Visit to the Biblical History Center


We would like to share with you some of the photos from our recent visit to the Biblical History Center in La Grange, GA. Some of the Bible stories came alive as we saw some replicas found in the Bible culture.


The Goats’ Hair tent were normally woven out of brownish-black goat’s hair. (Exodus 36:14). The movable tent (tabernacle) in the wilderness was a sign of God’s presence with the Israelites. (Exodus 26:1)



A replica of a feeding trough similar to the place of Jesus’ birth.

“And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped him in a swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger (feed trough), because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7


The woman in the well.

“Now Jacob’s well was there, Jesus…sat thus by the well… a woman of Samaria came to draw water..Jesus said, ‘but the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'” (Read the story in John 4:5-25 NKJV)


A temporary sheepfold.

Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door… is a thief and a robber, but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep….I am the door of the sheep…I am the door, if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture… I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. ” (John 10:1-18)




A replica of a watchtower in a vineyard. The view from the vineyard watchtower shows the entire archaelogical garden. During the vintage season the vinedresser and his family lived in the watchtower to protect the fruit. (Isaiah 1:8, 5:1,2). The watchtower served as a symbol of God’s protective watchfulness, (Psalm 121:4) with an image of God’s attentiveness neither slumbering or sleeping.


The vineyard and the grape press, are usually part of the Bible culture and Bible stories.

The parable of the workers in the vineyard. Matthew 20: 1-16


Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing”. John 14:5


A fig tree. John 1:50

Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 21:21 (NKJV), “Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain be cast into the sea, it will be done”.  See the story in Matthew 21:18-22


A replica of a Roman crucifixion tree.

“And He bearing His cross, went out to a place called… Golgotha, where they crucified Him, … and the writing was:





A replica of the empty tomb.

“He is not here; for He is risen… ” Matthew 28: 1-8

For more information on the Biblical History Center visit this website:

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Some photos and stories from our recent trip to Asia .


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Trip to Asia- March 28- April 23, 2018

Stop in Singapore.
We praise the Lord for a good stop and rest in Singapore after a long flight from Alabama, to Houston, San Francisco & Singapore.  We were blessed to stay in an airport hotel near a fishing village.


In Cambodia.


Easter Celebration with an international church in Phnom Penh!


Praying for our new director for FEB Cambodia during Staff Chapel Service.

Engineering Team (Guy, Mike & David) conducting

Amateur Radio License Exams with six personnel at National Polytechnic Institute.


A total of three passed including our FEBC Cambodia technician, Pagnan.



International Council – fellowship, prayer and ministry planning.


FEBC- International Service Team (IST) ministry planning and retreat in Hong Kong.


FEBC Philippines Shortwave Station in Iba.


Meeting with the shortwave staff.


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“Is anyone among you sick?…”

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 [j]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [k]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:14-16 (NKJV)

Last week, we were invited to share and speak at OSL. The Order of St. Luke, (OSL) is a prayer group in Gadsden that meet every first Thursday of the month. The main focus of the group is to pray for the sick. David felt led to share a message on James chapter 5 verses 14 to 16. And to share with you this message, here is his notes. We hope this will encourage you too.


Reading: James 5:13-16

(Parallel scriptures:  Mark 6:7-13 & Mark 16:14-18)

  1. There is no “magic” in the anointing oil. We are simply obeying the scriptures when we anoint the sick and pray for them.
  2. “The sick are healed not by the elders’ power, nor by the anointing oil, but by the Lord’s intervention – either through indirect means (medical treatment) or His supernatural healing.”  (Dr. David Jeremiah)
  3. All healing is from God – whether through medical treatment & the body’s natural healing processes OR through a miracle from God.
  4. It follows that healing can be accomplished over a period of time OR in an instant if God so chooses.
  5. Faith plays an important role:
  6. “And the prayer of faith will save the sick…” (James 5:15)
  7. Remember to have faith in God for healing, however, not faith in faith!
  8. But we must be careful not to assume, when someone is not healed in the way that we want, that it was because of a lack of faith.
  9. Sometimes, God allows sickness or infirmity for a reason:
  10. To keep one humble and to show God’s power through our weakness:
  11. “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  (II Corinthians 12:7-9)
  12. To discipline a believer:
  13. “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (I Corinthians 5:4-5)
  14. “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.  For if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”  (I Corinthians 11:27-32)
  15. However, we must be careful not to assume that someone has sin in their lives when they are not healed in the way we wanted.
  16. Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth, and His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in Him.”  (John 9:1-3)
  17. “There were some present at that season who told Him (Jesus) about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’”  (Luke 13:1-5)
  18. To accomplish a greater purpose which will benefit others and glorify God
  19. Joni Eareckson Tada – though God did not heal her, she has inspired millions of people with disabilities
  20. To take believers home to be with Him

In some instances, God chooses to heal someone by taking them to be with Him.  Remember that this world is not our home.  In the words of the old Wayne Watson song, “At the ultimate healing we will be Home Free.”

  1. Notice the role that confession has in healing:

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”  (James 5:16)

We have all heard that confession is good for the soul, but it is good for the body, too!  We protestants, since we believe in the priesthood of all believers, do not believe that we need to confess our sins to an earthly priest in order to be forgiven.  This is evident from I John 1:9:

“If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

However, there is value in confessing our sins to our spouse, a trusted friend, or a prayer partner – someone we know that we can trust – who will not repeat the matter as gossip.  (Share Christian Brothers prayer time as an example.)  Such confession is incredibly freeing, ridding our soul of unnecessary guilt and condemnation.  (No guilt trips!)  Confessing our sins to our spouse, a trusted friend, or a prayer partner also helps that person to hold us accountable for our actions.

  1. Effective/Fervent prayer is a powerful force:

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  (James 5:16b NKJV)

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  (James 5:16b NIV)

  1. So, let’s spend some time now praying for each other – especially for those who are in need of the Lord’s healing touch.      By: David Creel



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“He leads me beside the still waters”

Reading: Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

A few years ago, I served at a children’s home in a remote village in the northwestern part of Bolivia.

One day, I was invited to visit a family who lived on a farm in the middle of the rain forest.  I volunteered to help the family harvest their crop of corn.  Four small boys also came to help.  After harvesting the corn on a hot noonday, I saw the boys run to the woods.  I tried to follow them, but they outran me, and I lost them.  Then, after a brief search, I found them next to a nearby stream, drinking from the still water.  I sat down and joined them, and we all drank from the quiet stream.  Oh, it was so good drinking from the cool stream in the middle of that long, hot day!  It was so refreshing, so soothing. I soon forgot my weariness and was ready to walk another two miles through the woods, following one of the boys who knew the trail well.

Just like the little boy who showed me the refreshing stream and then led me out of the woods, my Shepherd is an even better guide than my little friend.  He knows where to take me and where to lead me.  As my Good Shepherd and Lord, He leads me to the still waters. In my quiet times of prayer and study of His Word, my Good Shepherd quenches my spiritual thirst, my soul is refreshed, and my strength is renewed.


Thank you Lord that you continue to lead us to the still waters when we get tired and weary from trials and worries in life. Help us to have inner peace when troubles come our way.


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