Ministry Letter June, 2018

A FRONTLINE MINISTRY

I tell people that writing this letter each month is one of the hardest things I do. I’m not a writer. It Is not my gift. Every spiritual gift test that I’ve ever taken has shown that my gift is prophecy. Now that does not mean that I’m a prophet. I see myself as one that God has called to forth-tell about the coming of the Lord. That means that I am to be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and tell people they need to be prepared for the Lord’s second coming. If one is not Born Again of the Spirit of God before they die here on Earth, then they are not prepared for the coming of the Lord, or death, should Jesus tarry. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible about a gift of evangelism. I see where it says that the evangelist is a gift to the church just like the pastor/teacher and prophet or the apostle. Ephesians 4:11,12 The evangelist is to equip the saints for ministry. In other words, I am to encourage the body of Christ, the church, in the way of evangelism. I try to do this by teaching, preaching, and on-the-job training and by my prayers.

THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME

  • SAVE TO THE ARMS OF JESUS
  • SAVED BY THE ARMS OF JESUS
  • SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

This leads me to invite you as a member of the church, the body of Christ, to our annual Committed Christian Conference (CCC) held in the Gatlinburg area. This year’s event starts on Sunday evening July 1, and will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at Governor’s Crossing in Sevierville, Tennessee. The conference will continue Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3 starting each morning at 8:45 am.  Our SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS are Dr. Preston Nix, Diane Nix, and Dr. John Woodward. Our praise times will be led by singer-songwriter John Swaim from Nashville, Tennessee.   Dr. Nix is the head of the evangelism department of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Diane, is a sought-after speaker on the LifeWay circuit. Dr. Woodward heads up Grace Fellowship International which is the world’s foremost counseling and teaching ministry concerning the Cross of Christ. All our speakers are authors and each person attending will receive one of their books free (not 3, but 1 from one author) (You may buy more, and music, too).

[See schedule below.]

Why have I waited so late to post this notice? It was sent out as the DCEA Schedule of Events last December and is on our website. The reason that I have not promoted it too much until now is because it costs a lot of money. However, just this week some folks have stepped forward and said they will fund about one third of the cost of this event which totals about $7,000.00. This encourages me to go forward as I am trusting the Lord and his people to bring forth the other two thirds.  Everyone that has attended this conference in the last three years has had great things to say about it! Come and be blessed!

Did you know only about 39% of Christians believe that we need to tell people about Jesus? And that there are only about three or 4% that actually tell people about Jesus! To me this is mind-boggling. It tells me that Christians are comfortable living in sin, the sin of silence. We have this conference (CCC) each year to bring encouragement to the body of Christ to become more evangelistic. Evangelism is fun! Do you like to meet people? Do you like to greet people? Do you care about people? I believe you do. This conference is for you!

Sevier County where I live is extremely destitute of witnessing and soul winning.  We will come under extreme judgment of the Lord Jesus one day as over thirteen million people come here each year and we only witness to about half a million of them, on a good year!  Come to our conference and help and encourage us!

Space is limited so I would encourage you to either call me in advance at or arrive at the conference early for a seat. I know this is the high season for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but it is a good time as people take vacations in the Smokies around the 4th of July.  The crowds will be here and when the Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade happens Tuesday at midnight, we want to be there a few hours early and present Jesus by handing out Gospel tracts.  For those who know,we will meet at the Holiday Inn Express in Sevierville and ride to the Gatlinburg Inn in Gatlinburg about 7:30 pm Tuesday.The Gatlinburg Inn Conference Room will be our staging area as we go out on the streets.

Thank you for your prayers as Sue and I have traveled this past month.  We had a delightful time with our grandchildren in Houston.  Then we came to the Memphis in May Rock Music Concerts along the Mississippi River and witnessed on Beale Street.  It was great to team up with Evangelist Dennis Mohr, Dr. Jason Bond, Don Cherry, and Jason’s friend, Dean Serletic.  We handed out over six thousand Gospel tracts and know of at least two people that were saved. Pray all the witnessing takes root and grows.

While we were in Houston, Brother Cedric Smith had more than ten people with him on the streets of George Town, Exuma, Bahamas handing out our Gospel tracts and Jesus stickers to the crowds at the annual National Family Regatta.  Thank God for faithful witnesses.  God’s Word never returns void.  It will accomplish what He desires it to accomplish.  Isaiah 55:11

I was sitting on a low wall resting Friday night.  A man came over and sat next to me and asked me for some money to get a room in the local mission.  I told him we did not give money out on the streets. Then he said he hadn’t had anything to eat all day.  Well!!!—The boldness of the Lord came on me and I told him he was not one of God’s children!  He told me he had been saved and baptized (almost all tell me this at first).  I said that God’s children never had to beg for bread (food).  Psalm 37:25  I told him that he had never repented of his sin.  I told him I could smell it on his breath (he wreaked of alcohol). I repeated, “You have never repented before the Lord!”  Mark broke right there!  “And furthermore, you have demons.  Don’t you?”  Mark said, “Yes.”  I asked him if he wanted to be free.  Mark answered that he did.  I then told him if he so much as drank one drink of alcohol, demons would come back in him seven times stronger and trouble him. Luke 11:24-26 “Do you want that? I asked.  No was his answer.  I then asked him again if he wanted to be free, to be out of the bondage of the devil.  He nodded.  So right there in the middle of Beale Street between Main and Second, Mark asked Jesus to come into his heart and to be his Lord and Master for all time.  I asked where Jesus was and he said He was in his heart.  Again I told him if he was going to drink alcohol again the demons would be all over him.  Then I had him look intently into my eyes.  Then I commanded in Jesus’Name the demons of alcohol, lying, and sexual perversion to come out of Mark.  He was coughing and crying and got free, I believe.  I talked and prayed with Mark some more and bought him a half rack of BBQ ribs from a local Food Truck vendor.  He said he had a Bible.  But Mark told me he had only been in church a couple of times in his life.  Mark was probably thirty-five or forty years old.  It is hard to imagine anyone in America that hasn’t been to church more than a couple of times, but that is the world we live in.  I don’t invite enough Mark’s to church.  How about you?  Please pray for Mark W.

The DCEA schedule for the rest of our year has changed. I will not go to the Indy 500 event this year as finances are tight this month.  But I plan to work Crossover Dallas during the Southern Baptist Convention. Then our CCC is July 1 – 3.  Our church has an evangelistic team going to Santa Cruz, Brazil. J I am part of the team (my cost is about $1,300.00) and will be preaching some of the meetings there.  We plan to work the John 3:16 Horseshoe Event in Kansas.  Then Sue and I travel to Stuttgart, Arkansas for my fifty-fifth high school class reunion.  Immediately after this we are going to meet a group of fourteen people from FBC West Monroe, Louisiana in Boston, Massachusetts.  My good friend Dr. Woods Watson has asked us to meet his senior adult group and lead our Glory Stones Tour in the New England area.  Pray we see some people saved as we travel up north.  Please be much in prayer for each of these events and our continued witnessing on the streets in Gatlinburg this Summer and Fall.  Pray all our expenses to be met.  Continue to pray for the people who are still in the midst of rebuilding their homes from the drastic fires that came our way in 2016.

Thank you for all the prayers lifted up on our behalf.  You are our lifeline.  Also thank you for the continued support.  Again you are our lifeline!

Blessings in Jesus Name,

David and Sue Cobb

March, 2018 Newsletter

FRONTLINE MINISTRY

NOW and THEN are important words; every now and then.  In the book of Numbers chapters 13 and 14 God uses the word now eight times and the word then nine times. This is a very significant passage of Scripture even now today as it was then.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I’m giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a leader among them.”

And then God gives the names of each one of these leaders. The two that we remember are Joshua and Caleb. You remember the story how the twelve men came back and ten of them gave a bad report. Only Joshua and Caleb gave a positive report saying that the children of Israel should go in and take the land. They had all said that it was truly a land of milk and honey, a land where they cut down a cluster of grapes and it had to be carried between two of them on a pole. But the ten were filled with fear and said that the people were very strong and the cities were fortified and very large and that there were giants in the land even so that “we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” You will remember that Caleb said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Can you just feel his faith?

Well, all the people listened to the “Cold Water Committee.” You know that every organization has one, that’s why we must have strong leadership. The children of Israel said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” And the Bible says, Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.” But Joshua and Caleb tore their clothes in anguish and spoke to the congregation and said, “If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

Then the children of Israel said to stone Caleb and Joshua with stones. But the Bible says, Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.  Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?” You see just the time the people were rebelling – God shows up!  God cares that His children do what is right all the time.  I believe some of us do not believe God is watching us all the time.  Let me assure you, He is!

I think there is real significance between then and now. Our great spiritual leader is gone. Billy Graham is gone (what a God-fearing man he was)! Many other great spiritual leaders have gone home.  Our world is in chaos. Our nation isn’t much better. Hatred, killings, jealousy, apostasy, apathy. I think what God is saying to us is don’t fear the atheistic Communist infiltrators. Don’t fear the George Soros’s. Don’t fear the Nancy Pelosi’s. Don’t fear the people of the land. Only do not rebel against the Lord! You real Christians, do not rebel against the Lord!  Their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us! Do not fear them. The Lord has delivered us through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and all kinds of conflicts. The Lord is with us and has been from the time the Pilgrims settled here.

It is now time for our Christian leaders/pastors to speak up to their people. People don’t know where to get the truth of the news. Many get it or expect to get it at church.  I pray your Pastor gives you the whole counsel of God!  And let me add, Mr. Trump will not lead America to be great again.  If America should come back to her roots and become great again, it will be Almighty God that will have done it! I pray He will purify us and make us a holy people, a holy nation!

The ten men that gave the bad report died by the plague before the Lord. The people mourned and they “confessed their sin” and went up to the top of the mountain. God opens doors and gives us opportunities to obey Him.  Many times we are too stubborn to obey immediately.  Delayed obedience is disobedience.  The children of Israel weren’t listening to the Lord or to their leader; they were taking the matter into their own hands. They were like some of us; they didn’t wait to seek the Lord, they presumed upon Him. And the Bible says, Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.”

The next two chapters of Numbers show us the results of pride and arrogance. At one point God got so angry that he had the ground split apart, the earth opened its mouth, and some of the people went down alive into the pit. The Bible says that “On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” We all must be very careful when we want to complain against God’s anointed. It is a very grievous sin. We should never do it. God will deal with His anointed His way. He doesn’t need our complaining. God told Moses, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” There was a plague that fell on the complainers immediately and before it was stopped, 14,700 people died from the plague.  Sue and I walked into an office this week and someone was complaining about a man of God in front of several people. I had forgotten about this passage of Scripture. Praise God that the earth did not open up and we all had fallen into the pit!

Lest you think that I only read the Old Testament, I want to share something about blind Bartimaeus. You’ll remember that he was sitting by the road begging as Jesus was walking by. He cried out, “Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many warned him to be quiet but he cried out louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. The people around Bartimaeus called to him and said, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” I like this next statement. It says, “And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.” I love that phrase, “throwing aside his garment”. What faith! I believe I can hear what Bartimaeus was thinking. “I don’t need this rag anymore! I’m getting ready to be healed. I’m not going to be begging anymore. I’m getting a new wardrobe, new clothes!!! He threw aside his garment. Jesus asked what he wanted Him to do and Bartimaeus said that he wanted to receive his sight. Jesus spoke to him and said, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” Your faith has made you well. Did you hear that your faith has made you well? And the Bible says, “And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”

Caleb and Joshua had great faith in God and He blessed them. Blind Bartimaeus had great faith and God blessed him. I pray that as you read God’s Word and study God’s Word that you will have great faith in God also.  It is so rich and true!  What do you need great faith for in your life today?

Thank you for your prayers and your support. Since we have last communicated Sue and I have driven over 4,000 miles in our van. We have been to New Orleans, Houston, Fort Worth, back to New Orleans, to Daytona, and then back home. I was asked in December to preach the message at the home going of one of our Charter Board Members, Mary Nell Reed, whenever she passed on to Glory.  Mary Nell is with Jesus! I could say so many great things about her. She was an Intercessor. That is really all that needs to be said, but she was a mother to three sons, and had many grandchildren. And some great grands. Sue and I have lost a dear friend, but we could not and would not wish her back. Mary Nell was loved and is missed by many. As I close my message I presented the gospel and one lady indicated that she was saved. What a glorious testimony added to a life that was lived close to God!

Another of our Intercessors went to Glory back in December. I hope you know that the work of evangelism is prayer. It is imperative that our ministry is surrounded by great people of prayer. I’m not sure that anything happens, for good that is, but that someone has prayed for it to happen. I believe this is definitely true when we talk about winning souls. Dorothy Shupe was my mother’s Sunday School Teacher for the last 15 or 20 years of my mother’s life. My mother has now been gone for 14 years. I don’t know how long Dorothy has prayed for me but I believe that she taught me as a young boy in Sunday School. All I know is that for many years I received a monthly note from Dodo (her nickname) encouraging me. Pray that God will raise up many others to take these two ladies places.

During the month of January, I was called on by my church several weeks to give the half-time devotional during Upward Basketball. It is always wonderful to share about Jesus and the Gospel message. Several people came to Christ each week that I shared. I believe it is God’s will that everyone should repent and be saved. I do not have a problem with giving a public invitation every time I preach. I, like the great English preacher, C. H. Spurgeon, expect someone to be saved every time I preach. Of course, it would be nice if I could preach like him!

I praise the Lord for Evangelist Dennis Mohr, Joe Toy, and Mark Yoho. Three years ago I relinquished my authority over the Mardi Gras ministry. Everyone felt that God would raise these three men to carry on the work that was started some 30 plus years ago. I still furnish some of the tracts and some of the paraphernalia; crosses, signs, shirts and such.  This year I missed being with all of the men that came from every corner of our nation, and one from the Bahamas, to witness at Mardi Gras. But through this great leadership eight people were saved and over 40,000 gospel tracts were handed out. Continue to pray that many more people will be saved through the reading of God’s Holy Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I was able to witness on the streets a portion of three days and was happy to work with the man that was my mentor at the beginning in 1981, Evangelist Frank Robertson. I pray that I am still able to get to the streets and witness when I reach 82 years of age. God bless you Brother Frank for your life and encouragement to all of us street preachers!

Sue and I left New Orleans and gathered with Evangelists and Intercessors George and Gloria Bellmany and their team in Daytona, Florida. We handed out several thousand tracts to the crowds that come to the races culminating with the running of the Daytona 500. I always ask for favor from the Lord concerning the authorities. One day I’d given the ladies the best spot to hand out tracts and I moved to another position. Before long a policeman came and told me to move. I obeyed and moved closer to where the women were and had a great time of witnessing. I just figured that God wanted me to be in the best spot, so I didn’t complain.  We were blessed to have Brother Cedric Smith’s eldest daughter, Sharon, with us from the Bahamas one day.  This was her first event.  I pray she will want to go with us again.

Again thank you for all the prayers and your gifts. Many here are still in the throes of building back their homes that were destroyed in the great fire of November ‘16. I’m trying to help in small ways wherever I can be of service. As the weather warms, I will be on the streets most days. Should you come here on vacation feel free to call me and come work beside me. I promise I will not work you too hard. My philosophy is that whenever witnessing ceases to be fun, the Holy Spirit is probably telling us to quit and go rest. Pray for me the rest of this month as I am trying to get to the basketball tournaments and to the final four. Pray many souls will be saved.

God bless you and all you do for Him,

David and Sue Cobb

December, 2017 Letter

Jesus spoke these words in the great sermon on the mount. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 KJV).

That verse, along with my life verse of Acts 20:24 KJV, have sustained my ministry throughout the years. Many a day they have gotten me through. Momma told me a few years before she went to Glory that if I ever saw a lady waiting on tables over the age of sixty it was because she needed to, not because she wanted to. Then she added, “Always tip  them well.” I have made it a habit of always giving extra to an older lady waiting on me to honor my Mother. last year during the fires here, I gave out extra money when served by someone who had lost everything. Many did not nave any insurance. Had it not been for area churches and Dolly Parton’s gifts they would not have survived. Some of you gave for the needs of this county also! I Thank you so very much.

Jesus came anti gave His life and taught us to give. I have made it a habit under God’ s leadership to give the largest bill in my wallet when I visit a church where I am not a member.  (I believe in tithing to my own church plus offerings). Frequently when traveling I carry a twenty, fifty, or even a hundred-dollar bill with me for unexpected occasions. Many has been the time I have reached in and pulled out a hundred and placed it in the offering basket. I admit sometimes I have done it more cheerfully than other times. God wants me to be a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Back when Sue and I went to all fifty state capitals and prayed fur the Revival of this Nation, we drove our motorhome up to a church one day.  We were running on fumes, barely having any gasoline. They had agreed to allow us to park there for a week of ministry before we headed to our next state. I had saved back a hundred-dollar bill for gasoline to get us out of town and to our next capital city. Sunday as the collection plate passed I realized the hundred was in my wallet! I placed it  in the plate with a prayer. I had no idea what God had planned. But I did know we were out of money to get out of town
the next morning. As I was leaving the church after the evening service a Deacon called out to me. He hand ed me an envelope. When I opened it in the motorhome, there was another hundred-dollar bill! It was like God was saying, “If I can get it through you, I can get it to you!”

I have said all this to say that I am honoring the memory my Mother this Christmas by giving a hundred-dollar bill (provided I have one) to unsuspecting older ladies that serve me (actually gave one yesterday)! l believe God wants me to still honor my Mother and to be a cheerful giver (Exodus 20:12).

I want to especially thank all that have prayed for Sue and me this past month. For the most part we have been away for me to write some on a book I am attempting. Keep praying, please! We are not there yet.

As this year comes to an end it is always good to take account of where we are. Just this month It seems that the American Embassy has been moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This has made most Jews and many Christians happy. However, it is upsetting the Arab world. And then we can look at  North Korea and understand that we could be on the brink of World War III there also. Last week one of our senators encouraged all our US citizens to move out of South Korea. Some of our leaders may know what’s happening, but most of us go from day-to-day praying and  hoping for peace.  We pray for peace on earth and goodwill  toward men. But we also know that the only real peace comes whenever Jesus Christ comes into one’s heart and someone is born again. Until the whole world is saved there will not be total peace (not teaching universal salvation here); it seems there is always an evil, greedy man in charge of some domain.

Adrian Rogers, a number of years ago, said that he believed, “As the West goes, so goes the world. And as America goes, so goes the West. And as the church goes, so goes America. And as believers fast and pray, so goes the church.”  I believe that what Dr. Rogers spoke then still holds true today. America is in the driver seat as to what happens in the world. The church, even after all the world’s ridicule, is still to a large extent directly responsible for what happens on the world stage. I believe that this is the most exciting time to ever have been alive! And I believe it is the most exciting time for the church also.

I believe it is the time for the church to unite in prayer for our nation and for the world. For me there are far too many people that are still lost and headed toward Hell. God responds to the prayers of His people, especially the extraordinary prayers of His people! I am going to be calling for churches to unite in half-night and all-night prayer meetings for our nation and for our world. And the church has to cleanse itself from sin. God’s Word says to humble our selves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Pray for us as we go to the world in 2018 making disciples of all peoples of all nations. I do not have my overseas schedule completed yet, but a hundred or more nations come to our fair city during the year. Pray we can reach them  with the printed Word or the preached Word. God is still calling me to the world’s crowds to reach the lost. Time is so short!  Pray for listening ears and  receptive hearts. Beside our regular living and traveling expenses, I will be spending several thousand dollars on our vans to get them ready for travel. If you feel led to give, please do. My tract need was met! Thank you so very much.

God has truly blessed Sue and me with your prayers and your love. I pray we will be a blessing to you also. Every day we pray we will be found faithful. We know our God is able and believe that He which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). Please pray for our Board of Directors to hear from the Lord to help direct our organization. Thank you for holding us up before the Lord. You are the Best!

Bless you in Jesus’ Name,
David and Sue Cobb

P. S. Billy Graham says, “Technology will never replace the most effective witness of all; one person telling another what Christ has done for him…”