Wednesday, January 28, 2015


We have been home here in Indiana for the month of January.  I filled in for my Preacher the first couple of weeks of the month as he was recovering from surgery. 

These next couple of days will be busy as we get ready to be gone for three weeks.  On Saturday I fly out to be in a camp meeting in Lake City, Florida at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  My friend Evangelist Gary Lutrick invited me to go with him this year and I am excited about being there for the first time.

Stacie and Jack will have the car packed and pick me up at the Indianapolis airport next Friday.  We will get right on the road to head to New York to be in two meetings.  The first one is the annual winter revival at New Hope Baptist Church in Collins, New York.  Evangelist Don Hardman and I have been preaching this meeting together for ten years.  It will be good to be with Pastor Jack Seiler and the folks again.

The following week we will be going to the annual Youth Ablaze youth meeting hosted by Pastor Hal Roscoe and Chili Bible Baptist Church in the Rochester area.  This will be our first time there as this meeting has always been the same week as New Hope but that got moved up a week.  I spoke to Bro. Roscoe this morning and he said youth groups from 13 states and Canada have registered so far.  Every year there are around 1,400 in attendance.  I earnestly covet your prayer as I will be preaching in one of the services. 

I would sincerely ask you to please keep this trip and these meetings in your prayers.  I am asking God to do some big things in 2015!  God bless you as you serve Him!!

Related websites:
Tabernacle Baptist Church
New Hope Baptist Church
Chili Bible Baptist Church

Evangelist Don Hardman, Pastor Jack Seiler, Evangelist Craig Cobb

Youth Ablaze 2015 - Chili Bible Baptist Church - Chili, New York

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are the LOUDEST the BEST?

I came across this quote today by A.W. Tozer:

"Christians have fallen into the habit 
of accepting the noisiest and most notorious 
among them as the best and the greatest."

I make no claim to be an expert on what makes a great preacher.  But I do have some thoughts and observations on Mr. Tozer's claim.  I honestly believe that what passes for "great preaching" in our modern day fundamentalist Baptist circles must truly sicken the Master.  While I personally don't like, much less claim the label of a 'fundamentalist' any more, that is the circle that I am most familiar with.  A lot of preachers I would consider some of my close friends wear that title as a badge of honor.  And that is fine for them if that is what they want, but I prefer to call myself a Bible-believer.  I could say more right here but that would be a very long and winding rabbit trail perhaps best saved for a later post.

Back to the original topic of Mr. Tozer's statement.  I have been in full time evangelism for over 13 years and for probably over 10 years before that traveled many times a year for different meetings.  I have been in all kinds of settings over the years: normal weekly church services, revival meetings, camp meetings, missions conferences, men's conferences, tent meetings, marriage conferences, homecoming services, special days and the list goes on.  

The way I have personally observed people in the various church services react to different types of preaching and preachers has left me speechless to be honest.  I can not think of a way to word it better than our dear Brother Tozer.  It seems today that the more well known a guy is, the louder he is, the more charismatic he is then the more sought-after he is among our Baptist churches.  The sad part is that it has left us with nothing more than charlatans and celebrities being invited to "preach" all over the country.

People don't want real Bible preaching today.  They want to be entertained.  And this entertainment comes with all kinds of ingredients.  This guy is loud.  This guy is long-winded.  This one has certain antics and actions.  This guy is popular.  That one pastors a big church.  This one is in a certain paper or magazine.  This one is good friends with somebody even more famous than he is.  That one has a college.  This one is handsome.  

I have been in so many meetings where Dr. Bigshot comes in to town and gets everybody all pumped up and excited and oh how they shout and holler while he preaches but 99% of those who heard Bro. Fancy Britches could not for the life of them even tell you what the guy preached by the time the meeting was over.   But if you ask them - "Boy, it sure was a great message, wasn't it?!  I don't remember a thing he said but it was good."  To be honest it makes me sick and I can't even imagine how it makes our Saviour feel.

What is even sadder to me is what a lot of times I see that goes along with this.  A good man will get up and really preach.  And I mean a GOOD, godly, Holy Ghost-filled man.  He will get up and really help the congregation.  He is dishing out gold by the wheelbarrow full.  I am talking about the kind of stuff that God uses and it makes you sit there in amazement and say "Wow! Where did he come up with that?!"  People hit the altar in conviction and encouragement and rejoicing that God would give such a message to a man of God so they could get some real help.  You may be asking what is wrong with that?  NOTHING is wrong with that.  It's what I have heard with my own ears that is wrong with that.  I've been in meetings where what I just described to you happened and have heard people ask "So when is Dr. ____________ going to preach?"  "When is Bro. ______________ scheduled to be up there?"  "Is so-and-so preaching tonight?"

I used to organize what was at the time probably the largest camp meeting in the entire northeast of the United States and did so for about ten years.  Every year I would get phone calls from people - a lot I knew and some I didn't - wanting to know which nights the "bigshots" were preaching.  I did not plan the preaching schedule, but even if I did know what it was ahead of time, I never gave them the answer they were looking for.  Why wasn't it good enough to come and be a part of the camp meeting and just enjoy everything God had for them no matter who was preaching?

Another thing that just amazes me (although I know it really shouldn't) is how booked these entertainers are.  I know some real good, God-called, Holy Ghost anointed evangelists who have huge gaps in their schedules in between meetings.  They have one desire when they go into a church and that is to be a real help and a blessing to the pastor and the church.  But which "preachers" stay the most busy?  The ones that all they do is entertain.  Oh, most call it preaching but it really isn't.  God doesn't consider it preaching.  I personally know of one man who is a pastor who has an out-of-town preaching schedule that every evangelist I know is begging God for.  In one year not too long ago he preached sixty-two "meetings".  He is one of the most popular and sought-after guys out there today.  He really has the gift of knowing how to work the crowd.  But yet you ask most of those who have heard him and they love his 'preaching'.  Two weeks later they don't remember a thing he said but it sure made them shout or laugh or cry or all of the above while they were hearing him.  I couldn't even begin to tell you how many meetings I have been in all over the country where the highest attended nights were the nights the big guns were preaching or singing.

One sickening example that comes to mind happened recently.  One of the guest preachers who is one of those crowd-stirring, charismatic guys was preaching and during his 'sermon' he came off the platform and embarrassed the host pastor's wife right in front of her face.  Everybody (well not everybody because I surely didn't) laughed and shouted AMEN.  If I or any other regular Joe would have done that we would have been sat down immediately and not invited back.  But, because it was Bro. ______________ nobody even blinked at it.  I was one of the invited preachers of the meeting and even though most thought it was funny I can assure you the Holy Ghost of God was grieved and you could almost see Him walk out the back door.

I know of pastors who have certain guys come to their meetings and the sole reason they invite them is because they can draw a big crowd.  That is not speculation - I have had a few even tell me that.  Some may read this post and think I am picking on pastors because I am "just an evangelist".  Nothing could be further from the truth.  But I have seen people - pastors, evangelists, missionaries and church members - do everything but drool over these bigshot, well-known, charismatic entertainer-preachers.  They sit mesmerized  in total awe and amazement over them and their message.  Which really isn't so much a message as it was a show, a production.  These popular preachers have all kinds of titles: some are evangelists; some are pastors; some are missionaries; some are youth pastors; some are just regular guys who work a secular job but have gained a following.  

I know some preachers who fellowship with the big boys in hopes that it will benefit them and their ministry in some way.  Maybe an evangelist would get more meetings if he were bosom buddies with one of the big boys.  Maybe a pastor could find a bigger church to take over if he rubbed elbows with the famous guy.  Bible colleges today are teaching and training preacher boys the "how-to's" of preparing a sermon outline, how to preach, how to "warm-up" to the congregation.  Well my friends, we are now seeing where all that has brought us to.  There is a big difference between having the TALENT to preach and having God's POWER on your preaching.  And I am afraid that what passes nowadays for God's anointing - to people who should have more basic Bible discernment - is nothing more than Public Speaking 101.

We have turned God's business into a self-promoting laughing stock.  No wonder God is not happy.

Preach the word...
II Timothy 4:2

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound...
Isaiah 61:1

 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
II Corinthians 4:5

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Acts 8:35

Monday, January 19, 2015


Last year - 2014 - was a very crazy year for us and one of the "casualties" of that was not getting pictures everywhere we went like we normally would.  As a matter of fact we had some pictures taken yesterday at church for our new prayer card and when I went to download them to the laptop, I found some pictures from back in August and September that I hadn't even looked at yet.  So for this post I thought I would just share some of them with you...

Springville, New York
Pastor Kevin Friedman

Faith Baptist Church - Springville, New York

Pastor Kevin Friedman and Evangelist Craig Cobb

Lanett, Alabama
Pastor Jeff Thorn
Tent Meeting

Jacob tuning-up before service

Pastor Jeff Thorn - Central Baptist Church in Lanett, Alabama

Teen Choir - Central Baptist Church - Lanett, Alabama

Choir from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Valley, Alabama

We started each service under the tent in prayer

Pastor Jeff Thorn

Scott and his gramma - Mrs. Vivian - singing a special

Teen choir under the tent

Evangelist David Evans preaching

The old-fashioned gospel tent is set up in the church parking lot

Bobbie Evans, Stacie Cobb and Sundy Thorn

Pastor Jeff Thorn, Evangelist David Evans and Evangelist Craig Cobb

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

After-the-Holidays Update

We trust that you all had a great time over the holidays!  For Thanksgiving we traveled to New York to spend time my family.  We stayed with my mom and had Thanksgiving dinner at my sister's house with her family.

We got back to Indiana and prepared for our trip to Victory Baptist Church in Calrkston, Michigan for their winter revival.  I preached all day Sunday and then during the week I preached with Evangelist Robert Foltz of Toledo, Ohio and Pastor Rick Drummond from Lebanon, Ohio.  Pastor Bob Nogalski and his family are always a blessing to us and we enjoy their fellowship very much.  It was a good meeting and Bro. Nogalski said it was a helpful week for the church.

For Christmas we traveled to North Carolina to spend a week with Stacie's family.  Her parents, brother and one of her sisters are all in that area.  One of her other sisters and her boys drove over for the weekend.  We haven't seen them in a couple of years and we enjoyed our visit.  I had the privilege to preach at their church (Faith Baptist Church in Elizabeth City) on the Sunday morning after Christmas. 

We arrived safely back home in Indiana on December 30th.  Our pastor is still recovering from surgery and it has been very slow and frustrating for him.  As a result, I have been filling the pulpit for him for the past few weeks.  I always enjoy the opportunity to preach but would much rather have him "back in the saddle"!  Lord willing, he is planning on preaching this coming Sunday.

We would normally have begun this year in Cape Coral, Florida at New Testament Baptist Church where we have for the last several years but the Lord had other plans.  Sometimes He just changes things up for reasons known only to Him.  Back in December He made it clear to me that we were not going to the meeting this year.  I am thankful to Pastor Bill Roan for being so gracious and understanding in this and inviting us back for January 2016.

We are looking forward to 2015.  The Lord has started to open a couple of new doors for us and we are excited about that.  It is always a blessing to see Him working.  Stacie continues to get settled in to our new apartment here at the church.  We are thankful for Pastor Kent Kirchmeyer and the folks here at First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church making us feel so welcome and helping to make the transition a smooth one.

Thank you to all who pray for us!  Please keep it up as we also pray for you.  May God bless you as you continue to serve Him!

Friday, January 9, 2015


The LINKS and RESOURCES page has been recently updated.  One big addition on this page is a link to some iPhone and iPad apps that I have come across and just wanted to share.  This page is completely listed here in this post but you can also visit the page by CLICKING HERE.

This page is just meant as a source to find links to various churches, ministries and so on that you might find helpful.

If you would like us to consider adding a link to your ministry, simply send me an email with all of the information by CLICKING HERE.  No guarantee is made that it will be added but all links will be strongly considered.


DISCLAIMER: The listing of any and all sites here does not mean an endorsement of such site, church, ministry, person or entity by Evangelist Craig Cobb nor is any claim made as to Biblical or factual accuracy of the content contained therein.  



Wednesday, January 7, 2015


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Look to the Blog!

For those who are receiving this update by email, I invite you to go to THE BLOG and check out the new design.  All of the content is the same but with a clean, freshened-up look.  Some of the different pages have been updated and brought current.  Perhaps you are not aware but on the blog we have some personal information about us, our upcoming schedule, and much more.  Please keep checking back, more pages will be added to the blog in the next couple of weeks.  You can visit the blog by clicking on this link: Evangelist Craig Cobb blog.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Updated Schedule for Part of 2015


We will be working at our home church-
First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
Franklin, Indiana 


New Hope Baptist Church
North Collins, New York
Pastor Jack Seiler
Church website: New Life Baptist Church

Youth Ablaze
Chili, New York
Pastor Hal Roscoe
Website: Youth Ablaze


Chattahoochie Valley Baptist Camp Meeting
Valley, Alabama
Evangelist Ronnie Trenton


New Life Baptist Church
Dover Foxcroft, Maine
Pastor David Ireland
Church website: New Life Baptist Church

McKenzie Corner Baptist Church
McKenzie Corner, New Brunswick, Canada
Pastor Andy Nissley

Thursday, January 1, 2015