iglesia Bautista Fundamental Church
Brother Byron Sagastume picked me up at the DAYS INN in New Jersey and drove me to Bay Shore, NY., for a two day meeting with Pastor Sergio Ali. I preached last night my sermon "FIVE DAYS TOO LATE!" Tonight I preached my sermon "IS THERE A PLACE CALLED HELL?" The altars were full and commitment by God's people to go soul winning each week was great! This is a miracle church. 

Pastor Ali came to our NATIONAL SOUL WINNING CLINIC many years ago and came back fired up and won hundreds to Christ and his church fired him! He went down the road and started another New Testament church that has led thousands to Christ in the past 18 years. They have built and brand new building without borrowing a dime. The building is not completed yet, but they are close. I love these people! 

I will be up at 3 am, 2 am Texas time, (I just had to throw that in-Ha!) and drive to to the LGA airport for a flight to DFW then on to Tyler, Texas. 

I will be finding out tomorrow about the report from Dr. Williams on my bladder. I 'll let you know what happens. Mrs. G is going to look at some video tomorrow to prepare her for her total hip replacement on August 2. 

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Monday, July 18, 2011

PREACHING IN NEW JERSEY

Dr. Frank and Mrs. Cuozzo
Sunday I had the honor of preaching for my good friend Dr. Frank Cuozzo who pastors the NEW DURHAM BAPTIST CHURCH of North Bergen, NJ. I taught my Sunday school lesson "FORGIVENESS" and preached my sermon "THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL SOUL WINNING." The building was full and the invitation time was a blessing!

God gave us 9 precious souls and several professions of faith. The pastor has been here going on six years and the people have a great spirit. I preached Sunday night on "LET'S GO SOUL WARNING." The altar was full and the people were very receptive. If you live in the area please visit this dear church. I have not seen Dr. and Mrs. Cuozzo for many years and it was good to be able to fellowship with them even if it was for a brief time. Mrs. Cuozzo has had a lot of health problems including a stroke and Dr. Cuozzo cares for her and is doing a wonderful job.

ROBERT

My ride to Bay Shore, NY., was scheduled to pick me up at noon. As I was in the lobby waiting for my ride I noticed the clerk was not busy and so I approached him and gave him a gospel tract from the NEW DURHAM BAPTIST CHURCH. I introduced myself and after explaining the Scriptures to him about how he could know for sure he could go to Heaven when he died, Robert bowed his head and took me by the hand to prayed to trust Christ. WOW! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

PREACHING IN NEWARK, NJ

I was up at 2:15 this morning, had my quiet time, finished my packing, drank some coffee to wake up, put the luggage in the car, showered, and dressed. I tried to be quiet but you know how men are if not just ask my wife? Mrs. G woke up and came out to give me some orders for the day! Ha!

Assistant Pastor Bob Queen has been so good to me since my retirement. He has volunteered for the past two years to drive me to the airports on Saturday. He once again took me to the Shreveport airport for a 6 am flight to DFW and then on to Newark, NJ. 

I arrived at Newark on time and Anthony, my host for the week end drove me to the DAYS INN MOTEL. I will be preaching for my friend Pastor Frank Cuozzo who for seven years has pastored NEW BURHAM BAPTIST CHURCH of Newark. 

Monday at noon I will be driving to Bay Shore, NY, to preach under a tent Monday and Tuesday for Pastor Sergio Ali who founded and pastors the IGLESIA BAUTISTA FUNDAMENTAL CHURCH of Bay Shore. This is an amazing man of God. He came many years ago to our NATIONAL SOUL WINNING CLINIC. When he came back to the denominational church he pastored at the time he was not only having people saved regularly but the baptisms dramatically increased. The deacons became upset and had the dear pastor fired. He went down the street and started the church he now pastors. It is a miracle church to say the least! He is one of the most aggressive soul winners I have ever met! What a great church!

If you are in the area please make plans to join us each night at 7 pm. Also, there will be a Tuesday morning service starting at 10 am. I hope to see you there!

You should be proud of me I went back to my Nutritionalist Dr. Dorothy Straton. Under her tutelage at one time I had lost 60 pounds. WOW! It just dawned on me how much weight that is! Ha! Anyway, she took the prodigal back into the fold and I am grateful. So, hopefully you will be seeing less of me in the future!

Mrs. G will have her complete hip replacement surgery on August 2. She will be going for a preparatory meeting  on Wednesday to view videos to help prepare her for the surgery. Bless her she has had over 30 surgeries since we arrived in Texas over 30 years ago. She is hoping this will give her some mobility and be able to start getting out. She was doing better after the new pump was put in her tummy and then this happened. Please pray for her!

I will be going to see Dr. Williams on Wednesday at 3:30 to hopefully get the results of tests about the mass on the outside of  my bladder. I finally received the disc of the MRI and CAT scan done on me during my weeks stay at Riverside Hospital in California and I took it to our doctor in Tyler. He will be looking at it and then get back to me as to what to do with this herniated disc. I can only go so long and it really begins to cause some discomfort. I do not know how Mrs. G has made all these years with her health issues. 

We decided to call our house the GRAY NURSING HOME! We have openings if you want to apply? Ha!

Hopefully I will have an additional 14 books out by the end of the year. One of the projects I have been working on for a long time is the book WHEN PRINCIPLE WAS KING! It is about the principles which Dr. Jack Hyles lived by. I am appalled at the distortions concerning Dr. Hyles' teachings and ministry. I WILL set the record straight. I am excited about this book. The manuscript is done and I am daily going over it to hopefully present to the printers in the next couple of months. 

This book should be read by every young person who has surrendered to full time service and every preacher boy in our Bible colleges. No holds barred in this book! I go to the heart of the matter and it will be provoking to say the least! Those who love Dr. Hyles will love him more and admire him more. 

I updated my bio for the new books coming out and God has been so good to me and my soul winning. God allowed me to led 449 to Christ last year with 113 of those following the Lord in baptism. Since arriving in Texas in 1980 God has allowed me to led 15,406 to Christ with 4,512 of those following the Lord in baptism. Pray for my back for healing so I will not have to slow down with my soul winning. GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

GREAT SERVICES IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

Magalia
I flew into Columbus, Ohio, yesterday to preach at the High Street Baptist Church today. Dr. Charles Manious is the pastor. 

The building was full to capacity on the lower floor and the balcony. There were numerous other services being conducted at the same time in other parts of the property. There was a record breaking day for the deaf department of 40 as well as other ministries. 

The church wide soul winning resulted in 50 trusting Christ and there were 10 saved in the main service with 2 following the Lord in Baptism. This is a great church and I believe they are going to have a great impact on Columbus with the Gospel.

This morning before I left I had the opportunity to strike up a conversation with a young lady who works at the motel by the name of Magalia. She was very kind and I carefully presented and reviewed how she could know for sure that she was going to Heaven when she died. After a little while she bowed her head and asked Jesus Christ to become the payment for all of her sins. Later on a co-worker came up to me and thanked me for talking to her co-worker about the Lord! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

Friday, July 8, 2011

BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

On June 3 I flew to Ontario, CA., and I felt a little tightness in my lower back when I left the house. By the time I arrived 5 hours later in Ontario airport they had to help me off the plane. My back just locked up for some reason. I went to the motel and laid on the bed and could not get back up at all. I called Pastor Nathan Cook and he called for an ambulance to take me to the Riverside Hospital.

When they came to the room I had locked the door with the safety lock and they had no way of getting into the room. Eventually they had to knock the door down in order to get too me. I ended up spending a week in the hospital in Riverside, CA. They ran an MRI and CAT scan. They found a herniated disc in my lower back and a mass on the outside of my bladder.

I have been laid up for a month and driving my wife crazy! She has enough problems without me! I have been doing rehab and doing better. The doctor did a biopsy on the mass and he is confident every thing is OK but I will find out on the 20th. 

Mrs. Gray will have a complete hip replacement surgery on August 2, 2011. So we have named our house the Gray Nursing Home! Ha! Please pray for her!

I will be flying from Shreveport, LA., at 6 in the morning to fly to DFW and then on to Columbus, Ohio. I will be preaching for my good friend Dr. Charles Mainous who pastors the HIGH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH. I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle again! Nice thought for a song! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!