Thank you for allowing me to share the good news of the Gospel with you. It is such a joy for me to produce this newsletter. I do not do it alone. I have tremendous help from many people.
God had given me favor and success. On December 15, I will celebrate my 84th birthday. I know my parents would be very proud of me and that I am making a contribution to the communications media for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. In January 2017 should the good Lord allow me to live I will be celebrating 20 years of producing Hugh's News. It has not always been called Hugh's News. I think it was called the Sentinel in the beginning. I really didn't want my name to be in the name of this electronic newsletter that belongs to God, not me. However, in the mix of things, my good friend Joel S. McGraw of Huntsville suggested it be called Hugh's News. Some how that name caught my attention and it was branded in my mind where I sometimes think.
This year I will be announcing the names of the 2016 Hugh's News Man of the Year, and the 2016 Hugh's News Woman of the year. Both the man and the woman are entrepreneurs and business owners. They live in two different parts of our country. They are church members and are faithful and loyal to their local church. You will enjoy getting to know them. We have had some incredible men and women who have been named either the Man of the Year or the Woman of the Year. I can assure you that I think about it and pray daily for person or persons God wants me to select.
Let me give to you one of the greatest blessings ever written in the Bible. It was King David who wrote it and these words that he penned are recorded in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20:
David's Praise to God
Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said:
"Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the Kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head over all.
12 Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your Hand is power and might;
In Your Hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
13 "Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious Name.
14 But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your Own we have given You.
15 For we are aliens and pilgrims before You,
As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.
16 "O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your Holy Name is from Your Hand, and is all Your Own. 17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. 19 And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple for which I have made provision."
20 Then David said to all the assembly, "Now bless the LORD your God." So all the assembly blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the LORD and the king.