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Memorial Day tribute 2013

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of vict’ry through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.


Little Rock Memorial Weekend outreach

We have an exciting lineup of powerful men of God coming in to Little Rock on Memorial Day Weekend. Of the men that we are excited to see coming are Coach Dave Daubenmire, Kevin Thompson and Cal Zastrow. I have listed a brief biography of these men below:

Cal Zastow–Co-founded Personhood USA and has been one of the leading forces bringing the truth of the God-given right to life legislative and initiative battles in state after state throughout America. Zastrow, like half of those in the New Testament’s Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, the apostles, John the Baptist, and The Lord Himself, have been arrested and jailed for prayerful and peaceful Christian action. Cal’s incarceration for loving his neighbor is in the tradition of men like John Bunyan, Betrich Bonhoeffer, Alan Keyes, and Martin Luther King Jr. I have personally heard great men of God testify that Cal is one of the most Spirit-filled evangelist/pastors that they have ever heard speak and that he will bring grown men to tears with his message.

Kevin Thompson is a powerful street evangelist that has a very powerful testimony of God’s grace in his life. If you have a chance, check out this You Tube video called “Kevin Thompson’s Powerful Testimony” that the Billy Graham Association produced a few years back. Kevin has also had his testimony produced for the 700 Club. Kevin was my roommate at the Ambassador’s Academy five years ago.

Coach Dave Daubenmire–a veteran 25 year high school football coach, was spurred to action when attacked and eventually sued by the ACLU in the late 1990’s for allegedly mixing prayer with his coaching. After a two year battle for his 1st amendment rights and a determination to not back down, the ACLU relented and offered coach an out of court settlement. God honored his stand and the ACLU backed off. Coach’s courageous stand, an inspiration to Americans everywhere, demonstrated that the ACLU can be defeated. As a result, Coach heard the call to move out of the coaching a high school team, to the job of coaching God’s team. PASS THE SALT was formed to encourage the Body of Christ to step into the culture war. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…” PASS THE SALT is convinced that God has given the Body a window of opportunity to take our culture back. As an adjunct professor at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Coach is using his knowledge of education and educational issues to equip Christians to defend the Judeo-Christian worldview. A popular, high-energy speaker, Coach Daubenmire’s motivational lectures, laced with Scripture verses, is challenging Americans all across the country. In addition to his weekly radio show, Coach has made regular appearances on Hannity and Colmes, CBS Evening News, Scarborough Country on MSNBC, Fox News, The Edge with Paula Zahn, Dayside with Linda Vester, and Court TV.

Mark Kiser of Reclaiming Missouri for Christ is bringing a cohort down from the Show-Me State to coordinate the effort here and also provide training for street work at the abortion mill.

Our tentative plan at the present is to minister at the abortion mill on 4 Office Park drive in Little Rock Friday and Saturday. We will have evening meetings at Liberty Community Church (see link below) and possibly have Cal Zastrow preach Friday evening, May 24th. Ministry on the morning of 25th and then have a PASS THE SALT conference for men and their sons on Saturday afternoon and will include an evening meal together at Liberty Community Church.
Brother Cal Zastrow will then bring the Sunday morning message, and we hope to have Kevin give his testimony prior to the service on Sunday morning.

There will also be many opportunities for service throughout this weekend, with Riverfest being the major headliner in LR this weekend!

So please put these dates on your calendars and make plans to attend! If you think that you may be able to attend, please let me know as soon as you can so we can begin making preparations!

Grace be with you,

Don Simmons


I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all

There was once a poor man in a small country town who had not all the sense people usually have, but he had sense enough to be a great drunkard and swearer [4] as God would have it, he once listened to a poor woman, who was singing –

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

Home he went, repeating these words, he put his trust in a crucified Saviour, and was really converted. Well, he soon came to the church, and although he was a pedlar, and always travelling about, he said, “I want to join your church.” They, remembering his sinful way of life, required some great evidence of a change before they received him, “O!” says he, “I must come in.” “But you have been such a great sinner, and you are unconverted,” added the elders. “Well,” said poor Jack, “I don’t know if I’m unconverted, and I confess I am a great sinner – but:

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

They could not get from him any other testimony save this. He would only say –

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

They could not refuse him, and therefore accepted him for fellowship. After this he was always happy. When a Christian man said to him “But you always seem so happy and pleased, John; how is it?” “Well,” said he, “I ought to be happy, for -”

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Well but,” said the gentleman, “I can’t see how you can always be so happy and sure. I sometimes lose my evidences.” “I don’t,” said Jack,

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Ah,” said a friend, “I am at times miserable because I remember my sad sinfulness even since conversion.” “Ah,” said Jack, you have not begun to sing,

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Oh!” said the friend, “how do you get rid of your doubts and fears? My faith frequently fails, and I miss my sure hope in Christ. My frames are so variable and feelings so contrary, what do you think of that?”

“Think,” said poor Jack, “why master I have no good things to care about –

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all;
But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

(From a Spurgeon sermon. Anybody know which one?)

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