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May 2020 update

The fields … are white already to harvest. John 4:35

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts and the wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

I hope that you are weathering the Covid-19 situation without too much difficulty. It is affecting each of us differently (I’m having trouble with what day of the week it is), but all in all I pray that we will come out better for it. Oswald Chambers says that we go through nothing that God does not know about. As long as God is in control, I’m not worried. He said that He would never leave me or forsake me, any of us! (Hebrews 13:5)

Most of my life I have been infatuated with the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice. (1 Samuel 3) When I was a little tyke, I would crawl up into my mother’s lap and request her to read that story over and over and over again. In fact, I believe it is the greatest blessing of the Christian after one is born again to hear the voice of God-to know God’s heart. I believe Samuel lived one of the purest lives illustrated in the Bible other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Toward the end of his days Samuel stood before the people of Israel and stated, “I am old and gray-headed I have walked before you from my childhood
to this day. Here I am. Witness against me before the LORD and before his anointed: Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to you.” And the Israelites said to him, “You have not cheated us or oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from any man’s hand.” (1 Samuel 12:2-4)

The Bible is replete with stories of men that grew up with godly parents but then their children turned away from God. The best story is perhaps about the prodigal son. But there are other examples such as Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas; or Samuel’s sons, Joel and Abijah. Eli was disappointed in his boys and Samuel was disappointed In his boys. There was a period in my own life where I turned away from God also. I can remember my Dad being disappointed in me one day as I hardly hesitated driving my car through the intersection of Park and East 22nd receiving a ticket, otherwise known as a citation. My Dad had a way of catching me every time I did something crazy and he drove up just as the policeman was driving away, took my ticket and went and paid it for me. That may have not been the wisest thing for him to do for even last year I did something crazy and paid the penalty for it.

But as I sit here and ponder the Covid-19 situation I can see America like a wayward son or daughter.

Sinful, you betcha!!! Statistics in America say that there is just as much sin in the church as there is in society at large. I say there is possibly morel People continually voice the falsehood that you cannot legislate morality. You can! And you must! The more something is available to the public-the more it is used; be it alcoholic drink, drugs and marijuana, pornography, abortion-you name it.

In the situation of God’s people in Samuel’s day saying they wanted a king so they could be as other peoples, we all fall to peer pressure and want to be as other people. Teenagers and adults buy the designer’s clothes, we have to have the latest devices to play on, or the most stylish automobile to drive. It is that familiar fleshly feeling of ours. We say no to God, we want a king to rule over us. Samuel told the people what a king would do for them. He would take their sons and daughters, increase their taxes, take their land from them-but still the people wanted a king. When Samuel went to God about this, God told him that the people had not rejected him, ”but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7)

I wonder, have we wanted government to rule over us too much? Have we desired the pleasures of life and work too much-good roads, good healthcare, Social Security, peace everywhere, convenience? There is a price to pay for all we have. And our sons and daughters have suffered for it.

Samuel told the people, “Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the LORD has set a king over you. If you fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the LORD your God. However, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.” Samuel had heard from God-he didn’t speak from his own feelings.
Samuel then showed the people the God that they had rejected. “Now therefore, stand and see th is great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes: ls today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves. So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.” (1 Samuel 12:19) (BTW I believe we are getting ready to witness a great harvest of souls!!! The fear of the Lord is coming on people).

Then the people of God confessed their sin. “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.” (1 Samuel 12:19)

False prophets only tear down; Samuel’s exhortation shows that he was a true prophet of God-to build up, not tear down. “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go afte r empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. For the LORD will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people.” (1 Samuel 12:20-22) Samuel continued strongly in a personal note, “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD i n ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.” (1 Samuel 12:23)

During Covid-19 and whatever follows I want you to know that Jesus is praying for you. Read John 17. Sue and I are praying for you also. The word of God is here to teach us. God uses his word to speak to us. Those are not just our thoughts we receive in our minds as we read his word, God is speaking to you and me. Hear His voice. Will we be God’s people through all the suffering days? Or will we turn from Him to rely on ourselves or upon our government? For Samuel 12:25 says, “But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” (king=government)

FEAR the LORD, Serve Him in Truth with ALL your Heart;

Consider what Great Things He has done for You! (1 Samuel 12:24)

Love you in Jesus,

David and Sue

 

Post Office Box 1419 • Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738 • (865) 436-7011

February Update

Valentine’s Day is special to most of us! Maybe I should say our special Valentine is SPECIAL to us. Mine certainly isl Sue and I have been Valentine’s for over 53 years now.
We were in the Daytona area witnessing to the crowds before the Daytona 500 Race on Sunday. Last month a thirty-something year old lady and three young boys gave their hearts to Jesus as I preached during halftime at Upward Basketball. Pray we see many saved hereI TIME IS SHORT!I!

As we pulled into our hotel this week, two ladies came up to read the signs we keep in our van’s side windows. My side reads, ‘The Righteousness God requires is the Righteousness His Righteousness requires Him to require.” May be a little confusing but it generally sparks a conversation. No one can be righteous enough without the Lord Jesus Christ being the (our) Righteousness for us. But the ladies were not reading my sign, they were reading the one on Sue’s side of the van which reads, ”The Answers to all of life’s Questions are in the Bible.”  Stephanie was looking at the sign as Sue got out of the van
and said to Sue, “I have lots of questionsI”

Sue replied, “I will try to answer them. Do you have a Bible?” Stephanie answered that she did not have one. I came back out from checking in and Sue asked me to get her a Bible, which I did. Stephanie’s friend, Ellen, said she was Catholic and that she had one. Stephanie seemed troubled to some extent and kept saying she had many questions, yet when we asked her to give us one, she wouldn’t. Sue and I shared Jesus with Stephanie and Ellen but don’t think we made much headway. God commands that we witness; He will give the increase. Pray for these ladies.

We were booked into a certain hotel, but I was tired from driving and pulled into two wrong hotels. We were at the second wrong hotel when this situation (above) occurred. I believe God wanted these ladies to have a witness and directed me to the wrong hotels (or at least one of them).

Pray that every tract and every witness we give hits the target. Brother George Bellmany and his wife, Gloria, will be working with me again this year at Daytona. We expect to hand out thousands of Gospel tracts and a few Bibles. It has been speculated President Trump will be at the races. Sue wants you to know that we do not go inside to these events where we witness. Our monies are spent on Bibles, tracts and travel. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.

We leave Monday and head to New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras event. We are thankful for our friends Bob and Patty Hayward that give us rest along the way. Dennis Mohr heads up the MG event now and has over 50 men signed up to witness. Pray we see many souls transformed. This will be my thirty-ninth year to participate. Please pray for everyone’s safety as we preach and witness on the streets. Pray we have favor with the people and with the Authorities.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We go as the Lord leads, our Board of Directors confirms, and support comes in. Thank you so very much.
David and Sue Cobb

Ministry Update & Challenge – July, 2019

We are starting our 30th year of evangelistic ministry after being on various church staffs for almost ten years. It has been a demanding, exciting ride each day! God has been so gracious to us having folks like you praying and supporting us these many years. One pastor friend has had his congregation praying for our 1. Boldness and Confidence in Jesus (Romans 1:16, 17 and Ephesians 6:19} 2. That the light of the Gospel Will Penetrate the Darkness of Sin (2 Corinthians 4:4-6) 3. That Many Will Accept Jesus (Ephesians 1:13) 4. The Cobb’s Will Be Blessed for Their Obedience (2 Corinthians 9:13}

How can I lose with prayers as these? Yesterday I went downtown early to set up for the annual 4th of July Parade. I took four cases of New Testaments with me to see if anyone might want one. Was I ever surprised? Within two hours I had handed out 192 New Testaments to people that desired one. It was a powerful testimony to me that God is still drawing people to His side. Many people are searching for answers to life’s problems. Pray these individuals will read these Bibles and not forget about them.

Later that evening Evangelist Mark Martin, Reverend Cedric Smith from the Bahamas, and Dolly Baker teamed up with me to witness to the crowd. Storms kept us from handing out as many Gospel tracts as we had wanted, but we still handed out over 3,000 tracts like I am sending in this letter. Pray with me that the word of God in these tracts will penetrate hearts and that the Holy Spirit will convict people of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)

At the beginning of June, I traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to work alongside about 80 seminary students who knocked on doors and presented Jesus in surrounding neighborhoods. Dennis Mohr of Call the Grace Ministries made all the necessary arrangements. Shawn Mccloskey of Wichita, Kansas also witnessed with us. Each morning was spent listening to professors of evangelism from four of our seminaries. I was invited by Dr. Preston Nix of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Tom Johnston of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dr. Tim Beougher of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to encourage their students in soul winning and witnessing. The groups had a few people saved during the week but for the most part the people I met seemed cold and indifferent to the gospel. I felt like the areas we were in had not been adequately prayed over. It is a dire necessity before this type work is engaged, for it to be prayer walked or driven for three or four months.

The good Lord willing, I will be working again with Evangelist Dennis Mohr as the Illinois Baptists are doing some evangelism work in the city of Beardstown July 24-27. Be praying that our time there will be most fruitful. Thank you for your prayers as we travel on the highways.

Isn’t the word of God so rich! I’ve always loved the story in 1 Samuel 3 where God is calling Samuel. Samuel doesn’t know the voice, but Eli tells him it must be God. Whenever God calls again, Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” I pray for each of us to be dose enough to God to be hearing His voice. However, before this passage, 1 Samuel relates the story of Hannah being childless and praying for God to give her a son. I believe that this must be one of the most heartfelt prayers that any woman would ever pray, the prayer for a child. For God has designed woman to bear children. Without mothers,civilization would cease to exist! Abraham and Sarah prayed for children. Jacob and Rachel prayed for children. In fact, Rachel became so forlorn that she said to her husband, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Trying to hear what God was speaking to me the day I reread these passages, I thought about the new birth that is available to every person that’s In the world. And I think about the number of lost souls that are about us on a dally basis. God has placed us here to be useful in the expansion of his kingdom. You and I should be weeping dally for lost souls to be saved. Are you in agony to see someone Born Again today? Are you at the point to cry out to God and say, “Give me children, or I’ll die !” I believe God will hear and answer that prayer for us Spiritually on behalf of others as He did physically for the beautiful Rachel! I have a little statement printed on my desk, “Have you thought about your responsibility to God today?” Every Christian’s responsibility is to be an open witness for Jesus!

I close with a little story from D. L. Moody. He said, “Whenever I speak to parents, two fathers come before me. One lived on the Mississippi River. He was a man of great wealth. One day his eldest son had been borne home unconscious. They did everything that man could do to restore him, but in vain. Time passed, and after a terrible suspense he recovered consciousness. “My son,” the father whispered, “the doctor tells me you are dying.”

“Oh,” said the boy, “You never prayed for me, father; won’t you pray for my lost soul now?” The father wept. It was true he had never prayed. He was a stranger to God. And in a little w ile that soul, un­prayed for, passed into its dark eternity. The father has since said he would give all his wealth if he could call back his boy, only to offer one short prayer for him.

What a contrast is the other father! He, too, had a lovely son, and one day he came home to find him at the gates of death. His wife was weeping, and she said- “Our boy is dying; he has had a change for the worse. I wish you would go in and see him.” The father went into the room and placed his hand upon the brow of his dying boy, and could feel the cold, damp sweat that was gathering there; the cold, icy hand of death was feeling for the chords of life.

“Do you know, my son, that you are dying?” asked the father.

“Am I? Is this death? Do you really think I am dying?”

“Yes, my son, your end on earth is near. ”

” And will I be with Jesus tonight, father?” ”Yes, you’ll soon be with the Savior.” “Father, don’t weep; for when I get there I will go straight to Jesus, and tell him that you have been
trying all my life to lead me to Him.” Moody continued, “God has given me three children, and ever since I can remember I have directed them to Christ. I would rather they carry this message to Jesus–that I had tried all their life to lead them to Him–then have all the crowns of the earth; I would rather lead them to Jesus than give them the wealth of the world.”

Half-way through 2019 I say, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” Thank you for your prayers and help along the way.

David and Sue Cobb

(Sue became my Bride 52 years ago July 9. We have a Good God!)

Post Office Box 1419 • Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738 • (865 ) 436-7011

Ministry Update: Spring, 2019

A Frontline Ministry

CELEBRATE JESUS!!!!!!!

scenes after Mardi Gras. Our team was there in New Orleans again this year. When the “party” is over, may empty hearts seek the Lord.

This season is all about Jesus. I pray that you get more of a thrill worshiping Jesus this Easter season than even being with your grandchildren at an Easter egg hunt. Jesus is truly the Reason for this season! I pray that you’ve been born again, for Jesus says unless you’ve been born again you will never see the kingdom of God. As we witness here on the streets of Gatlinburg, we notice that a lot of people have never been born again. They may be members of some church, but they have never totally allowed Jesus to take control of their lives. There is a lot of head knowledge about Jesus, but little heart knowledge. It breaks my heart to see so many that are living for themselves, and this world. I hope that you get to witness to someone this season and lead them to the Lord Jesus through His precious cross. Only through the shed blood of Jesus can you and I, or anyone find forgiveness for our sins.

Looking past Easter a bit, in Chapter 1 of the Book of Acts Jesus is telling the disciples they need to wait and receive the Holy Spirit before they go out to witness. Jesus proved Himself to them as He was with them 40 days after He rose from the grave. The word of God says that He spoke to them about things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Can you imagine all the things that He must’ve said? And then He talked about the Holy Spirit coming upon them and giving them power, I mean God Almighty power! If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are a stick of dynamite in the hands of God! When you go out to witness in the power of the Holy Spirit you know something is going to happen to someone! You may not know what that is, but you are excited just to wait for something to happen!

Every time Mark Martin and I go out on the street, we pray for God to move mightily through us and our testimony. We believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Like the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto the salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. I pray that you are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Paul talks about it again in the book of 2nd Timothy where he says that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. And he adds, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.”

Years ago, I used to spend as much time as I could with Evangelist Arthur Blessitt. Arthur used to tell me that the reason more people were not out witnessing openly for Jesus is that they are simply ashamed of Him. They don’t want to be identified with Him in all that He would ask them to do and to be. I hope that’s not true, but the older I get the more I wonder. Jesus says if you’re ashamed of me here, I’ll be ashamed of you before my Father who is in heaven. This Easter season before we celebrate, we may have to get down on our knees and repent of our sin of silence before God. BTW there are now over 363 million people in North America, with 350 different languages and more than 14 religions. 273 million of these people, at our back door so to speak, have no relationship with Jesus! I hope this next week or two you will get alone with the Lord and make sure that everything is laid bare before Him, and you know you are His child, and that He loves you most dearly. The Awesome love of God!

After Jesus told the disciples they would receive power after that the Holy Ghost would come upon them and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. After He had said these things while they were looking at Him, He was taken up and a cloud received Him out of their sight. As they were looking there, two angels came and told them Jesus shall come again in the same manner as they had seen Him go into heaven.

One reason we are able to celebrate Jesus every day of our lives is because we know that one day He is coming back and He is going to take us to be with Him forever. No man knows the hour or the day, only the Father knows. I can look around and see signs that would indicate that His coming again could be very soon. We look around and see how evil the world is getting and we think that Jesus must be coming back real soon.

But think about Nineveh and what happened when Jonah finally repented and started preaching a message of repentance to the King and the people of Nineveh, one of the most wicked cities on the face of the earth. We know that when the message of God was presented by Jonah in the power of God, the people of Nineveh believed, even proclaiming a fast and put on sackcloth as the king even sat in ashes. The king knew the evil of the people and the violence that was in their hands. Being scared that God was going to destroy them in 40 days, they repented as the king questioned, “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?” The Bible says that God saw their works, that they had turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said He would do to them; and He did it not. I pray that you and I will see a mighty move of God in the very near future not only for our nation but for the nations and peoples of the world! Keep believing and keep praying!

We are at the point to where we (DCEA) need to sell a 12 passenger Ford E350 van, or as I would like to do, give it away to another ministry. It has 83,000 miles on it and is in great shape. We used it to take people on our New England “GLORY STONES” Christian Heritage Tour (contact Sue or David if you would like to go). We find that most folks would rather fly to Boston and be picked up there. For small groups we can use our new van, for larger groups we can rent a van in Boston, thus saving expensive insurance and upkeep on an additional van. Pray we do what God wants done with this asset. Also, I have given away several cases of the outstanding book we use on this tour, The One Year Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten. If you would like to have your own copy, please let me know. As funds are available, I will get one to you. I believe you will be most blessed to use it daily.

I will be leaving in a couple of days working in New York City with our mission team from our church. Please pray that we see souls saved and that the church we are working with will reap a harvest from all our efforts. The following week Mark Martin and I will be going to Exuma in the Bahamas to work with the Reverend Cedric Smith and John James doing street ministry during the Bahamas National Family Island Regatta held in Georgetown, Exuma. After that we will try to do the events in Memphis and possibly in Indianapolis. We’ve had big crowds here during Spring Break that we’ve witnessed to and we anticipate even larger crowds of tourists this summer. If you have time to help us on the streets, we will supply you with excellent gospel tracts. Thank you for your prayers and love.

In Christ,
David and Sue Cobb

www.dceaonline.org

December 2018 Update

A FRONTLINE MINISTRY

ALL GLORY TO GOD OUR MAKER AND KING, WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS THE CHRIST!

Scripture of my Salvation: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

Scripture of my call to Preach: And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 1:17,16:15

My Life Verse: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. The Acts of the Apostles 20:24

You know– God has made life pretty simple! Man has made it complicated and hard! Rick Warren has a little booklet he wrote in 2002 entitled “What on earth are we here for?” Good Question! Our one purpose in life is to glorify God by obeying Jesus. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. As He left, He told us to go and do likewise. Whatever your occupation is, the outcome from it should be to carry out the Master’s Plan.

Some of us sow and reap. Psalm 126:5,6 Others encourage and pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 And some are blessed to support and send. Romans 10:14,15 All are necessary for the gospel to fill the earth. The question is: Are each of us fulfilling our role in the Master’s Plan?

I believe 2019 and 2020 to be Watershed Years. Two full years to go all out for God! Fulfill your destiny! God in you is able! As one of my dear praying friends says, “Stay clean and stay close!” Of course, he knows if he stays close, he will stay clean. We live in the world but are not of it. Galatians 6:14

The forces of darkness are all around us. They have always been here. God is able to hold them off. Our job is to believe and pray and walk. God is faithful to do his part. We must take back our schools before our very children and grandchildren turn against us. In the 17th century in France, King Henry IV had issued in 1598 the Edict of Nantes giving religious freedom to the Protestant Huguenots in Roman Catholic France. But by 1685 Henry’s own grandson, Louis XIV, revoked the Edict of Nantes and all Huguenot churches were destroyed or turned into Catholic churches. If you don’t tell your young children and grandchildren to follow Christ, the world will tell him not to!

In the fast-paced world we live in darkness can snuff out the light very quickly. Light dispels darkness, but the opposite can happen if we let our guard down. I am saying you and I must be more vigilant than ever before. Don’t get tired and sit down. This is the hour to stand strong in the Lord! He has called you and me forth to STAND. The devil’s time is short. I believe he is using the Progressives to bring in the One World Government and to rid the planet of Christ and Christianity, just be tolerant, coexist. Many Christians and so-called Christians are duped into playing along with his evil schemes. Do not be one of them! America is now in the category of being an unreached people group! Over 100 churches close their doors each week, forever! Every year another 2,700,000 church members fall into inactivity (I am not talking about the ones that fall asleep in the pews each week). Other countries are sending missionaries to us! America MUST have Revival!!! Fast and Pray as you never have before. Please!

I believe we have just a few years left to have the freedom to preach the gospel ANYWHERE! This is a call to prayer and to preach now! So many lives are at stake. So many souls are without God. Do we really care? Time will tell what our attitude and heart really is. I ask you out right—Have you led Someone to Christ this year? 2018. Anyone? You have a few days left to do it. There is Someone of your relatives – There is Someone on the block in which you live – There is Someone in your neighborhood or section of town – Someone on your road – Someone with whom you do business – Someone is waiting for you to tell them about Jesus and the love He bestows as He floods our hearts! Time is short. Do it today. The voice of the devil says, “Wait.” Don’t listen to him. Today is the day for their salvation. Trust the Lord and go! It could mean the difference between heaven and hell for that Someone!

Mardi Gras Street Witnessing has a new group for men ages 70 plus that may take it a little easier. I will try to lead this group. Brother Dennis Mohr of Call of Grace Ministries is coordinating all the rooms for everyone and handling the finances. DCEA will still provide many signs, Tracts and Bibles as In the past. Dates for MG are February 28-March 5, 2019. Costs are $175.00 per person for Thursday thru Sunday; $300.00 if you stay until Wednesday morning. Call Dennis Mohr at 618-694-8199 to reserve a space. Pray we see many people saved this year. Come with us. Step out in boldness if you have been fearful before. Everybody in New Orleans needs a witness! Easiest place in the world to share Jesus. No Joke!

Talking about witnessing, Christmas is a great season to tell of the love of Jesus. What an awesome time of the year! God’s blessings be upon you as you obey Him. I am enclosing a gospel tract for use at this time of year. I have ten thousand of these should you need more! Just ask. My prayer is that you may use this tract to lead Someone to Jesus. Thank you for all the prayers you have lifted up for us this year. And thank you for supporting this ministry of Gospel seed planting and harvesting and discipleship and teaching. You are special to the Lord and to us! Keep praying.

Merry Christmas to you all,

David and Sue Cobb