Tiger & Dad
Tiger & Dad

Tiger Woods Speech/Comments at Inauguration

Tiger Woods spoke Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington during “We Are One,” an inauguration celebration for President-elect Barack Obama. Below is the text of his speech, entitled “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as posted on his Web site:

“I grew up in a military family – and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank. In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home. Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely. I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes. I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it. In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: ‘I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.’ Just as they have stood tall for our country – we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families. Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.”

B R Lakin’s Heaven


B R Lakin, the Circuit Rider
B R Lakin, the Circuit Rider

(Click on Link for audio of Dr. Lakin on Heaven)

Dr. B. R. Lakin, may well have been America’s Prince of Preachers, or something very close to that.    At one time he was one of, if not the most famous name in Gospel preaching.   He preached to 10,000 people each week before that was even thought of as a mega church event.  He was welcome in the largest churches in America and the next week be just at home in the smallest.  Dr. Lakin loved to preach.  I met him when he was already an older evangelist.  He was in Mufreesboro, Tennessee for two or three weeks of revival at Rev. Woodrow Medlock’s church.  I went out to hear him for the first time and immediately admired the man and his preaching.  I was back the next night and the next.  The next week after leaving Murfreesboro (I think it was the next) he was in Texas for another revival.  I had to be there for business and went to hear him preach again.  We talked after the service and he asked what I would be doing the next day.  He invited me to his motel and we had the best time talking.  He did most of the talking.  He loved to talk about the old days.  From that time we were friends.

Later, after I had left my position at The Sword, my wife and I were in Ohio.  She always thought the world of Dr. John Rawlings so we made it a point to be at his church for Sunday.  We were there early and we took a place down close to the front (not too close) and in the center section.  During the service Dr. John looked out and called my name and welcomed me to  their service.  Dr. Lakin was the guest speaker.  When he stood to preach he, too, addressed me by name and very graciously told that crowd that I was his good friend.  He said other kind things, but I shall always remember his kindness in saying anything at all.  It was good to be recognized by two great men of God–John Rawlings and B. R. Lakin.  Neither knew that I was to be there that day and how they recognized me in the crowd I will never know.  But they did and I am pleased to salute them now.

Dr. Jerry Falwell loved Dr. Lakin and often had him preach in his great church.  Dr. Lakin was loved by Falwell’s TV audience.  It was ironic that Lakin started his national ministry on radio and was loved by millions.  His closing ministry was on television and was, again, loved by millions.  He was a remarkable man.  He loved to tell his audience he was just a simple, mule riding, circuit-riding preacher from the Big Hurricane Creek in West Virginia.   He still had his old saddle bags from that era.  He traded his mule for a jet and travelled to all the big cities in America and many places around the world.  He was still that old circuit riding preacher till the end.  God bless his memory.

Dr. Lakin had a tremendous gift of humor.  His sermons were peppered with his wit and humor.  One that I remember: “I would rather be eaten by a shark than nibbled to death by minnows.”

Another was: “If they are kicking you in the seat, that means you still have the lead.”

Another:  “A preacher said, Brother Lakin, So and so is lying about me,  I’m gonna make him prove it.  I told him, No, don’t do that.  That will ruin you.”


Here is a bio found on YouTube:

Bascom Ray Lakin (June 5,1901- March 15, 1984) was a Baptist pastor and evangelist.

On June 5, 1901, a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lakin in a farmhouse on Big Hurricane Creek in the hill country of Wayne County, West Virginia. Mrs. Lakin had prayed for a “preacher man” and had dedicated this baby to the Lord even before he was born. Lakin attended a one-room schoolhouse in West Virginia through the 4th grade.

Lakin was converted in a revival meeting at age 18 and baptized in Big Hurricane Creek. The minister who baptized him was the nephew of Devil Anse Hatfield, of the Hatfield-McCoy feud families. One week later, he preached his first sermon and soon after became a circuit preacher, riding a mule to country churches near the forks of the Big Sandy River.

Dr. Lakin was ordained on May 28, 1921 at the Big Hurricane Baptist Church in Big Hurricane Creek, West Virginia. The moderator was Rev. J.C. Simpkins, the same preacher who baptized him and was also related to Devil Anse Hatfield. Later B.R. Lakin pastored his first church; the Evangel Baptist Church in Greenbrier Creek, West Virginia. Realizing his need for further training and education for the ministry, Lakin left the hills of his home for the big city of Chicago to attend Bible College.

B.R. Lakin attended and graduated from Moody Bible Institute. Because of his dedication to his calling and longevity in ministry, Bob Jones University and (the now defunct) Kletzing College bestowed honorary doctorates.

B.R. Lakin was married to the former Violet Crabtree on August 30, 1922. They only had one son, William. William passed away on March 27, 1955 as the result of a combination of car accident precipitated by a cronic health issue. William Lakin was survived by his wife and son. B.R. Lakins grandson, Ronald, would eventually become his assistant throughout the rest of his ministry.

In 1939, he was called to assist E. Howard Cadle (1884-1942) at the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana, a church that seated ten thousand with an additional fourteen hundred seats for the choir. Cadle conducted a daily radio program, Nations Family Prayer Period,” on the 50,000-watt clear channel WLW in Cincinnati, and the program became the most listened to religious broadcast during the 1930s. Upon Cadle’s death in 1942, Lakin became senior pastor and continued the broadcast. B.R. Lakin was one of the first mega-church pastors before the term was ever coined some fifty years later. In those thirteen years at the Cadle Tabernacle, Lakin became a household word across America.

In 1952, he entered full-time evangelism after resigning from the Cadle Tabernacle and moving to Florida. His ministry carried him around the world, resulting in an estimated 100,000 conversions, and legion the number entering the ministry. B.R. Lakin travelled extensively as an Evangelist averaging 50,000 miles annually and preaching to 4,000 people weekly. He witnessed more than 100,000 conversions to Christ.

In later years of his ministry, B.R. Lakin moved his church membership to the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. While there, Lakin became a close mentor and confidant to Dr. Jerry Falwell. Here, B.R. Lakin finished his ministry. On March 15, 1984, B. R. Lakin was called to Heaven by the Lord Jesus through death after deteriorating health due to battling for years with adult on-set diabetes. He used to say of his diabetes, I asked the Lord to make me sweet, and he over did it. After more than 65 years of preaching, Dr. Lakin “hung his sword on the shimmering walls of the city of God. His funeral was conducted at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, and attended by more than 5,000 people.

B.R. Lakin was used of God to be the preacher’s friend, the church’s helper, the common man’s leader, and for sixty-five years, God’s mighty messenger. He was one of the most sought-after gospel preachers in America. The department of religion at Liberty University is named in honor of Lakin, who is interred on the campus. B.R. Lakin used to coach young preachers by saying of trouble-makers and critics, Love them, pray for them, and outlive them.

Salvation Army Founder

Gen. Booth
Gen. Booth
General William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, Said:

“To attempt to save the lost we must accept no limitations to human brotherhood.  If the scheme which I set forth in these and the following pages is not applicable to the thief, the harlot, the drunkard and the sluggard, it may as well be dismissed without ceremony.  As Christ came to call not the Saints but sinners to repentance, so the new message of Temporal Salvation, of Salvation from pinching poverty, from rags and misery, must be offered to all.  They may reject it, of course. But we who call ourselves by the name of Christ are not worthy to profess to be His disciples until we have set an open door before the least and worst of these who are now apparently imprisoned for life in a horrible dungeon of misery and despair.

To get a man soundly Saved it is not enough to put on him a pair of new breeches, to give him regular work, or even to give him a university education.  These things are all outside a man, and if the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. What is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?

You might as well give a tract to a ship wrecked sailor who is battling with the surf which has drowned his comrades and threatens to drown him.  He will not listen to you.  Nay, he cannot hear you any more than a man whose head is under water can listen to a Sermon.  The first thing to do is to get him at least a footing on firm ground, and to give him room to live.  Then you may have a chance.  At present you have none.  And you will have all the better opportunity to find a way to his heart, if he comes to know that it was you who pulled him out of the horrible pit and the miry clay in which he was sinking to perdition.

Taken from General Booth’s message, “Darkest England Scheme: The Cab Horse Charter message.


My Best Friend: The Son

Robert Morris
Robert Morris

Robert Morris is the pastor of the wonderful, soulwinning church of South Lake, Texas.  We present access to his website and messages for one big reason.  Robert Morris is a good preacher.  There is something big going on in his ministry and you ought to check it out.  Check out their website and when in the Dallas area visit that growing church.   The following video link is a message given by Pastor Morris recently.  I hope you will prayerfully watch.  You will be blessed.   When you click on the following link, be patient.  It takes just a tad to load.

My Best Friend: The Son

Munsey’s Marker

William Elbert Munsey, Famous Methodist Preacher Remembered

This historic marker stands at the intersection of U. S. Route 52 and Interstate 77 (Exit 62) in Bland County, Virginia. The text of the marker reads:

“William Elbert Munsey was born a few miles east in the mountains of Giles (present-day Bland) County on 13 July 1833. Despite little formal schooling, Munsey possessed an insatiable appetite for knowledge. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Church in 1855, preached his first sermon near here, and extended his ministry to several states. Regarded by many who heard him as the greatest Methodist preacher of his day, Munsey was poetic by nature, and his unrivaled word pictures held lar ge audiences spellbound, his kindness extended to giving his own shoes and coat to a Confederate  soldier who had none.  Munsey died on 23 Oct. 1877.”

Though intellectual, his sermons were not dry as dust. He was a preacher of such power and such performance that the Knoxville Tribune tabbed him, “the most eloquent public orator of the South.” Those sermons must have been something to hear. Often an entire congregation would stand up under the spell of his preaching-sermons that were often two hours long.

People thronged his churches, especially at Richmond and Alexandria , Virginia, where the church house would be filled two hours before meeting time. He was a genius in painting word pictures. His sermons on future and eternal punishment are not only classic, they are probably the finest of their kind. In these dark, desperate days we need preaching on: Death is sure, Hell is hot, eternity is forever, sin is the reason, Christ is the cure.



The Resurrection of the Human Body

  1. Retribution
  2. O Eternity!
  3. The Just Necessity for Punishment
  4. The Awfulness of Eternal Punishment
  5. The Outer Darkness of the Eternally Lost
  6. Escape from Eternal Retribution

These seven sermons were reprinted in a book entitled, Eternal Retribution published by Sword of the Lord Publishers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This title may be out of print. Used booksellers may still have copies you can purchase.

The editor of The Sword of the Lord, Dr. John R. Rice, was asked by his dear friend, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. to publish this book. Dr. Rice was glad to do so and was much impressed with the works of William Elbert Munsey.

And so were his crowds who came to hear him preach.  Often they would gather two hours ahead of time just to secure a seat.

Lester Roloff, Famous Sermon

Lester Roloff  delivered a sermon that would become, perhaps, his most famous message.  He founded the Roloff Homes in Texas.  He preached all over the USA and inspired many thousands of believrs.  He was old fashioned before it became fashionable.  I wish you could have known him.  He was killed in an unfortunate small plane crash and his popular Honey Bee Singers died with him.  I believe he had just preached at his old friend’s church, Highland Park Baptist in Chattanooga (Dr. Lee Roberson, Pastor) and was on the way home when the crash happened.  He left his mark on all who ever heard him in person or on the radio.  Click on the link below.  This is a remarkable and colorful message you will not ever forget.  Don’t miss it!  Brother Roloff (he always preferred you call him Brother Roloff) introduces you to two famous doctors of the Scriptures.

After listening to Brother Roloff preach, I want you to hear him sing.  Here he is singing, Hold On Just a Little Longer.