Dr. Gipp is a former pastor, an evangelist, teacher, author and Bible conference speaker. He has the unique ability to digest large amounts of information and then present it in an analytical, understandable, format. His humerous, informative and forceful preaching style make him popular with all ages and keeps him in demand as a Revivalist and Bible conference speaker.
Brother Gipp was apart of a panel of defenders of the King James Bible on the "John Ankerberg Show." Also, his life's story was featured on the national radio program, "Unshackled."
"I can't believe we're here in 2014!" I have had so many Brethren tell me. I tell them I always believed we'd be here in 2014...I just thought we would be 14 years into the Millennium! Oh well! Maybe this year.
I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year! We spent Christmas with our son, Nathan & his family in Idaho. It was a blessing. Nathan has knocked on about 2,500 doors so far. The church has grown from 6 to around 50 in his first year as pastor.
Nathan & Rose are expecting their fifth child in February. Jon & Sheila are expecting their second child in May.
In 2013 I preached 250 times in 50 churches in: Hawaii, Ohio, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana; as well as, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand & Canada.
We saw folks saved and a multitude of Christians getting things squared-away with the Lord as well as enjoying some truly great fellowship with God's people.
We have a few meetings this month in the East after which we'll fly back West and finish up there before officially crossing the Mississippi for two years in the East. There are still requests coming in for new meetings which I am doing all I can to accommodate.
24 Hour King James Seminar
On January 9 & 10 we had the second 24 Hour King James Seminar at Hope Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Pastor Rick Sowell graciously made his beautiful facility available to us and it was a blessing to all. Some of the gracious ladies of Hope also provided lunch for the attendees. Words cannot describe the tremendous help Bro. Jonathan Marshall was in putting the whole thing together. It simply would not have come off so well if it wasn't for his hard work.
We had five countries represented and folks live-streaming from at least three countries. In spite of arriving to -16 degree temperatures & 10" of snow, the attendees really enjoyed the seminar. Two pastors left frozen/broken water pipes in their churches to attend and even Hope BC had some water pipes freeze & break just two days before the seminar. But, the Lord truly was merciful & gracious and all went well once we got underway. Attendees toughed-out two days of sitting for 12 hours and surprisingly regretted when the event was over.
Requests have been coming in to purchase the DVDs of the seminar. At this time we don't know how many there will be nor how they'll be packaged, but I'll let you know when that is finalized. Believe me, this is the most thorough course on the King James Bible you're going to find that you can watch in your home.
Plans are in the works for the next 24 Hour King James Seminar. I'll let you know the "Where & when" of that when it's been worked out.
FYI: On the Sunday after the seminar I received a very ominous sounding voice mail. It didn't sound directly related to the seminar but definitely was not friendly. No. No. I'm not even a little frightened. But I confess to being a "Prayer Junkie" and am only telling you hoping to get a "Prayer Fix." Your prayers are what keep us going and keep us safe.
This has been one of the more difficult years for Kathy & I. I had another surgery on my neck (number 3) in Oct. which did give me some relief with my right arm but did not address the headaches. On Feb. 10 I am to see a neurosurgeon in Texas to see if there's anything that can be done to help with that.
Since the surgery in October my right arm has been problem-free and my left has even been a little better although it does have its days.
In December we went to Montana to try to get some help for Kathy's eye. The treatments did help but once we left there the situation deteriorated pretty badly. Her eye went back to giving her a great deal of pain and blurriness. One of the things we found out during our stay in Montana is that the virus is now in her bloodstream which has greatly complicated the problem.
On the very day it hit -13 below with 10" of snow in Detroit she woke up with her eye red and swollen closed. We had to find a cornea specialist and I took her to see him. He was bothered enough to arrange a visit with another cornea specialist in Toledo. She has seen him now. He rearranged her medications again. But he did say her cornea seemed to be in pretty good shape. We think that is due to the recent treatments in Montana.
Our Future Plans
Folks often ask me if I've thought about coming off the road. (Duh, no. Why would I do that?) Absolutely! I didn't say I wanted to come off the road I said I've thought about it. I've even asked God about it and get total silence, which is fine because neither Kathy nor I want to come off the road. In spite of the increased difficulty of living like this we both love traveling across the country helping churches. We both know we would so miss seeing so many of God's people if we parked permanently. Now, we would do it in a heartbeat if God told us to, but so far He hasn't and has, in fact, only increased the demand for meetings. There is no doubt that it has become more of a struggle to do this but it is our calling and we love it and intend to continue on until redirected by the Lord. Please, please keep praying for us.
Thank you for your prayers for us.
In Christ's Service,
Samuel C. Gipp