Friday, April 29, 2011

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This...

One of the first stories that I read on my phone about the recent round of terrible tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and beyond was about a Louisiana police officer who protected his little girl with his own body while the tornado swept through their campsite. Moments later a large sweetgum tree fell on him and he was killed.  His child escaped without physical injury. She lives because of his sacrifice.

They have now released some details.  The officer's name is Lieutenant Wade Sharp, 40,  from Covington, Louisiana. He was a 19 year veteran of the Covington Police department and has risked his life at least twice before to rescue others from burning houses. They were vacationing with several other families near Ackerman, Mississippi. (Just about 80 miles from where we were last week) In the last few moments of his life Lt. Wade Sharp acted exactly as he always had.  He put himself in harms way in order to protect some one else. This many truly lived and died a hero.

There is much tragic news from these storms. We are all reading of the horrendous size and incredible power of the tornadoes, the terrible destruction, the loss of property, the loss of so many lives and the helpless feeling in many that remain. We are seeing the images of the tornadoes, the havoc they wrought and the chaos they left in their path. We will be remembering these stories and images for a long time to come. For those that have been directly affected by these storms all across the southeast, it will be a long and arduous road to recovery.

Yet in the midst of all the terrible, bad, bad news, stories emerge like the one I told to you above. Wade Sharp and others we are beginning to hear about acted on instinct and went beyond the "normal" requirements of life and put others needs and safety before their own. They didn't act out of duty or obligation.  They acted out of Love. Love drives men and women to be willing to lay down their lives for others.

Jesus told us in John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Then Jesus went to the cross and demonstrated exactly how to do it. He demonstrated the selflessness of true love. We live in a selfish world and in this selfish world, to see the selflessness of love demonstrated is very refreshing.

The impact of the loss of Wade Sharp will be keenly felt by his wife, children, coworkers and community for a very long time. But his daughter lives because Wade Sharp loved. A family of 14 in Alabama lives because their father, Tom Lee loved. Many others lived through those terrible storms because some one else loved. The tragedy is heart wrenching but the demonstrated love is heart warming.

It occurs to me now that it is not too late to save and help others with our love. We weren't there to do something spur of the moment and heroic but it's not to late to do something selfless. I know two good churches that are in Tuscaloosa and I know they are distributing food and water and helping in any way they can. I am going to contact them and see what we can do. I can not be there but I can possibly send money. In fact, I am sure there is something that each one of you can do. Sometimes love costs us something but it is always worth it.

Thank God that love is still producing heroes in this selfish world.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Shots From My Canon Camera

We had a wonderful day Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ. I am so grateful that my Savior is Alive!

We are having a fabulous time with the Boyd Family in Sterlington, Louisiana! Bro. Tracy is my buddy! I like to give him a hard time, but it is all in fun. He dishes it out to me too. Sis. Shea is an amazing lady! I am so blessed to be able to call her my friend. Dayla, Darah and Kaylee are precious girls! They are sweethearts and I love them! We have a blast together. Ok I am just Boyd Family Fan!! It just proves that God's people are just the best people.

The services of revival have been great thus far! The presence of God has been so sweet. We are looking forward to the rest of the week. Praying for souls to be saved!

Here are pics from Sunday. The church here is a great place to take pictures. Hope you enjoy!


Pastor Boyd and Family

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Sterlington, Louisiana - Sterlington Holiness Tabernacle

We had a great Easter in Sterlington, Louisiana. Services were wonderful and the Spirit of the Lord visited us in a great way. It was the first Easter in Sterlington's new sanctuary and what a beautiful day it was. The new church is pretty awesome. Pastor Tracy Boyd and his congregation have labored so hard for several years and their work is evident in their new church. Below you will find a few few pictures of the new building. I know that Odie snapped several pictures with her camera so maybe she can post better pictures later in the week.

Pray for us as we have revival here at Sterlington this week. We are asking God to move in this community and save souls. Bro. Tracy, Sis. Shea and the congregation are hungry for a divine visitation. I believe God will honor that kind of hunger.

God bless you all.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

(Updated) He Wouldn't Stay Dead - Easter - Resurrection Sunday

Update: Hat Tip to my brother, Steve Boggs for finding the author of the poem below.  It is an awesome poem and the author certainly deserves the credit. His name is Willard G. Thomas according to two different websites that include this poem. (Note: Outside links may expire or change content over time.)

Praise God for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We as Christians celebrate the fact that Christ arose every day of our Christian experience. Today, Easter or Resurrection Day, is a day of special remembrance of the momentous occasion when the Son of God, God in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord conquered death, hell and the grave! He died to pay the penalty for our sin and He rose again that we might have new life! Praise God He is Alive!

Below is a poem that I have quoted in my preaching for many, many years.  It was written by a Baptist preacher from Georgia. I heard him quote it in person long years ago. It spoke to me then and it speaks to me every time I think of it. I have lost the name of the man who wrote it but I love this poem. I added the last stanza when I started quoting it myself.

May God bless you on this Easter. If you are not a Christian, may you be moved by the fact that Jesus Christ died for you and then got up out of the grave for you as well.


He Wouldn’t Stay Dead
by:Willard G. Thomas

They laid His body in Joseph’s new tomb
And filled His disciples with sorrow and gloom
They did not remember what He had said
That He would die, but He wouldn’t stay dead

Mary came at the break of day
And found the stone was rolled away
She saw an angel and in terror fled
And told His disciples that He didn’t stay dead

In that cold dark tomb He would not stay
He conquered death and walked away
And now that old grave has lost it’s fear and dread
He lives again! He wouldn’t stay dead

Full atonement and pardon were made
And forever the sin debt was marked fully paid
The price was His blood as it flowed crimson red
And I’m thankful today that He didn’t stay dead!

Let’s go to our churches and cry aloud
Let’s go to the marketplace and talk to the crowd
Let’s go to the mission fields that lie up ahead
And tell the whole world that He didn’t stay dead!

Because if Jesus Christ had only died
Then the gulf between us and God would still be wide
But thank God He did what He said
He got up out of the ground, He couldn’t stay dead!

Last Stanza by Davy Boggs

Saturday, April 23, 2011

White Plains - A few Pictures

We had a great week of revival at White Plains near Conehatta, MS. We enjoyed ourselves so much. We snapped several pictures while fellowshipping after church. Below are a few that survived. Hope you all have a great Resurrection Sunday!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On The Road Again - Newsletter - April 20, 2011

In Odie's April Newsletter she takes us from Oklahoma to Mississippi with several stops in between. We hope you enjoy. Please feel free to share it with your friends.

Published by Odie Podie Music
Volume 9 Issue 
April 20, 2011

Boggs Family Ministries
P.O. Box 28
Waynesville, Ohio

On the Road Again

Spring Showers of Blessings

Odie’s View
From The Back
   Spring is finally here!!!  We are loving the nice weather!  When I last wrote we were thawing out from the “Tulsa 2011 Blizzard.”
   A new season is here and it brought a different type of storm. March 27th, 2011 a severe thunderstorm came through Dothan, Alabama.  The storm produce high winds, rain, hail and possibly a tornado.  Thank God we were not harmed physically but Mr. Cheap Jeep, the BoggsMobile and our cargo trailer  had some hail damage.  The BoggsMobile sustained the most injuries.
   Now for all the news.  Once we were able to leave Tulsa, Oklahoma we headed to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  It was so good to be with Pastor Kenny Searcy and the fine folks at Calvary Holiness Church.  It is definitely a week we will remember.  God proved to us that He still does miracles!!
   Pastor Steve Moore and the congregation at New Mission welcomed us with open arms to Purcell, Oklahoma.  They made it feel like we were coming home.  It was so refreshing to see our friends receive strength.
   The BoggsMobile made the long trek form Oklahoma to Mississippi.  It was an eventful trip.  We were thrilled to make it to Richton, Mississippi, even if it was in two or three pieces.  Despite many obstacles that week, God sent revival to Pastor Scott Morris and his church.  We are thankful for the ways the Lord moved!  See you all in October at tent revival.
   It was a pleasure to be with the awesome people at Tanner Williams Holiness Church for a Sunday.  We are blessed to be able to call Pastor Donnie Williamson our friend!  Already we are looking forward to being back for Homecoming this fall.
   Our home church, Dryden Road, had another family transplanted because of ministry in 2010.  It was wonderful to see Bro. Darius Templeton and family working in Alabama.  We were able to attend their Monday Night Fellowship Meeting in Citronelle, Alabama.  They are doing a great job!
   It was then campmeeting time at Allentown.  Every March there is an excitement in the air when we pull into Semmes, Alabama.  Again this year we received strength from the Lord and food for our souls through the preaching of God’s word!  Pastor Futral and the campmeeting board did an excellent job making sure things went smoothly.
   Thanks to Pastor Jason Merritt for inviting us to Little Rock Assembly!  We enjoyed getting to be with you all in Waynesboro, Mississippi for a Sunday morning service.
   We found new friends at Midway Assembly in St. Stephens, Alabama.  Thanks to Pastor Lamar Chapman and congregation for all of your hospitality! Midway has quickly become one of our favorite places to visit!
   We had a great time singing at Flat Branch Assembly!  Pastor Jim Koen and the church folks treated us so good.
   Then we traveled to Ellisville, Mississippi.  We love being with Pastor Kenny and Sis. Joan Morris. God did some amazing works in Ellisville!  It is a revival we will be testifying about for awhile!
   Mt. Sinai Holiness Tabernacle in Dothan, Alabama is where we were when the storms came. It was an eventful start to our week with Pastor Dewayne Watson.  The rest of week turned out good is spite of the storms.
   We had 5 great services at Lighthouse Holiness Church in Ozark, Alabama.  It was good to be with Pastor William Parr and his folks.  We were also blessed to see several friends.
   We then took time for some much needed R&R.  It was wonderful to catch our breath while the BoggsMobile received repairs to the roof.  We were also glad to see our friends at Beams of Light in Cantonment, Florida.  Pastor Philip Deane and congregation will always hold a special place in our hearts.
   Our current location is White Plains Assembly in Conehatta, Mississippi. We love the Graham family!
   Well, I hear the engine starting so I better go ‘cause we’re On the Road Again.

Note From Davy
On June 5 we begin our Summer of Tent Revivals. We are excited to see what God is going to do in these meetings. We will be joined in the first three tent revivals by the Millikin family. They will be singing along side of us and Bro. Jimmy will be preaching many of the nights as well. In July and August we will have tent revivals in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Please pray that God will move in these meetings. We are believing for a harvest of souls.   Davy

 All These Dates Are Subject to Change (Like Maybe Tomorrow)
For Our Full Schedule Please Check Our Website

· April 24-? Sterlington, LA, Sterlington Holiness Tabernacle, Pastor Tracy Boyd
· May 8-15 Morrow, AR, Hale Mountain, Pastor Ronnie Cooper
· May 16-22 Locust Grove, OK, Iron Post Holiness Church, Pastor Travis Martin
· May 23-26 Tulsa, OK, Hale Pentecostal Church, Pastor Joseph Snow
· May 29-June 3 Wichita, KS, Bethany Revival Center, Pastor John DiZazzo
· June 5-10 Tent Revival Tulsa, OK, Hilldale Holiness Church, Pastor Nathan Conner
· June13-16 Bristow, OK  Attend Bristow Campmeeting
· June 19-24 Tent Revival Miami, OK, Faith Pentecostal Church, Pastor Mike Stephens
· June 26-July 1 Tent Revival Weir, KS, Faith Tabernacle, Pastor James Fellers
· July 4-8 Elco, IL,  Elco Family Camp, Preaching Day Services,  Chairman Geoff Bond

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back to Work and Some Prayer Requests

We ended our time off in a whirlwind of activity which is the way it happens for most of us I suppose. Saturday morning we left Navarre and headed back to the bus in Cantonment. On the way we stopped at WalMart, of course, and fellowshipped with the Deane's over a quick meal at Ryan's. 

Bro. Philip Deane and the Beams of Light church were so kind to allow us to park on their property this week. It is a great place to park and it was a convenient location for the men repairing the hail damaged roof. 

Speaking of the repairs, Jake Parkerson finished the roof of the BoggsMobile during the week we were off and it looks as good as new. I appreciate Jake and his crew (Color Pro Technologies) working so hard and doing such a great job. We were working on a pretty close timeline and they met it with flying colors. It was good to get to know Jake and his family. They are fine folks. 

Kelly Jo and Odie spent the afternoon  unpacking and putting things back in order while I was preparing things to ride outside. Sunday morning we were up bright and early and hit the road. 

We arrived at White Plains Assembly in the afternoon and parked, set up sound and cleaned up just in time for church. The first service was good and we are looking for great things from God this week. 

White Plains is a beautiful church out in the country near Conehatta and Sebastopol, Mississippi. We love coming here and being in church with our friends. Please pray that God will visit us in a special way this week. 

In fact, I have two more prayer requests that I want to mention. 

1. My dad, Eugene Boggs, fell last Tuesday and broke his L1and L4 vertebra. He is in tremendous pain and needs the touch of God. He and Mom are in Florida and were planning to go home last week but he is unable to travel. 

2. My dear friend and missionary, Bro. Larry Landress lost a younger brother this weekend in a senseless tragedy. His whole family is in desperate need of prayer. Bro. Larry will be preaching the funeral. Please pray for Bro. Larry and his family. 

Thanks for praying for our family as well. God bless. 


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Navarre, Florida - A Week In Pictures 4/9-4/16

We scheduled this last week off and spent it doing almost nothing at all. On Wednesday we drove to Destin and spent a few hours there.  Other than that we were pretty inactive all week and enjoyed every minute of it. Below you will find the pictures to prove it. lol

Saturday Afternoon

Sunday Morning

Monday Morning

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday's Sunset From the Pier
Sun is Setting over the building were stayed in.

Tuesday's Sunset From the Pier

Tuesday's Sunset From the Pier

Wednesday's Sunrise

Wednesday's Sunrise

Wednesday's Sunrise

Wednesday in Destin

Wednesday in Destin

Our Only Big Meal Out This Week-Jumbo Shrimp

Thursday Morning

Thursday Morning

Friday Noon

Friday Noon

Friday Afternoon as a storm rolled in.

Friday Afternoon as a storm rolled in.

Friday afternoon as a storm rolled in.

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning