A Frontline Ministry
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.
David and Sue Cobb
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
A FRONTLINE MINISTRY
Greetings in Jesus name. One of the greatest youth events of the world happens in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. Hearts On Fire 2018 will host Tim Tebow and Clayton King as speakers along with musicians Passion, Zach Williams, Roger Williams and the AMUQ, and the Hearts On Fire Band. Founder and leader of Hearts On Fire is the Reverend Scott Carter, Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church Sevierville. Over 12,000 youth have already preregistered. I want to encourage your youth to attend this outstanding event. You can register
Sue and I have just completed a whirlwind 5,000 mile trek. We give praise to our God that we had no close accidents (that we know of), no personal injuries, all equipment ran perfectly, not even having a flat tire. We attended my high school class reunion having a great time seeing a lot of our friends (notice the omission of the word old). I was able to speak to the men’s breakfast group at First Baptist Church Stuttgart and to preach at Grand Prairie Church on Sunday. Thank you, Pastors Dr. Sam Roberts of FBC and the Reverend Thomas Bormann of Grand Prairie Church for allowing me this opportunity. One man confessed that he was saved. Continue to pray that there will be lasting fruit from our labors.
Leaving Arkansas Sue and I drove home spending one night and changed vans that would haul more people and luggage. We met the Reverend Dr. Woods Watson of First Baptist Church West Monroe, Louisiana and 14 members of his senior adult group at the Boston Logan airport. It was a rainy first couple of days for DCEA’s New England Christian Heritage Tour (Glory Stones). The first day we visited Plymouth Rock where historians say the Pilgrims set foot on December 21, 1620. We also gathered in much history at the local museum there in Plymouth. Normally we would view the Mayflower 2, but it was away being repaired. That afternoon we traveled to Plimouth Plantation and viewed how life was lived back in the days of the Pilgrims. There were several interesting exhibits where local Indians showed some of their native skills.
Each morning after breakfast we would have a time of morning devotions and prayer. I would like to say here that we felt and saw God working all along our excursion. Usually I would read a portion from The One Year Christian History: A Daily Glimpse Into God’s Powerful Work (by E.Michael and Sharon Rusten Tyndale House Publishers) that pertained to that day’s visits. We were supposed to walk the Freedom Trail today, but because of rain we got a late start and decided to take our luggage to the new hotel on the north side of Boston. We did drive by Boston Commons where the Boston Massacre transpired, the building where the great evangelist DL Moody was saved, the Old North Church where Paul Revere had the lanterns placed and Copp’s Hill Cemetery where Increase and Cotton Mather and other great Puritan ministers are buried. In the afternoon we visited “Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution, the oldest active battleship in the Navy. While there we observed the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the US Navy.
Sunday, we drove to Newburyport to worship at Old South Presbyterian Church which evangelist George Whitefield founded in 1746. He preached there many times and died in a house just two doors away. He is buried under the pulpit of this church. After worship historian Jerry Mullins offered a tour of the church and grounds telling us much of the happenings of that era. We then drove to Sudbury and had an exquisite meal at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. This is the oldest inn that his been in continuous operation in our nation.
Monday, we left Boston and went to Lexington Commons and Concord where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. We saw a great movie that the National Park Service has put together of the famous night revering Paul Revere’s ride. That afternoon we traveled to Providence, Rhode Island and visited the first Baptist Church of America which is First Baptist Church Providence. We were blessed by Author/Historian J. Stanley Lemons spending time telling us about this beautiful church. Then, we headed downtown to the Roger Williams Park and viewed a movie showing William’s life and his influence on our religious heritage. Our National Park Service again has a great movie to share about his life and activity. It was rainy and dusk when we finally made it to Newport to see the magnificent homes there (Maybe we didn’t need to see them and possibly sin by coveting)!
Tuesday, we traveled through the country driving past the beautiful University of Connecticut up to Tolland, Connecticut where pastor evangelist Shubal Stearns was born again under the preaching of George Whitefield. Just a few miles north of this at Enfield we were getting ready to have prayer around the marker that denoted where Jonathan Edwards preached “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and the First Great Awakening of America started. Sue noticed a lady walking on the sidewalk close by. She announced to the lady that we were going to pray for revival for our nation and asked if she wanted to join us. As we were milling about, JoAnn, our new friend, pointed to a beautiful pendant that Barbara Goleman had around her neck. In just a moment Barbara sensed the Holy Spirit said to give it to JoAnn, which she did. God’s Spirit was strong there as we all joined hands and prayed. JoAnn said that she had never done anything quite like that and that she was raised Catholic. I asked her if she believed that she would be in heaven if something happened to her. She said that she wasn’t sure, but she had been raised to always treat people well. I shared the gospel with her and asked her if she wanted to be sure of where she would be if she died this moment. She said she did, and she prayed a prayer asking the Lord’s forgiveness for her sins. I then asked her where Jesus was. She immediately placed her hand over her heart and said, “Right here!” Everyone was so happy and congratulated her. I went over to the van trying to find a little New Testament for her, but they were under everyone’s luggage. I looked beside the driver’s seat and found a Christian Life New Testament like I gave away years ago. In the back I found some writing of my mother years ago. I tore those pages out and handed the Bible to JoAnn. We said our goodbyes and drove on to our next stop. Continue to pray for Joanne, to find a church, and to walk with the Lord. Sharing the gospel and seeing someone saved is another good reason to go on these Tours.
After lunch we drove up to Northampton, Massachusetts to the Bridge Street Cemetery where David Brainerd is buried alongside his beloved Jerusha Edwards, the daughter of Jonathan Edwards. Several members of the Edwards family, the Stoddard family, the Dwight family, and other great Puritan leaders are buried in the cemetery. As the 17 of us were standing by the Brainerd grave to have prayer, a young man walked up, and I asked him if he was a student of history. He gave us his name and told us that he was a church history professor at Wheaton University in Chicago. It did not take much urging for him to tell us about David Brainerd and his life of preaching and caring for the Indians in this early part of America’s life. These early Christian families wanted America to treat the Indians with respect and to see them become Christians. Unfortunately, greed and lack of patience to wait prevailed and the land was taken and most of the Indians were killed.
Leaving Northampton, we traveled a few miles up the road to Northfield where DL Moody and his wife are buried side-by-side overlooking a beautiful valley. The Moody home is here close to the girls school at Moody founded. The Mount Herman school for boys is a few miles away. We again gathered around the grave and we asked the Lord to raise up many more evangelists that would be filled with His power like DL Moody. Then we drove into New Hampshire and across the southern part of Vermont spending the night in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Wednesday morning, we drove a short distance to Williamstown and viewed the monument where the Haystack Prayer Meeting was convened in 1806. Out of these prayer meetings at Williams College came the American Missionary Movement. No other nation up to this point has done more mission work, or sent more missionaries throughout the world, than America. We again had prayer here asking the Lord to continue to raise up young people that would have a heart for God and a willingness to surrender all. With billions of people still lost in the world, Christians today need to be challenged the Great Commission says, not to stay but GO!
We ended our tour in Stockbridge by viewing the Indian mission that John Sergeant. founded which became the place where Jonathan Edwards wrote most of his theological works. Indian missionary David Brainerd use this place as a place of rest as he worked with Indians in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We again blessed the Lord for His Spirit upon these people and asked Him to continue to shape our hearts toward the lost. After great lunch at the Red Lion Inn we toured the Norman Rockwell Museum close to Stockbridge. Pray for a lady there that Sue and I have been witnessing to for a few years. Mr. Rockwell depicted a moral United States in most of his paintings. It is a good place to relax, end the Tour, and head back to Boston for those flying out the next day. This year the Louisiana group chose to go uptown and ride the sightseeing trolley before they caught their plane home late in the afternoon. What a great group! Thanks, Woods, for making it all happen!
BTW, I am having a few copies of this whole Tour printed up (about 150 pages). Most of it comes from Wikipedia, but it is in order of the Tour. Should you desire a copy please let me know. If enough interest, I may put it in book form for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They need to go see these places before it is forgotten why we even celebrate Thanks Giving!
Continue to pray as we witness on the streets here. I prayed with Antonio this past Saturday. Pray for him to stay away from alcohol. I believe he will as he learned a lesson here; if you are not surrendered and have a weakness toward alcohol, the Devil will get the best of you. He was so mad he had fallen off the wagon, so to speak. He asked God’s forgiveness and the Holy Ghost cleansed him as we prayed on the street, even taking the smell of alcohol from his breath! Both of us felt the Spirit of God. Continue to pray many will be saved from our tracts and preaching of God’s word. Also, pray our city fathers will repent of the alcohol evil they have allowed to be here so prevalent. Their own children and grandchildren will pay a wicked price, I’m afraid.
Before I close, I want to invite men seventy years of age and over (70+) to work with me in New Orleans this coming Mardi Gras. The dates are February 28-March 5, 2019. For several years I have had men ask to be taken back to the hotel earlier than most stay out. They are physically unable to work as hard or as long as they used to work. I understand, and some days feel at that point myself. If you are interested in being used by God in this effort, please contact me and I will share information with you. Contact me at 865-621-1946. We will work with and under the leadership of Dennis Mohr with Call of Grace Ministries. We will book all hotel reservations through Dennis. If you think you are over the hill and can’t be used by God, here may be your opportunity to shine for Jesus! Frank Robertson went last year, and he is in his eighties! Don’t hang your boots up yet! People need the Lord!
Thank you for praying for the elections and for voting. Your candidates and mine will not all win but we must trust the Lord. He is in control and will lead His people through. We as Christian people still must hear and obey His word from 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Thank you for all your prayers and your support. You are the best! Blessings in Jesus on you all. Have a most blessed Thanksgiving with your family.
Sowing seed, reaping a harvest, discipling as we go,
David and Sue Cobb
We give thanks for the Committed Christian Conference in Sevierville, TN July 1-3. For those who would like to have attended, but were not able to, we have recorded the teaching sessions on audio. The messages are posted on this page. To request an MP3 audio CD, please contact us.
John Swaim and friends led in music. John’s CD’s are available through his web site: https://johnswaim.com/
Diane Nix 1 (Ephesians 1-3)
Diane Nix 2 (Ephesians 4,5)
Diane Nix 3 (Ephesians 6)
George Bellmany (Prayer and Evangelism)
John Woodward 1 (Christ is Lamb and Lord)
John Woodward 2 (Christ is Life)
John Woodward 3 (Christ is Liberator and Leader)
Mark Martin (How I Share the Gospel)
Preston Nix 1 (1 John 1)
Preston Nix 2 (1 John 2)
Preston Nix 3 (1 John 3)
Note: to download a single file with all of these audio messages, right click on this link: http://gfirecovery.com/CCC/CCC_2018.zip
After downloading, “unzip” (decompress the folder) to access the MP3 audio files.