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Dr. Ernest Lundy
424 Hillandale Dr.
Liberty, SC 29657
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Pastor Steven E. Mays
Assistant Editor
1607 Greenwood Road
Laurens, SC 29360
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Rev. Raleigh Lindsey
Bible Trumpet Tours
1626 New Cut Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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Lighthouse Baptist Church
Laurens, S.C.
Pastor Alvin Wilson
May 3rd, 1999

The Meeting on May 3rd will begin at 2:00 pm. To get to the Lighthouse Baptist Church from Greenville take I-385 South to exit 9. At the bottom of the exit go North (turn right), church will be 3 miles down on the right. From Columbia take I-26 West to I-385 to exit 9, at the bottom of the exit go North, (turn right), church is 3 miles down on the right. After the afternoon service there will be a supper provided. (Bro. Harry Mauren who cooked the chicken for the March meeting will be cooking chicken again. - - Best chicken you’ll ever eat!

Preachers will be Bro. Randy Ouzts, Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Greenwood, Bro. Dwayne Brantley, Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Clinton, Bro. Enoch Wilson, Lighthouse Baptist, Laurens, and Bro. Alvin Fleming, former Pastor of Alpine Baptist Church , Columbia. All missionaries present will be given 3 minutes to give their burden.

If you would like to host the Fellowship, please give Pastor Steve Mays, Secretary to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship, a call at (864) 984-4277. The following months are booked for the Fellowship in 1999 : July 12th, Tabernacle Baptist, Greenville, SC, Pastor Melvin Aiken; August 9th, Alpine Baptist, Columbia, SC, Pastor Earl Green; September 13th, Calvary Hill Baptist, Pacolet, SC, Pastor Bill Pickel; October 4th, Eastside Baptist, Greenwood, SC, Pastor E.C. Cooper and November 1st, Open Bible Baptist, Sumter, SC, Pastor Larry Hummel. Mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend.

We need a host church for the JUNE and DECEMBER meetings for this year. If you are a small church and not able to have an evening service or provide a meal, this is acceptable. The meetings are held in your church, you plan the meeting. We want to get as many churches involved as possible. The fellowship is for worship, preaching, singing, and for encouraging the family of God!!! All churches started with just a few faithful members!!!

Reprinted Article by Dr John Waters

At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they had what is called “Baptist Day”. It is a day when all the Baptists in the area are invited to the school because they wanted the Baptist dollars to keep coming in. On this day each one was to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every “Baptist Day” the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the Theological Education Center.

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr. Tillich spoke for two and one half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions. After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, wooly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium.

“Docta Tillich, I got one question,” he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. “Docta Tillich. . . CRUNCH, MUNCH my question is a simple question, . . . CRUNCH, MUNCH . . .Now, I ain’t never read them books you read. . .CRUNCH, MUNCH.

. . I can’t recite the Scriptures in the original Greek CRUNCH, MUNCH. . .I don’t know nothin’ about Niebuhr and Heidegger. . .CRUNCH, MUNCH. . . He finished the apple. All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate, . . .was it bitter or sweet?

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven’t tasted your apple.

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, “Neither have you tasted my Jesus.”

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

Dear God help us to continue to contend for the Faith!

Editorial Up-Date
From Evangelist Ernest Lundy

I want to thank those who have responded to my last article. I didn’t expect any response but am thankful for the positive comments and also encouraged by them.

At this printing I am in revival meetings in Columbus, Indiana. We will also be preaching to the student body of Heritage Baptist College. Russell Dennis, Jr., is the college president. Many of you knew his father, who went to be with the Lord last year.

Usually I take this section to write on specific subjects, but this month is different because of some calls that have come to me in recent days with young men looking for churches to pastor. To those out there looking for a Pastor, Assistant, etc., give us a call. My phone number as well as e-mail is there for you. I count it a privilege to assist churches and prospective pastors. If we can’t help, maybe we can put you in touch with someone who can.

The support of this paper is undergirded by local churches in South Carolina, plus individuals who receive the paper, and for that we are indeed grateful. This enables us to send the paper to some who are unable to pay for a subscription. Thank God for those who have placed us in their monthly missions support. The Trumpet finds its way into many needed places unknown to many. Your support helps us help others. As most of you know, the Trumpet has no hired help. All is done as a labor of love. Pray for us as we keep on keeping on. Please remember to keep Dr. and Mrs. John Waters in your prayers as Mrs. Waters stays daily at her husband’s side in the nursing facility. What a faithful servant she has been over the years!


June 4-6, the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Laurens, SC., will hosting a Young Preachers Jubilee. Services begin at 5:00 pm on Friday evening with a supper. Then preaching will begin at 6:30 pm. If you are a young preacher you need to come prepared to let it rip. This meeting is dedicated to the young preachers. On Saturday, June 5th, there will be a morning service at 9:30 am. A good breakfast will be served at 8:00 am. There will not be an afternoon service. In the evening the service will begin at 5:00 pm with a supper, followed by preaching. For more information call (864) 984-1382.


by Terry M. Thacker

The English political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” A group of Upstate pastors is heeding his advice and are doing something - something about gambling, that is.

Certainly, no pastor in this fellowship approves of gambling, whether it be video poker or the proposed state lottery. However, mere disapproval will do nothing to eliminate this scourge from our great state. Action is vital.

Dr. Jerry Clark, Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Greenville, felt burdened by the Lord to take action. On Monday, March 8th, he held a press conference in the parking lot of the church, with about fifty church members, several taking off work, in attendance. Several representatives from both the print and broadcast media covered the event.

On Thursday, April 1st, another press conference was held, this time with a large number of area pastors and their church members in support. Plans are for another press conference to be held, this one to be on the steps of the Capitol in Columbia. Dr Clark and the pastors also plan to lobby (lobby is not a dirty word, by the way) our elected representatives.

Those fired-up preachers exhort all who read this, whether pastor or layman, to join them in their efforts before their homes and churches become hemmed in by video poker dens.


The settlement hill of Tel Megiddo is on the SW edge of the Yesreel plain in the N of Israel. Its 20 strata (layers) of settlement from the Neolithic period (7500-4500 BC) until Persian times were uncovered in three series of excavation (1903-05; 1925-39; 1960-67).

Megiddo was devastated so many times that Revelation 16 describes this city state, under the name of ‘Harmagedon’ (Har Megiddo = ‘mountain of Megiddo’), as the embodiment of the last battle between good and evil.

Megiddo is mentioned in the annals of Thutmosis III (1490-1436 BC), in the Amarna epistles (14C BC) and in the clay tablets of Taanach.

The oldest layer (stratum XX) was immediately next to the rock: chalcolithic village with buildings of dried brick (earlier than 3500 BC). Stratum XIX (3300-3000 BC): Small shrine 40 x 13 ft. in area, with an altar; a town wall of dried brick from the older Bronze Age I period. Strata XVIII-XVI (older Bronze Age II period, 3000-1950 BC: town wall 26 ft. long (surviving up to a height of 13 ft.). High level shrine, with an altar for burnt offerings. Older Bronze Age III period: three temples, each of 30 x 45 ft., and there is an altar opposite the entrances in the long wall. Stratum XV (1950-1850 BC): Canaanite town which Thutmosis destroyed in 1468 after a six month siege at Wadi Layyun. Megiddo was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Stratum VIII (late Bronze Age II, 1350-1130 BC): This was one of Megiddo’s heydays, when it was an Egyptian provincial capital and a meeting place between the Egyptian south and the Mesopotamian north. Megiddo was destroyed in c.1130 BC. Stratum VI (1150-1100): Captured by the Israelites. Stratum IV B (time of Solomon up until the Palestine campaign of Pharaoh Shishak): A new palace, a citadel, an imposing wall, and the pincer-shaped portal, were built under king Solomon (965-928 BC).

Under king Ahab (871-852 BC), the palace was enlarged and the stables built. The wall was replaced by a simple stretch of wall reinforced by projections. The water installations begun under Solomon were completed. Weather permitting, we will walk the water tunnel. After being captured by Tiglat-Pileser III (745-727 BC), the town was rebuilt in c. 733 BC, with the old walls being used. Megiddo became the capital of the Assyrian province of Galilee. It was last settled between 450 and 350 BC. Also read Ezekiel 38 - 39.


The Fall Tour will leave on the 2nd of November 1999 from Charlotte, NC.; From Charlotte, NC, to Amsterdam, Holland, where we will have a day of touring with lunch in Amsterdam; Return to the airport for our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Our first and last nights will be spent on the Mediterranean Sea, 2 nights in Tiberias, I night in Petra, Jordan, 3 nights in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. Cost of this tour is $2095.00 plus tax and tips.

Our bonds of fellowship and friendship will be deepened on either or both of these trips, we are sure, and we look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with you.

Call or write to Bro. Raleigh Lindsay at address below for more information and color brochure. We also have a fifteen-minute slide presentation of the trip available. Hoping to see you there!!!!!

Deposits are now coming in for this Tour. We have to have a deposit in order to reserve accommodations. Deposit is $300.00 per person.


March 22-31, 1999 Round trip from Charlotte, NC, Amsterdam, Holland and then to Israel - Too Late! You Missed It!
November 2-11, 1999 Round trip from Charlotte, NC, Amsterdam, Holland and then to Israel and Petra, Jordan - $2095.00.
Both tours include, air fare, double rooms, three meals daily, guides and A/C buses. For more information please call or write to the address below.
Bible Trumpet Tours
1626 New Cut Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: (864) 597-0967
E-mail: BibleTrumpetTours@juno.com

A trip to the Holy Land will make the BIBLE COME ALIVE!!

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