Friday, July 29, 2005

Youth Event In Lake Butler


I spoke at a youth event tonight for First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, Florida. The evening, which featured a luau theme, included food, games, bowling, and a devotion time. It is scheduled to end at 6am tomorrow (Saturday). If you notice the time that this is posted you will realize I did not stay through the night. I'm not as young as I used to be. 8-)

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Tiger Lake Added To Schedule

I will be preaching in supply for Pastor Melvin Owen at Tiger Lake Baptist Church on Sunday, August 7th during the 11am worship service. Brother Melvin will be preaching the Homecoming Service at First Baptist Church of Olustee, Florida that morning.

Tiger Lake Baptist Church is located at 11661 County Road 49 near Live Oak, Florida.

Please be in prayer for both of these services.

Lake Butler Today

I'll be preaching today at my home church First Baptist of Lake Butler at 11am & 6pm. The church is located at 195 East Main Street in Lake Butler, Florida.

Please be in prayer for these services and attend a church in your area.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Fun Stuff

Do you have some time to kill? Do you want something to do that is fun & challenging?

Check out some of these games that I've received over a period of time:

Paper Toss: toss the paper in the waste basket.
http://www.widro.com/throwpaper.html

Sleeping Sheep: check your reaction time with this game.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/reaction_version5.swf

Copter Pilot: try your hand at flying this machine.
http://www.hurtwood.demon.co.uk/Fun/copter.swf

Place the State: place the state in its' proper geographic location.
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/states_experiment_drag-drop_Intermed_State15s_500.html

Reflex Tester; another game to test your reflexes.
http://www.happyhub.com/network/reflex/

If you have any good, clean games to share, send me the link, I'd love to try them. I may even post the link here for others to try too. Send the link to evangelist@jamescroft.org.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Quotable Quote

I thought this was a very interesting quote from an unknown source:

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is."

FBC Lake Butler On Sunday

I will be preaching in supply this Sunday, July 24th for Pastor Rusty Womack at First Baptist Church of Lake Butler. Pastor Rusty is currently on a mission trip in Montana. The services will begin at 11am and 6pm this Sunday.

First Baptist Church is located at 195 East Main Street in Lake Butler, Florida.

Please be in prayer for these services.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

FBC Glen St. Mary Added To Schedule

First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary has been added to my preaching schedule for Sunday, September 4, 2005. I will be preaching in supply for Pastor Tim Patterson in the morning (11am) and evening (6pm) services. The church is located on George L. Taber Blvd. in Glen St. Mary, Florida.

Please be in prayer for these services.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Preaching Schedule Change

I preached morning & evening services yesterday at Athens Baptist Church in Columbia City, Florida. It was good to see many of my friends there again. The church is currently searching for a pastor. I was scheduled to preach there again on Sunday, July 31st, but the church will be listening to a pastoral candidate that day. I'm excited that the church has a prospect to listen to.

Let's all pray that God leads the right man to them and that they choose the right man.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Athens Baptist This Sunday

I will be preaching the morning (11am) and evening (6pm) worship services at Athens Baptist Church this Sunday, July 17th. The church is located at 9090 SW CR240 south of Lake City near Columbia City.

Please be in prayer for these services and for the church as they search for a new pastor.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Florida Times-Union LPA Story Online

Jon Fletcher has a story and photo gallery online today with the Florida Times-Union about the Little People of America National Convention. Jon, a photojournalist with the Florida T-U, has traveled to Ghana with our team on two occasions.

If you would like to view the story and photos here are the links:

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/071105/met_19207830.shtml

http://firstcoastphotos.com/timesunionphotos/viewalbum.php

Here are some links to a couple of Jon’s stories & multimedia presentations in the Florida Times-Union concerning my preaching ministry and 2003 Ghana, West Africa mission trip.

This article appeared on Sunday, October 19, 2003 in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida, about our second mission trip to Ghana, West Africa:
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/101903/dss_13818633.shtml

This is a Flash presentation that accompanied the Africa article:
http://www.jacksonville.com/special/jamesCroft/africa/

If you would like to see more of his 2003 & 2004 Ghana photos you may go to my website http://www.jamescroft.org/ and click on the “Gathering of the Clouds” logo and scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the photo links.

This is a story by Jon that appeared in the November 13, 2003 edition of the Florida Baptist Witness about our Ghana, West Africa mission trip: http://www.floridabaptistwitness.com/1794.article

This article, by Jon, about my ministry was published in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003: http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/042003/dss_12323979.shtml

This is a Flash presentation that went along with the article: http://www.jacksonville.com/special/jamesCroft/jamesthegiant.html

If you would like to see a variety of Jon’s photos and illustrations please visit his personal website at www.jonmfletcher.com. He certainly is a gifted photographer!

If you would like to e-mail Jon his address is jon.fletcher@jacksonville.com.

You may have seen some or all of the above sites, but I thought I would provide links for those who haven’t had the opportunity.

NOTE: There are 9 additional photos of me at the LPA Convention posted on this site. Just scroll down to see then.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Georgia Revival Added To Schedule

Barney First Baptist has been added to the ministry schedule for revival services in September. Services will begin on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 and will end on Saturday, October 1st. Each service will begin at 7pm and will also feature special music.

Barney First Baptist is located on 2nd Street in Barney, Georgia. Please be in prayer for Pastor Charlie Scarborough and the congregation as they prepare for revival services.

Huntsville Baptist Today

I will be preaching morning (10:45am) and evening (6:30pm) worship services today at Huntsville Baptist Church. The church is located on Lake Jeffrey Road about 5 miles out of Lake City, Florida.

It will be good to worship again with Pastor Jim Steele and my friends there today.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

2005 LPA Convention

I attended the first day of the Little People of America (LPA) 2005 Annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. I recorded interviews for an upcoming project while meeting some very nice people in the process.

Here are some photos from the day.


Digital photos are always a hit. In this picture I'm showing Kendra the photo that I just took of her and others.








There were several Christians in this group including Matthew (in the blue shirt to my left) who has been on mission trips to Nicaragua and Peurto Rico. I had a great time sharing with him about our mission trips to Ghana, West Africa and listening to his stories about being on mission for God.








You always have to take a group photo, but this is a photo of me taking a group photo. A new twist on an old idea.




The convention was held at the Hilton Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The hotel made special accomodations for little people with steps at the registration counter and step stools in the restrooms (at least in the men's room, I can't verify about the ladies room). The plastic two-step stools in the men's restroom is a great idea not only for little people but for children too. I hope the Hilton will leave those in place because they will easily slide in and out from under the counter. I use one of those at home and they are very inexpensive. Maybe other hotels will follow the Hilton's lead?


I'm conducting an interview amid the hustle and bustle of the lobby area of the hotel.

For those of you who knew me in my younger days in school, radio & bluegrass music, does the hat remind you of James the Giant?

More LPA Convention Photos


I met Bobby Brindle, The World's Smallest Evangelist, during the convention. Brother Brindle is 3'9 1/2" tall. I am 3'10" tall.












I had a good time interviewing Brother Brindle for an upcoming "podcast" project I'm working on for my ministry.









I also met up with a former radio colleague from my days with WBKF-FM Radio in Macclenny, Florida. Matt Ray is now Director of Creative Services for COX Radio, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida.











This young lady captured my heart at the convention. Her name is Trinity and she is 4 years old. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida and is a Primordial Dwarf (www.primordialdwarfism.com).

Don't let her size fool you. She is a precious bundle of energy! Isn't she adorable?


For more information about Little People of America (LPA) or dwarfism visit www.lpaonline.org.

Youth Event Added To Schedule

I have added a youth lock-in event to my schedule for later this month. I will be leading a devotion time for youth of First Baptist Church of Lake Butler on Friday, July 29th. Please be in prayer for this event.