November 29, 2007..

THANK GOD! Iím so blessed! The wedding plans are coming along. Ashley is doing a great job getting everything together. We will be getting married December 8th. Gosh it just seems like yesterday she ask me to marry her. HAHAH!! Just Kiddin! I ask her to marry me on Feb. 21 and I am the most blessed person ever. Weíre going to have a great life together. Iíve had a good thanksgiving. Its been so busy lately as always so I will do my best to get you all caught up on whatís going on.

Since last we traveled to Iuka, Ms to be with The Lovelace Family and others for the Iuka Fair. It was great! Then to Rutherford, TN for the First Assembly of God church homecoming. I then traveled to Troy, TN for a revival at Mt. Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It was great. Plans are being made for next year. I left there headed to Westside Pentecostal Church Of God in Covington, TN for another wonderful revival. Henning First Assembly of God in Henning, TN was the next stop followed by another wonderful revival in my hometown of Savannah, Tn at Crossroads Union Church. After a few days of hard working on getting things together for the concert"A EVENING OF PRAISE" that I hosted and promoted, the hard work payed off. We had the biggest crowd yet at that little theater. Not only did we have a great crowd but God showed up and showed out cause we had church. The Robinson Family started the concert off right followed by, Hopeís Journey and myself. Ashley joined me on a few numbers and did great. Then Gerald Crabb came to finish the concert in addition to be joined by Ashley and I for a few songs. It was wonderful. If you missed it. You Missed a once in a life-time concert. The following night I was at Hatton Baptist Church in Leighton, AL and we has a good time there as well. Then I headed out on that following Monday morning for Buffalo, SC and Mayo, SC for a 11 day road trip then headed back to Jackson, TN for November 11 services at Peopleís Chapel. After a week off the road and playing catch-up at home, I headed back out to Clinton, TN. This was my first time at this great church and not my last I hope. Once I got home for that busy schedule I realized, Itís THANKSGIVING! HA! We had a blessed thanksgiving in hopes you all did as well.

On the book for the next date will be this coming Sunday at my home church, Soulís Harvest church of God for the AM & PM Services. I hope all my hometown friends and family can come be with me. This will be my final solo date. The next weekend, December 8th, Iíll be busy watching my bride walk down the church isle and weíll we saying I do. After we return from our honeymoon, we will be go to Nashville for a few days and get in the studio starting on our new project which will be out the first of March. As you can tell we both are very excited. Its going to be great!! Once we finish the project, we will come home to celebrate the birth of our Savior, JESUS CHRIST! What a wonderful time of the year! On December 31st we will be bringing in the new year at Parkway Baptist Church in Columbia, TN at 7:00p.m. This will be the debut concert of Ashley and I. You donít want to miss it. There is so many exciting things happening. Please keep a watch on the website for updates and new press releases coming soon! Merry Christmas!

- Bro. Josh Franks

New Devotional - November

As many of you know, I love stories. Here is one that I love dearly. I thought this would fit christmas well.....
The man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like that she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.

"Leave me alone," he growled. To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked. "No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone. Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked. "No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?" The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile." "Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything.""This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it." Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived. The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this. Is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered. "Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business." Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place." The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?" "Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?" "What business is that of yours?""I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company." "Oh."The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?" "No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty." "Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?""Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."The cafeteria manager turned on his heel "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer." The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said. "That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest She stared at him intently. "Jack, do you remember me?" Old Jack searched her face with his old , rheumy eyes "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar." "I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry. "I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat." Jack lit up with a smile.

"Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy." "I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register I knew then that everything would be all right." "So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business, that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office." She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you? " he said. "Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus. He led me to you." Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways. "Thank you for all your help, officer," she said. "On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And...And thank you for the coffee."
If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing...If you have missed some of my concerts, you might have missed a laugh, cry, or a good time. But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you have missed everything in the world.
Be a miracle in someone life this Christmas season and do as Christ would do, for it is all about him - CHRIST! The bible tells us, its better to give than to receive. You give this season to someone and it shall be given back to you, press down, shaking together, and running over.

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