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" Saviour Breathe an Evening Blessing "
  Michael Gowens

photos/2-397585162.JPG We know Michael Gowens for his sound expository preaching but how many Primitive Baptists have heard him sing? Brother Gowens leads the congregation on this wonderful and very difficult hymn. From our Hymn Section.

Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing,
Ere repose our spirits seal;
Sin and want we come confessing;
Thou canst save, and thou alone.

Tho' destruction walk a round us,
Tho' the arrows past us fly,
Angel guards from thee surround us,
We are safe if thou art nigh.

Tho' the night be dark and dreary,
Darkness cannot hide from thee;
Thou art He who, never weary,
Watchest where thy people be.

Should swift death this night o'er-take us,
And our couch become our tomb,
May the morn in heaven awake us,
Clad in bright and deathless bloom.


Elder Gowens is the Pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Calabash, North Carolina.

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" At the 195th Ketocton Association "
  H.P. Copeland

photos/808629233.JPG We guesstimate this sermon was delivered around 1961. Elder Copeland was a widely respected minister of his time. Note the following historical fact concerning his funeral.

"Both Elder and Sister Copeland were killed on a rain-slick highway in Cullman County, Ala., September 18, 1964. Over two thousand people attended their double funeral held September 20, 1964, at Rocky Mount Church, and at which Elders C. M. Mills, A. B. Hall, W. O. Hunt, J. B. Watts and Lasserre Bradley, Jr., officiated."

I believe there was great respect for the ministers and their messages in those days. People today are much more independent thinkers and more or less pick and choose their theology, like eating at a food buffet table. But our forefathers were systematic theologians, that is they had a system of belief that very much was held together by a coherent truth working together. I am afraid the modern church lacks a system of belief when it comes to the Bible.

You will notice in this sermon, as typical of the ministers in that era, they were unapologetic for what they believed and yet, they were not egotistical but wholly leaned on the Bible and the Living Word, Christ. He says, “The church leans on Christ, she is not independent.” Neither did he buy into the idea that the church was antiquated and insufficient for the modern age.

You will like the references to the up and coming space and missile programs and his giving testimony that our Lord was using space travel a long time ago, with out a vehicle!

Also, in this sermon, you will hear references made to a popular teaching of ministers of yesteryear, “Infant Salvation.” He mentions Herod’s hatred for the coming Messiah enough to kill all the children, 2 years and under, in Bethlehem and in all the coasts, yet "God," he says, "made provision for them in Christ!"

This is a great recording of a sermon that very much typified the style and content of messages then. We hope you will be blessed in your personal devotions!

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Welcome to a library of Primitive Baptist sermons. Experience the "faith of our fathers" by listening to the preaching of many of our able ministers of yesteryear! E.D. Bryant, C.M. Mills , J.A. Monsees, Cecil Darity, C.E. Smith, Walter Evans, Leon Clevenger, Afton Richards, V.F. Lowrance, Harvey Daily, Manning Temples and many more!

We hope you will be blessed listening to the prerecorded sermons and encourage you to the study of God’s Word.

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" Rest In The Lord, 10/9/00 "
  T.L. Webb Jr.

photos/2-795065522.jpg Elder Webb's gift is truly on audio display in this sermon. He was a very mild mannered man and his spirit is heard in his preaching. The sermon was preached somewhere in Arkansas and it appears that he followed Elder Altom in the pulpit.

This sermon begins with reference to Psalms 37:4, and the two points of rest and waiting on the Lord are carried out through this message.

Other Scriptures referred to are at least: Isaiah 62:1; Hebrews chapter 3; Isaiah 40:1-2,; Matthew 11:28, 2 Chronicles 20; Psalms 121:4; Proverbs 3:5-6.

His over all emphasis is the rest all God's believing children have in the finished work of redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of God's children do not have that rest because they do not believe in the finish work and therefore are working to achieve eternal salvation. When God rested on the Sabbath it was not because He was tired, but finished. When Jesus sat down once He ascended on High, he finished the work of salvation.

We can also find rest from our troubles here below through believing. This is highlighted on side 2 with some great illustrations. So be sure to hear side 2 - We think it is very complimentary to the first side and a must hear message.

Brother Webb passed away on July 8th, 2016. He was loved by all who knew him and devoted his life to the ministry.

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Sad to hear Elder Houston Patrick of the Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, passed away on February 16, 2019.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)