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February Edition of Gospel Gazette Online

February 16, 2020

The February edition of Gospel Gazette Online is now ready for your use. We’re happy today to publish it from South America in collaboration with brethren in North America and throughout the world. Martha and I are in Guyana, South America, traveling about the country to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. Go directly to this month’s magazine issue at:

https://www.gospelgazette.com/gazette/2020/feb/page1.html

2020 Guyana Workshops

February 11, 2020

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Each year for several years, I have been traveling to Guyana, South America once or twice a year to conduct workshops and Gospel meetings across this nation. Guyanese preachers and I together major in edification of our brethren (1 Corinthians 3:6) and minor in evangelism (Mark 16:15-16). Edification is crucial for personal, congregational and brotherhood maturity among foreign nationals for them to participate in a meaningful way in growing the Lord’s church internally and externally among them. In earlier years, my late wife Bonnie accompanied me here and taught ladies and children. Since 2017, my wife Martha and I continue to labor in this ministry together and alongside Guyanese preachers.

The workshop theme this year is, “If Not Now, When?” The corresponding topics address laying the groundwork for and progressing toward the appointment of elders and deacons in the churches throughout the country, encouraging brethren to assume congregational responsibility for their finances, preparing more fully to rely primarily on themselves for their own edification, and analyzing and implementing methods for the churches of Christ throughout Guyana to accept a greater role in evangelizing their own country. Happily, many congregations are already actively working towards these goals, and so far, the lessons have been well received.

Out time here is from January 31 through March 2. We have completed programs in Lethem near the Brazilian border and in Port Kaituma near the border with Venezuela. At the latter location, we had two venues—one in the town and one along the bank of a canal to the Kaituma River. Tomorrow, we leave our base in Linden for two more workshops, like the sites two which we’ve already traveled, distant from each other and in opposite directions.

Wednesday and Thursday, we will lodge in New Amsterdam; Thursday we have a workshop hosted by the Cotton Tree Church of Christ. Friday night, we will lodge at the other end of the coast in Parika. Saturday, we have a workshop scheduled for Richmond across the 20-mile-wide Essequibo River; that evening, we will make the several hours’ drive back to Linden.

In the weeks ahead if our Lord permits, we will have programs near Georgetown the capital, Paramakatoi in the mountains near Brazil, outside Mabaruma near Venezuela and Kildonan once more in the southern coastal area.

This year we minimized the amount of clothes and foodstuffs and maximized the number of Bibles, books and tracts in our luggage. This year, too, I’m taking fewer pictures than in prior years (as well as in the Asian countries to which I go); it’s a matter of been there—saw that before. The more I come here or go to be with brethren in Asia, it is like going home, not to say that I don’t appreciate our home in America. Martha and I solicit your prayers and encourage your participation with us.

We are most fortunate to be coworkers with brother Nigel Milo, his wife Jasmine and son Zab. This year, my additional Guyanese co-speaker is brother Frederick Darrel, preacher for the Kitty Church of Christ in Georgetown. Together, we aim to glorify God, edify brethren and reach lost sous with the Gospel of Christ.

January 2020 Gospel Gazette Online

January 11, 2020

The January 2020 edition of Gospel Gazette Online is ready. Subscribers and non-subscribers alike are invited to take advantage of the new articles as well as the thousands of archived articles therein. Use these pages for personal study, class material, sermon preparation, church bulletins, etc. Tell your friends about this remarkable, free biblical resource. Www.GospelGazette.com

Packed Two Suitcases Tonight

December 11, 2019

Earlier tonight, I packed two suitcases in anticipation of Martha and my travel January 31, 2020 to Guyana, South America. Together, they hold 40 NKJV Bibles and 200 Ready Reference booklets. The luggage will cost $40 each for a total of $80 as second checked bags for Martha and me; the first bag for each of us will cost $30 each or a total of $60 for 8 Bibles that didn’t fit in the other bags, some food and clothes.

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas looms in the near future, but we are mindful of our impending annual mission trip to the 10 regions of the tropical country of Guyana. We are scheduled to return to the USA on March 2.

This year, the theme is, “If Not Now, When?” Topics that will be discussed concern foreign brethren taking responsibility for evangelizing their own nation, edifying themselves, beginning to assume a greater role in financial accountability and laying the groundwork for appointing elders sometime in the future. Two Guyanese preaching brethren and I will share the speaking, and Martha will teach Christian ladies.

We solicit your prayers, and anyone wishing to participate financially may send a check to the Siwell Road Church of Christ, 4075 S. Siwell Rd., Jackson, MS 39212 with “Rushmore Mission Trip” written on the memo line. The elders of this congregation oversee our mission work and hold funds for us to this end.

The Voice of Truth International #103

December 10, 2019

Good news folks! The Voice of Truth International #103 is available online immediately for your personal study, class and sermon preparation, and use in bulletins. The Voice of Truth International #101 is in printed circulation now, and Volume #102 is in production. Only online can you access Volume #103, because it will not be available in printed form until months from now. Follow the links below to go to Volume #103 now or to additional editions and about three dozen books, all in PDF files. Good news folks! All of these are available without charge to you.

 

The Voice of Truth International #103
https://www.gospelgazette.com/library/Voice%20of%20Truth/VOT_103.pdf

The Voice of Truth International & Books in PDF
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The Spirit Summarized

August 6, 2019

This past Saturday, my newest book arrived from the printer. Actually, it was written in 1994, but the most recent edition has a more handsome cover than past editions, and it has been revised slightly and proofed again. The Spirit Summarized encapsulates the fundamentals about the Holy Spirit. Differing understandings by various writing brethren about key facets of the Holy Spirit were consulted, and several quotations regarding studies by those scholars appear in the book. While the 90-page treatise is intended to be informational rather than confrontational, I do make recommendations for consideration and belief regarding the Holy Spirit. Chapters include:  Introductory Matters, The Holy Spirit: A Divine Person, The Word: The Holy Spirit’s Medium of Operation, The Work of the Holy Spirit, The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, The Case of Cornelius and His Household, The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:38 and the Gift of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Blaspheming and Sinning Against the Holy Spirit, Sealed in the Holy Spirit, The Intercession of the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit: True and False, Questions. An extensive Works Cited and Works Consulted conclude The Spirit Summarized. Copies may be ordered online at Gospel Gazette Online and World Evangelism Publications or by calling World Evangelism in Winona, Mississippi at 662.283.1192. Retail is $8.00 each, but quantity discounts are available for classroom use. One can also view a PDF version of Spirit Summarized online at Gospel Gazette Online Digital Library. Louis Rushmore may be contacted directly at rushmore@gospelgazette.com.

18 Days on the Road

April 22, 2019

Friday, April 19, Martha and I made the long trip from Ocala, Florida toward Winona, Mississippi. Well, we tuckered out barely into Mississippi. We stayed the night in Starkville. Saturday, we arrived in Winona at the World Evangelism Building for breakfast with Jerry and Paula Bates and Shane and Emily Fisher. The Fishers recently moved to Winona, almost simultaneously as Martha and I moved to Florida. After eating, we loaded my utility trailer with about a ton of literature, nearly all of which is “reclaimed” from various stateside congregations.

Sunday, Martha and I assembled with the Old Union Church of Christ. During Bible class, I showed my PowerPoint presentation “2019 Guyana” mission trip. We always derived encouragement and assistance from these good brethren in all that we try to do for our Lord Jesus Christ. Later, we drove to Rebecca’s home in Collierville, Tennessee and lodged with her overnight.

Monday, Rebecca trailed us in her car as Martha and I drove to Nashville with the trailer in tow. Our daughter is a true blessing to us and goes out of her way to assist us in so many areas. It took us several hours in the warehouse of Caribbean Shipping to pack five jumbo plastic barrels with songbooks, Bibles, maps, communion ware, tracts, The Voice of Truth International and religious books. These items will arrive in June in Guyana, South America, where they will be distributed to most of the congregations of the Lord’s church in that country.

Upon returning to Dickson, Tennessee, where we left Rebecca’s car and from which we carpooled to Nashville, we enjoyed a satisfying meal at Cracker Barrel. Happily, brother Roger and sister Mary Wright called us and suggested that we dine together. They and we arrived in Dickson about the same time. On the way into the restaurant, I spied a prank, hanging out from under a car’s trunk lid.

Afterward, we checked into our hotel, where we will spend the next three nights. While I was checking in, Martha decided to unload luggage from the back of the van. However, she tripped over the trailer hitch; we had already detached and parked the trailer behind the hotel. She hurt her elbows and tore up skin on one leg and her arms.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, Lord willing, we and others intend to attend the 2019 Annual India Mission Conference. This year, it is being hosted by the congregation in Burns, Tennessee.

Thursday, we will return to Rebecca’s home. Friday, we will load the balance of our belongings in Winona. Sunday, we expect to assemble with two churches of Christ in the vicinity of Jackson, Mississippi. Monday, we plan to head toward Hamilton, Alabama for the yearly Maywood Missionary Retreat. Wednesday night, I have an appointment in Leighton, Alabama. Saturday, we head for Piedmont, Alabama. Sunday we are to assemble with two churches of Christ for me to acquaint them with our mission work. Monday, we head back to Ocala, Florida for a couple of weeks before heading out again for a week or two. That’s about 18 days on the road, this time with the next trek already in view. In September, if our Lord wills, we head back to Asia for a few weeks.

We covet your prayers. Martha and I are thankful especially to brethren and congregations that make it possible for us work for the Lord stateside and abroad.