Sunday, July 31, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

The New Number One Objection To Christianity

Posted on Pray4SBC By Bryant Wright, President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“He who is of God hears the words of God…” John 8:47

In the last twenty years, a new number one objection to Christianity has emerged: “Why do Christians think you have the only way to God and heaven?” In our pluralistic world, this is hard to take. In a world of “tolerance,” this seems intolerable.

But here’s the problem: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Was Jesus really that narrow-minded and egocentric? A natural question, but the wrong question.

The key question is this: “Was He telling the truth?” If He wasn’t, we certainly don’t want to believe in Him. But, if He was, many have a problem with that. For if we feel there are many ways to heaven, we’re calling Jesus a liar, and wrong. Our problem is really with Jesus, more than with Christians who believe Him.

So what do you believe? Do you believe Jesus tells the truth? That’s the decision we must deal with if we are open and honest.

Beats the Alternative?

Does it really "beat the alternative"? James Croft, 3'10" tall evangelist, speaks about a sign stating "The Living End". Recorded at St. George Island Christian Retreat Center in Florida.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Praise Christian Assembly in Graham on Sunday

I will be preaching at Praise Christian Assembly in Graham this Sunday morning, July 31, 2011.  The morning worship service begins at 10:30am.  Praise Christian Assembly is located on County Road 18 east of Graham, Florida.  Please be in prayer for this church as they search for a pastor.

NOTE: For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of the JCEA ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This prayer was offered by Pastor Joe Nelms at the NASCAR Nationwide series race in Nashville, TN on July 23, 2011.  Nelms is pastor of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN.  The prayer has generated a wide-range of opinions on various web sites.  What do you think about the content of the prayer?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Why Should Churches Use Evangelists?

The Biblical office of evangelist is often one of the most overlooked and underutilized resources that God has presented in and through the local church to reach the world for Christ.  Why use evangelists?

  • Evangelists are called by God to specifically reach the lost.
  • Evangelists are able to communicate a direct Biblical message with a passion and zeal.
  • Evangelists cooperate with the ongoing work of local churches to reach their communities for Christ.
  • Evangelists encourage Christians in their daily zeal for soulwinning and discipleship.
  • Evangelists help churches culminate their long-term evangelistic efforts in harvesting the fields "white unto harvest".
  • Evangelists affirm the work of the local church pastor and the vision God has for his ministry through the local church.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)

The James Croft Evangelistic Association (JCEA) led by 3'10" tall evangelist James Croft of Olustee, Florida is working to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  This ministry utilizes various means to win lost souls, to stir revival fires in believers, to educate Christians on Biblical and social issues, and to be an encouragement to all.  These methods include James' preaching ministry, foreign and local missions, and use of the internet utilizing podcasting and videos.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Campus Removes "Christ"

By Todd Starnes

One of the nation’s most prominent Christian ministries has decided to take Christ out of its name – a move that has generated cries of political correctness from within the evangelical community.

Campus Crusade for Christ International announced this week that it will change the name of its U.S. Operations to “Cru” in early 2012.

“We felt like our name was getting in the way of accomplishing our mission,” said Steve Sellers, the vice president for Campus Crusade, noting that the ministry will still be committed to “proclaiming Christ around the world.”

Sellers said researchers found that nine percent of Christians and 20 percent of non-Christians were alienated by the name Campus Crusade for Christ.

Read more of this story on FOX News Radio.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recent Videos on YouTube Channel

Here are the 5 most recent videos on the JCEA YouTube Channel.  If you like any of them, share with your friends.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don't Mess With James the Giant

You don't mess around with "James the Giant"!

James Croft, 3'10" tall evangelist, has some fun during a youth camp at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park in Mayo, FL. The camp was sponsored by New Hope Baptist Church of Mayo.

The song in the video is "Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce.

View pictures from the event in the Mayo Youth Camp 2011 gallery.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Federal judge rules Dixie County 10 Commandments monument unconstitutional

GAINESVILLE (NSF) -- A federal judge in Gainesville has ordered Dixie County to remove a six-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments with the message, “Love God and Keep His Commandments,” from the front of the county’s courthouse in Cross City, located about an hour west of Gainesville.

The Dixie County Commission authorized the monument in 2006, and the ACLU of Florida sued. U.S. District Judge Maurice Paul ruled July 15 against the county and ordered the monument removed within 30 days.

The ACLU argued the monument represented government speech, violating constitutional prohibition against government promotion of religion. Dixie County argued that it was merely providing a forum for a local citizen who made the monument – and continues to own it - to express his religious beliefs, and that the monument was therefore protected by the First Amendment.

“The monument is five-feet tall, made of six tons of granite, and sits alone at the center of the top of the steps in front of the county courthouse that houses every significant local government office,” Paul’s opinion noted. And, citing a previous precedent-setting case, Paul found that by putting it there, the county was sending “an unmistakable message that it supports and promotes the religious message that appears on it.”

Read more of this story at Florida Baptist Witness.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Hope Baptist Sunday Night

I will be preaching the evening service for Pastor Charlie Walker at New Hope Baptist Church tomorrow, July 17th beginning at 7pm.  New Hope Baptist Church is located at 6089 NE CR 354 in Mayo.

NOTE: For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of the JCEA ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Friday, July 15, 2011

When you want what you don't want to want

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The word "struggle" has become a cliché -- especially in evangelical Christian circles. It's a way to place a kind of distance between my rebellion and myself. There's a big difference between saying to my fellow believers that I "struggle with procrastination" and confessing "I'm lazy."

But grappling with temptation is torturous. It's not for nothing that the Scripture often compares this grappling to physical violence -- cutting off a limb or poking out an eye (Matthew 5:29-30), having one's skin set afire (Mark 9:49, 1 Corinthians 7:9) or fighting until bleeding all over the place (Hebrews 12:4). This is because our desires are so strong.

The Apostle Paul placed the pull to temptation in the context of human desires, showing how the Israelites of old moved from eating and drinking to outright rebellion and debauchery (1 Corinthians 10:7). Again, at this point, the Scripture keeps us away from both hubris and despair. The Scripture tells us we'll encounter temptation, and that it will be wild.

Read more on Baptist Press.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NASCAR fans get intro

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (BP)--Beyond the celebration on the track when Lee Pulliam won the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200, there was rejoicing in heaven when three teenage girls were led to Christ that same night.

The SBC of Virginia (SBCV) sponsored the Friday night, July 1, race at South Boston Speedway, with the North American Mission Board defraying some of the sponsorship cost. The speedway's annual Fourth of July holiday weekend is a fan favorite and actually features three races (Pure Stock 50, Limited 100, Whelen Late Model 200) and fireworks afterward.

It was more than a one-time outreach, but part of a vision for churches to share Christ with thousands of race fans and continue the "God's Plan for Sharing" (GPS) statewide evangelistic effort begun in 2010.

Read more on Baptist Press.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Youth Camp in Mayo Begins Friday

I will be teaching and preaching during a youth camp conducted by New Hope Baptist Church in Mayo, Florida, July 15-17, 2011.  The camp will be held at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park.

I will also preach the evening service for Pastor Charlie Walker at the church on Sunday, July 17th beginning at 7pm.  New Hope Baptist Church is located at 6089 NE CR 354 in Mayo.

NOTE: For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of the JCEA ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Note From a Camper

I received this note from one of the children at Camp Sonrise this year.  It was passed to me after one of the services.  As an evangelist, I never know how God may be dealing with those in my services.  This is just one of the blessings I receive in ministry.

Hey, the drawing kind of looks like me, doesn't it??

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 09, 2011

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Boo Boo Bear?

I had a "short" conversation with Yogi Bear at Jellystone Campground in Madison, Florida during Camp Sonrise 2011.

NOTE: View more JCEA videos on our YouTube Channel.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Pinemount Baptist Sunday

I will be preaching in supply for Pastor Tommy Smith at Pinemount Baptist Church this Sunday, July 10, 2011.  The services will begin at 11am and 6:30pm.  The church is located on Highway 129 in McAlpin, Florida.

NOTE: For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of the JCEA ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

FBC Lake Butler Tonight

I will be preaching in supply for my pastor, Jason Johns, at First Baptist Church of Lake Butler tonight at 6:30pm.  The church is located at 195 East Main Street in Lake Butler, Florida.  For more information or directions call the church at (386) 496-3704.

NOTE: For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of the JCEA ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Great Time at Camp Sonrise

Last week I participated in Camp Sonrise for the third year.  I had a great time as I witnessed the Lord move in the lives of campers and counselors with several of the children asking Jesus into their heart!.  We had more than 170 in attendance for the four days at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground near Madison, Florida.  I led a brief camp devotion each morning after breakfast and preached each evening during the worship service.  The children's camp is sponsored by several churches in north and central Florida, including New Oak Grove Baptist from Alachua, Antioch Baptist from Live Oak, Corinth Baptist from Madison, Sardis Baptist from Worthington Springs, Shady Grove Baptist from Live Oak, First Baptist of Orange City, and First Baptist of Dowling Park.

A couple of links about this year's camp that you might find interesting are:

Monday, July 04, 2011

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Brazil Confirms Existence of One of Earth's Last Uncontacted Tribes

The world is still full of mysteries, it seems.

The government of Brazil confirmed this week the existence of around 200 members of a still-uncontacted tribe living in a southwestern area of the Amazon rain forest.

Three large clearings in the area had been identified by satellite, but the population's existence was only verified after airplane expeditions in April gathered more data, the National Indian Foundation said in a news release Monday.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Dancing With The Giant

Hey, I just got a call to be a contestant next year on Dancing With The Stars!!! As one of the stars, of course!

Actually, this video was produced by Tim Rose, Minister of Youth for Sardis Baptist Church in Worthington Springs, Florida, and shown during Camp Sonrise 2011.

Not having a neck really makes it difficult to keep my head on straight!!  8-)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Let There Be Fireworks

One of the founding fathers of the United States, John Adams, offered a prediction about the celebration of Independence Day, but the first part of the quote is usually omitted. So, as we celebrate this special day in U.S. history, let there be fireworks and devotion to God.

NOTE: With many areas under a "burn ban", please check with local authorities about the use of fireworks, and please be careful.