and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:7

Tribute: Grady Ansel King, Sr

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Grady Ansel King, Sr., 99, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was born August 27, 1920 in Pickens County, a son of Robert and Texieanna Alexander King.

Grady served in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) as a teenager, serving at both Jones Gap and Parris Mountain. He joined the US Army and proudly served his country during World War II. Oh, the stories he could tell. When he finished his time there, he became a sales rep for Keebler Bakery.

Grady was an early member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Later he was involved in the building and growth of East Clemson Baptist Church. He served as deacon at both churches.

Grady’s hobby was dealing with antiques. He successfully was able to parlay that into a second career. He loved going out and finding things and learning their history and story. He would bring things back and sell them in his shop, Roller Mill Antiques right in Central.

Grady is survived by a daughter, Betty Bishop and husband Rick of Spartanburg; sons, Ansel and wife Patti of Seneca, Bobby and wife Toni of Clemson, and Scott of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and 14 great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Grady was predeceased by his wife, Georgia in 2004; a daughter, Patricia Warren; 5 brothers; and 3 sisters.

Graveside services for the family will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Memory Gardens in Clemson. Military rites will follow.

Those who wish to remember Grady in a special way may make donations in is memory to East Clemson Baptist Church, 230 Frontage Rd, Clemson, SC 29631, or to Interim Healthcare, Hyland Rd., Greenville, SC 2961.

Sea of Galilee


What a great day in Tiberias today as Mike Gallagher and Dennis Prager hosted 615 faithful listeners at the Sea of Galilee. It’s hard to understand how someone can doubt there is a God when looking at HIS beauty.

Greenville’s “Hidden Treasure”

An explosion and resulting fire in the home of John and Brenda Vaughn resulted in severe injuries to Mrs. Vaughn and her two-year-old daughter, Becky.   Pastor Vaughn was completing his seventh month as pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina when the accident happened.  Mrs. Vaughn sustained third-degree burns over 65% of her body in an attempt to rescue her daughter Becky from what would have been certain death. Her two-year-old sustained third-degree burns over 95% of her body. Neither were expected to live through this tragedy.

Seven months later, Mrs. Vaughn was released from the South Carolina Burn Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven months after Mrs. Vaughn’s release, the Shriner’s Burns Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, allowed Becky to return home. Becky is one of only a few children to survive an almost total body burn along with its many complications.  With recuperation as the primary concern, two years quickly passed, and the issue of Becky’s schooling surfaced. Her father began to search for a school that would be able to minister to Becky’s special physical needs as well as her academic and spiritual needs. At the time, the Vaughn’s two older children were enrolled in a private Christian school where academics were presented in the context of a biblical world view. They set out to find such a school for Becky. Two of the three needs could have been met in the schools in the Greenville area. However, accommodations were not available to meet her special physical needs. After much prayer, consideration and counsel from individuals with relevant backgrounds, Pastor Vaughn began Hidden Treasure Christian School in August of 1981.

The school needs your help. On Thursday, November 14th, Hidden Treasures Christian School will be hosting their first Banquet of Light to raise needed funds to support their mission.  Take a minute to listen to a recent interview with Dr. Carl Herbster and then support this important work as you can.

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Turning Water into Wine

I sometimes talk about a Sunday Sermon I have heard as part of my “Pastor Profile” series.  Dr. Charlie Boyd….one of the teaching Pastors at Fellowship Greenville…. has a way of “simplying” things so that I can understand them.  The Bible is sometimes hard for me to understand and the thing that Fellowship Greenville does, that I appreciate,  is explore whole books of the Bible.

Right now…they are in the middle of a series called…”Believe…The Gospel of John.”

On Sunday Pastor Boyd  covered the story we have all heard….Jesus turning water into wine.  Have you ever thought about Mary, the mother of Jesus, being a wedding coordinator?  I had not, yet in this story Mary appears to call on her son to save this wedding celebration from a potential disaster when they ran out of wine.

Mary says, “They’ve run out of wine, do something.”

Jesus replies: “Woman, what does this have to do with me. My hour has not yet come.”

We know how the story goes from here….Jesus saves the day by turning the water into wine.  Of course, this is one of a number of “miracles” Jesus performs to show his followers who he is.  The point Charlie made in his sermon…..and the take away for me…..Jesus (and Christians) can have a sense of humor. Jesus does not consider any request “too small” or trivial.  What do you need that you have been too afraid to ask for?  Take a minute to listen to the segment from my show and I’ll give you a keyword to text so you can watch the entire sermon.[podcast src=”” height=”90″ width=”100%” placement=”bottom” theme=”custom”]

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Dennis Prager Visits With The Morning Answer

Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts and always listed as one of the top hosts in the country by Talkers. Dennis has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, Dennis has appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.  PragerU has become one of the leading conservative voices in America and has introduced us to some great young leaders.  Dennis recently published The Rational Bible: Genesis which is the continuation of his bestselling five-part commentary, The Rational Bible.  It’s a privilege to call Dennis a colleague and to be heard on the same radio station as someone like him.  Take a few minutes to listen…..[podcast src=”” height=”90″ width=”100%” placement=”bottom” theme=”custom”]

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Miracle Hill in Motion

Miracle Hill exists that homeless children and adults receive food and shelter with compassion, hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and move toward healthy relationships and stability.

– Their Vision –

That each South Carolina Upstate county has adequate and accessible resources for homeless children, women, and men.  Compassionate services point individuals to Christ and move them toward wholeness, stability, and healthy relationships.


– Who They Are –

  • Miracle Hill is a leader in providing transformative care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those we serve.
  • Founded in 1937, we are a non-profit organization in the Upstate of South Carolina dedicated to providing extensive services to individuals and families in the form of food, shelter, clothing, counseling, personal development, addiction recovery support, and residential and foster care for children.
  • With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we have become the largest and most comprehensive provider of shelter and food to homeless children and adults in Upstate South Carolina – with nine facility locations and transitional housing throughout Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Pickens counties.
  • Miracle Hill plays a leadership and facilitative role in the community by partnering with other local service organizations to provide for the diverse needs of the homeless population.


– What They Do –

  • Serves thousands of meals to those living in our shelters.
  • Provides safe, warm shelter for nearly 3000 homeless and hurting children, women and men each year.
  • Serves homeless children through our Miracle Hill Boys’ Shelter, Homes for Life shelter for at-risk young men, the Miracle Hill Children’s Home, and our foster care recruitment and placement program.
  • Offers four emergency homeless shelters – Shepherd’s Gate and three Rescue Missions located in Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.
  • Leads two recovery programs for those facing life-dominating addictions (Overcomers for men and Renewal for women) and transitional housing for program graduates.
  • Operates eight thrift stores and an auto sales operation where your donations and purchases equal shelter, food, and miracles for the homeless.
  • Employs trained staff who provide case management, personal and group counseling, daily devotions and educational opportunities for those in our care.
  • Relies on thousands of committed volunteers to provide the necessary manpower to help the ministry accomplish its mission.

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