Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bethel Baptist in Starke on Sunday

I will be preaching in supply for Pastor Jason Cain at Bethel Baptist Church in Starke on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The services will begin at 11am and 6pm. The church is located on County Road 230A in Starke, Florida. For more information call (904) 964-5117.

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, May 28, 2012

Angel Flight

This video features a discussion by the writers of the song "Angel Flight" about the true story behind the song.  The song follows the discussion and is powerful.

I pray our nation never forgets those who gave all that we may live free!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Olustee First Baptist Sunday

I will be preaching at First Baptist Church of Olustee, Florida on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11am and 6pm.  The church is now searching for a pastor.  First Baptist Church is located at 23311 Lakeside Lane in Olustee, Florida. Please be in prayer for these services and the search for a new 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, May 22, 2012

Please Note Our New Address

In December the post office in Olustee, Florida closed and residents were placed on a route from Sanderson.  Now the James Croft Evangelistic Association has a new mailing address.  All correspondence (business, donations and personal) should now be mailed to:


5214 Main Street
Sanderson, Florida 32087-2524

Please update your records accordingly.

Donations to the ministry may also be made online by following the link below.

JCEA Donation
Click this button to make a donation to be used as needed.



NOTE: 
The James Croft Evangelistic Association is registered with the IRS as a 501(C)(3) corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm Still Alive!!

As reported earlier on this site I was to have gallbladder surgery last Tuesday.  The procedure was to be performed as an outpatient at a surgery center in Gainesville.  After modeling the latest patient surgical fashion (at right) I expected to awake without my gall bladder.  However, I awoke with a ventilator tube in my throat in the ER of a nearby hospital.  I learned that I experienced a cardiac episode which required emergency treatment.  The breathing tube was removed quickly as I demonstrated I could breath under my own power.  I was then moved to a room on the cardiac floor for additional tests.  I felt very sharp pains in my chest area when moving certain ways, taking deep breaths, or coughing.  X-rays show no broken bones, which can happen during CPR, but the muscles were strained.  A heart cath on Wednesday found no heart damage, no blockages, and a very strong chamber.  That is a very good report!!

So, what happened?  Doctors believe I experienced a CO2 embolism, which is very rare, that caused my heart to "crash".  Apparently I did not "flat-line", but was close to it.  The sharp pains I'm still feeling will soon stop and were caused by the forceful chest compressions during CPR.  I came home from the hospital yesterday with, basically, a clean bill of health, and with the same ol' gall bladder.  Barring no flare-ups the surgery will be rescheduled for late summer or early fall.  Doctors say I may resume my normal schedule of activities.

I want to thank everyone for your prayers during this week.  The Lord made His presence known by surrounding me with medical staff from churches where I've preached, by Christians notifying others to add me to prayer lists, and countless calls, texts, e-mails, and Facebook posts encouraging me and expressing your love.  Again, I thank the Lord and you all from the bottom of my healthy heart!!

Help me spread the word, I'm alive, healthy and kicking!  As Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated!"  And as James "The Giant" Croft has said many times, "Boy, am I excited!"

Monday, May 14, 2012

Surgery on Tuesday

In 2008 when I was undergoing hip surgery a routine scan revealed a large stone in my left kidney and gall stones.  The kidney stone made its' presence known last year and, after two procedures, was finally removed.  This year the gall stones have spoken, and now my gall bladder will be removed tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15th.  I will certainly appreciate your prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery.

I'm ready to be "de-stoned"8-)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I've been FRAMED!!

Do you think I need a lawyer??

Friday, May 11, 2012

Good Time at Old Providence

Crenshaw, Croft, & Williams
Revival services at Old Providence Baptist Church ended Wednesday night.  I really enjoyed ministering with Pastor Philip Williams and the fellowship with his family.  It was also good to have the music of Ken Crenshaw during each service.  I have ministered with Ken in various churches and he was a part of our 2004 Ghana Mission Team in West Africa.

The folks at Old Providence Baptist Church made me feel right at home and would do the same for you.  So, if you live near the area and do not have a church home they would welcome you with open arms.  The church is located at 9316 NW CR245 near Lake Butler and south of Lake City, Florida.  For more information call Pastor Philip Williams at (386) 755-1648.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Last Night at Old Providence

This will be the last night of revival services at Old Providence Baptist Church.  The service will begin at 7pm.  The church is located at 9316 NW CR245 near Lake Butler and south of Lake City, Florida.  For more information call Pastor Philip Williams at (386) 755-1648.

Friday, May 04, 2012

The Wright Stuff


 
Let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens. —Genesis 1:20
 
On September 29, 1909, a young man took flight in a strange contraption that resembled a huge box kite. As he gained altitude, the pilot manipulated the levers so he could fly over New York Harbor. People looked up in amazement. In the harbor, boats celebrated by sounding their steam whistles. Crowds near the Statue of Liberty exploded with cheers at the sight of Wilbur Wright taking a flight into the heavens.

Wilbur’s brother Orville, who had piloted the first airplane flight 6 years earlier, reflected on their inspiration to fly: “The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who . . . looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” The Wright brothers spent a great deal of time studying birds in flight before designing their planes.

In Genesis we read that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (1:1), and He said, “Let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens” (v.20). We applaud the inventiveness of the Wright brothers. Yet, the Creator, who made creatures capable of flight in the first place, deserves the ultimate glory—for the birds and for every other creation He has made!

Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Soaring bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee. —van Dyke
 
The design of creation points to the Master Designer.
 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Evergreen on Wednesday

I will preach the first night of revival services at Evergreen Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  The service will begin at 7pm.  The church is located at 2509 224th Street south of Lake City, Florida.  For more information call (386) 935-3497.

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.