Did you see the Lighthouse on the front page? The original was painted by my famous cousin, Huey J. Theus. Huey exhibited indications of his artistic skills at an early age. He had two brothers (Jimmy and Tom, Jr.) and each had some talent with sketching, but only Huey developed his and turned it into a cash cow. He earned a good living working for the State of Georgia where he was assigned the duties of preserving some of Georgia’s beautiful and historic landmarks on canvas. I think he painted all of the known lighthouses in the state. He also did a series of four pictures from memory of his early years in rural Georgia (old buildings). These were picked up by a professional company who had them made into prints. These were sold throughout the nation in select stores. Since then Huey’s painting have sold for thousands of dollars. He is, indeed, a gifted artist, a loving father, a devoted husband and a friend to his friends. One of his latest ventures was to go back to the town where his grandfather was born and buy the old homestead. He has invested hundreds of hours and days into making this old house a showplace and a studio for his art. Huey did most of the labor himself (probably contributed to some of his health issues). But it has been a work of love. He has been the marvel of the townspeople earning the respect and appreciation of the whole town. He is somewhat an icon there in the little town of Oglethorpe, Georgia. He even teaches the locals art. The house that is now a second home for him and a studio is reported to be the oldest house in Macon County. At one time the old home was a pub. I hope you will pray for Huey. He recently had a heart attack and has been recuperating at his home near Atlanta. Andrea, his loving wife, is at his side administering TLC. The picture below entitled “Sign of the Times” was painted by Huey. His paintings hang in banks, law offices, state office buildings and many homes. I believe there is one in the capitol in Atlanta. Huey’s Aunt “Bob” (Annie Maxie) would be pleased to know one of Huey’s paintings is in the Carter Center, Atlanta. She thought Jimmy Carter hung the moon and was quick to tell anyone listening that his wife, Rosalynn, was related to us on the Smith side of the family. Aunt Bob was proud of Huey. She would be proud to know her old home is now Huey’s art studio.
As you look at the picture with the Coca-Cola sign painted on the side of the old barn–do you notice the price? That Coke was five cents. I remember those Cokes and I remember Tom’s toasted peanuts were only a nickle, too. Those were good days.
This blog is still under development (I guess that could be said of all blogs). I try to add new material each week. We are optimistic that many people from all walks of life will come here to drink at the various fountains of Living Water. Well over three thousand people have already found their way here. We recognize that there are many persuasions of beliefs and doctrines. Our position is that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Faithful men, inspired by the blessed Holy Spirit, have recorded God’s Word for us to read, study and follow. I shall, with God’s help, fill these pages with interesting, helpful articles that honor the sacred Scriptures and lift high the Name of Jesus, the Christ. I hope you will check out the links under our Blogroll. Through Salvationlinks.com we hope to provide you many wonderful links to important sites we have found on the Internet.
We are pleased to present Dr. B. H. Carroll’s message, “Our Inspired Bible.” Dr. Carroll was the founder and, until he died, the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His ministry presented a high view of Scripture and this message echos that commitment.
Dr. John R. Rice was one of the busiest men doing God’s work. He was a pastor, evangelist, editor of a paper, publisher of books, supervisor of a large staff of workers, a writer and a Spirit-filled soul winner. His books and phamplets number some 60-plus millions in print (probably much more by now). For several key years his Sword of the Lord paper reached over one million people each month–thereby increasing the impact and reach of his preaching dramatically. One of his pet projects and most powerful, was his little soul winning booklet, “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”. That one tract published in over 40,000,000 copies. We are happy to reprint it here on our new blog. Check it out. While doing so, don’t overlook his message, “Six Pressing Reasons Why You Should Be Saved Today.”
Why Marry Her? By Dr. T. DeWitt Talmage is a powerful message dealing with one’s choice of a bride. Dr. Talmage’s Sunday sermon’s were transcribed by reporters from leading newspapers and then published in their respective papers. At one time his sermons were being read by an estimated 25 million people here and abroad.
When I wrote the following words January was coming to an end–however, the New Year’s message by Jack MacArthur is here to stir your heart and challenge you as this year gets going (many people have read this). Dr. MacArthur is the father of John MacArthur who, himself, has written many important books and distributed millions of his audio messages on tapes. He is also pastor of the mega church, Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. and President of The Master’s College. Don’t miss Dr. Jack MacArthur’s message. A little known fact: He led Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to Christ.
I am greatly honored to present a sermon by my friend, Dr. Robert L. Sumner. His message, “My God, My God, Why?” is a must read. Don’t leave without taking it into your heart.
Have you ever wished you could win a soul to Christ? Already a soul winner, but want be more effective? You will love the two articles under the heading, “Gone Fishing” by Dr. C. Sumner Wemp. He is a colorful preacher, teacher and ardent soul winner. Over 10,000 people subscribe to his email paper. He works at winning the lost.
I hope you will visit the site, The Sower. The founder of this ministry is Dr. Michael Guido. I was listening to his radio program months before I was converted. I knew next to nothing about the man except his kindly manner and biblical teaching (though I can’t say I understood his teaching to be accurate at the time). Looking back I think he may have contributed to the planting and watering of the Gospel in my life. Dr. Guido is 94 years old and still active in ministry. ( EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Guideo died recently, however, his dear wife, Audrey, lingers in poor health. I hope you will explore the resources of The Sower.
I am pleased to reprint the famous sermon of Dr. R. G. Lee, Payday Someday. Do yourself a favor and read this stirring message. I also placed a page honoring an old-time Methodist preacher, William Elbert Munsey. Check out the Munsey Marker. He pointed thousands to salvation in a very few years. I have most recently added Dr. Munsey’s sermon, The Resurrection of the Human Body. This is a powerful message and worthy of your time and interest. While I promoted this sermon as an Easter message, it is really timely for any day of the week or any season. It should be read by all. I am honored to present a message, perhaps his most famous message, Dr. Law and Dr. Grace, the message of an old friend, Brother Lester Roloff. Also one of the songs he loved to sing, Hold On a Little Longer. Just hearing him sing that song brings back so many wonderful memories of this man and the ministry he had in redeeming young girls and boys and men.
You will find a video message by Jack van Dr.Impe. I have known this good man for years and stood by him on several platforms where he brought a featured message to thousands. He is known for his emphasis on Bible prophecy. He was known for years as the Walking Bible. He memorized all of the New Testament and good hunks of the Old Testament. He is amazing with his ability to weave those memorized verses into his powerful sermons and teachings.
Already this site is filling up with remarkable resources. Dr. B. R. Lakin’s message on Heaven is so good. I have listened to it four times, I think, since posting it. I have lots of family in Heaven. I posted an audio message by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. Dr. Jones was the founder of the University named for him, BJU. His message, Preach the Word! At one time, Dr. Jones had preached to more people face to face than Billy Graham. Dr. Graham actually attended Bob Jones College for a short time before transferring to a school in Florida. Years ago I had a 15-minute radio broadcast sandwiched between two programs featuring Dr. John R. Rice and Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. Talk about being in good company (at least between good company).
There is a new video honoring Dr. Lee Roberson. Dr. Roberson founded Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga and was the long-time pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church. He was a wonderful Christian gentleman and powerful preacher. He was always dressed in a dark blue, double-breasted suit and white shirt. He would never be comfortable with today’s trend of casual dress on church platforms. I will never forget the morning my son, Jim and I, took Dr. Roberson to breakfast. We were in Indiana helping with one of Dr. Rice’s Sword Conferences. Dr. Roberson was one of the featured speakers. We were staying at a Christian camp where the conference was being held. They served breakfast there, but not early. Dr. Roberson ask me to drive him to a nearby town for an early breakfast. On our way out we passed a newspaper rack and we saw the surprising headline of the paper, “ELVIS DEAD AT 42!” Dr. Roberson read that and said, “What about that.”
I hope you will read Dr. Sumner Wemp’s, “Ticket to Heaven.” This man has personally placed more tracts in the hands of people than just about anybody you can name. He has also encouraged countless others to do the same. There will be, no doubt, many, many souls in Heaven because of his good work.
Lester Roloff-the colorful radio preacher from Corpus Christi, Texas. Do listen to his audio message, “Dr. Law and Dr. Grace”. Brother Roloff died in a plane crash on November 2, 1982. “Roloff had always had a fascination with flight. He purchased his first airplane in 1954, and used it to travel between his various speaking engagements throughout the country. On November 2, 1982, the same day Governor Mark White, who promised to shut the Roloff homes down, was elected, Roloff’s plane crashed during a storm outside Normangee, Texas, killing Roloff and a ladies’ singing trio from the home for adult women. The wreckage of his crashed airplane is the centerpiece of Roloff Park at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible College in Crown Point, Indiana.” –from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia NOTE: You should read the Roloff story found there.