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His Scripture Text: 2 Kings 6:1-7

I am pleased to publish the link for this sermon for my good friend, my former pastor, Brother Joe Ford of Macon, Georgia.  He loved Brother Roloff.  Brother Ford is one of God’s good and faithful stewards of the Word of God.      Brother Lester Roloff was one of the most colorful preachers I remember.  I heard him preach many times and loved every presentation he made of the Gospel.  Each time I heard him preach in person, I must have heard him on the radio ten times more;  perhaps more.  I loved his preaching, his humor, his colorful stories.  He was a delight.  I have heard more than a few preachers tell about receiving a phone call late at night from Brother Roloff.  He would call the preacher by name, “Brother…. this is Brother Roloff.  I will be at your church Sunday night to preach.  Get the word out.”  He didn’t ask are you open this Sunday night?  He just announced he was coming.  He would then mention it on his radio program and the church would be filled.  People were always thrilled he was going to come to their area.   From all parts of America pastors sent their troubled youth to Brother Roloff.  His radio program reached thousands of people who listened to him every day.  These people prayed for him and for those young people.   His home for unwed mothers touched the hearts of so many Christians.   We are pleased to present a link to one of his classic sermons preached, I believe at Bob Jones University.  I think you will agree he was like very few men who preached.  After you listen to him, I hope you will write  a note and let me know your reaction.   The sermon you will be listening to is posted at www.sermonaudio.com  There are a good many other sermons by Brother Roloff on this site.  Enjoy.

Six Pressing Reasons Why You Should Be Saved Today

The message of the Holy Spirit of God to every lost sinner is, “Today!” Be saved today!

Again the same message is brought in II Corinthians 6:2: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” What time is the acceptable time for a sinner to be saved? “Behold, now is the accepted time,” answers the Scripture. When is the day of salvation? “Behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Unsaved friend, I beg you to consider some pressing reasons why you ought to be saved today. Not one single soul ought to lay this printed message down until you have said “yes” to God, until you have earnestly confessed yourself a sinner and depended on Him for mercy and claimed Him as your own Saviour! Today is the day to be saved!

 

By John R. Rice

The Author Provides You with Six Pressing Reasons Why You Should Be Saved Today.  Read this article prayerfully with an open Bible  and an open heart.

 “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
“When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

“So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”—Heb. 3:7–15. “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”—II Cor. 6:2.

These Scriptures give strong reasons why every unconverted person should turn to Christ today. The Holy Ghost has a message, and it can be summed up in one word: “TODAY!”
“The Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” Readers are to “exhort one another daily, while it is called To day.” And again, “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”  The message of the Holy Spirit of God to every lost sinner is, “Today!” Be saved today! Again the same message is brought in II Corinthians 6:2: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” What time is the acceptable time for a sinner to be saved? “Behold, now is the accepted time,” answers the Scripture. When is the day of salvation? “Behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Unsaved friend, I beg you to consider some pressing reasons why you ought to be saved today. Not one single soul ought to lay this printed message down until you have said “yes” to God, until you have earnestly confessed yourself a sinner and depended on Him for mercy and claimed Him as your own Saviour! Today is the day to be saved!

I. If It Is Ever Right to Be Saved, Then Be Saved Today

No one has a right to go on in sin. No one would claim that it is all right to continue a life of murder, then just before he dies, quit murdering people. No one would claim that it is all right to go on stealing and being dishonest for a season, then at some convenient time, quit being a thief.

But the most horrible of all sins is the sin of rejecting Christ. If you have not accepted Him, you have rejected Him. If you are not for Him, you are against Him. If you are not saved, you are lost. And as long as you continue unsaved, you are living in deliberate and willful sin, the most horrible sin.

Never try to defend your delay in accepting Christ. To postpone your salvation is like the murderer who continues to murder; the blasphemer who continues spewing out oaths; the adulterer who continues his vile sin. Not to be saved is an open sin, a willful sin of disobedience to and rebellion against God.

Anyone who will admit that one ought to be saved must admit that he too ought to be saved. Anyone who will admit that he ever ought to be a Christian, must admit that he ought to be one today. On the general ground, then, if it is right to be a Christian, it is right to be one today; and if it is right to accept Christ, honest people ought to accept Him now, turn from their sins and trust Him for salvation. If repentance is commanded, then sinners ought to repent this very day.

The very moment you know you are a sinner, you ought to flee from your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus for mercy and salvation. Not to do so is deliberate sin, continual sin, sin indefensible and inexcusable.

II. You Ought to Be Saved Today Because Today the Holy Spirit Calls

“The Holy Ghost saith, To day….” Then the rest of the statement follows, “…if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.”

Are you interested in what the Holy Spirit says? Are you interested in the will of God? Then hear what the Holy Spirit says—that today is the day to be saved! An alarming example is given. Sinners are urged: “Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: “When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”

The children of Israel in the wilderness who did not hearken to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who kept telling them, “Today, believe in God! Today, trust Him for salvation!” died unsaved in the wilderness. You should not be like them, lest your heart be hardened and lest God’s wrath fall on you too!

To the wicked Jews at Jerusalem who had crucified the Saviour, then would not hear His ministers, Stephen cried out, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye” (Acts 7:51).

What was wrong with those Christ-rejecters? They resisted the Holy Spirit! They would not listen to the call of God through the Spirit. Hence the terrible punishment that came onJerusalem in a.d. 70 when it was destroyed by Titus; and the Roman army came on a nation that would not listen to God’s voice through the Spirit. Individuals who died unsaved could only blame their hard hearts and the fact that they would not listen to the call of the Spirit of God.

When the Spirit of God says “To day,” then it is time for sinners to be saved today.

Doubtless in your own heart the Holy Spirit says you should be saved today. This very day God’s Spirit speaks to you through the Scriptures, through this printed sermon. He moves upon your heart to accept Christ and be saved. To dally, to trifle, to delay is to continue in sin. Such delay, such disobedience, such resistance to the Spirit of God may harden your heart and doom you forever to Hell, the place prepared for Satan and his angels. Heed today the calling of the Spirit of God!

III. The Danger of a Hardened Heart Makes It Urgent to Be Saved Today

The Holy Spirit urges, “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” And again, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

The hardening of the heart is the most terrible calamity that can come upon a lost sinner this side of eternal destruction.

One reason the great majority of all those who are ever saved are saved in childhood is that the child has the advantage of a tender heart, a tender conscience that grieves over sin. The child is easily moved by the fear of punishment. He knows that it is dangerous to go on in sin.

Only as one violates his conscience, goes against his reason, ignores the call of God and the principles of honor and righ-teousness, can he harden his heart and become accustomed to sin. Only by resisting the Spirit of God and continuing in the willful sin of rejecting Christ can one get a hardened heart.

The days and weeks go by, and, unknown and unnoticed by the sinner, his heart is being hardened, his conscience is being dulled, his perception of right and wrong is becoming inaccurate and faded. Delay in salvation means a hardened heart.

Oh, then, hear the call of the Holy Spirit and be saved. “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.”

To sin once, knowingly, is wicked. To continue in this rebellion, this ungodly resistance, this self-will in delaying your salvation, is a deadly sin that will have a blasting and damning effect upon your own heart. The danger of a hardened heart warns you to be saved today!

Every blatant infidel was once a tenderhearted child who may have trembled at the thought of his sin and of judgment. But delay hardened his heart.

Every drunkard was once a pure and innocent child, beloved of parents and promising for the future. The years hardened his sensibilities and made him ignore his duties to family, to self and to God.

Every harlot was once a sweet little girl, precious and gentle and with holy possibilities. But sin unrebuked in the heart and life, sins unrepented, along with the passing days, dulled the pangs of conscience and led to an indifference about holy matters.

Oh, the danger of a hardened heart! Oh, that much-to-be-feared calamity! And, dear sinner, if you reject Christ today, your heart will be harder tomorrow. The danger of a hardened heart impels honest thinking people to be saved today while they can.

IV. The Imminence of Christ’s Coming Makes It Urgent to Be Saved Today

Matthew 24:44 has a solemn warning from the mouth of the Saviour Himself: “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Jesus will return to this earth. There will be a resurrection of all the Christian dead. The bodies of the saints in Christ will rise first, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (I Thess. 4:17). Living Christians will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up to be with the Saviour, taken away to the Father’s house of many mansions. Jesus said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).

Those who are unsaved and left alive on the earth when Jesus comes will go into the terrible Tribulation, a time of such trouble and sorrow and war and plagues as this world never saw before nor will ever see again!

To be left here with every Christian taken away; to be left here with every true preacher gone, every real church closed; to be left here where all principles of righteousness and morality are ignored and Satan has his way in the Great Tribulation, will be a horrible state. But that is the punishment of those who are yet unsaved when Jesus comes.

We do not know when the Saviour will come. But many times we are warned in the Scripture to be ready, to watch for the Saviour’s return. In view of the imminent coming of the Saviour one ought to be saved today, this very day, without delay.

V. The Uncertainty of Life and the Certainty of Death Press Upon Sensible People the Wisdom of Being Saved Today!

In James 4:13,14 there is a solemn warning: “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

It is presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows what will happen tomorrow. How do you know you will buy or sell tomorrow? How do you know you will go on vacation next week? How do you know you will get home tonight? “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow.”

Human life is like a vapor “that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Man’s life is like the fog in the valley which soon vanishes under the heat of the rising sun. This lesson is brought home to us in Psalm 103:14–16: “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”

Your life, which seems to you so well established, so important, is like a blade of grass that may be plucked up in a moment, or may be crushed under a heel, or blown away. How fragile, how uncertain is life itself!

The son of President Coolidge blistered his heel playing tennis. In a short while he died of blood poisoning. A tiny clot in the blood may stop a capillary in your brain, and you too may die. People have strangled to death on flies or gnats. The scratch of a nail or one streptococcic germ in the throat may mean your death.

A fall from a stepladder in your own home or a cut on the hand or a ride in an automobile or on a plane may cut your life short. Every day people die unexpectedly. The old die. The young die. The sick die. The well die. Life is but a vapor. Your hold on life is insecure, so I urge you to be saved while it is today.

Death is a certainty. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1).

A man, who may leave this world tomorrow and makes no provision for the future, could not complain if sensible people call him a fool. People who prepare for meals tomorrow or for a bed tonight or for an education next year, but do not prepare for death, which may come at any moment, surely are guilty of wicked and senseless folly.

So, because life is so short and death is so sure, be saved today! “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

VI. The Mounting Wrath of God on All Christ-Rejecting Sinners Impels You to Be Saved Today!

God was grieved at the wicked generation of Jews in the wilderness who would not hear the voice of God. “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest” (Heb. 3:11). And this wrath of God is on everyone who delays salvation.

Consider several Scriptures which teach this terrifying and solemn truth.

1. Jesus said in John 3:18: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

It is not that one who dies without Christ will be condemned; one who is without Christ is condemned already “because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Already condemned! Already headed for Hell! That is the condition of every unconverted sinner.

2. John the Baptist said in John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

The anger of God abides, stays on, every unbelieving, Christ-rejecting sinner! If you have not believed in Christ, that is, have not trusted Him to be your own Saviour, nor depended on Him to forgive your sins, then the wrath of God abides on you this day!

What a terrible truth—God’s anger mounts up every day, all the day, and never forgets the insult you do Him! God never for a moment is pleased with you who reject His Son; rather, His wrath is on you day and night!

3. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha,” says I Corinthians 16:22.

The word anathema means accursed. If you do not love the dear Lord Jesus, you are under the curse of God! How God must be grieved over your rejection of His Son! To eat God’s food, breathe God’s air, live on God’s bounty, exist, even, by His mercy, yet reject His dear Son! Not to love the Lord Jesus, the most lovely of all the universe! Not to repent of your sins and receive Him into your heart! Such sin deserves and has on it the curse of God.

You who do not know the Lord Jesus, do not love Him, do not have Him as your own Saviour, are accursed of God. And God’s wrath mounts up against you.

4. Psalm 7:11 says the same thing again in these words: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

If men were sensible, surely they would be terrified at the thought that “God is angry with the wicked every day.” Are you wicked? Well, in God’s sight you are terribly wicked if you reject His Son, if you do not repent of your sins and will not trust Him to save you. And God is angry with you every day.

These Scriptures press upon our hearts the thought that God’s wrath and His anger keep mounting up and growing hot against Christ-rejecting sinners. No wonder so many are cut off suddenly without time to repent! No wonder God turns people over to a reprobate heart that they might believe a lie and be damned! No wonder God’s Holy Spirit ceases to call and leaves men to their own doom and destruction! No wonder God has a Hell for Christ-rejecting, impenitent, unbelieving sinners!

Because of God’s wrath on all who reject Christ, you are urged to be saved today. Today is the day of salvation. Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart.

Here are six forceful reasons, reasons that must appeal to any sensible man or woman, boy or girl. Do they not convince you that you ought to be saved today? Do they not remind you that your best chances may be soon gone? Do you not feel the call of the Spirit of God? Today, I urge you in Jesus’ name, trust Christ and be saved.

I do not ask you to pay for your sins. You could do that only by going to Hell. I ask you to turn your heart from sin and trust Jesus Christ to save you. He died on the cross for you. He loves you. He is ready to receive you today. John 3:16 tells you, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Then will you trust Him today and have this everlasting life and not perish?

I will give you the words to a simple prayer that you can pray right now.  Pray this prayer, Make my words your words,  believing in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins and that if you will only call on Him for salvation, He will save you right now.  Here are the words to this simple prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner.  I am lost and want very much to be saved.  Please come into my heart Lord Jesus and save my soul and make me ready for Heaven.  I believe on you.  I trust in you.  I accept you here and now for this wonderful salvation.  Thank you Lord for saving my soul and help me Lord to live for you.  Amen!

Now tell two or three people what you have done.  Get in the habit of sharing your new found faith.

Email me a note and tell.  I want to rejoice with you. I promise to write you an email and send you additional helps that will make sure you have a good opportunity to grow in God’s grace and love.

email me: Ron.o.english@fowlerinc My name is Ron.  I promise to never abuse your email info, or reveal any personal info you might disclose.

PLAN FOR HEAVEN
KING JAMES VERSION
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ROMANS 3:23-27 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ROMANS 1:16-19 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

I CORINTHIANS 15:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

ROMANS 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

ROMANS 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

EPHESIANS 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

ROMANS 10:8-13 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

REVELATION 22:21
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Earthquake Sparks Important Bible Question

There are many questions of importance that we face throughout our lives and experiences. There are questions about health, romance, sex, money, jobs, war and peace and politics. There are questions about God, life and death. There are so many questions to ponder. But there is one question that was asked so important that one of the inspired New Testament writers recorded it in Scripture. The question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30, KJV).

Ron English
Ron English

There are many questions of importance that we face throughout our lives and experiences. There are questions about health, romance, sex, money, jobs, war and peace and politics. There are questions about God, life and death. There are so many questions to ponder. But there is one question that was asked so important that one of the inspired New Testament writers recorded it in Scripture. The question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30, KJV).

The man asking that question thinking his prisoners had escaped from his jail was about to commit suicide. He understood that if his prisoners had escaped the authorities would administer a fate to him worse than death and at the end surely execute him. So he would avoid that and take his own life (Verse 27).

His prisoners were well-known Christians. The famous Christian, the Apostle Paul, had been converted to Christianity after hearing a fiery sermon by an early church deacon, Stephen (Acts 7). Before his conversion, Paul had been one of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem charged with the responsibility of arresting Christians and putting many of them to death. Now he was not only a believer, but a leading proponent for Christ.

This jailer had heard Paul and Silas singing in the night. No doubt he mused over their plight. Here were two men who had been arrested, beaten with many stripes and thrown into his prison where they would soon appear before the authorities for trial. He had been charged with the task of keeping them safe. To make sure they were secure he took them to the inner prison-the most secure area of confinement. Since he was certain there was no way for them to escape he drifted off to sleep.

But Paul and Silas didn’t feel like sleeping. Instead, at midnight, they sang songs, spiritual songs and prayed to God. In answer to their prayers there was a great earthquake. The very foundations of the prison were shaken. All of the doors to the prison were opened and every prisoner’s chains were loosened. No doubt these men could have escaped, but they did not choose to do so.

This calamity woke the jailer from his sleep and immediately he thought the worst. Surely his prisoners had escaped and the logical thing for him to do was kill himself. He couldn’t dare face his superiors with this massive failure to keep safely the men in his charge.

When Paul saw what the jailer was about to do, he shouted for him to stop, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here” (Acts 16:28).

Here is where one must read between the lines of Scripture. And I have no problem doing this. The jailer, no doubt, was familiar with Paul’s background. He knew why Paul was beaten and why he was in jail. He knew that sooner or later Paul would be tried and most likely put to death. He had heard the two men singing and praying and praising God. All of this impressed him, made him consider his own spiritual condition.

It was then he fell down before Paul and Silas and formed that most important question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

That question lives on today. It has survived all the earthquakes, floods and wars and political divisions of all stripes. If the Bible is true (and I believe it to be so) the answer to this question is vital-a matter of spiritual life, or spiritual death.

Paul did not hesitate to tell the jailer what he must do. It was a simple answer. He did not suggest the man enroll in a study of sacred Scripture. He did not suggest he seek out a minister of his own faith. He simply said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31, KJV).

Jesus does the saving. The individual does the believing. You must know something of Jesus-who He is, what He did and what He will do in the future. All of this is clearly recorded in Scripture. The jailer would have already known this background through the news of the day and through the singing and testimony of Paul and Silas. He had some knowledge. Then Paul and Silas shared with him the Word of the Lord (Verse 32). Now he knew about the death and resurrection of Jesus. He had experienced the moving of God through the earthquake and the timely attention of Paul and Silas that saved his life.

He gladly believed on the Lord that night.   Later, apparently his entire household believed and was baptized (Acts 16:33, KJV).

Have you considered this great question? Have you joined the jailer and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ? I hope so. If not, there will never be a better time than today. I am certain that the word of the Lord Paul shared with the Philippian jailer included the following: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:14-17 KJV).

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Pants on the Ground

Why Pants on the Ground is So Hot, Hot, Hot…

General Larry Platt

When General Larry Platt pounced onto the American Idol stage for his debut he caught the judges by surprise and Americans roared from their sofas—why?

The answer may be simple.  America is neck deep in shell shock over so many disappointments with the falling economy, with the tragedy of Haiti, with politicians making promises they can’t keep.  People losing their jobs, kids flunking in school.  So many illnesses dragging folks down.  We needed a break.

People tune in to American Idol for a few minutes of escape.  Then here comes General Larry Platt.  Wow!  He shook up the place.  The song, not much of a song, was swept into our idled brains with the contagious enthusiasm of The General—the new black rapper from Atlanta tryouts.  We liked him immediately and his infectious song registered with positive vibes.

Many have actually observed young people with those ridiculous “pants on the ground” styles and the cap turned sideways look.  Adults mostly shake their heads in wonder.  Surely no woman in her right mind looks at one of those guys and says, “He is one more handsome dude!  I must see if I can wrangle a date.”  Who would want to walk along side of such?

So, The General expresses our sentiments.   Thank you General.  You are getting your 15 minutes of fame, but more than that, you are providing Americans with their 15 minutes of relief.  Thank you again.  I watched as Brett Favre and his team picked up the song after their astounding victory over The Dallas Cowboys; the ladies on the View had The General come on and sing.  His song is hot! Pants on the ground–could well be pants on fire! 

You know there is a story recorded in the Bible about a man who had a problem with his pants.  He mostly tore his clothes off and was known as a crazy man who lived in the tombs in the land of the Gadarenes—a place near the Sea of Galilee.

When Jesus saw this poor man in his awful condition He didn’t compose a song, or suggest he go in for professional counseling—He healed him on the spot.  The man was possessed with so many devils that when the demons left the man and entered into the hogs nearby—almost 2000 of them—even the hogs went crazy and rushed over the edge and into the water where they drowned.

The tragic case of the devil-possessed man was changed in an instant.  He wanted to follow along with Jesus and share his great blessing with the great crowds that would come to the meetings.  But Jesus told him to “Return to your own house, and show people who know you what great and wonderful things God has done unto you” (Luke 8).  Most of us would do well to impress the folks at home with our new found faith before we launch out into the deep waters of ministry.

Let’s enjoy The General and his amusing song for now, but let us not forget many people are hurting.  We should do what we can to help them.  The best thing you can do for any one who is hurting is point them towards the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He can help.  He can save.  He loves the sinner, but hates his sin.  Prayerfully read Romans Chapter 10.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH, HAITI, THE POOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING FROM THE AWFUL TRAGEDY THAT DESTROYED THEIR HOMES, INUJURED SO MANY AND TOOK THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS, THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN HELP.  SEND A DONATION TO: SAMARITAN’S PURSE: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

VISIT THEIR SITE AND REVIEW THE WONDERFUL WORK THIS ORGANIZATION IS DOING IN HAITI AND OTHER TROUBLED SPOTS AROUND THE GLOBE.  The son of Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, directs this fine work.  Within hours of the earthquake in Haiti the Samaritan’s Purse Team was packing up supplies, water purification plant and doctors to go there and provide relief.  Pray for Franklin and that mighty team of workers.  God bless them one and all.  Your gifts make their work possible.  May God bless and protect all of the men and women who went there to help.

The Gypsy Boy Prayed Hard!

KEEP ON PRAYING
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Devotinal By Michael Guido

Gypsy Smith (Born Rodney “Gipsy” Smith), the great evangelist, was converted when he was a boy. He loved his grandfather, and he tried to win him to the Lord.

Not being allowed to talk to his grandfather, he prayed for his conversion.

One day the grandfather asked, “Laddie, why are the knees of your trousers so badly worn?”

“Because I’ve been praying for your conversion,” he explained.

Weeping, he knelt with the boy, and received the Lord.

Have you ever worn out your trousers by praying for the conversion of your family and friends?

Try it, won’t you?

Prayer: O God, all through today make me brave enough to follow Thee, strong enough to witness for Thee, and convincing enough to win souls to Thee. Constrain me to pray persistently for the conversion of my family and friends: through Christ. Amen.

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Who was Gipsy Smith? 

Gypsy (Gipsy) Smith

His Early life
Parent's Grave


The grave of Polly and Cornelius Smith in St Nicholas churchyard in Norton now part of Letchworth Garden City.

Smith was born in a gypsy tent six miles northeast of London, in Epping Forest. The site is marked with a large, commemorative stone,in the woods near Waterworks Corner, Woodford Green. Smith received no education. The family made a living selling baskets, tinware, and clothespegs. His father, Cornelius, and his mother, Mary (Polly) Welch, provided a home that was happy in the gypsy wagon. Smith was a child when his mother died from smallpox near Baldock in Hertfordshire. She is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Nicholas church in Norton, now part of Letchworth Garden City. The Smith children numbered four girls and two boys (Rodney was the fourth child).
Cornelius was in and out of jail for various offences. There, he heard the gospel from a prison chaplain; later, he and his brothers were converted at a mission meeting. From 1873 on, “The Converted Gypsies” were involved in numerous evangelistic efforts.
Smith’s conversion as a sixteen-year-old came as a result of a combination of things. The witness of his father, hearing Ira Sankey sing and the visit to the home of John Bunyan in Bedford all contributed. He taught himself to read and write and began to practice preaching. He would sing hymns to the people he met and was known as “the singing gypsy boy.

Smith was born in a gypsy tent six miles northeast of London, in Epping Forest. The site is marked with a large, commemorative stone,in the woods near Waterworks Corner, Woodford Green. Smith received no education. The family made a living selling baskets, tinware, and clothespegs. His father, Cornelius, and his mother, Mary (Polly) Welch, provided a home that was happy in the gypsy wagon. Smith was a child when his mother died from smallpox near Baldock in Hertfordshire. She is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Nicholas church in Norton, now part of Letchworth Garden City. The Smith children numbered four girls and two boys (Rodney was the fourth child).
Cornelius was in and out of jail for various offences. There, he heard the gospel from a prison chaplain; later, he and his brothers were converted at a mission meeting. From 1873 on, “The Converted Gypsies” were involved in numerous evangelistic efforts.
Smith’s conversion as a sixteen-year-old came as a result of a combination of things. The witness of his father, hearing Ira Sankey sing and the visit to the home of John Bunyan in Bedford all contributed. He taught himself to read and write and began to practice preaching. He would sing hymns to the people he met and was known as “the singing gypsy boy.

At a convention at the Christian Mission (later to become the Salvation Army) headquarters in London, William Booth noticed the Gypsies and realized the potential in young Smith. On 25 June 1877, he accepted the invitation of Booth to be an evangelist with and for the Mission. For six years (1877–1882), he served on street corners and mission halls.

Family

He was married on 17 December 1879 to Annie E. Pennock, one of his converts. It was from this marriage that Rodney and Annie had three children, two boys and one girl. Albany Rodney, the eldest, became a Christian later in life and eventually followed in his father’s footsteps and became an evangelist in the United States. He was known as Gipsy Smith, Jr. and served as an evangelist from 1911 to August 24, 1951 when he died. Albany was married and had three children of his own. His eldest was John Rodney or (Jack) and was known as a well-respected lawyer. G. Wilbur Smith was a Presbyterian pastor and pastored three different churches, 1 in Missouri, 1 in Stuttgart, Arkansas and his last pastorate was at Batesville, Mississippi. Albany’s youngest was Betty and was the apple of his eye, she grew up into a fine wife. Rodney’s youngest son, Alfred Hanley became a Christian while he was yet young and became a Wesleyan pastor in England and served at 11 different pastorates during his 43 years in the ministry. Hanley died on February 11, 1949 at the age of 67. Rhoda Zillah served with her father in his great South African campaign known as the “Mission of Peace”. She eventually married a banker named James Lean and had two children, Rodney James Lean and Zillah Lean. Zillah Elizabeth Lean, Gipsy’s granddaughter, worked with the late English author David Lazell, of East Leake, in his first biographical account of Gipsy Smith entitled, “Gipsy Smith, From the Forest I Came”. Also, Reverend Charles Smith, of Van Buren, Arkansas wrote a brief biographical account of the Gipsy Smith family for the British Evangelical Magazine, The Flame (July-September 2006: Volume 72 No. 3).

Salvation Army

 

Gipsy (Gypsy) Smith & Salvation Army

 

‘Gipsy’ Smith as a Captain in the Salvation Army

Rodney and Annie served in several assignments and saw membership rise to hundreds, then a thousand. By June 1882, great crowds were coming and the work was growing. A gold watch was given to him and about £20.00 was presented to his wife by the warm-hearted members of a local congregation. Acceptance of these gifts was a breach of the rules and regulations of the Salvation Army, and for this, he was dismissed from the Army. This happened so suddenly that other evangelists had to step in to take up his preaching engagements, including a contemporary preacher Charles Crowie Smith, who took over 2 engagements in Hanley. His eight assignments with the Salvation Army had produced 23,000 decisions and his crowds were anywhere up to 1,500.

Evangelist travels

He traveled extensively around the world on evagelistic crusades, drawing crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands throughout his life. Busy as he was, he never grew tired of visiting gypsy encampments whenever he could on both sides of the Atlantic. Gipsy never wrote a sermon out for preaching purposes. Smith wrote several books and could sing as well as he preached. Sometimes he would interrupt his sermon and burst into song. Several of these hymns he would sing were recorded by Columbia Records. Although he was Methodist, ministers of all denominations loved him. It is said that he never had a meeting without conversions.

During World War I he ministered under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A.to the British troops in France, often visiting the front lines. As a result of this, King George VI made him a member of the Order of the British Empire.

Later life

Gipsy Smith’s wife, Annie, died in 1937 at the age of 79 while he was in America. Front page headlines in 1938 carried the news of the 78-year-old widower marrying Mary Alice Shaw on her 27th birthday. This, of course, brought some criticism. But it was a good marriage, for she helped him in his meetings, sang, did secretarial work, and later nursed him when his health failed.

Stricken by a heart attack, he died on the Queen Mary on a cruise in America, age 87. It was estimated that this was his 45th crossing of the Atlantic. His funeral was held 8 August 1947 in New York City. A memorial with a plaque was unveiled on 2 July 1949 at Mill Plain, Epping Forest, England, his birthplace. So ends the life of one who once said, “I didn’t go through your colleges and seminaries. They wouldn’t have me…but I have been to the feet of Jesus where the only true scholarship is learned.”

Much of this report was taken from work done by Charles Smith (No relation to Gipsy Smith) and published in the online “The Free Encyclopedia” Wikipedia.  Charles wrote to suggest I credit this report and I am most happy to do so.  Charles is working, I believe, on a larger work on Rodney “Gipsy” Smith’s life & ministry. He hopes to publish soon.  Click this link for Wikipedia report:  http://bit.ly/ccU244 

You will find more detail about “Gipsy” Smith in the story about his father’s conversion to Christ.  A remarkable story and one you should share with others.  http://bit.ly/9Utx8u

The Magic of Curt Anderson

Curt Anderson

 

 By the Editor 

When I was the pastor of a church in Alabama a family from Michigan moved to our little community and united with our church.  The mother and dad were fine people and they had two wonderful boys, Curt and Wray.  The mother, Ellen Anderson (Her husband (Danny), too) was an active church member.   Ellen was a stay at home mom and wife who had a good bit of time to help out at our church and Christian school. 

Any pastor would be delighted to have a person so caring and concerned about the local church.  During one of her visits she told me about a relative who was famous.  “Famous?,” I asked.  She was delighted to share the story.  Her famous relative was Rev. George Bennard, the hymn writer (1873-1958).  He wrote a number of songs, but his most famous was The Old Rugged Cross.  I was impressed, but over the many years that story faded in my memory.  This past week her son, Curt Anderson, was a guest in our home along with his wife, Bonita and their three children, Ty, Jon and Drew.  The Andersons home school their kids.  So, mostly, the whole family travels with Curt.    Curt is an evangelist who uses magic  as a tool to win souls and encourage Christians to live for God.  His wife is his stage assistant.   While seated around our table we were talking about his mom and dad and our church.  I remembered to him that his mother had shared a story about a famous relative who had written a song.   

Curt immediately said, “George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross.”  We talked about Mr. Bennard for a bit and Curt told me he now owned the international rights to that wonderful song of our Christian faith.  Later, I looked up the song and Mr. Bennard.  I found that Billy Sunday learned of the song after if was first published.  He used it on his radio program and I suppose in some of his evangelistic meetings.  The song became an instant hit with the faithful.  It sold some 15,000,000 copies.  Wow!   

George Bennard knew he wanted to be a preacher from a young age.  Economics hindered him at the beginning after his father died.  But he would later work with The Salvation Army where he served, I believe, as an evangelist.  Later after leaving that good ministry, he did the work of an evangelist on his own.  I was proud of the Anderson family and the dedication of Ellen to Christian work.  Her relative, George Bennard, would have been proud of her dedication.  He would also be very proud of her son, Curt, who is earning a good reputation with his Curt Anderson Magic.   I am happy to report this story here on our blog and hope you will pray for Curt Anderson.  If your church or ministry would like to consider his ministry of magic I hope you will contact him.  His website is:  http://www.magicurt.com/  Click on that link and read his story and see samples of his work.  He has a lovely Christian family and is worthy of your consideration.   Can you see a likeness in Curt to the Rev. George Bennard?   

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George Bennard

 

The Rev. George Bennard, who grew up poor in Iowa, wrote what many consider to be the most beloved hymn of all time, “The Old Rugged Cross.” “I seemed to have a vision . . . I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable,” he wrote in his memoirs. He wrote the song over a month as he traveled to revival meetings. The melody came easily, but he labored over the words in the four verses and refrain. The hymn, published in 1913, was immediately successful. Bennard (pronounced Benn-ARD), who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, was the son of George and Margaret Russell Bennard, of Scottish descent. The couple, who had five other children, moved their family to Albia, where the senior Bennard ran a tavern, and later to Lucas. When the Albia tavern burned, the father of the house turned to mining coal, and an accident led to his death at 49, forcing young George, at 16, to support his mother and sisters as a miner. BECOMES MINISTER: In 1895, across the state in Canton, Bennard attended Salvation Army meetings, and at 24 became a minister when he enlisted in the Salvation Army at Rock Island, Ill. By 1898, he was conducting revival meetings throughout the Midwest, later transferring to New York, where he resigned in 1910 to go out on his own as an evangelist. It was at that time that he began composing hymns. Bennard settled at Albion, Mich., and opened his own hymn publishing company. It was at Albion that he likely began — and later finished — “The Old Rugged Cross.” The hymn was first sung formally at a revival meeting at Pokagon, Mich. Noted evangelist Billy Sunday, an Iowa native, popularized the hymn with his nationally broadcast radio show. By 1939, more than 15 million copies of the hymn had been sold and numerous recordings made. OTHER HYMNS: Bennard eventually composed about 350 hymns, such as “Speak, My Lord,” “Oh, Make Me Clean” and “Have Thy Way, Lord” but none was as successful as “Rugged Cross.” Bennard, who played a guitar but not piano, was known as a persuasive speaker and sharp dresser, yet humble and sincere. Bennard’s first wife, Willaminta, died, and in July 1944 he married Hannah Dahlstrom, who was his accompanist. The couple eventually retired to Ashton, Mich. Bennard died of asthma in Reed City, Mich., on Oct. 10, 1958, and services there were attended by 400 people, including 25 area ministers. As could be expected, the rites included an organ rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross.” Today, Reed City is home to the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, which is visited by thousands of people every year.   

There is a nice website featuring details of Mr. George Bennard’s minitry: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/FAMOUSIOWANS/41011002