Blessed and Thankful

“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” – Psalm 126:3

We truly rejoice in our God for all the blessings He has showered upon us in the last few months. As a young evangelist, I am grateful for any opportunity to preach God’s Word. How thrilled I was then that 4 out of the 5 Sunday’s in October found me preaching somewhere – we had three different revival meetings and then a one day meeting to close out the month! The Lord blessed at Faith Baptist in Belvidere, IL, with many good decisions and tender hearts. Lakewood Baptist in Harrison, TN, welcomed us with much kindness and hospitality, and also tender hearts ready to receive God’s truth! There were several important decisions made at the altar, and a sweet spirit dominated throughout the week.

From Tennessee we made our way to North Port, FL, to be with the precious believers at First Baptist Church. We so much enjoyed our time there, and the Lord blessed in each service. I heard many positive comments throughout the week of how God was working in people’s lives. There was an unsaved 97 year old lady in the Sunday morning service who heard a clear gospel presentation – I pray God gives the increase in her life before it’s too late. We closed out the month in Mobile, AL, at Meadowlake Baptist Church, pastored by my former Pastor, David Walton. What an encouragement to see the Waltons again and to minister among the saints there.

Now back home again, we look forward to the holiday season and helping out with all the special events at our home church, and then ending the year, Lord willing, in Oklahoma with family. My wife and I have a deep sense of gratitude for all God has brought us through this year, and for all the ministry opportunities He has already opened up for next year. We are so blessed and thankful to serve our faithful God for the cause of Christ and revival.

We pray you and yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

Great Meetings and New Doors

We have just returned home from a month long trip in which the Lord greatly blessed! I preached in Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and then Pennsylvania. We had several one day meetings, and we saw a great response with many tender hearts in each place. What a special blessing to me to preach the opening two days at my alma mater, Ambassador Baptist College. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since my wife and I graduated! It felt completely normal to be back on campus, and we praise the Lord for a great few days of chapel to kick off the semester.

God richly blessed our week long meeting at the Cromwell Bible Church in Three Springs, PA. The pastor and his wife are good friends from school, and we so much enjoyed our time together. Many hands were raised throughout the week, and I believe many good revival decisions were made. We pray God continues to strengthen these precious believers in their walk with Him.

We are home for a few weeks now, and then headed out for two more revival meetings and then a one day meeting. God worked it out for us to be at Lakewood Baptist Church in Harrison, TN, next month, and then from there we will scoot down to North Port, FL for a meeting. On our way back home we will stop over in Mobile, AL, to preach on a Sunday. We are thrilled with the doors God is opening, and we look to Him for many spiritual victories in each place we go.

God bless you my dear friend, may you continue being faithful to Him wherever He has you!

Busy Few Months

It’s hard to believe we find ourselves in August already! The summer is almost passed and Christmas is just around the corner (better finish your shopping soon!) The Lord has been so faithful to us these last few months. We had a wonderful meeting with Hope Baptist Church in Warsaw, IN, at the end of April. People were hungry for God’s truth and many responded and made good decisions. The months of May-July kept us busy with different pulpit supply’s and other opportunities at our home church. We just celebrated 10 years on staff here at Memorial Baptist in Rockford, IL! We are so grateful for a good home base and such a loving church family. Just last week we ministered at a teen event in Lyford, IN, and had such a blessed time pointing the younger generation to Christ.

The last two months I have made a push to get more exposure for our ministry by sending out introductory brochures to several hundred churches. We are starting to see a return from those as God has opened up many doors recently! This month we’ll be speaking in Indiana, Michigan, and then North Carolina. September finds us in Pennsylvania, and then October has us heading down to Alabama and Florida. We thank God for every chance to sing and preach about our wonderful Savior!

In closing, the Lord has allowed me to publish two books in the last two years. “Jesus: My Victory, My Life, My All” is written for the believer and is basically about the Galatians 2:20 reality of Christ living in us. “The Forever Lockdown” is written as an evangelistic tool to share with your lost loved ones, neighbors, and workmates. Both of these are now available here on my website. If you have not checked them out yet, please do so and share with others! God bless and thank you for your faithful prayers for us!

April 2021

Hello to all and Happy Spring to you! I hope you are taking some extra time to reflect on our Savior’s death and resurrection in this Easter season. He truly is the only hope and answer for lost mankind today. Sorry it has been a while since our last update, but as I know all of you can testify – life happens! It seems like time is passing more quickly and there is always an abundance of things on the “to do” list. Our family is doing well – everyone is healthy and strong. The kids are growing like crazy and keeping us busy. Our home church here in Rockford continues to press forward amidst all the craziness of our world. We have seen God do some good things recently, as our people seem to be genuinely growing in the Lord. We are excited about upcoming events on the schedule and more opportunities of reaching out to our community.

Our itinerant schedule has really slowed down due to Covid and some other factors. We are still confident God has called us into this revival/evangelism ministry, and we are looking to Him as our expectation (Ps.62:5). I am going to be making another push pretty soon to try and get more exposure for our ministry. Would you pray with us that God would open the right doors that He knows we need?

Also, I have started writing a monthly article on Christian living for the resourceful website: www.soundtradition.org There are many helpful articles that would be an encouragement to you I know. Please check it out and share with others.

God bless and keep pressing forward for Jesus!

Looking to the Lord

Hello again to all! The Lord has certainly been good to us this Fall. Our meetings went very well and were blessed by the hand of God. We ministered in music and children’s meetings in Pennsylvania in September, and then preached two revival meetings in Illinois. God worked in many hearts and many believers made good decisions to keep moving forward in different aspects of their Christian lives. We praise the Lord that His Word does not return void and we trust for continued blessings as people continue obeying God.

We are now back at our home church for the rest of the year, preparing for the Christmas season and all the events that go on with that. One special blessing that recently took place – I was able to lead Maurice to a personal saving faith in Christ! Maurice is a man I met several months ago at a prayer rally in our city, and he has come to church quite often in recent days. He walked the aisle the other night wanting to be saved! Praise God! How these Divine appointments make me thirst to be more used as a fisher of men!

In all the turmoil and uncertainty of our world, we are looking to the Lord as our hope and help. Please pray with us that God would continue accomplishing His will in our lives, opening the doors He wants for us in the future. May we all be increasing Christ wherever God has us!

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” – 1 Thess.5:18

Fall Opportunites

Hello again to everyone! I trust you are doing well and staying faithful to our Lord. The camp we spoke at in June was such a blessing! There were six churches represented and around fifty young people who were great to preach to. Several kids were saved and several others made life-changing decisions. May God continue to raise up a younger generation to fear and follow Him!

I’ve had several pulpit supply’s here in Illinois in the last few months. What a blessing preaching at our home church in Rockford, along with churches in Belvidere, LaSalle, and Cedarville. God touched hearts in each service and I am so grateful to help out when a church has a need.

This fall we have a few opportunities for revival meetings; we will be helping out with the music and doing children’s meetings for a revival in Pennsylvania the first week of September. Then we have two other meetings to follow in Illinois. We are praying for a mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit everywhere we go!

The world is in a mess; lies are rampant everywhere we turn. Let us be seizing every opportunity to speak God’s truth into the lives around us!

June 2020

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” What an encouraging verse given to us by David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel. Of course, we know the Lord is the one who inspired David to pen his psalms, and so it is really God Himself who admonishes us to wait upon Him!

I hope that all of us have learned or relearned the lesson of waiting upon God during this Covid-19 pandemic. Many churches are just now beginning to assemble once again, while some are still waiting. Whatever the case may be, God’s timetable is always best and He is accomplishing His eternal purposes, whether we understand those purposes or not. Most of the time we don’t understand, but it is still our job to trust Him! Our two meetings in May were postponed, but we still got away from Illinois to visit with family in Tennessee for a few weeks – what a refreshing time! I was also able to preach two Sunday morning services at the church our family attends. The Lord blessed with such a wonderful spirit in each of the services.

I am eagerly anticipating preaching at a church camp in Iowa starting on June 15, and my two oldest kids are eagerly anticipating being campers! Would you pray that God would both save lost kids and revive the believers as well?

We are still praying that God would open more doors for later this year. Our world has always needed Jesus, but it just seems more evident right now with all the current events. Keep being faithful where you are and shining the light of Christ to all those around you!

He Shall Not Be Afraid Of Evil Tidings!

Psalm 112:7 states: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” These are certainly strange and unusual days that we are living in. The global pandemic Coronavirus dominates the headlines and has brought to a halt much of normal life. There is fear and frustration every where we look. Sadly, many of God’s people are caught up in the pandemic of fear as well. What is the answer? Just like anything else in life, the answer is found in our unchangeable God and His unchangeable Word. Though this virus is touching seemingly every area of our lives like nothing has ever done before, it should not touch our confidence in God. As believers, we need not fear whatever “evil tidings” come our way, because we have been promised the never changing presence of God! We may be confused about what’s going on in our world but our God is not. He is still on the throne accomplishing His eternal purposes! Fix your heart upon Him today and experience the joy and peace that passes understanding, and that will also be a great testimony at this time to the lost around us.

The youth rally I was scheduled to preach at the beginning of April has of course been canceled, and the revival meeting has been pushed back to the first week of May. We are praying that things will have calmed down by then and we could continue serving in churches for the cause of Christ and revival. But our Lord knows best and we will trust His timing. I hope that you will be faithful to God no matter where He has you and that you will look for creative ways to reach out and minister to people at this time. May we seize the opportunity to offer hope to those fearful hearts around us, and may God use this time to awaken our nation back to Him!

2020 Outlook

Happy New Year to you all! This post is a little late; you can thank that on all the sickness that’s been going around! It hit our family and I’ve been out of commission for a while now. Thankfully, I feel like I have turned a corner and now I can get back to doing what needs to be done!

I did have a minor back surgery in December and, praise God, have felt much better since then! I am still taking things slow as I need to strengthen my back muscles again, but compared to how I was feeling it is like a night and day difference. My prayer is that all this back trouble would be behind me now, but whatever the Lord wants I know is always best. Oh for grace to trust Him more!

We begin the year here in our home church; we have seen some visitors recently and even some additions to the church – praise God! I pray it is just the beginning taste of what God is going to do in our midst this year. We do have some meetings lined up, but much of 2020 is still open. Would you pray that God would open the doors that He wants? We desire to increase Christ to God’s people, and we are trusting the Lord to lead us every step of this journey. Thank you for your time and interest in our ministry – to God be the glory great things he hath done and is going to do!

Great Fall Meetings

We have recently returned home from our last meeting of this year; the Lord was good and gave us strength and safety during our 3 meetings in 5 weeks stretch. What a wonderful time we had being with the folks of Believer’s Baptist in Warsaw, IN! God gave me great liberty in preaching and I know many hearts were touched. It was an added blessing to be able to do some neat things on this trip, like visit Billy Sunday’s house and also take a trip to a camel farm – that’s right, a camel farm!

We then had a great time ministering at Harmony Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL. The people were so nice and really seemed to receive the messages well. The pastor told me there were several visitors throughout the week, and that is always a blessing. I trust the Lord will continue to give an increase in the hearts who received the seed of God’s Word.

Our most recent meeting certainly did not go as I expected – I missed the Sunday morning service and had to sit down the rest of the week to preach! Early Sunday morning I had a terrible episode with my back and the herniated disc I am dealing with. I bent over to pick something up and, well, that was a no-no! I had intense pain for several hours and could barely walk. To God be the glory though, He raised me up and gave me the measure of health I needed to be able to sit and preach the rest of the week. The Perryopolis Baptist Church in Perryopolis, PA, was so kind and gracious and understanding of my situation, they did so much to take care of us and try to make me as comfortable as possible. Praise the Lord for His working in lives, as people were at the altar every night, and one first time visitor accepted Christ as his Savior!

We turn our attention now to trying to get my back completely healthy (I have an upcoming MRI and meeting with my doctor to see what needs to be done), and then working on Christmas plans for our home church. Thanks to all for your prayers for us as we seek to keep increasing Christ wherever God has us!