Friday, August 31, 2007

Antioch Revival Meetings Were A Blessing

I must say that I have had a great week! I preached revival services Sunday through Thursday at Antioch Church in Lake Park, Georgia. The services were awesome! The music was great and there was a great liberty to preach the Gospel. I made some great new friends in the process and got to see some old friends too. Did I happen to say tha I have had a great week?

If you live in or visit the Lake Park, Georgia area visit with the fine folks at Antioch Church. I guarantee they will make you feel like one of the family. Of course, if you are a born again Christian, you are part of the family!

Antioch Church is located on Highway 376 east of Lake Park, Georgia, just inside of Echols County. For more information about the church and its' ministries call Pastor Mickey Corbett (pictured with me in photo) at (229) 559-6654.

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No Record Of Our Sins

READ: Psalm 130

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? —Psalm 130:3

Out of the depths” the psalmist cries to God (Ps. 130:1). His problem surfaces: terrible guilt for things done and undone in the past. “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (v.3).

But, thankfully, God forgives. He does not keep an account of past sins, no matter how many or how grievous they have been. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). God’s forgiveness then leads us to fear Him (Ps. 130:4). We worship and adore God, for grace and forgiveness cause us to love Him all the more.

But what happens if we slide back into old sins? What if sin lingers? We are to repent and “wait for the Lord” and be patient while God works (vv.5-6). We are not hopeless cases. We can “hope” in the One who will deliver us in His time.

We now have these two assurances: God’s unfailing love—He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). And God’s promise of full redemption in due time—He will redeem us from all our iniquities (Ps. 130:8) and present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy (Jude 24).

We’re forgiven! We’re free! With the psalmist, let’s worship the Lord as we await His coming. David Roper

How blest is he whose trespass
Has freely been forgiven,
Whose sin is wholly covered
Before the sight of heaven. —Psalter

When we’re forgiven, no record is kept of our failures.

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Child's Play

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Opponents on the Gridiron—Brothers in Christ

High profile QBs hope to lead their teams to success on the field while remaining true to their testimonies under intense scrutiny of fans and media, and temptations off the field

One is the undisputed starter and leader of his team; the other has withstood a fierce competition this summer to keep his starting job—at least for the first game.

One is defending his team's National Championship; the other is looking to improve on his team's disappointing 7-6 record from last season and restore his program to its former glory.

One is a Gator; the other is a Seminole.

Read more of this story on the Florida Baptist Witness.

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Turning the World Upside-Down

Every week during the fall, approximately 70,000 people attend NFL games in cities like Detroit and Houston. They pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for the privilege, and, if all goes well, they come away with some happy memories.

Every week throughout the year in China, approximately 70,000 people do something very different: they, too, pay a price, but it’s not measured in money. And what they come away with not only changes their lives but promises to change a nation, a continent, and even the world.

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, 10,000 Chinese become Christians every day. That’s 70,000 a week!

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

The Bug Zoo

READ: Proverbs 30:24-28

The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer. —Proverbs 30:25

A bug zoo in Philadelphia with more than 100,000 live insects entertains 75,000 visitors a year. The Insectarium’s founder and proprietor says, “I’ve got a million more bugs still in storage.” He points to boxes, cookie tins, and other containers piled floor-to-ceiling, filled with dead bugs from around the globe. Movies, holograms, microscopes, and games keep people of all ages occupied. There’s even a scale to weigh yourself in ladybugs, fireflies, and other creatures.

In Proverbs 30, a wise man named Agur also showcases insects and other small creatures. He calls them small but very wise.

Look at the ant. He’s weak, but his Creator has taught him to use whatever strength he has to prepare for the future. Consider the locust. He has no king, but when his numbers multiply, God has taught him how to line up and move as one. Look at the spider. He too is a lowly creature, but by using the ability God gives him, he rises to high places.

Do you sometimes feel small and insignificant like an insect? When you do, remember that God showcases His wisdom and greatness through even the smallest things. That’s because His “strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Mart De Haan

Inadequate but mighty—
How strange, yet wholly true;
Weak men endued with power
The Lord’s blest work shall do. —Bosch

God’s wisdom is given to those who humbly ask Him for it.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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VeggieTales Introduces 'Wonderful Wizard of Ha's'

This autumn, Big Idea introduces an all-new family adventure VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, the story of a prodigal son.

Written by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Big Idea presents a classic Veggie-twist on a much-loved classic family film The Wizard of Oz that reminds everyone there’s no place like home.

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

Barber's Experiment

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Peter Kerridge & You - 28 August

Starting With Something Positive

Jesus Graffiti

Many of us have seen graffiti showing names, graphic images or violence, but in Summerville, police are investigating a sight they call "unusual."

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Valedictorian Sues School Over Jesus Speech

A high school valedictorian filed a lawsuit against a Colorado school district Monday over being forced to make a public apology for sharing her Christian faith at her graduation ceremony.

Erica Corder says she was pressured last year by the principal of Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colo., to write an apology to the school community stating that her message, which mentioned Jesus Christ, was her own and not endorsed by the principal of the school.

According to Liberty Counsel, which filed the suit against Lewis Palmer School District Board of Education on Corder’s behalf, then-principal Mark Brewer insisted that Corder include the statement “I realize that, had I asked ahead of time, I would not have been allowed to say what I did.”

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

High School Musical vs. Hollywood

Disney Channel's "High School Musical" phenomenon has shattered cable viewing records and has millions of teens talking and singing about a G-rated youth culture contrasting the violence, drugs and sex prevailing on media screens today.

Its sequel, "High School Musical 2," which premiered last weekend attracting over 17 million viewers, took home three Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, including Choice TV Movie.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Big Accomplishments

A co-worker asked the new retiree what he would do. “When I get up in the morning, I won’t have anything to do,” said the retiree. “And when I go to bed at night, I’ll have it all done.”

Grrr! Vick Finds Jesus in Record Time

NOTE: This is an interesting commentary. Post your thoughts by clicking "comments" below.

"We all make mistakes," said Michael Vick. "Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I reject it ... I found Jesus and turned my life over to God. I think that's the right thing to do as of right now."

Gee, that didn't take long.

I didn't think the curtain on the "finding Jesus" act would rise until after he went to jail, but alas, it came on the same day he made his plea deal official.

It took Paris Hilton a few hours in the slammer before she met Jesus, and Vick does it even before lockup. Who knew?

Read more of this opinion on FOX News.

Lake Park, GA Services Underway

Revival services are underway at Antioch Church in Lake Park, Georgia. God has already blessed the first three services and I can't wait to see what He does in the next three!

The music has been great and has made a major contribution to the services. The church has a band that is just awesome!

I got a pleasant surprise at last night's (Monday) service. One of my former pastors and good friend, Don Smith, was in the service. Bro. Don now pastors Bethany Baptist Church in Hahira, Georgia. His first pastorate was at First Baptist Church of Olustee, Florida. It was really good to see him again.

Mark Spradley, Minister of Youth at Forest Grove Baptist Church in Alachua, Florida, "chauffeured" me to the service last night. Mark has been a good friend for many years and I really enjoyed his company on the trip.

The first service on Sunday had 100 people in attendance and it was probably very close to the same number last night. Antioch's pastor, Mickey Corbett (pictured here with me), has really made me feel at home and the congregation has been a blessing to me already.

The services will continue through Thursday, August 30th, at 7pm nightly. If you are going to be in the area, come join us. Hey, the music alone will be well worth the trip. If you are unable to join us for the services, please remember them in your prayers.

The church is located on Highway 376, east of Lake Park, Georgia. For directions or information call Pastor Mickey Corbett at (229) 559-6654.

Monday, August 27, 2007

God Vs. Allah Poll

This week's Blog Poll (#7) question is "Do you think it is OK for Christians to call God 'Allah'?". You can read related news stories about this subject in previous posts on this site:

Is Calling the Christian God 'Allah' Wrong?

Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God 'Allah'

Cast your vote in the poll located in the left-hand column of this site. You can also add your thoughts by clicking on comments below.

Institutionalized Hypocrisy

This week's question at On Faith [Newsweek and The Washington Post] has to do with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's vote to encourage its bishops not to enforce the doctrines and standards of the church - at least when it comes to the matter of homosexual clergy.

Churches and denominations that invite or allow their standards to be openly violated institutionalize hypocrisy. This usually indicates that the church lacks both the courage to change the standards and the conviction to enforce them.

Read more of this opinion on The Christian Post.

Metal Thieves Strike Again – Stealing Church Bell from Rooftop

Thieves have climbed to the top of a church in Kent to steal one of its bells.

The theft is the latest in a series of attacks on England’s churches, as fearless thieves look to steal metal to sell overseas.

Hundreds of churches across Britain are facing a crime wave as thieves continue to steal millions of pounds worth of metal from church rooftops to ship to other parts of the world to take advantage of huge demand.

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

NFL franchise accused of aiding abortion industry

NOTE: This information really disturbs me, because I am a Jag's fan.

Pro-life activists are decrying a decision by yet another National Football League team that has donated upwards of a quarter-million dollars to the leading abortion business in the country over the past few years.

The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation has given $30,000 in donations to Planned Parenthood. According to the Foundation, the money will be used to help teenagers avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The executive director of the Foundation has been quoted as saying the programs supported help teens "make the right choices" by giving them "the right information no matter what they [choose to] do."

Read more of this story on One News Now.

Evangelistic Graham Fest Breaks Record with 186,000 in Ecuador

American evangelist Franklin Graham made history this past weekend by attracting a crowd of 185,674 people to the Festival of Hope – the largest evangelical event in Ecuador’s history.

The festival took place in the western port city of Guayaquil – the largest and most populous city in Ecuador – and broke the record set by last year’s Graham Fest which drew over 140,000 people to the capital city of Quito.

“Each time we go to a different city we have no idea how many people will come, if the weather will be a problem, or how many lives will be changed,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in a statement. “But God knows and we are humbled to just be a part of the impact He had on this city – it was more than we could have imagined.”

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Would You Like Fries With That?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Blog Poll #6 Results

Our Blog Poll #6 question was, "Do you believe drinking alcoholic beverages is a sin?", and the results are:

No, it is not a sin. 5 (23%)
No, but it leads to other sin. 5 (23%)
Wine or beer is acceptable, but nothing stronger. 0 (0%)
Yes, it is a sin. 9 (42%)
It isn't an important issue. 1 (4%)
I'm not sure. 1 (4%)

Total Votes: 21

Here are the results of Blog Poll #5.

Spiritual Decompression

READ: Mark 1:35-39

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

On May 24, 1883, New Yorkers celebrated the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, the first steel-wire suspension bridge. This engineering feat, however, was not accomplished without sacrifice. To lay the bridge’s giant foundations in the water, huge watertight chambers called “caissons” had to be used. Men would work in them for 8 hours while under tremendous air pressure.

Returning to normal atmospheric pressure resulted in terrible symptoms later known as caisson disease. It was discovered that a rapid decrease in air pressure releases tiny nitrogen bubbles in the blood. This cuts off the oxygen supply, resulting in nausea, achy joints, paralysis, and even death. Today, scientists know that the use of a decompression chamber allows a gradual reduction of pressure, which prevents the nitrogen bubbles from forming.

Similarly, we need a place to reduce the pressures of life. God has provided a way to “spiritually decompress.” A personal devotional time can be a place where burdens are lifted (Mark 1:35-39). There we can cast all our care upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). By focusing on God’s sufficiency we can experience His peace (Isa. 26:3). Do you have a place of spiritual decompression? Dennis Fisher

There is a quiet resting place,
Where peace and joy are found;
Where burdens may be laid aside
And faith and love abound. —Moore

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. —Isaiah 40:31

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Cobbler's Higher Calling

THE SIGN ON the cobbler shop read: We treat shoes, heel them, attend to their dyeing and save their soles.

Looking For Work

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Senior Portraits

It's the time of year when school is getting underway in many places. For those students entering their senior year of high school it means a time of excitement and a lot of decisions too. One of those decisions is about pictures, you know, those "senior portraits". Well my friend, Jon Fletcher, is offering a new photography service for high school seniors. You can make those "senior portraits" a very special keepsake with his photography service. You can see examples and details at his Senior Portraits website.

Jon, a photojournalist with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida, has made two mission trips to Ghana, West Africa with the James Croft Evangelistic Association. He has also written a couple of stories for the newspaper about this ministry.

To view even more of Jon's outstanding work or to learn more about his work with this ministry click on the Jon Fletcher category in the left column of this website. This will allow you to view previous posts on this site about Jon's work and ministry projects with James Croft Evangelistic Association.

Same Subject

Teacher: Johnny, your composition "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?

Johnny: No, teacher. It's the same dog.

The Battle Within

READ: Galatians 5:16-23

The flesh lusts against the Spirit. —Galatians 5:17

My doctor noticed a small spot on my skin—one that he thought needed some attention. It was a tiny problem that had to be treated so it would not grow into something worse. I hadn’t known it was a problem until he pointed it out.

He prescribed a special cream that, when applied, helped the good cells in my body to come to that spot and fight off the bad ones. In other words, the medication started a little battle between the diseased cells and the good ones.

There’s a similar battle going on inside each of us as believers. It goes like this: Sinful thoughts dwell within us. They need to be treated by the Holy Spirit, who helps us to fight off the bad ideas that are fed by our flesh. The flesh introduces things such as immoral thoughts, impurity, discord, hatred, and jealousy (Gal. 5:19-20). But if we call on the Holy Spirit to come to our rescue, He combats those ideas with the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (vv.22-23).

Are you taking the treatment that calls on the Holy Spirit to fight against the flesh? That’s how we win the battle within. Dave Branon

O God, may the life
Of Jesus within
Give strength to restrain
Our urges to sin. —D. De Haan

God’s Spirit knows no defeat.

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Performance Review


Friday, August 24, 2007

WWTG July 2007

Memory Lapse

AN ELDERLY COUPLE recently had dinner at another couple’s house. After eating, the women went into the kitchen and the men visited in the living room. One man started telling the other about a great restaurant he and his wife had just been to.

“What was the name of that restaurant?” asked Joe.

Tom thought for a while and said, “You know those flowers you give to someone you love…the one that’s red with the thorns?”

“A rose,” replied Joe.

“Yes, that’s it,” said Tom as he turned toward the kitchen. “Rose, what was the name of that restaurant we went to?"

Praise DUI

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lake Park, GA Services Begin Sunday

I will be preaching revival services at Antioch Church in Lake Park, Georgia next week. The services will begin on Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 11am and 6pm. The meeting will continue Monday-Thursday, August 27-30, 2007 at 7pm nightly. Antioch Church is located on State Road 376 in Lake Park, Georgia. For more information call Pastor Mickey Corbett at (229) 559-6654. Please be in prayer for the services and my travel too.

Is Calling the Christian God 'Allah' Wrong?

One of America’s pre-eminent evangelicals is challenging the advice of a retiring Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands who has raised eyebrows worldwide by suggesting Dutch Christians pray to “Allah.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argues that it is inappropriate for Christians to call God Allah based on irreconcilable theological differences associated with the name Allah and core Christian beliefs.

The key condition behind calling the Christian God Allah is that Allah must refer to the same God as the one in the Bible. However, this requirement presents “a huge problem for both Muslims and Christians,” contends Mohler.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Chemical Formula For Water

Teacher: What is the chemical formula for water?


Teacher: What are you talking about?

Pupil: Yesterday, you said it was H to O.

Peter Kerridge & You - 23 August

Political Incorrectness

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Of Dogs And Babies

NOTE: This is a very good editorial. Unfortunately the reaction discussed in this article is also found in God's Church today. I've been saying this for some time, Christians are becoming too "politically correct" and are afraid or have no desire to take a stand for the "absolute truth" of God's Word, The Bible. Post your comments below.

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia isn’t known for mincing words on the Senate floor. Still, even by his standards, his recent comments about a crime in the news were especially impassioned.

He repeatedly called the alleged crime “barbaric” and even volunteered to attend the execution of the accused. He told his colleagues that he is “confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold God’s creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt . . .”

What prompted the senator’s ire? Genocide? Ethnic cleansing? No, cruelty to animals, specifically the indictment of NFL star Michael Vick.

Still, as former Congressman J.C. Watts noted, something’s “out of whack” in this response. He wrote that people get “more worked up over the admittedly brutal and inhumane treatment of soulless dogs” than “the brutal procedure known as partial-birth abortion.”

Read more of this opinion on The Christian Post.

Inner Peace

READ: Isaiah 53:7-9

Be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing. —1 Peter 3:8-9

How do we react to hostile criticism? If it causes us to strike back angrily at our critics, we need to learn from colonial preacher Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758).

Regarded by scholars as an insightful philosopher, Edwards was vindictively attacked by the ruling body of his church in Northampton, Massachusetts. They felt he was wrong to teach that a person needed to be born again before taking part in the Lord’s Supper.

Although he was dismissed from his church, Edwards still maintained a loving and forgiving attitude. One supportive member wrote of him, “I never saw the least symptoms of displeasure in his countenance . . . , but he appeared like a man of God, whose happiness was out of the reach of his enemies.”

Edwards was simply copying the example of the Lord Jesus. When the Savior was insulted, He did not repay with an insult. When He was falsely denounced, He remained silent, “as a sheep before its shearers is silent” (Isa. 53:7).

Do you have an inner peace even when criticized? As you ask the Holy Spirit for His help, you can, as Edwards did, respond in a Christlike way to false accusations or gossip. Vernon C Grounds

For Further Study
How do we know when to keep silent
and when to defend our beliefs?
Read Developing The Art Of Gracious Disagreement

The worst criticism of you can bring out the best in you.

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10 Things You Never Hear In Church

1. Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew!

2. I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.

3. Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.

4. I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.

5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.

6. Forget the denominational minimum salary. Let's pay our pastor so he can live like we do.

7. I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!

8. Since we're all here, let's start the service early.

9. Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.

10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!

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TV airing for Islam's story of Christ

There was no manger, Christ is not the Messiah, and the crucifixion never happened. A forthcoming ITV documentary will portray Jesus as Muslims see him.

With the Koran as a main source and drawing on interviews with scholars and historians, the Muslim Jesus explores how Islam honours Christ as a prophet but not as the son of God. According to the Koran the crucifixion was a divine illusion. Instead of dying on the cross, Jesus was rescued by angels and raised to heaven.

Read more of this story on The Guardian.


The Bible used by the first settlers in America is once again available.

The Bible used by the first settlers in America is once again available.

When the settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607, they brought with them copies of the Geneva Bible. That Bible was the first study Bible and was translated and compiled by exiled reformers in Geneva. It is also known as being the first Bible to be read by common people in English. But the Geneva Bible was outlawed after the King James 1611 Bible was published.

Read more of the story on One News Now.

Treasures Video

Here's a unique ministry, called Treasures, that is serving the Lord.

Big Church, Small Church

A small church with a big vision has greater impact than a big church with a small vision.

Source: Our Daily Bread

Taking Jesus Out to the Ball Game

Mixing America’s favorite pastime with the Church, Faith Nights is drawing thousands of baseball and Jesus fans to stadiums nationwide.

On Sunday, it's the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium and popular Christian pop punk band Hawk Nelson is on deck.

What began with minor league teams has spread prominently into the major leagues, complete with player testimonials, in an outreach that has involved hundreds of churches and attracted larger crowds to the games.

"We want you to come to a game and have fun and listen to music," said Brent High, president of Third Coast Sports, which runs and promotes the events, according to The Associated Press. "But at the same time, we're going to set the table for you with player testimonials and music. It's a great night for you to reach out to people who don't have a church home."

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Can You Hear Me Now?

Do you have an open-line of communication with God? Are you always asking God, "Can you hear me now?" Join 3'10" tall Evangelist James Croft for a short discussion on communicating with God. Don't worry you won't run over on your minutes, if you are a Christian, you're on the Share-the-minutes Family Plan. 8-)

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "pray without ceasing,"

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Boston Baptists offend for the sake of the gospel

NOTE: This is a great story. Christians need to stop trying to "fit in" and start taking a stand on what the Bible says.

For 30 years, a church in downtown Medford, Massachusetts, has been choosing to use its front signboard to address people's consciences through what some call "offensive" and "divisive" messages. But the church's pastor says, though controversial, the messages are more about the congregation being salt and light than agreeing with a world that may have a sinful perspective.

Messages such as "New Orleans: Natural disaster or God's anger with sin?" -- "If we didn't abort our children, the U.S. wouldn't have to hire illegals" -- and "Homosexuality is sin" are the kind that locals find "disturbing," "offensive," and creating "dissension," according to an August 9 media report on the Boston Globe's website.

Read more of this story on One News Now.

More News Coverage About GodTube

Here's another news story about the Christian video site GodTube. You can also view our ministry videos on our GodTube Group.

Poll About Alchohol

Our Blog Poll for this week is about drinking alcoholic beverages. Votes may be cast until 11pm on Saturday night, August 25, 2007. The poll is located in the left-hand column of this site.

Judge sides with state in battle over religious license plate

RUTLAND, Vt. - A man who wants a Biblical reference on his vanity license plate has been dealt another setback in his legal fight with the state of Vermont.

A judge says the Department of Motor Vehicles "has the right to prohibit religious messages on license plates provided it does not discriminate based on the particular message or viewpoint."

Read more of this story on One News Now.

Missionaries Attacked During Film Showing in North India

A team of four missionaries was badly beaten last week during a Christian film showing for villagers.

While the people outside the village gathered last Tuesday to watch the movie “Man of Mercy”, an Indian-made film portraying the life of Jesus, some anti-Christian elements disrupted the show and started beating the missionaries from the mission group Gospel for Asia.

The police reportedly confiscated the film equipment and started to beat the GFA missionaries, before arresting them.

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

Practicing Abstinence

Monday, August 20, 2007

Which One Is James Croft?

Will the real James Croft please step forward...

Actually, both of us are named James Croft.

I attended the Croft Family Reunion yesterday in Lulu, Florida. This photo is of me and my cousin, James Croft.

Back in the early 1960's James (my cousin), Johnnie Croft (my dad), and I were all in Lake Shore Hospital in Lake City, Florida at the same time, and on the same floor. That was an interesting time. On several occasions during that hospital stay, I would receive James' meals and he would receive mine. He had to endure cereal and milk for breakfast, while I had eggs, grits, bacon, toast, etc.

I served on the Baker County Commission 1984-1988. During those four years my cousin received a lot of telephone calls from people trying to reach me, some of which were not very happy.

In 1994 I surrendered to God's Call to preach the Gospel. Over the next few years, my cousin continued to receive telephone calls of people trying to reach me. These calls were quite different than the others. He once told me that I had a much nicer group of people trying to reach me now that I was preaching. 8-)

It's always good to have the opportunity to visit with family that you don't often see. Family reunions are a good way to stay in touch and can be a lot of fun. The sad part of family reunions is that not everyone is able to attend and, sometimes, loved ones are lost to death before you get to see them again.

Christians will one day experience another family reunion, one that will take place in Heaven. The Bible says there will be no more sorrow, no tears, only an undefinable joy. That will be one reunion that will never end and we will no longer have to worry about losing family. The most important part of that future reunion will be the presence of Jesus Christ. As good as our reunions are today, that will be one awesome reunion that will never end!

My question is, have you accepted Jesus' invitation to the Heavenly reunion? Only those that have been born again will be in attendance. Are you saved by the blood of the Lamb? Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, what's stopping you from asking the Lord into your heart today?

For more information visit "Do You Know" on my website or send me an e-mail. I'll be happy to share more information with you.

Lake Park, GA Revival Begins Sunday

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The August 2007 Edition of the James Croft Evangelistic Association Newsletter is now available. This edition contains articles, podcast and video information, a joke or two and very old photos of "yours truly". 8-)

Blog Poll #5 Results

Our Blog Poll #5 question was, "Do you think the record-setting presidential campaigning so early in the 2008 election cycle helps or hurts?", and the results are:

It helps. People need to hear from candidates. 1 (14%)
It helps. Gives us more time to find skeletons in closets. 2 (28%)
It hurts. Too much money is involved in extended campaigning. 2 (28%)
It hurts. All we hear is more back-and-forth squabbling. 2 (28%)
I don't follow presidential politics. 0 (0%)

Total Votes: 7

Here are the results of Blog Poll #4.

Days of Elijah

This is one of my favorite songs.

Bigger Budget

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Perspectives: Billy Graham with devil's horns?

NOTE: This opinion story addresses recent coverage about Evangelist Billy Graham and his access to American presidents. Our June 2007 Walking With The Giant podcast features a discussion of Christians role in government and politics.

Please post your comments on this subject below.

and 20/20 profile the preacher's remarkable access to American presidents -- but ominously suggest that a religious leader having the president's ear is a bad idea.

TIME's cover story on Graham is a promotion for the book The Preacher and the Presidents, written by TIME reporters Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. The book and Graham were also the subjects of an hour-long 20/20 broadcast hosted by ABC anchor Charles Gibson on August 10.

Read more of this opinion on One News Now.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

God's Gift?

Cowboy In Church

One Sunday a cowboy went to church. When he entered, he saw that he and the preacher were the only ones present. The preacher asked the cowboy if he wanted him to go ahead and preach.

The cowboy said, "I'm not too smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I'd still feed him."So the minister began his sermon.

One hour passed, then two hours, then two-and-a-half hours. The preacher finally finished and came down to ask the cowboy how he liked the sermon.

The cowboy answered slowly, "Well, I'm not very smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I sure wouldn't feed him all the hay."

Tree Vs. Bear

Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times . . . . But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord. —Jeremiah 8:7

It’s not often that police must break up a brawl between a bear and a tree. The fight began with a playful insult and an accidental bump. Suddenly the bear talked! Then the tree talked back! Soon a guy in a bear suit was mixing it up with someone dressed as a tree. Police had to pull the two apart. The two mascots for Stanford and University of California had stopped entertaining and started fighting.

Bears and trees weren’t made to fight. Neither were we. Yet, throughout history people who were created to love and serve each other have often added insult to injury.

The amazing thing, according to the prophet Jeremiah, is that even those who know God’s law can hurt one another without regret. “No man repented of his wickedness,” he reported (8:6). “They were not at all ashamed” (v.12). Jeremiah also expressed God’s astonishment that even creatures of the wild reflect more wisdom than those who say “peace, peace” while doing harm (vv.7,11).

The One who designed birds to migrate at His command (v.7) does not merely call attention to our wrongs. He offers to fill our emptiness with the fullness of Himself. The alternatives are good: grace for bitterness, wisdom for foolishness, peace for conflict. Mart De Haan

Heavenly Father, forgive us for our reluctance
to recognize and confess our sins. Replace our
eagerness to vindicate ourselves with a willingness
to see things Your way. Help us to repent. Amen.

Repentance not only says “I’m sorry,” it also says “I turn from my sin.”

For similar resources, search these topics:

Basics Of Faith > Sin > Repentance

VP Mistakes

Friday, August 17, 2007

Say Happy 25th Birthday to the Compact Disc

INDHOVEN, Netherlands — It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany.

An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as compact discs, a product that turns 25 years old on Friday — and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads.

Those first CDs contained Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony and would sound equally sharp if played today, says Holland's Royal Philips Electronics NV (PHG), which jointly developed the CD with Sony Corp. (SNE) of Japan.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

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Future of Utah Mine Search Uncertain After Cave-In Kills 3 Rescuers

HUNTINGTON, Utah — The search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them.

It was a devastating turn for the families of the six men trapped in the Aug. 6 collapse at the Crandall Canyon mine and for the relatives of those trying to rescue them. It's not known if the trapped miners are alive.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

TX church's principled stance brings surge of support

The pastor of a Texas church that refused to hold a memorial service that would have glorified the homosexual lifestyle of the deceased says the incident has caused many to search God's Word.

Last week, Gary Simons, pastor of Arlington's High Point Church, was contacted while on vacation by church staff about a planned memorial service for the brother of a church employee who is also a member. Church staff realized the memorial service for 46-year-old Cecil Sinclair, who was not a church member, was going to be a celebration of Cecil's homosexual lifestyle.

Pastor Simons decided High Point Church could not host the service. (See related story) In response, Internet blogs were initially filled with comments from homosexuals and their supporters, blasting Pastor Simons and his church.

Read more of this story on One News Now.

Special Delivery

READ: Romans 16:1-16

I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who . . . has been a helper of many. —Romans 16:1-2

When a special delivery letter is handed to us at the door, it usually means we are receiving something very important. According to many Bible scholars, Phoebe was the one who hand-delivered a letter of immeasurable value to the church in Rome—Paul’s inspired doctrinal masterpiece. It points out how a lost and sinful humanity can find redemption through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Phoebe, whose name means “bright and radiant,” lived in Cenchrea, a harbor village in eastern Corinth where Paul had stopped during his third missionary journey. Because of her kindness to him, he wrote to the Romans, “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may . . . assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also” (16:1-2). Phoebe had assisted others in getting out the Word of God.

All of us are “spiritual mail carriers.” We have the good news that Paul wrote about so many centuries ago. And like Phoebe, we should assist in delivering it by word and deed to people around us who need its life-giving message. Dennis Fisher

Do good to all and kindness show—
That’s what God’s Word commands;
For when we’re serving in Christ’s name,
We are His feet and hands. —Fitzhugh

We serve God by sharing His Word with others.

For similar resources, search these topics:

Ministry and Outreach > Sharing the Gospel > Missions/Evangelism

Christian News, August 16, 2007

Medical Referral

Thursday, August 16, 2007

GodTube On MSNBC

The James Croft Evangelistic Association uploads all of our videos to GodTube, as well as other sites. Visit our video site at Walking With The Giant Videos.

Australian Fetus Becomes Newest Facebook Star

NOTE: At first you may think this is kind of... different. But, then when you think about life begins at conception... I guess it's just another kid with a social network page. OK, you know you want to make a comment on this one, so just click "comments" below. 8-)

It already has its own Facebook page and more than 100 people want to be its friend — but Bubba Waring, described by its mother as "the world's most famous fetus," hasn't actually been born yet.

Sydney couple Claire Gillis and Luke Waring, who are expecting their first child in three months, initially turned to the social networking site to keep their family and friends updated on the pregnancy.

But instead of creating a profile under her own name, Gillis said she thought it would be better to do it from her unborn child's perspective.

Read more of this story on FOX News.