“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” —Psalm 94:16
Please Give Me Your Heart | Doctrinal Statement | What Can I Do to Help? | Judging
This website exists solely to magnify the Almighty God of the universe, Jesus Christ, and His Eternal Word, the King James Bible. In so doing, THE TRUTH is proclaimed concerning many different topics.
Updated November 2015 - This website is a pulpit, a VOICE reaching around the world. By the grace of God, this website is presently receiving over 187,000 visitors per week. They view over 430,000 webpages per week. Of the total visitors, over 17,000 are unique visitors each day (i.e., one time visitors). Including repeat visits, this website receives over 26,000 visitors each day. Kindly, that's more members and visitors than most churches could see in a hundred lifetimes. Praise God! The internet is a powerful soulwinning tool. I thank God for giving me the humble opportunity to influence people for Jesus Christ in this needy area. We can honestly say with the Apostle Paul... “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1st Corinthians 16:9).
My intent as a born-again Christian and missionary/evangelist to cyberspace, through this website ministry, has never been to substitute the New Testament Church; but rather, to assist the churches by providing resources and contending for the faith. As a born-again Christian who was raised, trained and sent out by a local New Testament church, my ministry is 100% rooted in the Church. Nothing can or should replace the local New Testament church. God's vehicle for reaching the world is the local church, and I labour to help that cause.
As of July 4th, 2015, the growing U.S. population is now 321,216,397. According to Pew Research Center statistics, 84% of Americans now use the internet. (That calculates to 269,821,773 Americans using the internet today.) According to the same Pew Research Center statistics, 96% of young people use the internet! According to Barna Research Group, 8% of Adults and 12% of teenagers use the internet for religious experiences. That's 38,545,967 teenagers! According to the same data from Barna Research Group, 2% of young people use the internet as a substitute for the church, but that's 6,424,335 young people (and that's just in the United States) who rely solely upon the internet for spiritual truth. Hence, you can see from the statistics that there is a great need for Christian online ministries. And that's just the U.S., this website receives many visitors from China, India, the Philippines, England, Canada and numerous other countries around the world.
7,853 Jesus-is-Savior Visitors Spent More Than An Hour In May Of 2015 Viewing Webpages (Thank you!)
Kindly said, Godless sinners who would never step foot into a Christ-honoring church are receiving the truth through this website ministry. I thank God for all the wonderful e-mails I have received over the years from folks around the world, letting me know they've received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Again, we can say with the apostle Paul, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1st Corinthians 16:9). My ministry is for YOU friend, whoever you may be, because I love you in the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalms 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” This earthly life will be over before we know it, why not be on the winning side in Christ Jesus?
My Ministry is to Reach That One Lost Sheep Out of a Hundred
Jesus spoke of the 99 sheep, but one was missing. Jesus didn't rationalize like the beer industry that the alcohol-related deaths of a few people are not their problem. Jesus didn't rationalize like so many public school teachers, that a few failing students doesn't matter, just so long as most of their students are getting good grades. No, Jesus cared about the INDIVIDUAL—that one wayward lamb. Here's a wonderful sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles titled, “The Test Of Spiritual Maturity” (Jesus called Judas, “friend.” Love all or you love none!). God loves us because of Who He is, not who we are. And I have God's love in me, because I have the indwelling Holy Spirit of God living in me as a born-again Christian (1st John 3:24; Romans 8:9); hence, I love OTHERS unconditionally.
As Christians, we should care about the individual as much as the group. I realized when I started this website that most people would go away angry or laughing, but I didn't make this website for them. I made this website with God's help and guidance to reach out to the INDIVIDUAL. It's that one person in a hundred that I am here to help by Gods grace.
“Without concern we're not Christlike. Without concern we're not Christlike. Ah, watch yourself. ... Now your greatest need as a Christian, and of every Christian, is a concern for lost and dying people. Without concern we're not Christlike. You have no claim to Christlikeness unless you're concerned about others. Without concern we're not obeying the Scriptures.”
—Pastor Lee Roberson (1909-2007), from the needful sermon, The Revival America Needs | Download
This website is very unique. People sometimes criticize me for using scary music and photos to enhance my articles, but in a DESENSITIZED Hollywood generation, I write my articles with the prayerful hopes that people will be SENSITIZED (i.e., to make sensitive or aware). I may be a nut, but I'm screwed onto the right bolt (Jesus). Respectfully, most people are woefully ignorant and complacent. You'll find MUCH information on this website. I've created this website as a database of information for those who need and want it. My goal is to make this website ministry a bastion of truth in cyberspace (and I encourage other Christians to join the battle if you feel led by God to do so). We all have unique gifts, talents and resources to yield to God for His use and glory.
This is an ongoing project from my heart. I've never made any money, nor will I ever, from this ministry, nor any other ministry. I have turned down numerous offers for donations, but thank you nonetheless. My reward is in Heaven. I need your earnest prayers most of all, for my ministry and for me personally as well. It would mean so much to me, if you would pray just a minute each week for this ministry. I suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy and Cervical Degenerative Disk Disease (Stenosis and Radiculopathy). God has used my bodily afflictions to greatly humble me, and to constantly compel me to work for eternity. Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”
This website is a CROSSROADS. Unsaved people who come to this website seeking information about secular issues find the plan of salvation and are exposed to the life-changing truths of God's Word. Christian people who come to this website looking for sermons or Christian articles are exposed to the truth about many secular matters that are threatening to us as Americans, parents, and believers.
This website was created to give people THE TRUTH. Here are some of the things you will find THE TRUTH about:
How to go to Heaven from the Bible.
Grievous human and satanic lies that keep people in bondage and out of the kingdom of God.
Government and corporate corruption which has already doomed America to financial destruction.
- The Luciferian conspiracy to overthrow America and destroy individualism, family, patriotism and Christianity.
- The New World Order (globalization, the coming police state and rise of the Antichrist).
Deliberate poisons in our food, water and environment (like fluoride in tap water).
- Murderous abortion and the million-dollar industry which is selling baby body parts.
The woeful evils of booze, which has cursed our nation and destroyed millions of homes.
- The moral meltdown in America (which has become far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah).
And MUCH more...
My purpose is to promote THE TRUTH, especially concerning the precious and inspired holy Scriptures. I DO NOT hate any of the people I have mentioned on my website. In fact, I love them all, but I DO disagree with some of their teachings. My intention is to show you which preachers and religious leaders are using the Word of God for personal gain or are just plain misled themselves; thereby misleading others who follow them and their false teachings. There are many false prophets in the world. Matthew 24:11, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” The Word of God in the King James Bible is our lamp to guide us.
My Ministry is to Preach THE TRUTH
“We need porcupine preachers, so that the people will get the point.”
—Brother Lester Roloff, PAWING IN THE VALLEY | Download MP3 Sermon (right mouse click to download)
I want you to know the TRUTH! Respectfully, most people are woefully ignorant of truth. This site gives you THE TRUTH about many things. You should want to know the truth. Though I don't believe that we should be side-tracked from serving the Lord with secular matters, we still need to know THE TRUTH about the things that are going to deeply affect our children and grandchildren. This world has become a large insane asylum. Christians cannot just sit idle while Satan runs his course. We must fight against evil wherever it rears its ugly head.
I am a patriotic American, but loathe the corruption and injustice that exists in our government (which is so prevalent, especially at the highest levels). There are many articles on this website exposing such evils. It's high time that Christian people started waking up, because we are quickly losing our liberties and freedoms. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, because both political parties are as corrupt and evil as can be at the highest levels. U.S. Presidents are no longer elected, they are appointed by the Illuminati. Remember, the Holy Bible teaches that Satan is the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). As such, the Devil needs to recruit people to serve him, just as he tried to recruit the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 4:9-10. Millions of people around the world have accepted Satan's offer.
There's not a dime's difference between the two major political parties (Democrat and Republican)! No matter which party has been in The White House over the past 43-years, abortion is still legal, baby parts are still being sold, the lies of Evolution are still being forced upon children, manufacturing jobs are still leaving America, the Federal Reserve is still destroying America, illegal drugs are still being trafficked into the country by the CIA, trillions of taxpayer dollars are being stolen, et cetera. If you don't believe me, then please listen to your elected officials who are trying to wake you up! Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
“The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight.” —President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in a speech made to Columbia University on November 12, 1963, ten days before his assassination!
Now you know in part why they killed Kennedy (full speech). Watch this shocking video of President JFK warning the American people that a secret society is conspiring to overthrow The White House. Folks, this was a warning from our nation's Commander and Chief, and the warning still stands! The White House has been hi-jacked. Things are not as they appear. The lying newsmedia cannot be trusted; they are controlled by the same criminals who've hi-jacked The White House. Truth is truly stranger than fiction!
“The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes.”
—Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court.
“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not
behind the scenes.” —Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England, in 1844. MORE QUOTES
The following quote is by Myron Fagan, which explains the rest...
*NOTE: Jack Kennedy [also known as John F. Kennedy], during his term of office as the President of the United States, became a Christian. In his attempt to "repent," he tried to inform the people of this Nation (at least twice) that the Office of the President of the United States was being manipulated by the Illuminati/CFR. At the same time, he put a stop to the "borrowing" of Federal Reserve Notes from the Federal Reserve Bank and began issuing United States Notes (which was interest-free) on the credit of the United States. It was the issuing of the United States Notes that caused Jack Kennedy to be "assassinated."
We as citizens have every right to demand the truth from OUR government because everything they do, they do in OUR name and with OUR money, and with OUR children in the military. Hence, it is OUR business! It's not the unanswered questions that should worry us as much as the unquestioned answers. The media is filled with lying propaganda. The government is spending our money in our name and we have a right to know where it's going. This is our First Amendment right—to peaceably protest against the government. This is not anarchy, it is our legal right as citizens of the United States. Would to God that more Christians and churches would exercise that right. As Alex Jones says, “We are pro-family, pro-gun, and pro-Jesus Christ!” The sky may not be falling yet, but the dark storm clouds are gathering. The dots are in place and the lines are now being drawn. We also have the right to peaceably assemble in public to protest against the government. This is our First Amendment Bill Of Rights. All across America, judges are criminally disregarding the U.S. Constitution and Bill Of Rights, violating citizen's rights every day. Wake up sheeple!
Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way...”
Truth is always a threat to the liars and deceivers of this world. That's why they crucified the Lord Jesus, Who came to bear witness of the truth (John 18:37). The Scribes, lawyers and Pharisees were continually trying to find anything to discredit the Lord. They tried to catch Him in His Words, but couldn't. As is so often the case, it was someone close to the Lord who betrayed Him. Jesus foretold that a man's foes shall be they of his own household (Matthew 10:36). For the past 2,000 years the wicked have been defaming the perfect and sinless Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said the servant is not greater than his Lord. John 15:20, “The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you...” There is much false information on the internet intended to discredit those who preach the truth. Social-networking websites are being used to spread false information. The Devil's crowd are trying to undermine the credibility of the righteous. Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
Can America Be saved?
Can the following Bible verse come true for the United States? ...
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.” —2nd Chronicles 7:14,15
The answer is “Yes,” because God always honors repentance, whether it be a nation, a family or an individual.
“Present-Day Wickedness, Apostasy and Modern Civilization Cannot Prevent Revival.” ―Evangelist John R. Rice (1895-1980)
America can have a revival, but she is stubborn, stiff-necked and proud. When I think of America, I think of the following Bible verse...
“For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” —Matthew 13:15
America began her downward slide over a hundred years ago and hasn't stopped since. The divorce rate has been ever-increasing since the late 1800's. Over 57,000,000 children have now been silently murdered through Godless abortions (that's more people killed than all the war killings combined over the last century). Tens-of-thousands of sodomites and pedophiles now work in government and other high offices. As of June 26, 2015, same-sex PERversion is now legal in all 50 states. Did you know that in 1961 homosexuality was a punishable crime in all 50 states? It's true. Sadly, in March of 2015, the country was shocked when 20,562 apostate Presbyterian ministers in 10,083 churches accepted same-sex marriage. We are living in Sodom! Pornography pours in and out of America like rain-water from a gutter during a thunderstorm. Women and children are being trafficked into America as sex-slaves. Corruption and blatant injustice abound everywhere. America needs PREACHING PREACHERS!!!
Ecclesiastes 12:10, “The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.”
The same sick-minded people who laugh at me are the same rotten evil people who abort their children, brag of having homosexual friends and treat God like garbage. I love God and the Bible, and so I hate the smut that is destroying our nation morally. Americans Get What We Deserve! By God's grace I am an evangelist in cyberspace, a missionary to the internet, taking a bold, uncompressing, stand for God like Evangelist Billy Sunday (1863-1935).
In his biography of Billy Sunday, William T. Ellis writes:
Now a pastor would find it difficult to approach, in the ruthless and reckless fashion of “Billy” Sunday, the shortcomings of his members and neighbours. He has to live with his congregation, year in and year out; but the evangelist is as irresponsible as John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan. He has no affiliations to consider and no consequences to fear, except the kingdom's welfare. His only concern is for the truth and applicability of his message. He is perfectly heedless about offending hearers. Well-meaning persons who compare “Billy” Sunday with the average pastor should bear this in mind.
SOURCE: William T. Ellis, “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 123-124; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.
Amen, that is exactly what I am doing as a Gospel preacher. I've never accepted nor asked for a penny, and never will, for my work for the Lord. My greatest rewards are the souls saved and lives changed, through the transforming power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I humbly thank God for the opportunity to serve Him as I serve OTHERS. I am your friend. My only heart's desire is for God to work in the lives of OTHERS. Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) once said that if he could teach his congregation any one thing next to salvation, it would be to “GET OUT OF THE SELF LIFE!” Amen to that!
Is there hope for America? What is the solution to the problem? The only hope for America is old-fashioned, Spirit-filled, Christ-honoring, sin-hating, soul-winning, Bible preaching! ...
“The Pentagon needs to be improved, but the hope of this nation does not rest in the Pentagon. The White House needs to be improved, but the hope of this nation does not rest in the White House. God knows the Supreme Court could use a world of improvement, but the hope of this nation does not rest in the Supreme Court. Congress needs improving, but the hope of this nation does not nest in the Congress. Our city halls need cleaning up, but the hope of this nation does not rest in the city halls. The United Nations General Assembly could use some housecleaning, but the hope of this country and this world does not rest in the halls of the United Nations. It was preaching that saved Scotland under John Knox. It was preaching that spared England under Whitefield, Wesley and Spurgeon. It was preaching that spared America under Moody and Sunday, and it is preaching that will save America again if she is ever saved. I Corinthians 1:21b, "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." It was preaching that inspired Pentecost. It was preaching that saved Nineveh. May God take us back to old-fashioned, Spirit-filled, Christ-honoring, sin-hating, soul-winning, Bible preaching! It is the hope of the church! It is the hope of the nation! It is the hope of the world!”
―Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) —Paragraph quoted from Chapter 17 of Dr. Hyles' awesome book, Teaching on Preaching.
The answer is not in The White House friend, but in YOU and the soulwinning churches across America! America is dying for soulwinning Christians! Any solution to restore liberty and the U.S. Constitution is meaningless apart from the Gospel, because without the new birth, man becomes his own god and makes his own rules, which historically has always resulted in war and utter social chaos.
Ezekiel 22:29-30, “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me [in prayer and preaching] for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910) made the following classic statement . . .
“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” —Mark Twain, Notebook, 1904
We CAN make a difference, but it needs to start with you and me! If not us, who? If not now, when? If not here, where? I love you in the Lord my friend, even if you are my bitterest enemy. I pray for all my web visitors regularly, for God to work in your heart and life according to His will. I am only a sinful man, incapable of changing anyone's life for eternity without the Holy Spirit's power. If there is any good thing in me, it is the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Old-fashioned, Spirit-filled, Christ-honoring, sin-hating, soul-winning, Bible preaching! It is the hope of the church! It is the hope of the nation! It is the hope of the world!” ―Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
THE SALVATION OF A NATION
Thankfully, there are still thousands of decent God-fearing Christians remaining in America, but God has given America over to judgment because of our nation's gross sins and immorality. Just as God heard the desperate cries from Sodom, He has heard the cries of victims all across America. Genesis 19:13, “For we [the angels sent from God] will destroy this place [Sodom], because the cry of them [victims of evil] is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.” Genesis 4:10, “And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.” If God heard the cry of Abel's blood from the ground, do you think God has missed the cry of 57,000,000 aborted babies? God has heard the cry!!!
Although America's days are numbered,
we can still win a whole lot of folks to Jesus Christ with the Gospel and give the
Devil a big black eye! The days are getting darker friend. The
walls of wickedness are closing in. Is your light shining for Jesus? In
the absence of light, darkness prevails. How many people have you witnessed to lately
with the Gospel? What are you doing to
stand up against the evils of our day? Get MAD (Make A
Difference!). Everybody can do something to make a
difference with what God has given to them.
My Ministry is Not to Condemn Anyone; But Rather, to Help Others in the Lord
Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” Yes, they do! The Bible teaches in Proverb 11:9, “An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour.” A hypocrite is not someone who sins, that is what the Bible calls, “a sinner.” A hypocrite is someone who views another person as being a bigger sinner than them self. James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” There is no self-righteousness in Biblical Christianity. All humanity are guilty sinners in God's eyes.
The shallow triumph of the wicked is very short, enduring only for this earthly time...
Job 20:4-5, “Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?”
On my website, I Biblically only expose those who publicly parade wickedness, corrupt the Church and openly attempt to justify sin. I expose those who are furthering the moral cesspool of iniquity which is part of the Communist moral subversion of America. I don't condemn anyone on my website, for the Bible condemns all of us as guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners (Romans 3:19) in needs of Christ's righteousness (Romans 10:3-4).
I am preaching for the age in which I live. I am just recasting my vocabulary to suit the people of my age instead of Joshua's age.
SOURCE: William T. Ellis, “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 61; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.
For example, it was reported in the news this week that a Christian woman was fired from Macy's for prohibiting a cross-dressing man from entering into the women's dressing-rooms. The guy was dressing in drag and had 5 other men with him, wanting to test Macy's new LGBT friendly policy.
If someone is going around the neighborhood stealing hubcaps off people's cars, I am not judging or condemning him to expose what he is doing, because it is wrong. It is no different with abortion, witchcraft or homosexuality. The Bible condemns these sins. They are against God's Law. We are not judging or condemning anyone to remind them of God's Law, anymore than it would be wrong to remind someone that it's against the law to steal people's hubcaps. Homosexuals and abortionists errantly accuse Christians of being judgmental, but that's just as absurd as saying one shouldn't expose a thief in the neighborhood. A hypocrite is not someone who sins, that is a sinner; a hypocrite is a person who views another as being a worse sinner than them self. Hypocrisy is synonymous with self-righteousness.
If you're looking for a big sinner, you've found the biggest one right here. And so are you! The Apostle Paul called himself “the chief” of sinners (1st Timothy 1:15). My salvation solely rests in Christ's righteousness, because of the precious blood that He gave for our sins. Jesus Christ is my righteousness (1st Corinthians 1:30), and a good thing, because we have no self-righteous to offer God (Isaiah 64:6). JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS!
America Needs VOICES!
My Ministry is to Expose False Prophets
This website also contains information about many false religions and imposters who claim to be of God. Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes. The truth is the light. The truth can be dealt with, but a lie cannot. I'd rather give you the truth and let you deal with it, than allow you to go on believing lies. That's what a friend does, tells THE TRUTH! This website is a VOICE.
I don't want people to leave here saying, “That is a great website!” as much as I want people to leave saying, “Jesus sure is a Great Savior!” I give God all the glory for this website (Zechariah 4:6). I'm not the best Christian in the world, but brother this world knows whose side I'm on. I'm on the Lord's side! How about you? I am NOT religious, I'm just a conscious Christian who has a determination to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this life for my God, Savior and Friend—the Lord Jesus Christ! I am not a great man, but I am promoting great men. I am not a great person, but I am promoting the greatest Person of all—Jesus Christ my Lord. This is not my ministry, it is God's ministry. God put this into my heart to do. I am just a voice crying in cyberspace as did John the Baptist from the wilderness in Jerusalem. He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).
I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Savior, by echoing the words of Jacob in Genesis 32:10... “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant...” Jesus is Precious!
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Isaiah 51:7, “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law;
fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”
Who Am I?
Who am I? I am just a nobody who knows a Somebody (the Lord Jesus Christ). I am no great Christian, just a woeful sinner saved by God's grace who's trying to keep afloat on the stormy waves of life. I am nothing without God, He is everything. Here's a recent photo of me from November of 2008 playing a 1936 Rickenbacher steel guitar. Hawaiian music helps me get my mind off of this insane world we live in. Aloha! ...
Beyond The Reef | Download(I recorded the steel guitar in this song in May of 2009 using a 1970's Pro II ShoBud E9th pedal steel guitar [the one photod below]. My strings are visually starting to rust at the bridge, but I went ahead and recorded the song anyway because I didn't feel like changing them. I'm taking Percocet and Morphine Sulfate multiple times daily to cope with the pain in my neck. Still, I thought this particular song came out ok. I hope you like it. I have no idea who's singing, I'm just playing the pedal steel guitar over the track. Sometimes you have to open the file multiple times to get it to play due to a busy server.
I can't carry my D-10 pedal steel guitar [85 lbs in the case]. That's why I started playing mostly lap steel in 2006).
This is a photo of my mother, Barbara Stewart, and myself on Christmas Day in 1998. My father is behind the camera, taking the picture. I'm playing Hawaiian music on the E9th pedal steel guitar at the now defunct Grace Mission Church, which my dad founded and pastored for 20-years on Chicago's Westside. You can hear my mom play piano here and here before she had a paralyzing stroke in 1989. There's over a hundred guests from the local neighborhood in the background to the left that you can't see. The mission provided hot meals on all major holidays to the needy in the local community. The Gospel was preached and many were saved at each event.
My mom was my biggest music fan. I used to perform at the nursing home for her and her friends regularly. Her right leg had been amputated a year earlier from diabetes. I miss my mom dearly, who went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2001.
My dad used to preach at the Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) back in the 1970's and early 1980's, while also directing the Chicago United Mission (pictured below) at 34 S. Desplaines in downtown Chicago. My mom would play piano and I would quote a Scripture verse or two at PGM (by the way Billy Sunday walked in off the street one night and was born-again at the Pacific Garden Mission). Amen! There was a bar next door to PGM that I remember called the “666 Lounge” because their address was literally 666 S. State street in downtown Chicago. The Servicemen's Center at PGM helped millions of homeless men on Skidrow for over a century.
ABOVE PHOTO: My father directed the Chicago United Mission at 34 S. Desplaines Avenue (pictured above) in the late 1970's and early 1980's until he founded Grace Mission Church in 1983 at 400 N. St. Louis (on Chicago's gang-infested Westside).
On the south wall of the Chicago United Mission (which in the above photo is not pictured, but would be around the corner to the left), there was a big faded “SHELL” gas station sign painted on the left side of the building. My dad repainted the faded word “HELL,” blocked out the letter “S,” and painted a big arrow pointing toward the “JESUS SAVES” neon-sign (shown above) in the front of the mission. So the sign read, “FROM HELL TO” and then a large arrow pointing to the neon sign, “JESUS SAVES,” in the front of the mission. That was really clever.
Over the years, thousands of homeless men (and even some women) escaped the winter cold to sleep on the mission floor at night when it was zero degrees outside (or colder). It is common each winter in Chicago for temperatures to dive down well below zero for weeks at a time. The snow on the ground doesn't melt in January, not in Chicago. At the mission, clothes were provided and a hot bowl of soup. Blankets and loose clothes were needed to pull over one's head, to keep the rats from biting. The partially torn-down Legion Hotel was to the right of the mission (not pictured) where the infamous Al Capone used to spend time in his immoral heydays. Demolition crews couldn't completely remove the hotel wall because it also formed the mission's north wall. My father had obtained a really old 10-ounce Coca-Cola bottle soda machine from the Legion Hotel. For 25 cents you'd could enjoy an ice-cold 10 ounce Coca-Cola. It was a novelty at the mission, and I enjoyed them! I sure miss those days!
Eventually, the City of Chicago closed down most of the missions, many of the homeless died on the streets and the Chicago United Mission and Legion Hotel were leveled into a big parking lot. Olive Branch Mission was also shut down and Christian Industrial League. Pacific Garden Mission failed to receive landmark status and was forced to relocate, sadly, while a building once rented by a homosexual, Henry Gerber, in the 1930's was granted landmark status by the City of Chicago. Chicago, Chicago, Satan's kind of town.
From where that man is sitting in the doorway of the mission (pictured above), I watched construction crews across the street build the Four Presidential Towers from the ground up. I grew up around Skidrow, tagging alone with my dad. Oftentimes my father would perform a funeral over a drunkard's corpse in a casket, with just me and my dad present with the corpse. Most homeless people died having no family at their grave. I saw much death as a child, dead bodies laying in the street's gutter, or by the garbage cans in back of the mission, or laying in what was left of the Legion Hotel next door. I watched alcoholics drink paint thinner due to acute addiction and saw what sin did to people. This is why I have a website like I do. I have seen much misery, death and heartbreak in my life. I know where sin leads.
Below is a monthly newsletter that my father put together and mailed out to all his ministry supporters. You can see one the wooden crosses that my father constructed upstairs in the window. You can see some snow in the tree branches. That's my mom waving hello on the lift platform in back of the van.
Above is a Grace Mission Church bulletin from 1993 that my father sent out to all the ministries' contributors. That's my mother being lifted into the mission van with a wheelchair lift that Rick Suba, mechanic at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, kindly gave to me for volunteering my time in the Bus Garage for my last year in Bible College at Hyles-Anderson. I was a certified truck-mechanic at the time. I had driven a church bus every Sunday for the First Baptist Church of Hammond for four years, taught Sunday School for five years and served in the Chicago “B Sunday School, Division 4, 76-3” Bus Ministry route for 7-years.
Me and Rick installed the wheelchair lift and it was a big blessing to my mom and dad for many years. Pictured to the bottom left is Pastor Jay Pierce from Pacific Garden Mission, who joined the Grace Mission Church board of directors in 1993. Jay Pierce was a fervent soulwinner and man of God. And on the bottom right is yours truly, me, doing some tuck-pointing work on the mission's roof. I voluntarily served the Lord with my dad at Grace Mission Church from 1993 when I graduated until shortly after my mother's death in 2001.
In 2002 the Lord opened a wonderful door of opportunity through this internet ministry, to reach more souls for Christ than I ever could have possibly imagined. I am a missionary and evangelist to people all around the world. How cool is that? All the hordes of Hell have ruthlessly and relentlessly come after me in an attempt to stop my labors in the Lord, but God's grace has sustained me. I live my Christian life the same way I was saved, by faith. 2nd Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”—“Billy” Sunday
“Faith is the beginning of something of which you can't see the end but in which you believe.”
SOURCE: William T. Ellis, “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 44; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.
I'm just a nobody, but God likes to use nobodies, so that He receives all the praise, credit and glory. One of my favorite MP3 sermons by Dr. Jack Hyles is titled, “Where Did David Get His Mighty Men?” (they were a bunch of rejects and misfits). 1st Corinthians 1:27-28, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” God uses things that are weak and despised.
“I want to be a giant for God.”—“Billy” Sunday
SOURCE: William T. Ellis, “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 7; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.
Most church work today is done in the power of man,
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than He did, the Lord meant in quantity, not quality. No one can
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Jesus Christ was able to perform such miracles of God; thus,
signifying that Jesus was indeed THE CHRIST. John 14:12, “Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do
shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because
I go unto my Father.”
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