Jimmy Stewart’s,“Beau”

images-jimmy-stewart-stamp1Sometimes you think of posting something that has nothing to do with the theme of your blog. This may be one of those times. I am a long-time fan of Jimmy Stewart, the actor. I thought of him as a decent, human being that loved his country and understood his fellowman. He was a delightful actor. This posting has nothing to do with Mr. Stewart’s religious leanings. Frankly, I don’t know about them. I never met the man, yet I always felt I had. Perhaps you enjoyed his work, too. If so, you will appreciate this entry. I did and I do. Each time I hit the play button I have to listen to the entire reading. It’s compelling and at the end, i’m not sure, but it just might be a good post for this blog after all. See what you think.

I am grateful to the March 8, 2009, issue of SE Edition of American Profile for reminding me of the poem written by James Stewart, the movie actor. Mr. Stewart read this poem on the Johnny Carson TV show. I learned that the clip of that reading was widely distributed on the Internet. I found one and here it is:

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James Ehrlich

Pastor James Ehrilich

Rev. James Ehrlich is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Norman, Oklahoma

Brother James has been blessed to see his congregation grow in numbers to three adult services each Lord’s day plus a service for College and Career young people.  Three of these services the pastor personally speaks.  The other has one of his earlier morning sermons recorded on DVD and played for the adults assembled in a service located off campus.  Rev. Ehrlich is a popular minister that cares for his flock.  The church is blessed to have this spiritual man of God watching for their spiritual growth and always sensitive for souls.   He’s a man of faith, prayer and vision.  I thought you should hear one of his sermons.  I am pleased to call him Pastor.

Isaiah Chapters 59-61

Isaiah 59-61 (King James Version)

Isaiah 59

1Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

11We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

12For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

14And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

15Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

16And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

17For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

18According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

19So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

20And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 60

1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

4Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

5Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

6The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.

7All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

8Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

9Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Isaiah 61

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

4And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

5And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

6But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

7For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

8For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

How to Lead Someone to Christ


By Eddie Lawrence, Sermon Seedbed

Dr. Eddie Lawrence
Dr. Eddie Lawrence

How it comes about?

* Burdens-There are times when God burdens us to share the Gospel with a particular person. In such cases we should pray and seek the opportunity.

* Promptings-There are times when you may be prompted on the spot to share the Gospel with a person. It may be a total stranger.

* Inquirers-There may be times when someone approaches you with questions about the Christian life.

* Desire-There seems to be times when we are motivated to witness. We make opportunities.

The Approach

*You should be gentle-You will never force anyone into the kingdom. You may force someone into saying they are in the kingdom.

* You should be sincere-you are not witnessing to get another notch in your Bible. You are witnessing to see lives changed from darkness to light.

*You should be persuasive-This is not being pushy. This means that you do not give people an out. They must choose for or against Christ.

*You should be compassionate-You were once also lost.

Phases of approach-

1. Initial contact and conversation

2. Transitional phase-The point where you turn from what you are talking about to the spiritual arena. Think of this as a bridge. You are to build a bridge from where the conversation is to where you want it to be.

3. The Question

The question is the point at which you directly confront the individual with the subject of spiritual things. Some examples are:

*Do you ever do much thinking about spiritual things?

*What do you think about God?

*If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven? Why?

*Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die?

* Have you ever thought about where a man goes after he dies?

*Are you prepared to die?

*How do you think a man can prepare to die?

4. The Request

*May I take just a few minutes and share with you how you can be sure to go to heaven when you die?

*May I take a few moments and share with you some spiritual truth that has changed my life?

*You know, there was a time in my life when I was filled with uncertainty about these things we’re discussing but then something happened that has changed my life, may I share it with you?

5. The Roman Road

A. Man has a sin problem

Romans 3:23

B. Sin Carries a penalty

Romans 6:23

C. God has provided a way to pay your penalty

Romans 5:8

Romans 4:25

D. You must personally respond to God’s provision

Romans 10:9-10

6. The Invitation

*Are you ready right now to give your life to Jesus Christ?

*I want to pray for you. (As you are praying stop and ask the person if they are willing to give their life to Christ to reach out and take your hand. If they do, then lead them in a simple prayer of faith and trust that contains the truths of the Gospel.)

7. Follow up

*If they prayed to receive Christ share with them the importance of baptism and Church membership, Daily Bible reading, prayer, and witnessing.

*If they did not pray to receive Christ, assure them of your love and continued prayer. Leave the door open for future contact. You have planted seed that may come to harvest later.

Eddie Lawrence, Minister for 25 years


Gone Fishing

Dr. C. Sumner Wemp
Dr. C. Sumner Wemp

Gone Fishing

Get Yours Free
Get Yours Free

Dr. C. Sumner Wemp

This is what it is all about. Recently I went to a large home improvement store. Just inside were three clerks. I asked directions to what I needed. They told me and I said, “Let me give you some good directions,” and gave each one “Your Ticket to Heaven.”

Two of them took it and turned to their work. The third lady thanked me and said, “I need that.” I hear this often. I said, “We all do. Just read it and from your heart do what it says.” She said, “I will do that tonight.” She was a black lady from Ethiopia.

A couple of days later I went back and found this lady. She saw me, her face beamed and she blurted out, “I did it, I read it and prayed the prayer.” After talking to her a few minutes, it was obvious she understood it and was really saved. Following this up, I have gone back several times and she is going on with the Lord.

Last week I went back to get some hardware I needed. She was off that day. Two ladies helped me get what I wanted. I gave each one “Your Ticket to Heaven.” One assured me she was already saved. The other said, “I will read it.” Just about 15 feet in front of us was a sharply dressed business man with about 9 employees around him. The Christian lady said, “There is the ‘big boss’, give him a ‘Ticket’.”

Gladly, I went to the big boss, Frank, and said, “That lady said I should give you a ‘Ticket’.” He took it, read the title out loud, “Your ticket to Heaven,” and said, “Wow. I will read that.” The other employees began sticking their hands out wanting one. By now I was in hog heaven.

The next week I went back to see if I could talk to Frank. I found he was not the big boss of that store, but the Vice President of the whole company of several hundred stores. God did all of that and a man, most of us would never get such a chance to witness to, got a chance now to go to Heaven. That is what keeps me fired up. You never know to whom you might be giving a chance to go to Heaven when you graciously hand someone a tract. We could change the world for God if we would just do it!

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Gone Fishing
Dr. C. Sumner Wemp

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase”

– I Corinthians 3:6

A great truth. Every person you and I lead to Christ, you know someone else has planted seed and prayed fervently for them. You know better than take any credit for it or God might just let you try it all by yourself and you would fall on your face.

Call Dad. One day I led a dear Christian lady’s husband to Christ in their home. My, the tears of joy flowed as they rejoiced and wept together. Then he said, “Preacher would you wait and let me call my Dad in Kentucky? He will be thrilled to death.” He called and told his father he had just gotten saved and handed me the phone. The father was weeping and thanked me over and over for leading him to Christ. He had prayed for his son for years. God did that.

Unknown soldier. One day I handed a lady a gospel tract and asked her to read it when she had time. She replied, “That’s funny, Someone else gave me one of those a week ago.”

“That’s wonderful” I said, “did you read it?”

“Yes,” she replied, “and that is all I have been able to think of all week.”

God had her heart so ready. Anyone could have led her to Christ. I told her how God loved her and the Lord Jesus suffered and died for her sins, paid her debt in full and rose again. By now tears were flowing. She gladly bowed her head and prayed out loud to receive the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior. She confessed Christ publicly and has gone on with the Lord. The fellow who gave her the first tract, won’t know it until he gets to Heaven how God used his tract to get this dear lady to go to Heaven.

This just hit me today. I have given out thousands of tracts. There must be any number of people where someone like you came along and led them to Christ and we will shout together when we get to Heaven and find out about it.
Oh, dear people, there are millions of others where someone planted and is now praying that someone will lead their loved one to Christ. We have just got to get “the gospel to every creature” and find the ones where someone else planted and watered and see God give the increase. That is reality living.

All Because of Calvary, C. Sumner Wemp

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First published in The Biblical Evangelist.  Used by permission.

Editor’s Notes

Ron English, Editor
Ron English, Editor

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.

One of Huey's Pix
Sign of the Times: One of Huey J Theus' Paintings

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.