Glenn Archer’s Daily Devotions and Sermons

Glenn Archer’s Daily Devotions and Sermons can be found at:

GlennArcherGlenn Archer began his association with Baptist Faith Missions back in the early 1960s when he first came to Lexington Baptist College in Lexington KY and was introduced to some of the first missionaries to serve Christ in partnership with BFM.

He went on from there to support BFM in pastorates in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.  He would later serve as a Director of BFM and also as our Treasurer.  He maintained his active participation in all things BFM until his Homegoing to Heaven in February 2014.

Here is the text of a recent email from his daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Susan Poiles.  We copy it here verbatim:

“Dear Friends,  It is a privilege on this one-year anniversary of Brother Glenn Archer’s passing to share with you his website.  Before he passed away, Brother Archer and I discussed publishing his devotions and sermons.  The original idea was to publish a book and sell it. The proceeds would go to Baptist Faith Missions.

After prayer and further consideration, I have decided to publish his works on the web. The address is A link has been provided on the site for donations to be given to BFM in his memory.

As you will read on the site, Brother Archer’s wish was for the whole world to see his writings.  It is my prayer that by the grace of God and your help, we will be able to make that wish come true through the means of the world wide web.  Feel free to share this link. May Jesus be lifted up and God receive all the glory!
Mark & Susan Poiles”

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FaithWORKS Report [February 2014]

PRAY AND PRAISE in this issue…

  • MIKE AND BEV CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for several professions of faith, baptisms, and church letters. PRAY that they will be able to come up with the funds to buy new camera equipment for their TV program.
  • JOHN AND ALTA HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for the opportunity to witness on a cruise. PRAY for the young man who does not believe in Christ, but heard the Gospel. PRAY that we would all be faithful to share the Gospel wherever we are.
  • JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for faithful ladies who hold a weekly Bible Study on their lunch break every Thursday. PRAY for leaders who are starting new Bible Study groups. PRAY that the Word would pierce hearts, especially as it is being read by unbelievers.
  • AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the growth of their mission church at its one-year anniversary. PRAY for the many physical and spiritual needs in their church and their personal ministry. PRAISE GOD for the opportunity to help at an orphanage.
  • NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAY about how the Lord would have you involved in the harvest. PRAISE GOD for His harvest in Kitale and all around the globe. 
  • SHERIDAN AND ANITA STANTON—PRAISE GOD for answering prayers about a drywall teacher and for continued progress on the Calvary building. PRAY for the families of three saints killed in a car wreck. PRAISE GOD for the faithfulness of those in the Ladies’ Bible Class and Pastors’ Theology Class. 
  • ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for uplifting visits to supporting churches. PRAY that God would prepare their hearts and minds for their upcoming return to Kenya.  
  • BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER—PRAISE GOD for young ladies with zeal for reaching others for Christ! PRAY for them as they adapt to life without kids at home. PRAISE GOD for new converts after teams were sent out. PRAY for two more teams that will be sent out this month and for their school ministries to be effective.

When you review the Contributions page in this issue, you will note that the monthly General Fund Offerings total given in January is $26,723.10.  First, we thank God and commend every one of you gives to the monthly General Fund.  Without your faithful and sacrificial giving, our missionaries would not be receiving month-by-month what we are able to provide for them.

However, that being said, our total monthly commitments to our missionary families – which must be supplied from the monthly General Fund – amount to $43,300.54.  Every month, that same amount must be disbursed just for their essential maintenance.  If each of us will remember that number as we give to the monthly General Fund – $43,300.00 – it will help remind us of the gigantic financial responsibility just to ‘keep them on the field,’ ‘keep the lights on,’ and supply their essential living and ministry expenses.

The way we were able to NOT reduce their deposits this month is because last month, the Lord supplied us with an extraordinarily generous monthly General Fund offering.  (These were offerings given in December 2013 and disbursed in January 2014.)  So, with the ‘surplus’ we received last month, we carried it over to supply deficits in future months – this month, February, being one of them.

But, when those ‘surplus’ balances are depleted, if the monthly General Fund Offering doesn’t increase to meet the disbursement threshold [$43,300.00], then we will do what we’ve had to do before – we will reduce the amount of disbursements to our missionary families by the proportionate amount we did not receive in General Fund offerings.

Please help your missionaries by increasing your offerings to the monthly General Fund.

You can give online by going to our website: and click on the ‘Donate/Support’ tab.  Designate your offering for ‘General Fund’.  Thank you on behalf of our missionaries!

Click here to make a one-time donation.
Click here to set up a recurring donation.

ThanksgivingOffering2013-14 THANKSGIVING OFFERING UPDATE:  $48,638.41.
We have received three months’ Thanksgiving Offerings:
November 2013, $17,036.91
December 2013, $26,701.50
January 2014, $4,900.00
That brings us to a total of $48,638.41.

Just to give you a little comparison perspective – the 2012-13 Thanksgiving Offering was $52,348.17 and we ran out of those funds before 2013 was completed.  This year’s offering so far – where it stands now – is still below last year’s total amount.

So, will you please help us with your continued offerings to the Thanksgiving Offering?  We use the funds we receive from the Thanksgiving Offering to supply the other services, benefits, and commitments we make to our missionaries which are not supplied from the Monthly General Fund Offering.

When we don’t receive sufficient Thanksgiving Offering funds, we cannot grant the missionaries’ requests for those benefits we otherwise would give them to help relieve that additional financial burden on them.

2014 is shaping up to be a demanding year for those needs – so please help your missionaries all you can!

We must receive a very generous Thanksgiving Offering to give our missionaries the services and benefits we have committed to give them “as the Lord provides”.  The Lord provides through our sharing of the Grace He has given us.

NOTE:  the Thanksgiving Offering is always open any time for your contributions.  Just designate your offeringThanksgiving Offering’, and it will be applied and included.

“I speak not be commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.”  [2 Corinthians 8.8].

“For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the Gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; and by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding Grace of God in you.” [2 Corinthians 9.12-14].

You can also contribute online at on the ‘Donate/Support’ tab.  Designate your offering for ‘Thanksgiving Offering’.  Thank You! on behalf of our missionaries!



1996-97         $73,380.83                            2005-06         $66,313.44

1997-98         $66,118.67                            2006-07         $99,246.86

1998-99         $59,498.19                            2007-08         $64,650.57

1999-00         $56,026.50                            2008-09         $87,588.47

2000-01         $67,251.50                            2009-10         $92,264.30

2001-02         $56,906.13                            2010-11         $63,720.13

2002-03         $55,164.30                            2011-12         $56,365.38

2003-04         $62,195.80                            2012-13         $52,348.17

2004-05         $77,347.47                            2013-14         $48,638.41 [To Date]

April 28, 29, 30
Thompson Road Baptist Church – Lexington KY
2 Corinthians 6:2

Please mark these dates and plan to join us for times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord, challenges from His Word, and opportunities for commitment and participation in taking Christ’s Gospel to the nations of the world!

GlennArcherGlenn Archer passed through the valley of the shadow of death – from this life into the Presence of his Lord and Savior – on Friday, January 31.  He had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for the past year or so.

Glenn served his Lord and the missionaries who are supported through BFM as a Director for 34 years and as Treasurer for 11 years.  He was a pastor of Baptist churches for 50 years, serving church families in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.

For those of us who served with him in the service of our missionaries, Glenn was our friend, brother in Christ, confidante, counselor, and our ‘true yokefellow’ [Philippians 4.3] in the ministry of the Gospel and missions.

He was always the model of impeccable integrity, a ‘sterling character of a man,’ and the consummate voice of wisdom, reason, and grace.  We could always depend on Glenn to be faithfully insistent on his convictions and principles, and yet be a moderating influence.  He was always “easy to be intreated’ [James 3.17], and deliberately so.  He often quoted the Scripture “Speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4.15) as one of his cardinal rules for wisdom and counsel – and he lived by it.

Glenn taught us how to live in the faith…and he modeled for us how to die in the same faith.  And, he was a life-long lover of missions and missionaries.

Here is, in full, the daily blog he sent out to many of us for years as he led us through the Bible with his Daily Devotions.  Listen to his faith in Christ in his dying days and his continuing love for Gospel missions:


Dear Friends:

Death is an ugly enemy.  “The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26).  However death is ours.  “All things are yours: life or death.  All are yours.”  We are in everything to give thanks unto God.  How we handle death will either resound to His honor and His glory or to our shame.  We can die grumpy old men and women, or we can die counting our blessings, knowing that we have received better than we deserve.

Just now, we are waiting for the adoption, to wit: the redemption of the body.  (Romans 8:23).  When Christ died, He paid the price of our redemption.  This old body that once served sin, has been by the presence of the Spirit of God made to serve righteousness.  Yet, we are confined to this body of death (Romans 7:24).  It is as though Christ has put us on lay-a-way, but He did so while we are still in this corruptible, mortal body.  But this is not the body He bought.  The body He bought will greet Him at the resurrection, when this mortal shall have put on immortality, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption.  In that day we will have a body like unto His glorious body (Philippians 3:21).  “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

Just now I ask an interest in your prayers, not that I might not see death, but that I will handle this approach to death in a manner well pleasing in His sight.  Ask that God grant me the favor of His grace to live for Him during all these struggles.  Pray for Judy.  She is a gracious soul.  Many are her labors because of my sickness.  Both of us need the grace of God to carry on for Him.  I am glad I am saved.

Don’t spend more time praying to keep saints out of Heaven than you do praying to keep sinners out of Hell.

I am yours in Christ, Glenn

Glenn’s family would like to express their thanks to our BFM fellowship with this note:

“Our family would like to express our gratitude to BFM, its directors, missionaries, and supporters for their love, encouragement, and prayers during the last several months.  We also give thanks for the basket that was sent to the funeral home and to the directors who were able to attend the funeral and serve as honorary pallbearers despite the weather.

Glenn Archer’s greatest desire was for people all over the world to come to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

May God continue to bless the work of BFM.

Judy and the entire Archer family”

We now have TWO very attractive and informative professionally-produced brochures.  We want you to help us get these promotional messages into the hands of anyone and everyone who is interested in the mission work the Lord is accomplishing through the missionaries who are supported by your offerings through BFM.

(1) The first of these brochures is one that will introduce you to BFM and inform you about the basic principles by which BFM functions. (click here to view)

(2) The second brochure is just now ‘hot off the press.’  This one is entitled “Caring for those who care for the world,” and is designed to inform and explain just how essential the monthly General Fund is to the daily living and ministry needs of our missionaries. (click here to view)

Both of them are full-color, either 6 or 8 pages 8 ½ x 11 format, pictorial, and informative.  Will you please help us distribute these brochures as widely as you can?

If you will send your name and mailing address to:
Dave Parks, 3985 Boston Road, Lexington KY 40514
email: | phone: 859.223.8374 –
and tell us how many sets of these brochures you want – we will get them back to you by return shipping.

For now, you can access an electronic flip-through version of the new brochure by going to our website and clicking on the brochure cover.

Again, please serve as ambassadors for your missionaries by helping us get either single-copy sets to interested persons or bundles to distribute in our churches.  The brochures will ‘speak for themselves’ – for our missionaries.

Harold Bratcher has retired from active and faithful missionary service in Brazil and has relocated to live here in the States.  His mailing address is: 1950 Falling Leaves Lane, Lexington KY 40509  |  telephone: (859)806-9827.

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Glenn Archer is Present with the Lord

[Last updated 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 5 – Video Tribute and Note of Thanks]

A note of thanks from the Archer Family:

Our family would like to express our gratitude to BFM, its directors, missionaries, and supporters for their love, encouragement, and prayers during the last several months.  We also give thanks for the basket that was sent to the funeral home and to the directors who were able to attend the funeral and serve as honorary pall bearers despite the weather.

Glenn Archer’s greatest desire was for people all over the world to come to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May God continue to bless the work of BFM.

Judy and the entire Archer family

You can watch a beautiful video tribute to Glenn Archer here.

[Update from Saturday, February 1]

Isaiah 57.2
He shall enter into peace:
they shall rest in their beds,
each one walking in his uprightness.

Born: October 26, 1941
Died: January 31, 2014

Visitation: 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, 02-02-2014
At Musters in Livermore

Funeral: 11:00 A.M.
Monday, 02-03-2014
Muster Funeral Homes, Livermore Chapel

Interment:Richland Baptist Cemetery
McLean County, Kentucky

Glenn R. Archer  72, of 502 Nuckols – Old Buck Creek Church Road; Calhoun, Kentucky died Friday, January 31, 2014 at his home.  Glenn Roland Archer was born October 26, 1941 in Sistersville, West Virginia to the late Arthur Daniel and Sylvia Catherien Folger Archer and was married to the former Judith Kaye Hisle on December 5, 1964.  Glenn was a Baptist Pastor for 50 years, serving church families in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.  He previously served as Treasurer and a Director of Baptist Faith Missions, taught at Ohio Valley Christian School, and was a member of Richland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Judith Archer; two sons and their wives, Phillip and Lisa Archer of Locust Grove, Georgia and Jonathan and Lisa Archer of Austin, Texas; three daughters and their husbands, Susan and Mark Poiles of Island, Sharon and David Hicks, and Stephanie and John Gray both of Livermore; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Elliott Archer of Chapin, South Carolina; and a sister, Jean Wilson of Beallsville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Muster Funeral Homes, Livermore Chapel with Jim Orrick and Bobby Creiglow officiating.  Burial will be in the Richland Baptist Cemetery in McLean County with Jonathan Turner officiating.  Friends may visit with Glenn’s family from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Sunday and from 9:00 A.M. until time of services Monday at Musters in Livermore.

The Glenn R. Archer family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the General Fund of Baptist Faith Missions; C/O George Sledd; P.O. Box 471280; Lake Monroe, Florida  32747-1280 or  Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at Musters in Livermore.

Share your memories and photos of Glenn at
Originally posted at Muster Funeral Homes
[Updates from Friday, January 31]

Pastor Glenn Archer passed from this life and body to enter the Presence of his Savior sometime around noon today.  He has talked about the human experience of this day for weeks, wondering what it would be like.  Now he knows.  We are left to only imagine.

Again, you may access our website for more detailed information, especially about the arrangements for his Homegoing service, but we want to get this word to you today.

His memorial service will be conducted on Monday at 11am CENTRAL TIME at the Livermore Chapel of the Muster Funeral Home, Livermore, KY. 212 Broadway, Livermore, Kentucky 42352 [map], (270) 278-2337

They will be posting his obituary on their website when it is prepared – and we will publish links on this website update post as well.

Please continue to pray for his wife, Judy, and for their family.

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  • You can read a past post concerning Bro. Archer’s health here.
  • You can also view a nice package from the local news in Kirksville, Missouri, covering his ministry there.
    USPS correspondences may be addressed to:
    Judy Archer
    502 Nuckols OBCC Road
    Calhoun, KY 42327
    Email Address:
    Please understand that Judy may not be able to respond to your emails.

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This is one of the last correspondences we received from Glenn.  We are including it without editing.  He has provided links to the archives of his messages and Daily Devotion studies we have been used to receiving daily for years.

Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:54:18 -0600
Subject: Links to Devotional and Sermon Notes of Glenn ArcherBelow are the links to my OT Sermons & Devotions and my NT Sermons & Devotions.OT Sermons –
OT Devotions –
NT Sermons –
New Testament Devotions – of Study have gone into these. Through the advice of my brother Elliott, most of it is original.  Through the advice of Bro Sam Waldron, I have not completely abandoned Gill.  Gill’s rigidity and his wordiness have been mostly scraped away. Through necessity I have used other authors from time to time.  These studies have been of great service to my faith.  I am finally learning what the Scriptures mean when they say faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Largely the notes were written for my own benefit.  The sermon notes were written as a guide or pulpit use and are meant to aid those to whom I am preaching.These notes are being made available to the public as a small contribution to the Kingdom of Christ through a service called Google Drive.  I hope the entire world sees what I have written.  Copy and paste the links below into your favorites and you will have a permanent, accessible file to much of the work of my life.

I am sure glad that, except for the last three weeks, I have not had to type while lying in bed on my back.  God is good!

I am yours in Christ,


Original Post from Thursday, January 30

We urge you to pray with us on behalf of our very dear friend, Pastor Glenn Archer, who is suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis and is nearing his eternal Home.

His wife and faithful caregiver, Judy, sent us the email below this afternoon:

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – 3:20 p.m.

Glenn has taken a turn for the worse.  The Hospice Nurse suggested we call our boys to come here.  She has put him on medication to let him rest.  He is resting comfortably. Only the Lord knows when He will call him home. We covet your prayers.

Glenn served as a Director of Baptist Faith Missions for 34 years (1978-2012) and as our Treasurer for 11 years (1991-2002). He has also planted and pastored churches in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri. Please ask the Lord to show him and his family mercy, peace, and love during this time.

We will post updates as we receive them in the coming days.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

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FaithWORKS Report [December 2013]

PRAY AND PRAISE in this issue…

  • HAROLD BRATCHER –  PRAISE GOD for his [and his wife, Marie’s] 55 years of faithful missionary service to our Lord in Brazil. PRAY that God will continue to prosper the churches they have planted and cultivated in Brazil. PLEASE NOTE: his new permanent Stateside address: 1950 Falling Leaves Lane, Lexington, KY 40509.
  • MIKE AND BEV CREIGLOWPRAISE GOD for the reports of ‘seeing the Grace of God’ in their river churches and preaching points and in Cruzeiro do Sul. PRAY AND GIVE to help them with their home church building project needs.
  • JOHN AND ALTA HATCHERPRAISE GOD for His church plants which are growing and increasing. PRAY for their co-workers’ needs. PRAY for them as their closest child is moving 3000 miles away.
  • PAUL AND WANDA HATCHERPRAY fervently for their family’s needs: Wanda’s mother is coming to live with them – and they have just suffered the bereavement of Mrs. McGary’s son and Wanda’s brother, Ross McGary.
  • JOHN AND JUDY HATCHERPRAISE GOD for the friends they continue to make and cultivate – and PRAY that God will save many more through their ministry of the Grace of Neighboring.
  • A.J. AND BARBARA HENSLEYPRAISE GOD for the many outreach works and ministries they are conducting. PRAY for the supply of all their needs, and for the many physical afflictions of their people – especially for Gloria.
  • NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORDPRAISE GOD for providing their needs for a vehicle and housing. PRAY that God will protect, encourage, and strengthen them as they travel and report on their ministry.
  • SHERIDAN AND ANITA STANTONPRAISE GOD for their ministry and work which continues on – and for the missionaries who have gone before them also. PRAY that God will supply the needs they have for finishing works they have begun.
  • ROGER AND JULIE TATEPRAISE GOD for the provisions He has made for them since being Stateside. PRAY that God will hear and answer the prayer he concludes his letter with.
  • BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASERPRAISE GOD for giving them fruit and responses from their various outreach ministries. PRAY for them and for their children as Jesse and now Brennen pursue their educations here in the States.

Block these dates and plan to attend…
January 19-22 | Sunday-Wednesday
For more details, contact Pastor Ben Glover
BentonGlover[at] | 407.719.9861


We want to thank everyone of you who faithfully and regularly gives to the Monthly General Fund offerings. Your offerings literally keep our missionaries on their fields of service and ‘keep the lights on’ for their daily living and ministry expenses. You sustain and maintain them. “Thank You!” again and again!

The Monthly General Fund offerings are necessary – and are used – to provide the Essential Maintenance Transactions [EMT] that our missionaries must have to sustain their most basic and essential expenses: salary, housing, ministry expenses, hospitalization premiums, and correspondence. Without these provisions, they cannot continue doing what they do.

November’s Monthly General Fund [$23,197.61] was the least Monthly General Fund Offering we have record of receiving – and our present accounting system goes back more than 10 years. This is a most unenviable record to set. If our Monthly General Fund Offering does not meet the threshold amount of the above monthly disbursements, then we must reduce those same committed disbursements proportionately and equitably among our missionaries to make up for the deficit. This month’s deficit [December’s disbursements are made from November’s offerings] was $12,359.92. We thank God that this month we had extraordinary gift funds available to make up that deficit so we didn’t have to deduct it from our missionaries’ monthly deposits. [See the article “GRATITUDE FOR A GENEROUS BEQUEST”].

Please give to the General Fund so your missionaries can pursue their daily lives and ministries without this distraction. Give by the Grace of God – to the Glory of God! You can give online by going to our website: and click on the ‘Donate/Support’ tab. Designate your offering for ‘General Fund’. Thank you on behalf of our missionaries!


We have begun giving to our 2013-14 THANKSGIVING OFFERING with last month’s offerings. Those offerings listed in this month’s Mission Sheets are just the ‘firstfruits’ and initial offerings we have received to date. We are asking God to multiply this amount several times before it is completed. NOTE: the Thanksgiving Offering is always open any time for your contributions. Just designate your offering: ‘Thanksgiving Offering’ and it will be applied and included. We must receive a very generous Thanksgiving Offering to give our missionaries the services and benefits we have committed to give them “as the Lord provides”. The Lord provides through our sharing of the Grace He has given us.

“I speak not be commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.” [2 Corinthians 8:8]

“For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the Gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; and by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding Grace of God in you.” [2 Corinthians 9.12-14]

You can also contribute online at on the ‘Donate/Support’ tab. Designate your offering for ‘Thanksgiving Offering’. Thank You! on behalf of our missionaries!

Click here to make a one-time donation.
Click here to set up a recurring donation.

We encourage you to pray with us on behalf of a very dear friend, Pastor Glenn Archer. He is suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis and his health and strength is growing progressively weaker. His disease is irreversible and incurable. Glenn served as a Director of Baptist Faith Missions for 34 years (1978-2012) and as our Treasurer for 11 years (1991-2002). He has also planted and pastored churches in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri. His physical condition has so weakened that he is on oxygen-assist 24/7 on maximum output most of the time. He struggles for every breath. Every movement and activity exhausts him. But, he continues to be an encourager to all of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Please ask our Lord to give him daily strength according to his needs – and Grace to strengthen his heart of faith in Christ. You may correspond with him at: 502 Nuckols OBCC Road, Calhoun KY 42327 / glennarcher0[at] He may not have strength to respond, but he will appreciate hearing from you. Please ask the Lord also to strengthen and encourage Judy, his loving wife and faithful caregiver.


Baptist Faith Missions was blessed recently with a very generous gift in the form of a bequest. Ernest and Helen Palmer were members of a long-time supporting church in Lexington KY and have known, loved, and befriended the missionaries associated with BFM for over 50 years. During their lifetimes, they invested some of their funds in Certificates of Deposit (CD) and designated Baptist Faith Missions as the beneficiary of those CDs. Those same funds were available to them while they lived if needed to provide for their own needs. Mr. Palmer went to be with the Lord a few years ago, and then Mrs. Palmer was called Home to Heaven this year.

When their estate was executed, those CDs were presented to BFM. After we fulfilled some specific requests which accompanied the bequest (for our missionaries), we are using the remainder of this gift to provide other needs to benefit our missionaries. [1] We have reimbursed our missionaries for the $10,872.74 we had to assess on their monthly deposits over 2013. During three months of 2013, when our monthly General Fund offerings were not sufficient to meet their monthly support disbursements from the General Fund, we had to reduce their monthly deposits proportionately among them to cover those deficits. We kept careful records of how much was reduced from each missionary’s deposits for each of those months – and those reductions were reimbursed to them out of this gift. [2] We have covered that same deficit in this month of December for their monthly deposits. Our General Fund offerings for this month lacked $12,359.92 to meet the threshold for what we must receive in order to give our missionaries the full amounts of the monthly support commitments we make to them. So, rather than additionally deduct and reduce their monthly deposits again this month – we supplied that deficit from this same gift.

Not only do our missionaries deeply appreciate this gift, but GOD LOVES THESE CHEERFUL GIVERS ALSO! [2 Corinthians 9.7]. And, SO DO MULTITUDES OF ‘ETERNAL FRIENDS’ WHO WILL BE IN HEAVEN THROUGH THE GOSPEL MINISTRIES CONDUCTED THROUGH THE USE OF THESE OFFERINGS! Please read Luke 16.9. When you give to missions and the ministry of the Gospel, God uses your offerings to bring the lost to faith in Jesus Christ. And, when you go Home to Heaven, those who were saved through your giving will welcome you into our Everlasting Home!



We want to give a tribute to some of the very best and most gracious “Giving Friends” BFM has ever had. We won’t use their real names because they have never wanted to be known or recognized by their names. But, years ago, I asked them if we could call them “Texas Giving Friends”, and they said we could. So, for years, they have been listed in our Mission Sheets Contribution Record as “Texas Giving Friends”. They began giving personal offerings to BFM over 50 years ago and have continued that ministry of generosity over all these years.

Generous offerings. Sacrificial offerings. And not just to BFM, but they have also given equally generously to a number of other Gospel missions ministries, especially in Mexico. And the fruits of the churches and ministries to which they have contributed are still growing, still producing, and still bearing fruit for eternal life and the Glory of Christ.

Over the course of 2013, it became necessary for both of these dear ‘Giving Friends’ to receive long-term elder-care in private nursing and assisted-living facilities. [Our Brother ‘Texas Giving Friend’ was called Home to Heaven in October]. At that time, much to their own regret, it became necessary to suspend their giving to BFM. But, their son wrote me at that time with these words and prayer: “This was a very difficult decision for the family to make, so we will be praying and expecting that God will raise up someone new; not just to fill the void they leave, but will multiply their giving in an unusual and abundant way in Jesus’ Name.” 

God has kept very careful records and has tracked everywhere their offerings have gone, and the souls that have been saved, and the works that have been done through their investments in the Kingdom of God. “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” [Philippians 4.17] God knows – and only God knows – the numbers of those who have heard the Gospel through the ministries financed by their offerings…and have come to faith in Christ…and are in Heaven – or will be in Heaven – because they gave. In Luke 16.9, our Lord made this promise and gave us this assurance: “And I say unto you, ‘Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness [our giving]; that when ye fail [die from here, and go Home to Heaven], they may receive you into everlasting habitations.’ ”


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Pray for the Archers

Bobby Creiglow and Dave Parks visited with Glenn Archer on Monday, December 2. We so much enjoyed our time together. We re-visited many of our past fellowship experiences together. We rejoiced in the promises of God’s Grace, the Hope of the Gospel, the Glory of the Presence of God [both here and now and forever], and sang songs together. Brother Glenn is very weak from the progressing effects of his Pulmonary Fibrosis, which is both incurable and irreversible. He is on maximum-level oxygen-assist 24/7. The only way he can breathe with any degree of comfort now is laid back in a recliner with his feet elevated. Even if he tries to sit upright, he has to gasp and blow for breath. Any movement, activity, or exercise exhausts his supply of oxygen. He has to be wheeled in a wheelchair from one room and location to another in their apartment. He got up to go to worship this past Sunday morning, and couldn’t make it even to the door to step out to the car which Judy always pulls up for him right outside their door. I know you are praying for him – and also for Judy – and that you will continue to do so. You may correspond with them via email – but Glenn’s response to you will depend upon his daily strength. glennarcher0[at]

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 

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