Stuart Hamblen:  October 20, 1908 to March 8, 1989 in Kellyville, Texas, the son of a traveling Methodist preacher, and founder of the Evangelical Methodist Church, Dr. J.H. Hamblen. Stuart’s career as a Country Western Gospel singer, composer, radio-movie personality, and master storyteller all began in 1926, where he became radio broadcasting’s first singing cowboy. His group changed, both in name and in personnel, and by 1931, and for 21 years thereafter, Stuart stayed on top of the popularity charts on the West Coast with his radio programs: “Covered Wagon Jubilee”; “Stuart Hamblen and His Lucky Stars”; and the “Cowboy Church of the Air”.

During that time, his motion picture credits included parts with Gene Autry; “The Arizona Kid” and “King of the Cowboys” with Roy Rogers; “with John Wayne.

During his long span on the radio, Stuart composed western songs… many of which are still being recorded today: . Later he wrote some of his greatest song classics: “It Is No Secret” – the original manuscript of which is buried in the cornerstone of one of the Copyright Buildings of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and which has been translated into over 50 languages around the world.

In 1949, Stuart and his wife Suzy attended a prayer meeting at the home of Henrietta Mears at a meeting of the Hollywood Christian Group, and on that night, a young man named Billy Graham was there to speak to the group. The two men hit it off right away, and Stuart asked Billy if he would like to come on his radio show to promote his tent crusade. Billy did show up at the radio station, and after the radio interview, Stuart urged his listeners to go down to the tent to hear more of Billy, and ended by stating “Make sure you all come, cause I’ll be there too!” Well, Suzy wasn’t going to let those words ring untrue. As Stuart started to settle in for the night, Suzy appeared, all ready to go out the door and said, “You ready to go? You told everyone that you were going to be there. You don’t want to disappoint your fans!” So, Stuart went night after night front row center, until he could take it no more, and conviction was hitting Stuart hard. Knowing that the tent crusade was scheduled to end in a couple of days, Stuart decided to escape; packed up his hound dogs, and headed out for a hunting trip.

In the early ’50’s, Stuart’s radio show was syndicated nationwide. Back then, the commercials were performed by the radio host during the show. The syndicate sponsors came to Stuart to let him know that the commercial he was to promote was for alcohol products. Stuart refused, due to the simple fact of his recent conversion to Christianity, (with Billy Graham), and his public renunciation of his alcoholic ways. He was not a man to go back on his word. The sponsors told him they would pull the plug on his show if he refused to do the commercial, and as a man of his word, he didn’t, and in the last several shows, Stuart used them to let his nationwide-listening audience know why he would be leaving the air.

Hearing this, in 1952, the Prohibition Party asked Stuart to run for the President of the United States on their ticket. Stuart was the type of man that if it was something new, it was surely an adventure! He had never done that before, and so he did! When the first returns came in he was actually ahead! When the final votes were counted, he had set a new record for votes for the Prohibition ticket, running 4th to Dwight Eisenhower (see Election Results).

Married to his wife, Suzy, for over 55 years,  Stuart Hamblen died on March 8, 1989.  His beloved wife Suzy, followed him on June 2, 2008 at the age of 101.


It Is No Secret

The chimes of time ring out the news

Another day is through

Someone slipped and fell

Was that someone you?

You may have longed for added strength

Your courage to renew

Do not be disheartened

For I have news for you

It is no secret what God can do

What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you

With arms wide open He’ll pardon you

It is no secret what God can do

There is no night; for in His light

You never walk alone

Always feel at home

Wherever you may go

There is no power can conquer you

While God is on your side

Take Him at His promise

Don’t run away and hide

It is no secret what God can do

What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you

With arms wide open He’ll pardon you

It is no secret what God can do



Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

December 17, 2017         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

I borrow this from our son Ken’s post on FB Friday.

It is just an extension of last weeks Heart to Heart.

Here is a story from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website with an additional comment at the end:

“Have you ever been tempted to doubt the impact you can make for the Kingdom? Have you ever thought, “God can’t use me; I’m just a simple [fill in the blank].” Most people have never heard of Edward Kimball, but the results of his faithfulness to God are known across the globe. How? Read on and see what God did after this Sunday school teacher dared to share his faith with others.

A Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball won a shoe store clerk to Jesus—his name was D.L. Moody.

D.L. Moody traveled to England and awakened the heart of a young pastor —F.B. Meyer.

F.B. Meyer became one of the great Bible expositors, came to the U.S.A. and preached on college campuses, and was used to convert a student to Christ—Wilbur Chapman.

Wilbur Chapman attended one of Moody’s meetings in Chicago and became D.L. Moody’s co-worker.

Wilbur Chapman employed an ex-baseball player as his assistant—Billy Sunday.

Billy Sunday became a great evangelist and preached in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a meeting organized by the Billy Sunday Layman’s Evangelistic Club (renamed Christian Business Men’s Committee or CBMC).

CBMC invited an evangelist to Charlotte; his name was Mordecai Ham.

Mordecai Ham preached in the tent meeting where Billy Graham was saved.

Billy Graham has proclaimed the Gospel to millions across the globe, and many lives have been changed forever.”

One of the millions of people Billy Graham influenced for Christ was a young sailor grieving the death of his grandmother waiting in a bus station to return to Great Lakes Naval Air Station. His eyes fell on a copy of Billy Graham’s book “Peace With God.” Soon he had peace with God. He has walked faithfully with God for many, many years. I know him well. He led me to Christ—in family devotions when I was only five years old. He is my Dad.

Start a gospel conversation with someone today. You never know where it will end—or if it will ever end.

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Ladies

The importance of  being in God’s house with your family.

My greatest desire as a mother was

  • to raise our children to trust Christ at an early age
  • to Love and memorize the Scriptures
  • to love being in church in fellowship with other Christians.
  • to love Singing His Praises!

I found Saturday as a most important time of preparation for the Lord’s day.

  • making sure those shoes can be found, shined and clothes are laid out before bedtime, a little money for the Lord and a Bible  in their hand.

Be sure that your attitude about being in the Lord’s house, during the week, is one of excitement and enjoyment. 

This can be catching!

Born 1918, Billy Graham will be 98 this year in Nov.  This was Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation on September 4, 2015  at 95 yrs. old 


Ladies this truly would be a  great prayer for us to pray in our homes.

Heavenly Father,

We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and set us free. Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called:

‘One nation under God!’




Angelina Jolie tells much of Louis Zamperini’s extraordinary life in the film “Unbroken,” released in 2014 after his death in July, but the rest of his story is being told in a short film released from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association “Captured By Grace”, on December 25, the same day Unbroken was released.   


Zamperini was a former Olympian distance runner who spent 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean before being captured and tortured by the Japanese. His gripping life story told in the best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” moved Jolie so much that it drove the actress to make a film about his journey. .  The movie covered just 33 out of 39 of the book’s chapters and only mentioned in passing Mr Zamperini’s pivotal 1949 conversion to Jesus Christ,” 

Franklin Graham, told Fox News, that though “Unbroken” is an excellent adaptation of the Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Zamperini, the film has skipped essential parts in the former prisoner of war’s story, particularly concerning his Christian faith.

“The most important part of the book”, Mr. Graham said, since they explain how Mr. Zamperini really became ‘unbroken’ was his post-war struggles with revenge, nightmares, alcoholism and a failing marriage”  These were turned around after he gave his life to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade revival led by the legendary evangelist.   Mr. Graham told Fox News that Mr. Zamperini was at first reluctant to take the elder Graham’s offer to put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But he did, and went home that night, got rid of his pornography, his alcohol and his cigarettes, and found the Bible given to him in the military.

Zamperini said, “I started to leave the tent meeting, and I felt [awfully] guilty about my life.   “Yes, I had a lot of great times, a lot of great experience, a lot of escape from death, but I still didn’t like my life after the war. I came home alive. God kept His promise. I hadn’t keep mine, and so I went forward and accepted Christ.”

Mr. Zamperini gives his own testimony on the DVD, and said  “ When I found Christ as his Savior, that was the heart of my whole life.

That is what conversion to Christ.should be like….

A complete change in your life .


November 2, 2014     JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

November 2, 2014 JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

I have to say with Billy Graham….”Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life”.  Someone else said, “Old age is not for sissy’s”.

Now I do not want to be a Whiney, Wimpy Woman, so I will not dwell on my losses, but with me perhaps some of you have experienced some of your own losses or you are realizing that you just don’t have the stamina that you once had: Sunday School teaching, teaching school, leading choral and handbell choirs and musicals, singing solos, walking and standing,  dressmaking, crocheting, carving. Losses like having to be separated from your dear children, grandchildren, parents 

and siblings, these loses can define who we really are.

Be faithful in prayer for your children and grandchildren. Keep in touch on a regular basis. They are God’s gifts to you. Think about the impression that you will leave. Write to them, give them your time even if separated by miles they need to know you are a person of prayer and faithful in service for the Lord.  ”Encourage one another and build each other up” I Thes. 5:11.  That verse says encourage, not lecture.  Mend broken relationship if you have any.   Daily we can wait upon the Lord and look forward to what He has in store for us by staying in the Word and focusing on the promises found therein. Then we we can truly say, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10: 27-28  KJV).  It is like when the phone rings and it is a member of the family or a close friend.  You know their voice, because you  talk together a lot and they belong to you. You will know the Lord’s voice when you stay close to HIm.

J. Pierpont Morgan, perhaps the most influential banker in history. penned these words into his will in 1913.. “I commit my soul into the hands of my Saviour, in full confidence that having redeemed it and washed it in His most precious blood, He will present it faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father; and I entreat my children to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of the complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, once offered, and through that alone.”   What powerful dying words.

Remember the greatest legacy you can give your heirs is not your money nor the things you have accumulated in your lifetime but your character and your faith  and your testimony of JOY in the Lord to the very end.

Old age does not exempt us from fulfilling our purposes in Life. “When I am old and gray-headed,

O God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this generation.”  Ps. 71:18