When birds fly overhead and drop you a gift...be thankful other animals cannot fly.
When birds fly overhead and drop you a gift...be thankful other animals cannot fly.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Palm branches the year before are saved and burned to make ashes. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.
What is Lent?
Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit. It’s not uncommon for people to give up smoking during Lent, or to swear off watching television or eating candy or telling lies. It’s six weeks of self-discipline.
"Take Time to be Holy"
William D. Longstaff
You may Click Here to listen to a choir sing this great hymn.
1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
"America needs God more than God needs America,"
President Ronald Reagan stated, "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
I lift up my eyes to the hills —
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip —
He who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you —
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm —
He will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
The Founder's Memorial Week at Holmes Bible College beings today, March 1, 2017
Theme: The Word for the World
Speakers: Dr. Ryan Jackson, Rev. W.A. Mills, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Ryan Jackson has spent more than 20 years learning and practicing leadership in the Body of Christ. He holds both a Masters of Philosophy degree and a Ph. D. degree from Cambridge University.
Dr. Jackson is convinced that the most powerful ministry and Christian living is born from a deep commitment to the Word of God accompanied by a firm reliance upon the Spirit of God. This simple foundation is the core of his ministry and the basis of his approach to leadership
Dr. Jackson currently serves as Senior Pastor of the Capital Church near Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Rev. Mr. W. A. Mills, Jr. has served for 31 years as a pastor in the IPHC, including churches in North Carolina and Virginia.
Rev. Mills has preached in camp meetings, revivals, men's conferences, and pastors' conferences within and outside the IPHC. He serves as a member of the Appalachian Conference Executive Council, is a trustee of Holmes Bible College, and is a member of the IPHC Men's Ministries Board.
Rev. Mills has served as Senior Pastor of the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church in Buena Vista, Virginia, since February 1997.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 1
7:00 PM Dr. Ryan Jackson
"Preaching Upstream: Speaking the Word of Truth in a World of Lies"
Thursday, March 2
9:00-9:30 Praise and Prayer
9:30-10:30 Rev. W.A. Mills
"Making An Impact As An iReady Christian"
10:30-10:50 Fellowship Break
11:00-12:00 Dr. Jackson
"Sola Scriptura: The Authority and Sufficiency of the Word"
1:30-2:30 Dr. Jackson
"Handling the Word"
2:00-3:00 Wrap Up
7:00 PM Rev. Mills
"The Text that Changed the World"
Friday, March 3
9:00-9:30 Praise and Prayer
9:30-10:30 Dr. Jackson
"Hearing the World"
10:30-10:50 Fellowship Break
11:00-12:00 Rev. Mills
"Ready for Sharing the Gospel"
Closing Season of Prayer
Friday, March 3
3:30 Holmes Alumni Association Meeting in Paul F. Beacham Learning Center Chapel
6:30 Banquet and Program in Holmes Memorial Church
Saturday, March 4
10:00 Family Sing in Holmes Memorial Church
Holmes Bible College
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Greenville, South Carolina 29617
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"2017 is the time to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary and into the abundance zone of God's blessings"
I can hear some of you saying when your read this article, "Where on earth did Hugh get this statement?" I am glad you asked. I am prepared to tell you exactly where I read it.
I subscribe to several magazines. One of my favorite Christian magazine is Charisma.
Jennifer LeClaire is the senior editor for Charisma, director of the Awakening House of Prayer and author of many books, including Releasing the Angels of Abundant Harvest (angelsprophecy.com). You may visit her at jenniferleclaire.org.
Jennifer LeClaire in the March 2017 issue of Charisma magazine wrote, "The Lord told me, 'Those who are seeking the first the Kingdom of God this year are going to see an acceleration. You are going to advance faster than you have ever advanced.'"
Jennifer explains . . . "Make a decision today to seek the Lord first and foremost and listen to His voice. Discipline yourself to rise up early in the morning or cut out unprofitable activities in exchange for eternal rewards. Feed yourself a steady diet of the Word of God, pray, fast and believe. This is the year of the next level. Let's soar like eagles for the glory of God!" (Charisma March 2017, page 12).
Join Us For The Give To Live Seminar with Stan Toler!
Clear here to see a promotional video done by Stan Toler.
Stan Toler is a best-selling author, leader, and teacher. A successful pastor for over 40 years in OH, FL, TN, and OK, more than one million people have attended his seminars. For many years Toler served as Vice- President and taught seminars for John C. Maxwell’s INJOY Leadership Institute, training church and corporate leaders to make a difference in the world. He has written over 90 best-selling religious inspirational books. And more than 3 million copies have been translated and distributed worldwide. Stan and his wife, Linda, have two married sons and four grandchildren.
When: Saturday, March 18th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Check-in begins at 9:30 am.
Where: Redland PHC
137 Baltimore Rd
Advance, NC 27006
GIVE TO LIVE is a one-day event that will show you—step-by-step—how to turn self-focused consumers into faithful stewards. Members of your church or ministry will learn practical methods for creating a Bible-based giving environment. Author and international seminar leader, Dr. Stan Toler, will share from his years of experience in, church finance, organizational management, as well as building programs in all church size strategies.
Bring as many as possible. Share the exciting vision for giving and receiving according to the promises of God’s Word—in a positive and upbeat learning atmosphere.
WHO should attend:
• Pastors and church staff.
• Church treasurers.
• Church board members.
• Finance ministry team members.
WHAT you will learn:
• Exciting ways to increase your weekly offerings.
• Strategies to build a workable budget.
• Creative ways to finance your ministry.
• Planned giving & estate planning information.
• Ways to teach people how to be financially free.
• Current trends in paying the pastoral staff.
HOW you will benefit:
• Learn to think globally as well as locally.
• Learn to develop stewardship leaders.
• Learn to develop your leadership base.
• Learn how to create positive stewardship attitudes.
Download the Give to Live Seminar Brochure.
REGISTER HERE!PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE IMPORTANT DATES!
FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 3, 2017: GREAT COMMISSION MEALS
MARCH 18, 2017: GIVE TO LIVE STEWARDSHIP SEMINA
I wanted to thank you, Hugh, for keeping us posted about Doug Jernigan passing away. I called Marilyn on Saturday evening and had prayer with her.
I became friends with Doug and Marilyn in the period 2001-2005 when I was Executive Director of Church Education Ministries (now Discipleship Ministries). Doug approached Dr. Harold Dalton and me about forming an RV ministry through CEM, which we did. He led it and effectively led groups of Oklahoma IPHC RVers to spend several weeks helping to build or remodel congregations.
Doug was a prince of a man: gentle, clear headed, intentional, able to inspire and mobilize, and a faithful servant of Jesus. As the years passed, I saw him on occasion at events at Southwestern Christian University.
He always reminded me of my father: dignified without starchy; a warm smile to greet you; loved Jesus and the IPHC.
Thank you again for keeping us informed.
[Editor's comment: Bishop Doug Beacham informed me Tuesday, February 28, that he was on his way to Myanmar for the IPHC 25th anniversary celebration there. He said we have a very strong work and this is his third visit, first as General Superintendent. The last long trip Bishop Carpenter and Doug took together was to Myanmar. Carpenter loved it and they loved him.
By the way, this year marks the Centennial of the publication of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Advocate. The first issue came out in early May, 1917, from Falcon. We will do a feature story on it.
I am blessed to know Bishop Doug Beacham. I have known him for many years. We both were pastors in Georgia, he at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church and I at Tarkenton Memorial Church, also Pentecostal Holiness, in Athens, Georgia. We both served on the Georgia Conference Board. He was the assistant superintendent and then superintendent while I was the secretary/treasurer and director of World Missions for the conference.]
Dr. Jernigan taught Jerry (63-65) and me about 5 years apart at OKC Southwestern (Southwest College), but after my freshman year (1968,69), he took a pastorate, so he didn't know that Jerry came back the next year (68-70) and was Bill Shirley's assistant coach. We got married in 1970, and we didn't hear much about Dr. Jernigan until 1984. After OKC Southwestern closed on 10th Street in 1981, we moved to Alpine, TX, where Jerry was coaching baseball and basketball at Sul Ross State University.
One day I answered the phone, and Dr. Jernigan formally told me who was calling and said he would like to talk to Jerry Boone. I told him who I was and that I had married Jerry and was a teacher, too. Dr. Jernigan was the Academic Dean at the new Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and was looking for Pentecostal teachers and coaches who had advanced degrees. We flew to Baton Rouge, and Jerry was hired to be the athletic director and oversee the building of a fitness center with 2 or 3 basketball courts, volleyball court, male and female exercise rooms, an indoor track, an Olympic size pool, various other rooms.
After two years of overseeing the building and recruiting, Jerry coached the first men's basketball team at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. I was interviewed and was hired to teach 2nd grade at Family Christian Academy which was also part of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. Marilyn Jernigan taught there, too, and taught our daughter, Kristen, in fifth grade. We have stayed in touch and have seen them a couple of times since leaving Baton Rouge. Both of the Jernigans have influenced many lives for Christ including my family and me.
Glenda Boone Ed.D.
Professor of Education
North Greenville University
Jim Dunn has just posted a comment on your blog post, A Call for a Revival of the Great Hymns and Gospel Songs of the church in our worship services
Thanks for this lovely hymn. My mother used to sing it to us when I was a boy growing up in Glasgow, Scotland.
We're going through a tough time now and a few fragments of this great hymn came to my memory tonight. I felt it was the persistent voice of the Lord speaking and insisting that I listen.
Such a blessing and I'm so glad I was able to find the whole hymn on your website.
May our God continue to bless you in all your work for Him
[Editor's response: Many thanks Jim for writing. I am pleased that the hymn God impressed me to publish in Hugh's News spoke to you. I know it was a precious memory because of your dear mother.
I am at a loss as to what hymn it was. You inadvertently did not give me the title to the song. But don't worry, God knows what it is.]
To Sing Off the Wall or Not to Sing Off the Wall by Bishop Wesley Russ, former Superintendent of the Mid-Atlantic Conference
The music wars are nothing new. As I recall, my parents thought my taste in music was really tasteless. Nothing new here, this “battle” is generational. If the Lord tarries His promised return, the “off the wall music” that is the rage today will be replaced by a younger generations style of music which only the Lord knows what and those singing off the wall now will struggle with the new music.
For ten years I served in the officer of Bishop for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the IPHC. My duties had me visiting different churches most every Sunday. Talk about singing a new song. Interestingly enough, most every church had their own set of “new songs” and more often than not ones I had never heard. To say I struggled to “enter into worship” would be an understatement. Both the words and tune were new to me and I soon realized that it was my problem since everyone else was carried away “singing off the wall.” One pastor must have noticed my struggle and announced to the congregation they would sing an “oldie” “These are the Days of Elijah”--I felt he was looking at me as he made the selection. Thanks, I needed that, for as an oldie I could really enjoy singing a chorus I knew, even if it was an oldie.
On one occasion, I was visiting a fine church which of course was singing “off the wall.” Again new songs for me and I stood there doing my best to worship becoming more frustrated by the second. As a leader in the conference I wanted to lead by example, but I realized that in the area of music this just wasn’t happening. The words to the choruses were excellent—the tune wasn’t too difficult and the young people were doing a top notch job with their instruments. As I struggled to sing I was asking the Lord why I was having such a hard time with these new songs. “When you went to France, Hungary, Russia, and Romania, could you enter into worship with their songs?” My answer of course was no. Why? They were singing in a foreign language. In my spirit the Lord spoke to me and simply said, “This music is not your language.” That was a wonderful liberating insight for me.
From that time on, I’ve really enjoyed being with others as they enjoyed singing the “off-the-wall” songs. At least I can clap my hands. I rejoice that young folks have found a way to express their love and devotion to Christ with these new songs, but at the same time I don’t feel “nonspiritual” because they don’t do the same for me. After all, I have been saved for over 60 years—the church isn’t trying to evangelize me. These young people need to be evangelized and established in Christ and if it takes these new songs “off the wall” to facilitate that—I say bring them on.
The ideal would be to have services that target age groups (though many golden oldies prefer singing off the wall) with ministry that speaks their worship “language.” (I have jokingly said that I would like to live long enough to see these young people who love to stand for an hour and at times while jumping up and down try that at 70 or 80.) Many of our churches are not strong enough to support a traditional and a contemporary services, but for me this would be the ideal. Some larger churches have gone so far as to build church buildings in the traditional style especially for seniors where hymns and spiritual Gospel songs are the norm.
For me, music isn’t the bottom line in worship. I enjoy others enjoying their music and I don’t struggle with learning a foreign language. Getting people into the Kingdom is our goal and whatever it takes to accomplish that while bringing honor to Christ should be our burning passion. Let the music wars forever cease! Our focus must be soul, souls, souls!
Believe it or not, at my age I’ve learned to use the Internet. On YouTube there are all types of music and much to my delight Gaither Homecoming songs and hymns galore. The other day as I looked for hymns, I found this link featuring Tennessee Ernie Ford. https://youtu.be/HiCkKvYoUAE?list=RDHiCkKvYoUAE These hymns and Gospel songs are my language.
[Editor's Comment: I have known Wesley Russ since 1964 when he and a men's quartet from Emmanuel College came to preach a weekend revival at my first pastorate, the Brownville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Conecuh County near Evergreen, Alabama. I was so impressed with this college student's preaching (Wesley Russ) that I recommended that our church seek to get him as their pastor when I left that church to enter the Air Force as a chaplain in 1965. We have been friends ever since.
When the Air Force sent me to Atlanta to more graduate study and clinical training as a CPE Supervisor, our family attended his church in Tucker called the Church of the Comforter. I sought Wesley's assistance to help me find a house near his church so we could be a part of his congregation. We enjoyed some 15 months worshiping in his church and having fellowship with him and Janice.
Later, when I left the pastorate at the Richmond First Pentecostal Holiness Church we actually joined his church in College Park. MD. We often traveled there to worship with their good people.
In this article about church music, I think Wesley has struck a vital chord on the strings of our hearts. We want the youth to enter into worship and sing songs they like. There needs to be a balance in the kinds of music we sing.
The teaching I received as a resident student at Asbury Theological Seminary was to consider the congregation and their taste for church music. You start with them, not your own agenda. That is good advice to every young pastor. Good music whatever the style will draw people to the church for worship. Let me ask a question. Is your church growing and are you reaching the youth, especially the millennials? If not, it is time to evaluate what you are doing or not doing.]
Dr. Ron White serves as president of Emmanuel College. He assumed that role October 4, 2014, when Emmanuel was in an acute financial crisis. Dr. White made the decision to lead Emmanuel on his knees.
Dr. Frank Tunstall was in dialogue with Dr. White regarding his comments about my treatment of Jesus’ High Priestly prayer (John 17) in JESUS SON OF GOD, Book Three, A Study of Passion Week. The book is scheduled for release in the late spring. I shared some personal thoughts with him about how Chapter 17 came to be written. When he wrote me back, I excerpted the following out of his e-mail and gave it a title. I also asked and received his permission to share it.
Pastor Frank G. Tunstall, Contributing writer for Hugh's News.
By Ron White, Ed. D., President of Emmanuel College
"John Chapter 17 is special to me because, as you know, prayer and intercession have been the key to navigating the financial challenges we face at Emmanuel. Prayer works. Right now on campus, we are focusing on the idea of praying first--before taking action, before making decisions, before debate and discussion--pray first. We created a logo with the words “Pray First” and have placed it on posters in every classroom and in public places in our buildings. We even created “Pray First” banners that hang on the light poles surrounding the Quad here at Emmanuel.
“Jesus gave his example. Before He selected His disciples, He prayed first on the mountain. Before releasing His disciples to the challenges of His betrayal and crucifixion as Passion Week came to an end, He prayed first with His High Priestly prayer. Before enduring the crucifixion, He prayed first in the Garden. Contrast that with how we often pray last, after the decisions are made, after the discussion and debate, praying for God to bless our plan. This is better than not praying at all, but not nearly as good as praying first and asking Him to guide our discussing, debating, and planning.
“I guess I'm preaching now, but in the crucible where I live, prayer is what sustains me, both my prayers and the intercession of others for me and for Emmanuel College. Without these prayers, there would have been a tragic ending to the College. With these prayers, we have been sustained and guided by the Lord to survive, and, I believe, to thrive in the very near future.
“Hope to see you and Lu at General Conference.”
Dr. White has a daily prayer blog and invites you to join him at PrayForEmmanue
There is great benefit in praying the Lord's Prayer each day. This practice will produce great dividends in your spiritual life. It changes us from the inside out. I like to pray this prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray out loud so I can hear the words with my ears, and think the thoughts of each phrase. As I do, I meditate on each segment and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to me.
You will find the Lord's prayer recorded or written (not found because the Word of God has never been lost) in Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11:2. In some translations the words for sins are used debts, sins, or trespasses. I was taught to say trespasses and trespass. So, that is what we will use. However, if you had rather use the other two words, that is your choice, and that is good.
Now, let us pray this prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples:
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Dr. Jernigan taught Jerry (63-65) and me about 5 years apart at OKC Southwestern, but after my freshman year (1968,69), he took a pastorate, so he didn't know that Jerry came back the next year (68-70) and was Bill Shirley's assistant coach. We got married in 1970, and we didn't hear much about Dr. Jernigan until 1984.
After OKC Southwestern (Southwestern College) closed on 10th Street in 1981, we moved to Alpine, TX where Jerry was coaching baseball and basketball at Sul Ross State University. One day I answered the phone, and Dr. Jernigan formally told me who was calling and said he would like to talk to Jerry Boone. I told him who I was and that I had married Jerry and was a teacher, too.
Dr. Jernigan was the Academic Dean at the new Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and was looking for Pentecostal teachers and coaches who had advanced degrees. We flew to Baton Rouge, and Jerry was hired to be the athletic director and oversee the building of a fitness center with 2 or 3 basketball courts, volleyball court, male and female exercise rooms, an indoor track, an Olympic size pool, various other rooms. After two years of overseeing the building and recruiting, Jerry coached the first men's basketball team at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. I was interviewed and was hired to teach 2nd grade at Family Christian Academy which was also part of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. Marilyn taught there, too, and taught our daughter, Kristen, in fifth grade. We have stayed in touch and have seen the Jernigans a couple of times since leaving Baton Rouge. Both of the Jernigans have influenced many lives for Christ including my family and me.
Glenda is a supporter of Hugh's News and her tribute to Dr. Douglas Jernigan and his wife, Marilyn, is one that the Jernigan family will treasure and hold closer to their hearts. Glenda hods the Ed. D, degree and is a professor of Education at North Greenville University.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make His face shine upon us,
2 that Your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise You, O God;
may all the peoples praise You.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for You rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise You, O God;
may all the peoples praise You.
6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.
7 God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.
A construction worker accidentally cuts off one of his ears with an electric saw. He calls out to a guy walking on the street below, "Hey, do you see my ear down there?"
The guy on the street picks up an ear and yells back, "Is this it?"
"No," replies the construction worker. "Mine had a pencil behind it."
I'd Rather Have Jesus Lyrics
Listen to George Beverly Shea sing I'd Rather Have Jesus by Clicking Here.
I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I'd rather, rather have Him than riches untold
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hands
Than to be a king of the vast domains
Than be held in sins dread sway
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world can afford today
I'd rather have Jesus than man's applause
See, I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause
Oh, I'd rather have my Jesus than all the worldwide fame
Yes, I'd rather be true to His holy name
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Than be held in sins dread sway
Oh, I'd rather have You, Jesus, than anything
This world can afford today, oh, yes
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world can afford, can afford today
18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword."
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Cancer is limited
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot supress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit