October 1998 Newsletter
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1
HARMONY FOUND IN PUBLICK MINISTRY
We all agree it is an awful shame that the brethren in our ranks have to fight disunity before we can fight, our common foe; that which exalteth itself above the Word of God. There is so much politics in our circles you'd think we were a denomination. Well, this month was both good and pleasant, as the Bible puts it as we actually witnessed three Bible believing pastors who have their churches in the same city, working righteousness together on a street meeting. The only thing they had in common that day was the publick proclamation of the Word of God. Could it be that publick ministry has the effect of allowing you to set aside petty political differences in order that the gospel may have free course into the ears and possibly hearts of sinners without the admixture of hypocritical professional jousting? A spiritual trophy is awaiting Nolan Plunkett, Jim Labolito and Skip Kish for their fine example. Try inviting your neighbor pastor who has a different view of the Tribulation or the origin of the church out for a good publick fight with the flesh on the street. Nothing else has worked.
ON THE STREETS
We went out with a group of "publick-ministry-old-timers" on the streets of Milford, DE. Now, to look at this town at 8 o'clock at night would discourage the faith-filled majority. Hardly a soul out on the street and only an occasional car waiting at THE traffic light, but not the veteran platoon from Frederica, DE. With a faithful crew of about 10 from their church we observed as they scattered the seed in all directions resulting in the total occupation of the inner downtown section for righteousness and the leading of eight souls to the Lord on their knees on the sidewalk.......Praise the Lord! We traveled on to St. Petersburg, FL. in the deep south expecting to enjoy some southern hospitality. We learned that doesn't apply to the publick gospel. We moved on to Orlando's famous night spot called "Church ST". This is much like Beale St. in Memphis with a bit more touristy "class". They liked it so much they invited the police force. Oddly enough, a rent-a-cop went to bat for us and we stayed and preached as the police chased off after some lesser criminals. David Laverty, still a great help to the team, preached in Deland, FL. with some of the folk from our home church. Then we drove on to Tallahassee, FL., one of my favorite cities, where we experienced the story in the above paragraph. Finally, we stopped briefly in Quincy, FL. and testified against them.
SWAT TALKS ON CNN
A brief encounter with the roving CNN news-mobile got us a one minute spot on international TV. Although our interview lasted some 20 minutes on the subject of the moral degeneracy of the USA over the last 30 years, it boiled down to the following transcript. The picture is myself, my accordion and my daughter Mary singing "Oh, how I love Jesus" and the interview goes something like this. We asked Gerald Sutek, a travelling preacher about how America has changed. "When a nation rejects the authority of the Word of God their morals drop accordingly. When I preach on the street I have to tell the folks what the ten commandments are because they have no idea". They got a couple of good shots of the SWAT-mobile and all-in-all it was a good witness. Praise the Lord for every opportunity.
Pray for the blitz-pray for the blitz-pray for the blitz-pray for the blitz-pray for the blitz-pray for the blitz (I believe in subliminals)
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MADAGASCAR?
Please pray for David Laverty. He has been with us for eight months now and we can' t take anymore...just kidding. He has been a great asset to the team. He eventually wants to serve the Lord in Madagascar. For those of you who will never take the time to find out where that is...it's the 4th largest island in the world and is off the east coast of Africa. We cannot find any missionaries who are either or ever have been there. Does anyone out there know of any information about this place or anyone who has ever served there?
IN THE CHURCHES
We were honored to minister in the following churches in the month of October. 1st Baptist pastor Sam Ingram, Frederica, DE., Blessed Hope Baptist, pastor Kevin Welch, Marion, VA., Spring City Baptist, pastor Brent Logan, Lebanon, VA., Bible Baptist, pastor James Knox, Deland, FL., Harvest Baptist, pastor Nolan Plunkett, Tallahassee, FL. and Fernwood Baptist, pastor Jim Labolito, Tallahassee, Fl.
FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE!
Dr. Claro Loquias is a national pastor in the Philippines. He has been ministering there for 27 years. He has started 69 churches and 20 Christian schools and they are all still going strong. His main church in Davao City runs 500 or more with a big Christian school and Bible College. We have supported his ministry for more than 10 years. I have ministered in many of his churches and schools and have spent extended time in his home with his family. He is truly an indefatigable servant of the Lord. An accidental fire starting in the dwelling next to his main church and spread to his facility and burned it to the ground. This is a terrible loss of equipment and building. If you have any extra missions money or office equipment or used ACE paces please send them to him at Central Baptist Mission New Matina, Davao City 8000 Philippines...phone 011-63-82-297-2008...bank to bank money transfer...account # 1162-0020 Far East Bank and Trust San Pedro St. Davao City Philippines.
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