by Robert Earl Houston
This has been brewing in my spirit all day. I want to offer some advice to young preachers – I mean those who are teenagers/early 20s – who have been called to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and commissioned to carry this glorious gospel into all the world with power.
Enjoy being young.
I was a “boy preacher” at 17 years of age, who received a call from the Lord during my senior year at Thomas Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon and the late Dr. Arthur Bernard Devers, I, was my pastor at that time. I missed out on some social interactions because “I’s a preacher now” that at the age of 53 I regret.
I also dismissed out of hand some experiences, celebrations (i.e. my senior prom) and other activities because I was a minister. I felt that I should be “the preacher” all of the time and I actually lost the opportunity to be a Christian witness at some functions because I was not there.
Don’t rush age.
Listen, age will catch up to you. You don’t have to pretend and personify a “preacher’s vocabulary” at 16. There’s plenty of time to answer the phone, “Praise the Lord” or even have a voicemail that says “You’ve reached Minister XYZ, the associate minister of the ABC Church located at (address). I’m busy serving an awesome God, please leave your name, message, and this ministry will return your call at our convenience,” when the truth of the matter is that you’re in Algebra class, where you usually are around 11 a.m. in the morning on a Tuesday.
While you’re young – enjoy life. I’m not saying don’t be committed to your Pastor and Church, because you should be, that’s granted. However, while you’re young – enjoy life. Travel. Broaden your mind. Broaden your experiences. Take your time in life. Read – not just the Bible, but books that will stimulate and challenge your thought processes.
Don’t make the mistake of other preachers who were called as a kid, got married (because you thought you had to in order to get a church) at 18, divorced at 19, drunk or high at 20, and then quit the ministry at 21.
Take a moment to start and develop a hobby while building a resume;
Take a moment to take in a movie while studying Pastoral Theology;
Learn how to talk english and learn slang too while learning Greek and Hebrew;
Learn how to say the words that may save you in the future – “no” and “not today” and learn how to inhale and exhale – it will save you stress in the future.
One of the worst things I did as a “boy preacher” was becoming Minister Robt. E. Houston (I learned to abbreviate Robert to Robt. from two people – my English/Journalism Teacher, Ruthann Hartley-Harris and Dr. Robt. H. “Bob” Wilson, Sr. of Dallas, Texas) before I learned who Robert Earl Houston was.
I worry about a generation of young preachers who call each other “Doc” and “Bishop” and “Apostles” and don’t know the difference between preaching and performance. Do you know what Jesus called Peter? He called him Peter.
Young preacher you don’t need armor bearers, ministry logo, a briefcase (and yes, I had one), scheduling service, business cards, websites, product, and all of the entrapments of ministry. How about becoming a great Christian and human being first? As one preacher of old once said, never build a skyscraper on a chicken coop.
Remember this – one day you’ll grow up and you’ll look back and see pictures of you in the pulpit, but where will be the pictures of you in the pool, playing pool, singing with your friends, eating a meal, wearing silly hats, and vacation venues or explorations or bike rides or just a photo of you smiling?
YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME
by Robert Earl Houston
Dear Satan (aka Lucifer, Fallen Angel, Prince of this World),
You tried again and you failed.
This morning I was involved in a motor vehicle accident which should taken me out of this life. I was in a rented Chevrolet Impala and was rear ended by a 2004 Nissan Xterra. The vehicle (that I believe you used) came at me, I believe, in another one of your lame attempts to end my life, more importantly, my ministry . . . and one again you lost.
I am part of an army of pastors, preachers, bishops, apostles, ministers, believers, and servants that the Lord has used to preach or teach or lead or assist or attend that has been on your hit list ever since the debacle in the Garden of Eden. Like many of those who you have attacked, you are admittedly crafty and subtile, however my life is not in your hands – it’s in the Hands of the Lord.
You have come at me through objects, tools, people, tests, trials, trouble, pain, illness, cancer, family, friends, associates, those who’ve I ministered to and assisted with words or finance, ecclesiastical leaders, innuendo, and sometimes by even the closest people to me (including others who are listed in the army above) . . .
. . . but I’m still here.
I guess you thought I would have folded up the tent by now.
I guess you thought I would have quit and threw up my hands.
I guess you thought I would have renounced my ministry by now.
I guess you thought I would have said there is no God by now.
I guess you thought I would sugar-coat my sermons and just serve for the money by now.
I guess you thought I would have fallen prey to ideas that would have harmed myself.
I guess you thought I would have runaway from the ministry and never served God again.
But you were wrong. What you don’t realize Satan is this: My calling is more important than my classification. My calling has taken me from Bro. Houston to Minister Houston to Reverend Houston to Pastor Houston to General Secretary Houston to Board Member Houston to Senior Project Manager Houston to Congress Dean Houston to Board Chairman Houston to Vice Moderator Houston to Assistant Pastor Houston to Evangelist Houston to Lecturer Houston to a plethora of other titles and service areas. I didn’t get the titles because of who I am. I received the titles because of who I belong to.
God has blessed me – when people tried to hurt, hinder or hate on me – God has not only blessed me, He has surrounded me with those who encouraged me when I was down, ministered to me when I was empty, and sheltered me from the storms of life.
As I call this a night on a Saturday evening, I just wanted to remind you Satan that I have a praying wife, a praying congregation, a praying family, praying denominational ties, and, oh by the way, most importantly, I have a Savior who sits on the right side of the Father, who makes intercession for me.
By the way, I also need to tell you that I intend to preach authentically, preach unashamedly, preach boldly, preach, preach and preach some more – until The Lord says “well done.”
Sure of Eternal Life,
+Pastor Robert Earl Houston
p.s. If you have any problems with this Satan, please contact God.
by Robert Earl Houston
PORTLAND, OREGON – I have flown here from Kentucky to check on and see my mother, Naomi Houston. My has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for the past few years and as she continues to age gracefully (she’s 85), I have flown in to see about her, my aunt, and find some time to say hello to some people that I’ve grown up with.
As I write this, I am at one of my favorite restaurants that didn’t exist in this area (Portland Meadows – near the old horse racing track), Elmer’s.
I had my meal and drinking some decaf coffee. I can’t remember when I had the opportunity to sit in a restaurant and just relax. Before I came here we had three funerals on Saturday that affected various members of our church family. Played the organ and preached three and two times respectively on Sunday. Yesterday I had to get up at 5 a.m. (2 a.m. west coast time) to catch my plane and arrive here around 1 p.m. (4 p.m. east coast time).
But this coffee (decaf) has reminded me of serenity. Nothing on my plate, but just the noise of other patrons in the restaurant while I sit here, reading the news online – no calls, no texts, no emergencies, no fires to put out – but just able to relax my heart and my mind.
I think that there are multitudes in my profession (full-time ministry) that embrace their work like an alcoholic (guilty here) and work thru the night (I normally go to bed around 1 a.m.). There is almost a cyclical schedule that most of us do: Teach, then work on the next lesson; Preach, then work on the next sermon; add to the mix of correspondence, planning, vision casting, visitations, etc. Not to mention family functions and relationship building with your spouse.
But today, it’s just me and a cup of coffee. I want to advise all pastors in ministry – get a cup of coffee every now and then.
From the American Baptist Newspaper, Louisville, Kentucky
The Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is currently seeking a new pastor for its church. If any ordained ministers would be interested in coming and preaching a service, please contact either Dea. Harvey Embry 859-744-5482 or 859-595-0791 or Dea. Bruce Hart 859-266-2453 or 859-240-4983, to schedule. We look forward to hearing from you soon and may God bless.
The Members of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
From the American Baptist Newspaper
The Macedonia Baptist Church is currently accepting applications for the Position of Pastor.
We are prayerfully seeking a candidate who has demonstrated the capacity to meet the standards of pastoral leadership.
Address: 290 Hill Street, Auburn, Kentucky 42206
For questions or concerns you may leave a message for Bro. Charles Covington, Search Committee Chairman
Rev. Dr. Zacchaeus Dunham Sr.
Oct. 30, 1930 – Feb. 6, 2014
Rev. Dr. Zacchaeus Dunham Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 6, 2014 in Stockton, CA. Rev. Dunham Sr. was Pastor of God’s Throne Baptist Church of Stockton for 45 years until his retirement in 2011. Rev.Dunham was a minister for 64 years and organized 5 churches that are still active today.
Rev. Dunham was Moderator of the Mid Valley Dist. Assoc. of North Calif. for 12 years and Moderator At Large of the California State Baptist Association. Rev. Dunham was a Police Chaplain for the City of Stockton until his retirement.
Rev. Dunham received numerous accommodations and recognitions from City and State Officials of Stockton and Northern California.
He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 65 years Jewell Dunham; seven sons: Rev. Zacchaeus Jr. (Claudine) of Tracy, CA, Bruce Sr. of Stockton, CA, Rev. Anthony Sr. (Monica) of Seaside, CA, Rev. Ronald Sr. (Cathy) of Merced, CA, Randall Sr. (Eva) of Turlock, CA, Rev. Timothy Sr. (Beverly) of Stockton, CA, Rev. Mark Sr. (Delichia) of Modesto, CA; one brother Aubry (Ocie) of Stockton; 45 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, Godchildren, cousins, family, friends and the God’s Throne Baptist Church Family. Preceded in death by his parents, 11 siblings and one great grandson.
Viewing was held on Wednesday February 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Jesse E. Cooley Mortuary, 640 N. California St., Stockton, CA and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at God’s Throne B.C., 405 E. Lindsay St., Stockton. Homegoing Service: Thursday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. at God’s Throne B.C. with Rev. R.A. Williams from McCoy Memorial Church, Los Angeles, CA officiating.
From the Tennessean Newspaper
The Rev. Dr. Morgan Babb, a minister, singer and longtime gospel DJ in Nashville, died on Friday, February 7, 2014. He was 84.
Rev. Babb spent more than half a century on Nashville-area airwaves at longtime gospel station WVOL-AM and then WMDB-AM, a station he launched in 1983.
He came to Nashville in 1954 as part of The Radio Four, a gospel group he and his brothers started in the 1940s. By then, they had record deals with Republic and Nashboro Records.
Years later, he stopped traveling with the group and starting spinning records full time so he could spend more time with his family, said his daughter Celeste Babb-Laribo.
From there, he became a mainstay in the Nashville radio industry with his morning gospel shows at WVOL-AM, said John Heidelberg, the station’s owner. Known by his nickname, “Happy Jack,” Rev. Babb spent nearly three decades at the station.
In 1965, he founded King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville, where he preached for decades, nearly up to his death.
“Whatever you thought of him, you knew he was a sincere person,” Heidelberg said. “He touched a lot of lives here.”
In the 1980s, the Rev. Babb branched out on his own again and started WMDB-AM, a station widely known as “The Big Mouth.”
Rev. Babb’s faith was frequently intertwined with his radio work during his career, his family said. Through his radio shows, he would pray with callers and organize meals for the homeless.
“That was the first time we heard of anyone doing anything like that in those days,” his daughter Debra Rice said.
Rev. Babb was also considered one of the leading entrepreneurs in Nashville’s African-American community, said the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, who knew Rev. Babb for nearly 30 years.
“This is one of the No. 1 legends I have ever met in Nashville,” Fuzz said. “He was one of the most excellent men in Nashville’s black history.”
Preceded in death by wife, Lorall. Survived by children, Larry (Patricia), Prophetess Dr. Lanny, Gerry (Dora), Michael (Rochelle), Debra, Celeste (Shann) and Dale (Vanessa); eight (8) grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Public visitation Wednesday, February 12th, 1-6 p.m., the chapel @ Smith Brothers. Thursday, February 13th, 9-3 p.m., Lie in State at King Solomon MBC, 1417 – 10th Ave. N.
Family visitation 6-7 p.m., funeral service to follow, Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Dr. Pastor Montagne McDonald, Officiate; Pastor George Brooks, Sr., Eulogist. Interment Hills of Calvary Friday, February 14th @ 10 a.m.
From Praise 104.7 FM
TBR — Chicago, IL — It is with a heavy heart that we inform our readers and listeners that the senior pastor of the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer, where Dr. Charles G. Hayes, also known to many as Father Charles Hayes, is the senior pastor, transitioned to be with the Lord this afternoon ( Wednesday, February 12, 2014th ) in Chicago.
Father Hayes has been a fixture in the Gospel Music Industry since the early sixties.
Pastor Charles George Hayes, the third child and second son of Mamie Lee and Will Hayes, was born December 10, 1937, in Verbena, Alabama. He received his primary education at Siluria Jr. High School (Alabama) and his secondary education at Prentice High School (Montevallo, Alabama). He migrated to Chicago, Illinois in 1955 and became a Church Musician.
Pastor Hayes was ordained in the Ministry on August 31, 1957. He organized Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer on April 28, 1959. Pastor Hayes was under the leadership of many great pioneers such as Prophet L. K. Johnson, Pastor Clarence Cobbs, Bishop Louis Boddie, Bishop Anderson, Pastor Franklin, and others.
Father of two, and grandfather, Pastor Hayes became affectionately known as “Father Hayes” because of his paternal qualities, his compassion, his concern for, and interest in people.
Dr. Hayes received his Doctorate Degree from Religious Science Institute in December 1973 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from St. Martins College and Seminary, September, 1974.
Dr. Hayes was currently one of the longest serving Pastor of one church in Chicago for going on 55 years come April 2014. Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer has been listed as a landmark church in the Chicago Area.
Dr. Hayes was very passionate with is ministry, not compromising with the devil and is known for speaking the truth – declaring the word of God. He was very involved with every aspect of the church for he put his all into this ministry. He was rooted and grounded in “traditional” gospel and you could catch him singing, preaching, teaching and praying on any given Sunday , adding his humorous touch but still telling it like it is.
Dr. Hayes was known for ‘Making A Joyful Noise”, leading such hits as He’s Keeping Me, I’ll Never Forget, I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me, Before I Take It Back, Everything’s Alright, How I Got Over, My Lord and Master, and many, many more.
Honors and Awards
Key to City of Newark, New JerseyJuly, 1974
Meritorious Service Ecumenical Rapport, Chicago, IllinoisSeptember, 1974
Commendation and Proclamation, “Dr. Charles G. Hayes
Day” – Board of Commissioners, Fulton County, GeorgiaJune, 1981
Honorary Citizen, Atlanta, GeorgiaJune, 1981
Mayor’s Award for Dedicated Service, Atlanta, GeorgiaJune, 1981
Key to City of Houston, TexasNovember, 1982
Outstanding Minister Award, Chicago, IllinoisApril, 1983
Key to City of Dallas, TexasJuly, 1983
Recognition for 25 Years of Service as Pastor, Chicago, IllinoisApril, 1984
Recognition for Devoted Service, Chicago, IllinoisMarch, 1985
Recognition for Workmanship of Team Efforts, Chicago, IllinoisAugust, 1985
First Recipient of Minister’s Achievement Award, Chicago, ILNovember, 1985
Gospel Music Workshop Award of ExcellenceNovember, 1985
Gospel Music Workshop Outstanding Contemporary ChoirNovember, 1985
Certificate of Appreciation, Chicago, IllinoisNovember, 1986
Recognition for Inspiration, Chicago. IllinoisJune, 1987
Proclamation, “Dr. Charles G. Hayes Day”, Louisville, KentuckyAugust, 1987
Rev. Dr. Fred Kelly Haynie Jr. 91, of Glasgow, departed from this life on January 25, 2014 at The NHC Facility in Glasgow, Kentucky. He was born on April 29, 1922 to the union of Fred Kelly Haynie Sr. and Margaret Lee Martin in Riddleton, Tennessee.
He married Artanzie E. Britt on October 4, 1941. She departed this life on July 28, 2000.
He attended Sunnyside Grade School, Glasgow Normal School, State Street Grade School, Paducah Trade School, Dr. J.E. Jones Bible School and obtained a Doctoral Degree from the Great Commission Theological Seminary. He was retired from Citizens Bank and Trust in Glasgow, Kentucky. He attended the CC camp in Mammoth Cave, KY. and served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1946.
Dr. Haynie professed a Hope in Christ on February 1, 1946; he was baptized on February 8, 1946 and he united with Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. He acknowledged his call into the ministry on December, 1955 and was ordained on February 27, 1956. The churches that Dr. Haynie pastored were, First Baptist Church in Woodburn, KY, Center Baptist Church in South Union, KY., Stony Point Baptist Church in Smiths Grove, KY., Zion Hill Baptist Church in Park City, KY. and Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Glasgow, KY (1962-2009). Pastor Haynie’s sons in the ministry, Rev. John C. Glover, Rev. Dr. Eric A. Duke, Rev. Robert Lyas ( Deceased), Rev. James H. Glover Sr. (Deceased), Rev. Dr. Michael Rice, Rev. Dr. Ronnie Bryant, Rev. Timothy Depp, Rev. Jerry Stockton, Rev. Willie Bristow, Rev. Timothy Glover and Rev. James H. Glover III (Jameson).
Dr. Haynie was the former President of Minister’s Council for 28 years; 3rd Vice Moderator of Union District Association and was active in The Congress of Christian Education Meetings in the Union District Association. Dr. Haynie served as a member of the Glasgow\Barren County Ministerial Association, was a Board Member of the Housing Authorities in Glasgow, KY. Dr. Haynie served as one of the first Board Members of the Barren County YMCA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Taylor and a brother, Sam Haynie.
He leaves to cherish his memories three sisters, Aline Madison (Rosevelt) of Ann Arbor, MI, Carolyn Price (Eugene) of Lansing, MI and Annie Haynie of Texas; two brothers, Larry Haynie (Debbie) of Mason, MI and Louie Haynie (Carol) of Mason, MI; a step-brother, Reginald Wigg of Lansing, MI; a sister-in-law, Rosie Haynie of Lansing, MI; a Goddaughter, Margaretta Huffman Bailey; his care giver, Deacon Joe Hatchett; a host of nieces and nephews relatives and friends and his Hopewell family, were he was still the Pastor Emertius.
For all who knew him is to have known a true Christian. Dr. Haynie was a person that was well thought of and respected because of his Christianity and on going humble attitude. He always guarded his talk and actions, making sure not to hinder the work of his Heavenly Father. For that the Hopewell Church family was very thankful in their hearts to God for such a pastor.
The funeral was held at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial followed in Oddfellow Cemetery.
Any contribution can be made to the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church P.O. Box 424 Glasgow, Kentucky 42141.
Watts & Percell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
from the American Baptist Newspaper, Louisville, Kentucky
Funeral Services were held for Rev. Dr. John O. Crittenden, Sr., who went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Services were held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Eastern Star Baptist Church, Dr. Alex J. Moses, Sr., Officiating.
Rev. Crittenden was the son of the late Oliver and Zellie Crittenden. He was born in River Falls, Alabama on December 18, 1918. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a deacon at Eastern Star. He was called to the ministry in 1949 and ordained in 1950 at Eastern Star.
Rev. Crittenden served as pastor of five churches for over 65 years cumulative: Coopers Run Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Hodgenville; Kenwood Baptist Church; Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville; and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rankin, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Crittenden attended Simmons Bible College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Science. He also received his Doctorate of Divinity degree. He was a member of the Central Baptist District Association. While in Pennsylvania he was elected Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board.
He is survived by his wife, Eddie Crittenden; daughters, Petilda O’Neal, Obea Patterson, Manetta Lemkheitir, and Phyllis Ritchie; sons, John Jr., David, and Norman Crittenden; sisters, brothers and other relatives and friends.
He was interred at Resthaven Memorial Park.