Dear Friends and Supporters,
I first have to apologize for being a little later than usual this month. Too many things claimed my attention and time early this month. I will try to be more prompt next month. Brenda and I thank you again for taking a few minutes to look over our newsletter for the month of June. It was a good month with several ministry opportunities the Lord opened up for us. As always, I still preach the Gospel in a plain, simple way and we are singing the old songs and seeing hearts changed and blessed. And yes, people are still being saved by the blood of the Lamb! We both thank you for being a part of it for all these years.
As usual, let me start by looking ahead at the rest of our 2017 Schedule. While things are filling in nicely, there are still plenty of open dates. We ask you to pray that they will all be filled. We hope to have more revival requests come in. We have been trusting the Lord and living by faith for the almost 40 years, and we still trust Him. He will open doors and provide what we need as He always has. July is filled, but August and September are mostly open with a revival in each month so far. I’m trying to be more to the point each month and not so wordy, so I will get right into where we were in June.
We started on June 4th at Thomastown Baptist Church, Carthage, Mississippi. Our dear friend and Pastor, Bro. Travis Watkins invited us to come and spend the day with the Thomastown family. We sang and I preached and we had a great day. Donna Shelley led the singing and there was a sweet spirit in the church. Bro. Travis was compelled to issue a call for prayer and most of the church came forward in prayer for ourselves, the church, and our state and nation. Our friend Dr. David Rives joined us as well, and gave a short update on his recent health issues and treatments. God is blessing Bro. David. He’s a dear friend and brother in the Lord and I ask you all to continue to pray for him as he deals with his cancer diagnosis these days.
The second Sunday in June (11th) we spent the day at Noxapater Baptist Church, in Noxapater, Mississippi. The Pastor, Bro. Mike Fondren, and wife Edna attended the SBC Convention in Phoenix, AZ, and needed a preacher. We always enjoy the Noxapater folks. It’s a strong Winston County church, and we’ve had several good revivals there. Bro. Chris Wells leads the singing and worship, and we’ve grown to know and love Chris and his family. The church pianist graciously asked Brenda to play for the services, in her place, (which Brenda loved). Thanks to Bro. Mike and all the sweet folks at Noxapater.
The last two Sundays were filled at Antioch Baptist Church in Winston County, Mississippi. The church is without a Pastor, and our first trip on the 18th was a regular Sunday, and the last Sunday of June began their summer revival. I can’t tell you how many times we have had revivals in churches without Pastors. It’s a great time to keep the church together and renewed as they focus on looking for God’s man. Some of the best revivals we’ve had across the years have been in churches as they seek for a new Pastor. This was the case at Antioch. On the Sunday night before the revival started I was led of the Holy Spirit to look ahead toward revival and preach on the subject in preparation for revival. I did just that and the entire church came to the front and filled the prayer altar! (except one precious lady with mobility issues).
God blessed us with a great meeting and there were prayers and decisions each night. Margaret Betts led the worship music and did a fine job, and she was so very kind and cordial to us. Brenda and I sang on Sunday, then we had some really good singing the other nights. We were blessed by my friend, Bro. Jay Murphy, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, in Louisville, Mississippi. He and his daughter Abigail sang for us one night and blessed us! It was good to be with Bro. Jay, wife Sherrie, and Abigail, and we look forward to a good July revival at Shiloh too. Also Bro. Gary Caudill, Pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, joined us on Tuesday night. Bro. Gary and his wife Amy, have 5 fine boys and they all play instruments and sing, (along with Gary and Amy). It was a real blessing. I told them I think they could play a lard bucket if they could put a string and a stick on it! Thanks to Dr. Paul and Susan Blanchard, Jack and Gail Pearson, and all who had a part in this good week at Antioch.
Brenda and I are continuing the call, preaching and singing any and everywhere we have opportunities. God has been so good to us for a long time. But I’m understanding more and more lately, that God is good whether He’s good to us or not! That is part of His inherent being; that’s who He is. We don’t praise Him enough for the majestic God that He is. But, while He is good, holy, pure, precious and so much more . . . He is also a God of judgment and wrath, Who judges sin.
I fear for America for turning so far away and arrogantly shaking a defiant fist of blasphemy in the face of our Holy God! Ladies and gentlemen, God will judge America! The only thing that can stem the tide, or at the very least, delay that coming judgment, are the prayers of God’s people begging for mercy! Do you remember “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.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV). Friends, the ball is in our court. If only WE will . . . HE will.
Churches are trying everything but revival, the thing we need most. I read a quote lately that said something like: “What shall it profit a man who fills the building every Sunday, and then lets the people die and go to hell?” Pastors are preaching on all kinds of light, fluffy, glitzy and useless junk geared to the felt needs of the congregants to whom they preach. One more recent nugget I found and I’ll have to close – Dr. John MacArthur said, “We need to adjust our presentation of the Gospel. How can we begin a Gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives?”
Thanks for your help prayerfully, financially and other ways to help us keep going. We love you all and pray for you literally, every day. Thanks for your prayers also, for churches across America to see revival. And may God have mercy on America, because He’s already blessed us so abundantly.
Now, here is a look at what the Lord has opened for us next month. If the Lord is willing, we plan to be at these places in July 2017 . . .
2 this date was open
9 Poplar BC Conehatta, MS Mark Engram, Pastor
16-19 Springfield BC Morton, MS No Pastor (am services too)
23 Lena BC Lena, MS John Sharp, Pastor
30-Aug 4 Shiloh BC Louisville, MS Jay Murphy, Pastor
Prayerfully & Thankfully Yours,
Randall & Brenda Creel
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10
June 2017 Newsletter