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Richard (Dickie) Halbgewachs


I was born to Harold and Edith Halbgewachs in Gothenburg Nebraska on July 21, 1951. Having the blessing of parents full of faith, I have been under the preaching of the gospel all of my life. In the summer of my twelfth year, however, the commandment came, sin revived, and I died to any hope of personally meriting favor with God. Thanks be unto our gracious God, His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering led to repentance and then the knowledge of the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is Christ, the hope of glory, brought deliverance to my troubled heart. Time has only proved I am still a great sinner. As the day when I was convicted of my wretchedness, so today when I would do good I find evil present with me. Yet, I have never been sorry that that same summer, I professed my faith and made a commitment in baptism to serve my blessed Lord. When I was eighteen years old the conviction of personal sin, and yet the enlivening hope of Jesus Christ having begotten me to an incorruptible, undefiled, unfading, and reserved inheritance was deeply accentuated in my mind, and upon my heart. After this experience I especially desired to proclaim to whosoever feared God, the word of this great salvation. I "exercised" for five years, and was ordained as a minister of the gospel September 28, 1974, at Mt. Zion Church, Cozad, Nebraska.

On June 3, 1972, Charlotte Anderson, became my loving bride, closest friend, ardent encourager, faithful laborer, dutiful follower, and help meet. We have been blessed with three children, all who are now married, and with their spouses have a hope of salvation through the redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ. Life in the Lord has been and is so rich. During the years of ministry I have had the joy of caring for churches in Combes, Texas; Franklin, North Carolina; and Cochran, Georgia. At the present I am blessed to pastor Oak Hill Church, Austin, Texas. The brethren of the past congregations and the saints here at Oak Hill are in my heart. Their faith in Christ, labor of love, and hope of heaven is noteworthy. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with them all. They have laid down their necks for my life, andhave bestowed much labor on us.

I pray that utterance may be given to each of us today who preach the gospel, that we may open our mouths boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. I pray that thereby Christ may dwell in hearts by faith, that being rooted and grounded in love, many may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that many might be filled with all the fullness of God.

As we labor may we remember that the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

larry heldman  

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)